Ninja Van opens Novaliches hub to meet e-commerce demand

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Ninja Van opens Novaliches hub to meet e-commerce demand
Ninja Van's Novaliches hub can process up to 50,000 parcels a day. Photo from Ninja Van.
  • Ninja Van Philippines sets up a 50,000 parcels/day automated packaging hub in Novaliches, Quezon City
  • The 5,045-square-meter Novaliches hub will carry out much of the company’s delivery services in Metro Manila and Central Luzon and create 190 jobs
  • The new hub benefits from Ninja Van Group’s US$50 million investment in automation technology and systems enhancement to drive greater efficiency in its regional network

Robust e-commerce growth in the country has led technology-enabled logistics delivery company Ninja Van Philippines to open a 50,000 parcels/day automated packaging hub in Novaliches, Quezon City, to stay ahead of the market.

The 5,045-square-meter Novaliches hub, which opened recently, will carry out much of the company’s delivery services in Metro Manila and Central Luzon.

“The growth of e-commerce in recent years – accelerated by the pandemic – now requires third-party logistics providers to stay ahead of our shippers and shoppers’ changing demands,” Ninja Van Philippines chief executive Vin Perez said in a press release.

The facility complements Singapore-based Ninja Van Group Pte’s largest automated hub and sortation system in Southeast Asian that is located in Cabuyao, Laguna.

The Novaliches facility comprises two warehouses equipped with a conveyor belt that automatically measures parcel dimensions during sorting for speedy processing of packages to cope with increasing demand for last-mile services.

The new hub benefits from Ninja Van Group’s US$50 million investment in automation technology and systems enhancement to drive greater operational efficiency processes in its nine Southeast Asian sorting hubs by the second half of 2024, the group said in another press release.

Improvements in Ninja Van’s parcel handling capabilities aim to increase the group’s overall operational productivity across Southeast Asia by 50%, the group said.

Perez said in a press release that the new hub will create 190 jobs to meet its operational requirements.

He said the Novaliches hub can process more than 50,000 parcels a day. It will serve mostly the logistics market around Luzon, where the bulk of e-commerce purchases are delivered, he said.

Perez said the Novaliches hub features fire protection, enhanced lighting, a security station and insulated roofs for the safety and security of both its workers and the parcels that it houses.

He said Ninja Van wants to build on its infrastructure base to gear up for the rising demand for logistics services and become one of the industry’s most trusted delivery players.

In April this year, Ninja Van Philippines installed new sortation systems in its automated hub in Cabuyao, Laguna. With a floor area of 21,000-sqm, this is the largest automated hub and sortation system in Ninja Van Group’s network, it said.

The Ninja Van Group and DPD Group, in their “E-Commerce Barometer 2021” report, ranked the Philippines second among six Southeast Asian countries in terms of average basket size for e-commerce purchases.

Filipinos spend at least $33 per single purchase on e-commerce platforms and want their parcels delivered by reliable and transparent service providers, the report says.

E-commerce transactions in the Philippines, which Ninja Van mainly caters to, are forecast grow at least 17% annually to P495 billion by 2025, according to London-based GlobalData.

Ninja Van also provides delivery services for enterprises of every size in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.