CDJapan Shipping Process
Last week, I posted in “Rolling Posters” some pics to show how posters are rolled and to show the protective tube we use to protect them. In this update, I would like to post more pics to show how our shipping process generally works.
If an order contains only one item, it just enters the shipping process right away as soon as the item becomes available. However, if an order contains multiples of items, it’s shipped once all of them become available . Until then, items are stored specifically for that order in shelves like this.
For example, I just spotted someone’s Vanilla Beans’s new single “Non Section” waiting for other items in the order to come in. What a nice looking CD!
Anyway, CDJapan Shipping Department occupies a large space.
So, staffs use these handheld device to make sure correct items are collected from correct shelves when orders become available for shipment.
Orders are put together in each of these small buckets.
Then they are rolled down the conveyor.
Around the conveyors are workstations where staffs package orders after retrieving eligible first press bonus. Even though human beings package orders, the process is automated.
After orders are packaged, they are stacked up so Japan Post can pick them up the following day. All postal flights leave Japan in the late afternoon. So, they pick them up the first thing in the morning so they make it on flights in the afternoon. This is why it sometimes take extra time for orders to be shipped out if they enter the shipping process on Friday and before holidays.
We send a large number of packages each day. So, Japan Post leaves these racks to be used to cart packages to their trucks to be hurried over to the air port.
Of course, we send a very large number of packages also by FedEx and they are collected in the same way by FedEx.