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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