History of Mitsui-Soko Group
- October 1909
- Established as Toshin Soko, Ltd. on October 11, 1909. Headquarters was based in Tokyo, with other branches throughout Tokyo, Kobe, and Moji
- Yokohama dispatching business launched (becomes Yokohama branch in 1923)
- January 1918
- Osaka Warehouse acquired and reopened as Osaka branch
- October 1922
- Opened Nagoya satellite office (becomes formal Nagoya branch in 1937)
- March 1942
- Changed company name to Mitsui-Soko Co., Ltd.
- April 1950
- Listed shares for public trading on the Tokyo Stock Exchange
- August 1966
- Began offering automobile transport services
- March 1968
- Began working with maritime containers and operating container terminals in Japan
- April 1969
- Obtained license for automobile cargo transport and began offering container-truck shipments
- December 1977
- Established international division and plant division at headquarters and began offering international shipment services
- June 1982
- Obtained IATA license as air freight distributor and began air cargo service in earnest
- November 1984
- Moved headquarters from Hakozaki-cho, Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo to 1-chome Kayabacho Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo.
- November 1986
- Launched “big bag” business (trunk room storage, non-product category items for residential relocation, etc.)
- February 1988
- Established Mitsui-Soko International in Singapore
- January 1992
- Abandoned headquarters+local shop system and migrated to local branch system (local headquarters and corresponding divisions, with branches in Kanto, Chubu, Kansai, and Kyushu regions)
- April 2001
- Spun off Kyushu branch as Mitsui-Soko Kyushu Co., Ltd.
- June 2002
- Moved headquarters from 1-chome Kayabacho Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo to 3-chome Kaigan, Minato-ku, Tokyo.
- March 2003
- Obtained license for Class 2 transport (standalone/mixed air cargo) for air transport
- April 2004
- Adopted executive officer system
- April 2006
- Established BPO promotion division and launched BPO in earnest
- April 2008
- Established 3PL promotion division and launched 3PL in earnest
- October 2009
- Celebrated our 100-year anniversary
- January 2010
- Moved Kansai branch headquarters to Osaka
- April 2010
- Abandoned branch company system and migrated to divisional system
- March 2011
- Obtained controlling stake in JTB Air Cargo and changed name to Mitsui-Soko Air Cargo
Enhanced international trade through air freight
- September 2011
- Moved headquarters from 3-chome Kaigan, Minato-ku, Tokyo, to 3-chome Nishi-Shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
- April 2012
- Acquired Sanyo-Denki Logistics (changed name to Mitsui-Soko Logistics) and shored up 3PL business
- July 2012
- Acquired controlling share in TAS express and merged with Mitsui-Soko Air Cargo
Launched as Mitsui-Soko Express
- October 2014
- Shift to Mitsui-Soko Holdings Co., Ltd. (formerly Mitsui-Soko Co., Ltd.) acting as a holding company
Mitsui-Soko spins off Mitsui-Soko Business Trust as new entity
- April 2015
- Sony Supply Chain Solutions Co., Ltd. formed out of merger between Mitsui-Soko Holdings Co., Ltd. and Sony Corporation. Company name changed to Mitsui-Soko Supply Chain Solutions Co., Ltd.
Made the following 3 companies subsidiaries
Thailand: MS Supply Chain Solutions (Thailand) Ltd.
Malaysia: MS Supply Chain Solutions (Malaysia) Sdn.Bhd.
Japan: Logistics Operation Services Co., Ltd.
- November 2015
- Established Mitsui-Soko Transport Co., Ltd.
- December 2015
- Mitsui-Soko Transport acquires controlling share in Marukyo Transportation Co., Ltd. (Osaka), Marukyo Transportation Co., Ltd. (Ehime), and their affiliates, creating a consolidated subsidiary.