U-Freight Korea opens new hub to target e-commerce

By Damian Brett

U-Freight Korea, part of the Hong Kong-based U-Freight Group, has opened a new logistics hub in Incheon to support its growing e-commerce business.

The e-commerce fulfilment centre (EFC) will process domestic and cross-border e-commerce shipments for business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) fulfilment.

With the anticipated increase in e-commerce logistics volumes, especially from South Korea to Vietnam, U-Freight Korea decided to invest in a “bespoke temperature-controlled facility with easy access for e-commerce vendors and buyers based in South Korea”.

U-Freight Korea’s new EFC in South Korea will also house the company’s headquarters, which is moving from the the existing multipurpose warehouse located in Incheon airport’s free trade zone.

This multipurpose warehouse, which is not suitable for e-commerce logistics operations, will continue to be used for more conventional general and bulk freight forwarding operations.

Over the course of 2020, the U-Freight Group will also roll-out e+ Solutions, its logistics product designed for e-commerce start-ups, to the South Korean marketplace.

“Launched last year, e+ Solutions is designed to help the growing number of small businesses, which are looking to capitalise on the global e-commerce market, with their logistics needs,” the company said.

“Often those start-ups have limited resources and are looking for cost effective behind-the-scene assistance with order fulfilment, plus associated logistics and administration operations.”

U-Freight Group chief executive, Simon Wong said: “For several years, U-Freight has been showing its commitment to developing e-commerce logistics services; initially for cross-border e-commerce in China, but increasingly with other parts of the world.

“The decision to remodel many of our multiple warehouses across our global network so that they are capable of providing e-commerce logistics services, as well as open new EFCs is a further demonstration of our commitment to delivering the type of logistics services that will be required as a result of the wholesale change in the way that manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and consumers are coming to the market through e-commerce.”

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