Yamato delivers record-high volume amid pandemic

Japanese parcel delivery firm Yamato Transport handled a record-high number of packages last fiscal year as online shopping surged amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Yamato Transport says it delivered nearly 2.1 billion packages in the fiscal year that ended in March. That's up 16.5 percent from the previous fiscal year. It's also the largest number since the company began delivery services in 1976.

Company officials say demand for delivery services has surged during the pandemic because more people are shopping online instead of going to stores.

Other major delivery firms have also experienced a surge in volume.

Japan Post delivered more than 1 billion packages during the 11-month period through February. That's up 13.1 percent from the same period of the previous year, and likely to be the largest yearly number since the privatization of postal services in 2007.

SG Holdings, the parent company of Sagawa Express, saw its delivery volume grow 6 percent from the previous year in the 9-month period through December.

Delivery firms aim to set up more lockers at train stations and convenience stores where customers can pick up their packages. This will help to relieve the growing burden on drivers and also contribute to anti-coronavirus measures as delivery volumes continue to increase.