As a key member of the ASEAN region, Malaysia has always pride itself on its strategic geographic location, stable economic and social environment, which are coupled with an extensive logistics industry offering advanced transportation facilities and well-linked connectivity.
Supported by the present Logistics and Trade Facilitation Masterplan (2015-2020), the Malaysian Government has set out for the nation to become a regional player in the logistics sector. Through this plan, the Government plans to increase the contribution of the country’s transport and storage sub-sector towards the gross domestic product of 4.3% by 2020 and achieve cargo volume of more than 880 million tonnes by the same period.
Leveraging on these initiatives and more importantly recognising the opportunity of the fast-growing global logistics industry, Pos Malaysia Berhad, already the country’s leading postal service provider, has recently taken steps to become an important player within the regional market.
With shareholders of both parent company DRB-HICOM Berhad and Pos Malaysia having recently given their nods to the Group to consolidate its logistics businesses via the integration of services by Pos Aviation formerly known as KL Airport Services Sdn Bhd (KLAS) , Pos Logistics, formerly known as Konsortium Logistik Berhad (KLB) and Pos Asia Cargo Express, formerly known as DRB-HICOM Asia Cargo Express Sdn Bhd (ACE) into Pos Malaysia Berhad, Pos Malaysia is well positioned to strengthen its foothold in the competitive marketplace.
The integration exercise will help to streamline the operations and also to enhance the synergies within the postal and logistics businesses, as well as allows Pos Malaysia to tap on the growing demand of e-commerce services both domestically and internationally.
“We truly believe that the evident growth of the logistics industry, not just in Malaysia but also globally, is an opportunity that must be captured immediately. By merging the business synergy between Pos Malaysia and its logistics group, we will establish an end-to-end integrated logistics fulfilment solutions which will make it easier and more cost effective for businesses in Malaysia to run their operations,” says Pos Malaysia’s Group Chief Executive Officer, Dato’ Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salleh.
Currently, the Group has a combined warehouse capacity of 1.78 million square feet. With Pos Aviation, an independent ground handler providing comprehensive range of services to commercial airlines operating through Malaysian airports, and Pos Logistics offering haulage, transportation, warehouses and air sea freight services, Pos Malaysia has firmly established a foothold in the entire logistics eco-system.
In addition, the recent acquisition of Pos ACE also provides an additional platform by delivering all integral facets of air cargo logistics operations including air freight chartering, break bulk cargo, consolidation services and truck flight services. Pos ACE presently operates two Boeing 737-400 freighters, with plans already in place to expand its fleet to six aircrafts over the next five years.
Another area of interest to Pos Malaysia is the fast-growing e-commerce services sector. Dato’ Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salleh believes that this presents an enormous opportunity for global logistics players to provide total integrated logistics services to e-retailers that require customised solutions for their businesses’ complex supply chain.
“Pos Malaysia, supported by DRB-HICOM’s diversified business reach, is well-positioned to provide not only the first and last mile services, but also the intermediate requirements that are needed to establish an efficient integrated logistics solution, particularly in the fast expanding e-commerce sector,” said Dato’ Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salleh.
To ensure a truly total integrated logistics solutions eco-system, Pos Malaysia is continuing to expand its customer touch-points across the country with the setting up of more Pos Laju EziBox (parcel locker services), Pos Laju Prepaid Dropbox (drop-off facility), Pos Laju EziDrive-Thru, Pos Laju Kiosks as well as enhancement of services and facilities at all Pos Laju Centres and post offices nationwide. This will grow to a total of 110 more customer touch points from the current total of 1,030 throughout Malaysia by the end of 2016.