Monday, November 17, 2014

Middle East Meets South East Asia as Two Freight Forwarding and Logistics Companies Join Forces

New Joint Venture Targets a Growing Market
Shipping News Feature

DUBAI – THAILAND – UAE express freight and logistics group Aramex has reinforced its name in Thailand with a new joint venture undertaken with Bangkok headquartered general forwarding group Leo Global Logistics. The new company, Aramex Thailand, is designed to strengthen Aramex’s Asia-Pacific proposition, building on the company’s owned operations in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, China and Australia to help facilitate smooth cross border movement across the region.

Local experts Leo Global Logistics currently provide a complete suite of services including air, sea and land freight forwarding as well as door to door small parcel deliveries and will give Aramex the benefit of home grown expertise in Thailand and across South East Asia. The joint venture fits the Aramex company’s aggressive expansion strategy in global growth markets. Mirroring Aramex’s asset-light business model, Leo Global Logistics has low ownership of fixed warehouse and transportation assets, working with strategic partners in order to maximise efficiencies and reduce costs. Othman Aljeda, Chief Executive Officer for Aramex in Asia, said:

“Leo Global Logistics has extensive industry and market experience in the region with an excellent management team which has significant first-hand knowledge and expertise. The company is perfectly aligned with Aramex’s business strategy and model I’m sure they will bring significant added value to our existing operations in South East Asia.”

South East Asia is home to more than 542 million people, and with consumers purchasing an increasing number of goods and products online, total e-commerce sales reached $3.65 billion in 2013. Aramex says it is set to take advantage of this growing demand, as the volume of online transactions is predicted to steadily increase across the region. Hussein Hachem, Chief Executive Officer of Aramex commented:

“I am delighted to announce this joint venture in Thailand, which sets the stage for Aramex Thailand to play a key role in continuing our expansion into the Asia Pacific market and to benefit from our established global network. The performances of our operations throughout Asia-Pacific this year have been very encouraging overall; we recently announced record growth figures for Aramex, and our expansion into global markets such as Thailand is a key contributor to this.”

Annually, the logistics sector in Thailand generates approximately $10 billion for the economy, with a current reliance on land freight and transport. With a population of more 65 million and a developing e-commerce platform, Thailand also offers prolific opportunity for Aramex to offer online shopping delivery solutions. Kettivit Sittisoontornwong, President and CEO of Leo Global Logistics observed:

“We are very proud of the business we have built in Thailand over the years, becoming one of Thailand’s leading logistics firms and look forward to working closely with Aramex to strengthen our offering in freight forwarding, express services, ecommerce solutions including Shop and Ship as well as secure records and information management solutions. Aramex has a strong global network and international expertise and this joint venture complements our dedication to continuously providing both our existing and new customers in Thailand with comprehensive integrated total logistics solutions.”

Photo: The first Aramex Thai office.