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DHL eCommerce to Help Boost Japan's Booming Cross-border E-commerce Landscape with New Distribution Center

2016-11-22 13:12
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-- The facility will offer reliable, value-for-money e-commerce logistics services for local e-tailers and marketplaces
-- DHL Parcel International Direct service offers unprecedented 4-6-day delivery times from Japan to the United States of America and the United Kingdom
-- DHL GlobalMail Packet Plus service provides industry-leading rates for shipping to Europe

TOKYO, Nov. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- DHL eCommerce, a division of Deutsche Post DHL Group (DPDHL Group), has announced its plans to build an Outbound Cross-Border eCommerce Distribution Center by April 2017. Located in Narita, Japan, the facility will broaden the range of e-commerce logistics services available to e-tailers and marketplaces operating in the country.

New shipping products specifically designed for e-tailers will offer greater choices to reach consumers in Europe, the United States (U.S.) and the United Kingdom (UK). Focused on reliability and value-for-money, the services are tailored according to the unique needs of e-tailers and marketplaces in the Japanese market. This latest development by DHL eCommerce will help drive Japan's booming cross-border e-commerce market, which is growing at a CAGR of 16 percent and estimated to hit over EUR1.1 billion in 2018[1].

DHL Parcel International Direct, a cross-border shipping product, will offer affordable deliveries from Japan to the U.S. and the UK. This product promises transit times of 4 to 6 business days, a game changer in the current Japanese logistics landscape. Another cross-border shipping product, DHL GlobalMail Packet Plus will offer the best rates for Japan-Europe deliveries, with transit times of 5 to 10 business days and a high degree of visibility into the status of packages. These products will help Japanese e-tailers handle the increasing pressure when it comes to servicing more overseas customers, making timely deliveries, and keeping operating costs low. Major marketplaces will also be better equipped to handle rising volumes of e-commerce deliveries and offer Japanese e-tailers a global reach and value-added services.

With an estimated cross-border e-commerce value of USD40.8 billion (EUR38.5 billion), the U.S. is one the top export destinations for Japan's e-commerce products[2]. Roughly 25 percent of digital shoppers in the country have made a cross-border purchase in the past 12 months[3]. Europe also presents a tremendous opportunity for Japanese e-tailers. There are currently 303.1 million digital buyers in the region and total e-commerce sales volume has hit USD370.3 billion (EUR349.4 billion)[4].

"We are seeing incredible growth in the Japanese cross-border e-commerce market and look forward to helping local players surmount their challenges. Our solutions offer easy one-stop gateway services for e-tailers, enabling them to deliver greater customer experiences while remaining in control of their costs. In addition, we will help them connect with overseas markets by partnering with popular marketplaces to deliver reliable services with a global reach," said Yoshihiko Sasaki, Managing Director, DHL eCommerce Japan.

The distribution center will be co-located with the Japan Global Distribution Center in Narita established by one of DHL's divisions. Leveraging a cross-divisional approach, this will help bring Japanese e-tailers to more customers overseas, and enable them to also tap into comprehensive supply chain solutions. This means that customers who utilize the new DHL eCommerce offerings will get access to more in-depth supply chain expertise and an extensive logistics network that serves over 220 countries and territories globally.

"The power of e-commerce lies in its ability to break physical barriers. E-commerce companies are not limited by geographical borders and have the flexibility to offer services and products to customers in other countries. By combining the deep understanding of the Japanese market which DHL eCommerce has, with the warehousing and transport management capabilities of our sister division, we will be able to explore operations such as fulfillment as part of a global partnership for our customers," added Sasaki.  

Expanding its regional e-commerce footprint

The expansion plans in Japan are part of a larger Asia Pacific strategy by DHL eCommerce. The company also recently revealed its EUR70 million investment in India to boost the capabilities of the Delhi and Mumbai air hubs to enhance B2C e-commerce delivery in India.

In June 2016, DHL eCommerce announced that it will grow its overall presence in China by 50 percent, with the expansion of the distribution centers in Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. Along with the huge growth of e-commerce in China, the distribution centers will enable maximum volumes of over 130 million shipments a year combined.

Earlier in January 2016, DHL eCommerce launched domestic delivery operations in Thailand and announced plans to double its fleet and number of depots by 2017. Thailand, with its tremendous growth potential, fast e-commerce adoption, and high smartphone penetration rates, was identified as the first Southeast Asian country to launch the DHL eCommerce domestic delivery service -- in line with the Group's Strategy 2020.

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DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 340,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as "The logistics company for the world".

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 59 billion euros in 2015.

[1]

Ministry of Economics Trade and Industry Japan and DHL eCommerce internal analyses

[2]

KEY BUSINESS DRIVERS AND OPPORTUNITIES IN CROSS-BORDER ECOMMERCE, Payvision, 2016.

[3]

Ibid.

[4]

Ibid.

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