Online retailer opens warehouse, distribution hub in Demak Laut


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  • Thursday, 28 May 2015

Thumbs up: Julaihi (second from right) taking a group photo with Lazada officials.

KUCHING: Lazada Malaysia customers in Sarawak and Sabah can now enjoy faster and cheaper delivery with the opening of the first warehouse and distribution hub in Demak Laut here.

Lazada’s business expansion is fuelled by the good response of online retail purchases in the state. The online retailer also wants to create a marketplace for local retailers to sell their products using Lazada as a platform.

Started in 2012, it has warehouses and distribution hubs in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Singapore and Hong Kong. Currently, Lazada owns 58 delivery hubs region wide.

The new two-storey facility spans 14,000 sq ft and it will be processing and delivering customers orders in Sabah and Sarawak.

“Sarawak is among the attraction for investors. We are honoured to be chosen as a base in Sarawak and Sabah. We believe it will not only spur the economy in Sarawak but also in Sabah,” said Industrial Development Assistant Minister Datuk Julaihi Narawi during the launching of Lazada in Pullman Hotel.

“We are here to provide and facilitate any investments from overseas, not only local investors. We believe investments from locals and foreigners can spur the economy,” said Julaihi.

Lazada CEO Hans-Peter Ressel said it would tailor its operations to the local business and customers.

“We will learn more about particularities in this region and we will be adjusting our services and offerings much more to the local needs,” he said, adding that Lazada was set to provide over 100 job opportunities within three years.

Ressel said Lazada would not only help customers to purchase products at the best prices but also lend a hand for local communities, local companies and non-governmental organisations to spread their business or to help them grow and expand their services.

Regarding this matter, Julaihi urged Lazada to work closely with the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Sarawak to allow them to market their products and services to the region.

Julaihi said Lazada would be able to assist the SMEs to gain accessibility to the South-East Asia market.

In conjunction with the launching of Lazada in Kuching and the upcoming Gawai festivities, Lazada will be offering a three-day shipping period to customers in Kuching from May 28 to 30. For more information, visit lazada.com.my/the-big-east-sale.

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