Sagawa Express is planning to employ about 10,000 housewives as part-time delivery staff over the next two years to offset a manpower shortage in the logistics and package delivery industry.
Sagawa recently began a recruitment campaign across Japan searching for new members. A company spokesman said Sagawa is targeting housewives who have just enough time and energy to spare to be a worthy asset in the effort to offset manpower shortages, NTV reported. Sagawa said it is expecting to employ 10,000 housewives by March 2016.
In between house chores and taking care of their children, these housewives will be employed to walk or bike around their neighborhood easily in order to drop off a few parcels a day to surrounding houses or businesses, Sagawa said. It would offer the women both an opportunity to make a little extra money, as well as take a break from the daily routine of being in the home. There would be flexibility over which days the women work and which areas they want to cover.
Sagawa said that compensation would not be offered at an hourly rate, but instead, would correlate to the number of parcels delivered.
As the popularity of online shopping has continued to rise at unforeseen rates, logistics and mail-delivery companies have had a hard time keeping up with delivery demand.© Japan Today