Founded in 1965, Nomura Research Institute (NRI) is a leading global provider of consulting services and system solutions, including management consulting, system integration, and IT management and solutions for the financial, manufacturing, retail and service industries. NRI is one of the founders of ELEKS Japan K.K., a joint venture established to accelerate digital transformation in Japan.
NRI is strongly committed to exploring ways to lessen industrial impacts on the environment. Carbon neutrality is among NRI’s highest-priority research projects. The institute believes that digital tech can expedite net-zero targets and is actively looking for development opportunities that can help companies decarbonise their operations. NRI approached ELEKS to conduct a research and opportunity study into achieving carbon neutrality in the transport and logistics sector.
ELEKS provided NRI with a detailed report on areas of opportunity for achieving carbon neutrality using digital technology. Consultancy consisted of four phases:
ELEKS experts developed high-level use cases for the most feasible opportunity areas, including:
An order consolidation and space management platform
A marketplace for companies and individuals to place, receive and manage transportation requests. The platform requires in-built route optimisation, vehicle capacity management and agreements and insurance tools run by Smart Contracts.
CO2-responsible delivery for customers
A software plugin integrated with commercial websites and mobile applications that would calculate and present customers with estimated CO2 emissions for a variety of delivery options.
A carbon removal matching tool
An application that calculates the monetary equivalent of personal carbon footprints and automatically redeems the negative GHG balance by donating the respective amount to a carbon removal organisation – or an organisation with a carbon neutrality agenda in T&L.
With the findings from our report, NRI has the fundamental basis for prioritising future digital development. The report presents a holistic view of carbon-neutral opportunities for logistics, supplemented by budgets and adoption timelines, meaning that development can be seamlessly initiated when the time comes.
The breadth of knowledge and understanding that ELEKS has within its walls allows us to leverage that expertise to make superior deliverables for our customers. When you work with ELEKS, you are working with the top 1% of the aptitude and engineering excellence of the whole country.
Right from the start, we really liked ELEKS’ commitment and engagement. They came to us with their best people to try to understand our context, our business idea, and developed the first prototype with us. They were very professional and very customer oriented. I think, without ELEKS it probably would not have been possible to have such a successful product in such a short period of time.
ELEKS has been involved in the development of a number of our consumer-facing websites and mobile applications that allow our customers to easily track their shipments, get the information they need as well as stay in touch with us. We’ve appreciated the level of ELEKS’ expertise, responsiveness and attention to details.