SingPost is first logistics partner of Alibaba Merchant Delivery Scheme

Singapore Post (SingPost), that provides ecommerce, postal and logistics solutions in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region has become the first logistics company to form a partnership with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba as part of the latter’s ‘Merchant Delivery Scheme’.

Alibaba is a global wholesale trade platform under the Alibaba Group.

Alibaba.com members registered in the region, particularly in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, will enjoy preferential rates and discounts on certain delivery services. For instance, Singaporean members will enjoy a discount on SingPost’s “Speedpost” services and International Mail services, while Thai and Malaysian members can obtain preferential rates using the “Ezyparcel” services.

Verified Members and Gold Suppliers are supplier members who have passed an authentication and verification process conducted by Alibaba.com or a third party. SingPost experts will also be on hand to provide logistics consultation and advice.

This partnership comes as part of move by Alibaba.com to transform itself into an end-to-end trade platform. Rather than being a wholesale platform, it wants to serve the needs of small businesses in major aspects of global trade, such as sourcing for business partners, closing deals and logistics.

Eric Sin, senior manager of strategic partnership and global business Development of Alibaba.com, stated: “The growing penetration of e-commerce has made it easier for small businesses to conduct trade with buyers in overseas markets. However, logistics remains a challenge due to high costs and the complexity of moving goods across borders,” said  “

Sin added: “We are excited to introduce the ‘Alibaba Merchant Delivery Scheme’ to better serve the logistics needs of our Southeast Asian members. By leveraging on the strong delivery networks of our partners in the region such as SingPost, we hope to offer our small business members a cost-effective and seamless logistic solution to lower their barrier to conducting international trade.”

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In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

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  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.