Another milestone for Cainiao’s business in South Korea
Cainiao Network, the logistics arm of Alibaba Group, today announced the launch of its first distribution centre and trucking line haul route in South Korea to enhance cross-border delivery services for its eCommerce platform, AliExpress.
South Korean customers will be able to receive their parcels from Mainland China in as fast as three working days, or an average of five working days. Cainiao plans to further expand its last mile delivery network by adding on more local courier partners and establish a comprehensive nation-wide logistics network, beyond the capital city of Seoul.
Located within an hour’s drive from Seoul, the capital and largest metropolis in South Korea, the 1500-square meter distribution centre is also strategically located near the local customs clearance checkpoint. It is equipped with innovative smart technologies, such as automatic assembly lines, and smart distribution set-up which can support high volume small parcel sortation, amongst other smart logistics facilities. These will reduce operating costs by 10 percent and save more than 12 hours in processing and handling time for cross-border deliveries.
“To accelerate delivery time, Cainiao has also established a trucking line haul route with daily capacity of 1 ton that is connected to the distribution centre. Once packages are sorted and packed, they can be brought directly to the nearest courier station to be dispatched via last mile delivery.
“The launch of this distribution centre and trucking line haul route is another key milestone for Cainiao’s business in South Korea, where we witnessed a 50 percent increase in sales volume over the past year. The localized logistics network, along with a cost-effective logistics solution, will enable cross-border merchants to continue meeting consumer demands and improve their overall shopping experience,” saidLouis, Executive General Manager for Cainiao Global.
“By expanding our partner ecosystem and implementing smart logistics in the distribution centre, we are able to optimize the efficiency of the entire value chain. We look forward to achieving its full potential during the upcoming 3.28 sale, when a surge in parcel volume is expected,” Shawn added.