Pharmaceutical & Medical Equipment Logistics Service Market in Japan: Key Research Findings 2020

Logistics Service Market for Pharma and Medical Equipment Manufacturers for FY2018 Attained 102 Billion Yen

Yano Research Institute (the President, Takashi Mizukoshi) conducted a survey on the domestic logistics outsourcing business for medicines and medical equipment & materials, medical equipment & material mail order services, second-hand medical equipment & material logistics business, etc. and found out the market size, the trends of market players, and future perspectives. This paper makes clear of the logistics outsourcing market for medicines and medical equipment & materials.

Pharmaceutical & Medical Equipment Logistics Service Market Size Transition
Pharmaceutical & Medical Equipment Logistics Service Market Size Transition

Market Overview

The market size of domestic logistics services for medicines and medical equipment (based on the sales at logistics service providers) for FY2018 rose by 6.3%, generating 102 billion yen. With the shipment volume of medicines and medical equipment as well as the rate of outsourcing logistics tasks increasing, together with approved ranges of outsourcing services expanded, the market is showing stable growth, attaining more than 1.5 times larger size than in FY2010.

Noteworthy Topics

Full-Scale Outsourcing in Progress at Domestic Major Pharmaceutical Companies

Since 1990s, the demand for domestic logistics services noticeably increased mainly at foreign-affiliated companies of pharma and medical equipment. In 2020s, full scale introduction of logistics services at domestic major pharmaceutical companies attracted attention, after which the services became generally known.

Domestic major pharmaceutical companies used to establish their own logistic centers in the past, at which they shipped and warehoused the products directly or through group companies. With recent increase in the number of logistics-specific companies, major pharma has come to rely on such companies, aiming at streamlining and concentrating on their main business as well as at improving the business quality. In addition, as Japanese version of the GDP (Good Distribution Practice) guideline for distribution of medicines was issued in December 2018 by MHLW, GDP-based quality control in distribution has become required. Whether or not the distribution processes and logistics management appropriately conforming to GDP or not has become critical factors to select outsourcing service providers.

Future Outlook

Now that more than 60% of the companies of medicines and medical equipment are said to be using logistics services, the market potential is going to be limited.

Nevertheless, as the medical field is less apt to be influenced by economic fluctuations, its stability is attractive for the logistics service providers. In addition to existing service providers enhancing the business for medical industry, growing numbers of companies are attempting to newly enter the market, for instance, by launching new warehouses targeting pharma and medical companies.

There even are some logistics services provided by medicine wholesalers shipping the products from pharmaceutical companies. Also, with business alignment taking place between medicine wholesalers and logistics, there are moves to deal the whole logistics of pharmaceutical and medical products throughout the makers to patients.

Research Outline

1.Research Period: December 2019 to February 2020
2.Research Object: Logistics-related businesses
3.Research Methogology: Face-to-face interviews by the specialized researchers, surveys via telephone and email

Pharmaceutical & Medical Equipment Logistics Service Market

Pharmaceutical & medical equipment logistics services in this research refer to logistics services that dedicate to shipment, transportation, and delivery of products from pharmaceutical companies and medical equipment manufacturers to wholesalers.

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Logistics Service Providers for Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Medical Equipment Manufacturers

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