Friday, 5 May 2017

(The Star) Pos Malaysia, Lazada developing e-commerce distribution centre

KUALA LUMPUR: A RM60mil e-Commerce regional distribution centre is being set up in Sepang’ Selangor, via a collaboration between Pos Malaysia Bhd and Lazada (M) Sdn Bhd.

The companies have signed a memorandum of collaboration (MoC) yesterday for this purpose.

Pos Malaysia Group chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salleh said the centre, to be located at the former low-cost carrier terminal, would provide value-added services such as air-sea-land transportation solutions, international transshipment, postal and courier services as well as warehousing facilities, among others.

“The distribution centre can handle 182,000 tonnes of items. We are targeting 34 million items for next year followed by 64 million in 2019,” he told reporters after the signing ceremony here.

It was signed by Mohd Shukrie and Lazada Malaysia chief executive officer Hans-Peter Ressel.

Mohd Shukrie said renovation works were expected to start next week and the centre is slated to begin operations on Aug 31.

“The hub is expected to benefit both international and local e-commerce players and customers in 30 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Concurrently, the collaboration agreement will also see the establishment of a regional e-fulfillment hub based in Sepang,” he added.

Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd has allocated two-thirds of the terminal space of about 430,000 sq ft for the hub and 330,000 sq ft for Lazada’s distribution centre.

Pos Malaysia will be footing the infrastructure cost, with Lazada supporting the five-year collaboration with its e-Commerce expertise, handling of items and training.

“The centre is a significant part of Pos Malaysia’s journey into the region and is an affirmation of our long-standing strategy to provide end-to-end integrated logistics, as part of our growth trajectory in the e-Commerce segment,” said Mohd Shukrie. – Bernama