Cainiao Smart Logistics Network Ltd plans to set up a distribution park in Batu Maung, Penang to capitalise on the global surge in demand for e-commerce.
The logistics company, an affiliate of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Penang Development Corporation (PDC) to conduct viability and feasibility studies on the development of the planned distribution park including the proposed components.
Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the results of the studies are expected to be out within six months to a year. The MoU was signed by PDC CEO Aziz Bakar and Cainiao KLIA Aeropolis Sdn Bhd CEO Tim Fan.
“Following the MoU signing, Cainiao has earmarked a piece of land measuring approximately 12.14ha owned by PDC close to the Batu Maung Air Cargo Complex and about 3.1km from the Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge, to be studied for the development of a distribution park.
“The distribution park in Penang is planned to encompass a regional e-commerce and logistics hub, serving the e-commerce SMEs and cater to the demand for warehousing and distribution by air cargo operators,” he told a press conference after witnessing the MoU signing recently.
Chow said given the global expansion of the logistics industry, the plan for a distribution park in Penang is timely and relevant.
Distribution centres are a fundamental component of a supply network as they provide a single location to stock a large number of products. Such facilities are in high demand in Penang, which is a prime location for industries and export-oriented businesses.
Fan said Malaysia is a very strategic location for the logistics company and it sees a huge opportunity to grow in this market.
“Our first hub in Malaysia is at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and we want to grow the business in the northern region with Penang being the second (hub),” he said.