Alibaba's logistics arm completes fundraising with Temasek, GIC, Khazanah

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BEIJING/SHANGHAI: The logistics arm of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has completed a funding round, China's biggest e-commerce company said. 

Investors in the funding round of Cainiao include Singapore's Temasek Holdings and GIC Pte Ltd, Malaysia's Khazanah Nasional Bhd, and China's Primavera Capital, Alibaba said in a statement. 

Alibaba did not disclose details of how much money Cainiao raised, whether it issued equity shares, or at how much the logistics unit is now valued. 

This is Cainiao's first funding round since Alibaba founded it three years ago, the company said. Then, Alibaba and a group of Chinese logistics companies said they would spend 100bil yuan (RM63.37bil) over five to eight years to develop a national logistics network. 

It was not immediately clear whether Cainiao has already spent the 100bil yuan (RM63.37bil) money. An Alibaba spokesman declined to comment. 

Alibaba is seeking to take a lead role in developing China's fragmented package delivery industry, as e-commerce spreads beyond urban hubs and requires a more robust logistics network. In partnership with delivery businesses, Cainiao crunches reams of data on everything from order trends to delivery routes and weather patterns to increase efficiency. 

Alibaba said it would work with investors to further build out its "big data logistics network". 

China's dominant e-commerce company has been fighting off stiff competition from smaller rival Inc, whose loss-making business model prioritises controlling a large logistics network, like Inc's. — Reuters

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