People receiving parcels and packages by DHL in Vietnam or Malaysia can soon start feeling less guilty about the carbon footprint generated by motorised door-to-door delivery services.
As part of Deutsche Post DHL Group’s (DPDHLs) commitment to reduce all logistics-related emissions to net zero by the year 2050, DHL eCommerce has rolled out a fleet of electric vehicles in Malaysia and Vietnam.
The roll-out coincides with company announcing its intention to operate 70 per cent of its own first and last mile services with clean pick-up and delivery solutions.
DHL eCommerce commenced nationwide domestic delivery operations in Malaysia in April 2017 and in Vietnam in July 2017. The domestic delivery network includes DHL ServicePoints for drop-off and pick-up to assist sellers and buyers, while also optimising delivery for better efficiency.
Kiattichai Pitpreecha, managing director, Southeast Asia, DHL eCommerce, said “consumers are becoming more environmentally conscious and are placing greater value on sustainable options when they shop.
“We are super pleased to be rolling out our electric fleet in Malaysia and Vietnam to support our customers — it is great for us, great for our customers and great for the country.”
The company was, he said, “committed to steadily and consciously increasing our fleet of electric vehicles in our domestic delivery network”, adding “the company recognises the need for a sustainable delivery solution”.
The company said it intends to install electric charging points with fast charging capabilities in Puchong and Cheras in Malaysia, and in Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi, Vietnam, where its delivery hubs are located.
Malaysia eComerce to hit $1.1 bln by 2020
Forecasting the Malaysia logistics industry to reach $1.1 billion by 2020, Malcolm Monteiro, CEO, Asia Pacific, DHL eCommerce, last year told tamebay that 47 per cent of Malaysian people are already using their smartphones to shop online, with some seven million shopping online every month.
‘There is a need for for high-quality logistics solutions to support this massive growth, making a tailored e-commerce delivery service a must-have.”
Meanwhile in Vietnam, Thomas Harris, managing director of DHL eCommerce Vietnam, last year told Air Cargo World that only 15 per cent of Vietnamese eCommerce shoppers paid online in 2016, making its cash-on-delivery feature for e-commerce trade extremely popular.
“Collecting cash payments, with next-day cash remittance and returns, reduces barriers to entry for smaller retailers”, Mr Harris said.
According to a report from Singaporean sovereign wealth fund Temasek and Google in 2016, Southeast Asia is a hotbed for online trade.
By 2020 more than 480 million people in the region will be online, with some 3.8 million new users getting connected to the internet every month. By 2025 e-commerce in Asean is expected to be top $88 billion.
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