'En-Route': Where to Find Jobs in the Logistics and On-Demand Services Industry
In an industry that is often utilized (because it’s very much needed) by both businesses and consumers, are freight , storage, and delivery companies where your career can thrive
Between the country being comprised of thousands of islands, to the immense traffic resulting from a significant portion of the country’s aforementioned growing population working or residing in highly urban areas like Metro Manila and Metro Cebu, the Philippines’ ever-growing population will always have a continuing need for efficient transportation solutions and/or goods and service delivery system.
Not surprisingly, innovators and investors have taken notice, with a number of companies leveraging technology and the country’s significant workforce to bring convenient transport and delivery solutions to Filipino clients, be it via ride-hailing, courier services, warehousing, or bulk deliveries. Indeed, there remains plenty of opportunity in the industry. According to global market research firm Transparency Market Research, the Philippines freight and logistics market is expected to be valued by an estimated Php3.26 trillion by 2023.
It may seem like a complicated career, but this also depends on which facet of the industry one enters. And because of the many levels, opportunities for advancement are always available. Professional advancement is also commonplace, with hard work and continued innovation more than enough to result in career longevity.
If you are looking to break through in logistics and on-demand services, the following are some companies you may want to consider applying to, as each are significant players in the industry, and are presently offering a variety of career opportunities.
Launched to satisfy a specific logistical need - van hiring, Lalamove was initially established as EasyVan in Hong Kong in 2013. Now, the company operates in over 100 cities across Mainland China, India, South East Asia– with the Philippines as one of its largest markets.
Along with deliveries via Van to anywhere in the metro within 55 minutes or less, Lalamove’s services have since expanded to also include Purchase Services and Food Delivery. The company has also recently entered into a partnership with Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. in an effort to help both micro, small and medium enterprises and large corporations cut transport costs, reach more consumers, and make even more on-time deliveries.
Headquartered in Berlin, Germany, Foodpanda is one of the most well-known online food delivery brands in the world. Presently operating in 11 countries and territories, the company reportedly has a food network of over 150,000 restaurant partners, and as of 2017, had fulfilled as many as 291.5 million orders.
Acquired by tech giant Delivery Hero in 2015, Foodpanda has amassed as much as $318 million in venture capital since its inception in 2012, with the likes of American multinational Goldman Sachs among its investors. The company also counts Open Street Map and Google as its main partners for the mapping and location of its delivery services.
A joint venture between Yusen Air & Sea Service Co., Ltd.in Japan and Transnational Diversified Corporation in the Philippines, Yusen Air & Sea Service Phils., Inc. was established in April 1992 and became a leading multi-modal international cargo forwarding organization for both air and sea and provider distribution services in the country.
The company integrated its operations with NYK Logistics Philippines in 2011 to become Yusen Logistics Philippines, Inc. Among its numerous business -to-business services are PEZA (Philippine Economic Zone Authority) and non-PEZA warehousing, in-plant logistics operations, and domestic distribution/deliveries.
Loc&Stor 24/7 has positioned itself as “the Philippine's first world class self- storage facility”, providing both businesses and consumers solutions to their storage space needs and ultimately helping in organizing, decluttering, and reclaiming valuable space homes and offices.
A member of the Self Storage Association Asia's (SSAA), Loc&Stor 24/7 offers ”cutting-edge security, an easy and convenient self-storage experience, and a professionally-run facility with friendly customer-oriented staff”, and presently does so with its locations in Pasig, Urban Ave. and JP Rizal in Makati, and along the Southern Luzon Expressway (SLEX).
Established in Singapore in 2014, Ninja Van has since expanded to offer its hassle-free delivery services for businesses of all sizes in other countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Along with delivery options for varying budgets, the company’s solutions also include cash-on-delivery services, flexible parcel pickup, and international shipping.
“Trusted by more than 35,000 shippers across Southeast Asia”, the company has reportedly served over 570,000,000 clients in the region and completes as estimated 15,000 deliveries or transactions per day in the six countries it serves. Among its more recognizable clients are the likes of Lazada, Tokopedia, and Unilver.
Presently regarded as Southeast Asia's leading ride-hailing platform after it’s acquisition of rival Uber’s operations in the region, Grab began as a taxi-hailing app in 2012. It has since expanded its services to not just include private car services (GrabCar), but also motorcycle taxis (GrabBike), social carpooling (GrabHitch), last mile parcel delivery (GrabExpress), and online food delivery (GrabFood).
Initially operating in Singapore, the company now also caters to Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, and the Philippines. Grab had also opened a major development centre and office in the city of Seattle in the United States in an effort to attract and work with talent in the U.S.
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