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Yamato Transport, Wakayama Railway sign contract on carriage of parcels

Wakayama Electric Railway Co. President Mitsunobu Kojima, right, holds Yontama, the stationmaster cat of Idakiso Station on its Kishigawa Line in Wakayama, on Feb. 5, 2018, as Yamato Transport Co. employees look on. (Mainichi)

WAKAYAMA -- Yamato Transport Co., a leading parcel delivery company, and Wakayama Electric Railway Co. have signed a contract for the carriage of parcels on trains.

Under the contract, Yamato employees will board trains on Wakayama Electric Railway's Kishigawa Line with boxes containing parcels, get off at stations and deliver the parcels to nearby homes and business establishments by bicycle. The service to be launched on Feb. 16 will allow Yamato to smoothly deliver parcels even in residential areas where roads are narrow without using trucks.

As home delivery companies face labor shortages, Yamato, whose logo features a black cat, has joined hands with Wakayama Electric Railway, known for stationmaster cats at its stations, to improve the quality of home delivery services and reduce employees' workloads.

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