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Logistics firm launches restocking service for SMEs

Ehda M. Dagooc - The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines — Tech-enabled express logistics company, Ninja Van Philippines announced its expansion beyond eCommerce, vertical with the launch of Ninja Restock.

Ninja Restock is a new business-to-business (B2B) solution, that aims to address the current challenges in the logistics market, which, despite contributing to as much as four to 6 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), remains highly fragmented.

“Many small and medium-sized businesses encounter difficulties in sending out

products and supplies to their branches, particularly if they have less than a truckload’s (LTL) supply to send out at any given time,” said Vin Perez, Country Head of Ninja Van Philippines, highlighting the struggles faced by medium-sized businesses in restocking their stores from a centralized warehouse

Those needing LTL shipments and trucking services often have to face exorbitant fees, or have to endure extended waiting times to send out supplies and products, Perez added.

Ninja Restock leverages the Ninja Van Group’s extensive experience in e-commerce logistics and offers brands and businesses a hassle-free B2B delivery solution to distribute supplies to their various locations and branches.

According to recent data from KPMG, a staggering 67 percent of Filipino businesses consider customer perception of delivery speed as a key driver for success. This underscores the need for seamlessness in logistics solutions.

“Ninja Restock streamlines the resupply and delivery process, providing flexibility and cost optimization with the benefit of nationwide coverage,” added Perez.

In addition to Ninja Restock, the company also highlighted Ninja Fulfillment, which provides integrated manpower, warehousing, and inventory management solutions. Last year, the company unveiled a 3,700-square-meter, 2,400-pallet warehouse in Cabuyao, Laguna capable of processing around 15,000 orders a day.

The new facility provides inbound, storage, outbound, and return processes that are fully integrated with the company’s last-mile services, resulting in faster parcel handling and delivery.

“Innovation and expansion into these B2B delivery solutions is a strategic pivot that complements our expertise in e-commerce logistics,” noted Ninja Van Philippines Chief Commercial Officer Sabina Lopez-Vergara.

“As a trusted delivery partner of brands across a diverse set of verticals – from banks, electronics, to beauty, fashion, and even the government – we have a keen understanding of how the diverse logistics needs of businesses need a one-stop, seamless, solutions-based approach,” Lopez-Vergara added.

Global brands have already started using Ninja Restock for their operations. In Malaysia,

Ninja Van restocks different store branches of Skechers USA, Inc. as well as Faber Castell, helping them optimize limited store space by steering clear of overstocking on slow-moving items and avoiding prolonged out-of-stock situations on fast-moving items.

In the Philippines, the fast-growing coffee chain Pickup Coffee faced challenges in managing its in-house fleet for restocking outlets beyond Metro Manila. Ninja Restock provided the coffee with daily restocking support for outlets in select provinces.

Alongside the launch, Ninja Van held a forum with key stakeholders in the logistics and supply chain sector to discuss challenges and opportunities, including Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary Mary Jean Pacheco, Supply Chain Management Association of the Philippines (SCMAP) Vice President Pierre Carlo Curay, Procurement and Supply Chain Institute of Asia (PASIA) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Charlie Villaseñor, Avon Philippines’ Kimwell Llanes, and the University of the Philippines - Diliman’s Dr. Iris Ann Martinez.

Ninja Van is a tech-enabled express logistics company providing hassle-free delivery solutions for businesses of all sizes across Southeast Asia with a strong presence in six countries, such as Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand.

Launched in the Philippines in 2016, Ninja Van’s “Todo Hustle, No Hassle” commitment now serves 100 percent of the Philippine population and has made it among the fastest-growing tech logistics companies in the country.

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