The Nikkei published on 22 June 2017 that it has learned that amazon Japan has enlisted 10,000 private couriers to create its own delivery network in response to Yamato's pulling away from amazon business.
According to the Nikkei report, amazon Japan is aiming to secure 10,000 private couriers in the Tokyo Metropolitan area alone by 2020. Their focus is on private couriers who specialize in same day deliveries. This is in response to No.1 private courier Yamato Transport Co., Ltd. pulling out of the service, leaving amazon to switch to Plan B. This move by amazon is anticipated to be welcomed by the private couriers that are used to absorb overflow by such major players as Yamato and rival Sagawa during peak times, as it would boost their overall volumes and hopefully, provide steady work throughout the year.