A new efulfilment hub developed by Malaysia Airports and Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba Group has begun operation in Malaysia, media reports said. The new efulfilment hub is a project under the electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP).
Known as the Cainiao Aeropolis eWTP Hub, it is a joint venture between Malaysia Airports and Alibaba Group. Previously it was known as KLIA Aeropolis DFTZ Park. The project is expected to facilitate 24-hour delivery within Malaysia for ecommerce operators, and also create a 72-hour delivery time frame to the rest of the world.
The hub spans 60 acres with 1.1 million sq ft of warehouse space and it is expected to double KUL’s cargo volume to 1.4 million per year by 2029.
Group chief executive officer at Malaysia Airports, Dato’ Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salleh told the media, “We are targeting vertical markets from the automotive, sporting goods, fast-moving fashion and lifestyle, retail electronics and medical equipment sectors, among others.
“With the growth in cargo volume, we are looking at improved airline connectivity via KUL with new routes and increase in flight frequency, belly space utilisation and freighter capacity. We hope to double the current number of freighter flights in the next 10 years. Existing airline partners at KUL will enjoy new business yield while we create a synergistic partnership with local industry players e.g. Pos Aviation, MABKargo and GTR to integrate existing facility within the Cainiao Aeropolis eHub, Malaysia while the final mile delivery for the fulfilment of the goods will be operated by GDex, Pos Laju, J&T Express and others.”