Cainiao: SMEs are the growth engines of the economy.
Cainiao Smart Logistics Network, the logistics arm of Alibaba Group Holding Limited, today announced it has entered a partnership MOU agreement with Korea SMEs and Startups Agency (KOSME) to officially serve as the logistics partner for SME export business in South Korea.
The MOU aims to promote bilateral trade, and foster multi-faceted collaboration to spearhead the expansion and development of e-Commerce industry between South Korea and China. This is a major milestone for Cainiao as it extends its logistics services to merchants outside the Alibaba ecosystem in South Korea to make it easier for them to tap on the overseas markets.
In line with the MOU, Cainiao will be KOSME’s official logistics partner for their logistics subsidy program
which will provide up to 15 million won in subsidies per company to cover approximately 70 per cent of
their export expenses such as e-Commerce logistics. The objective is to help SMEs tide over this uncertain
economic situation by accessing the Chinese market.
Last year, the program has facilitated the logistics for over 3.7 million online exports, and reduced SMEs’
export logistics cost by an average of 48 percent or up to 82 per cent when benchmarked against Express
Mail Service (EMS)’ market rate (across 10 major countries).
As part of the agreement, SMEs will be able to leverage Cainiao’s one-stop logistics management system
which provides real-time insights and support across warehouse inventory, order fulfilment, delivery
status, billing, and any forms of anomalies for immediate rectification.
“SMEs are the growth engines of the economy. We are honoured to be selected as KOSME’s official
logistics partner to support millions of South Korean SMEs in their expansion into new markets to establish
business resilience. As a trusted partner to KOSME and Korean SMEs, our goal is to make cross-border
logistics as seamless as possible, by taking care of the digitalized full-chain including order fulfilment, local
and overseas B2B and B2C warehousing, international shipping, customs clearance as well as first and last
mile logistics. This will offer SMEs a greater peace of mind to better focus on their sales and growth
strategies,” said James Zhao, General Manager for Global Supply Chain, Cainiao Network.
This news comes after Cainiao’s official launch in South Korea last year to provide end-to-end logistics
services for businesses’ import and export needs. This includes over 15,000 square meters of warehouse
space in South Korea, sea and air freight – six cargo ships and six cargo planes weekly, and various logistics
partnerships that provide first and last mile delivery and facilitate customs clearance in South Korea and China.