Ninja Van PH launches truck space sharing solution

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Ninja Van Philippines country head Jose Alvin Perez discussing their new B2B solutions, Ninja Restock on April 11.
  • Ninja Van Philippines is expanding beyond the e-commerce and last mile delivery services with the launch of a business-to-business inventory transport solution
  • Ninja Restock offers cargo space sharing on trucks, helping merchants save on truck rental fees
  • The service leverages on Ninja Van’s nationwide coverage and flexibility in responding to shifts in business requirements for the e-commerce sector

Ninja Van Philippines is expanding beyond the e-commerce and last-mile delivery services with the launch of a business-to-business inventory transport solution.

Ninja Restock offers cargo space sharing on trucks, helping merchants save on truck rental fees. The service forms part of Ninja Van’s one-stop seamless logistics solutions—which also includes Ninja Fulfillment and Ninja Dispatch—as the tech-enabled express logistics company aims to expand beyond last-mile services, Ninja Van Philippines country manager Jose Alvin Perez said during a company forum on April 11.

Perez noted that one of the challenges of small businesses is hitting their minimum order quantities before they can dispatch their truck and this could take a while, affecting their inventories.

“Many small and medium-sized businesses encounter difficulties in sending out products and supplies to their branches, particularly if they have less than a truckload’s (LTL) supply to send out at any given time,” Perez said.

He noted that those needing LTL shipments and trucking services often have to face exorbitant fees, or have to endure extended waiting times to send out supplies and products.

“Ninja Restock streamlines the resupply and delivery process, providing flexibility and cost optimization with the benefit of nationwide coverage,” Perez added.

Ninja Restock includes pick-up and delivery of items from the supplier to the warehouse (warehouse to warehouse), delivery and restock items from the warehouse to multiple drop-off points (warehouse to store), or deliver and restock items from one store to another (store to store). It can accommodate various types and sizes of packages.

The service leverages on Ninja Van’s nationwide coverage and flexibility in responding to shifts in business requirements for the e-commerce sector.

Global brands have already started using Ninja Restock for their operations. In Malaysia, Ninja Van restocks different store branches of Skechers USA, Inc. as well as Faber Castell, helping them optimize limited store space by steering clear of overstocking on slow-moving items and avoiding prolonged out-of-stock situations on fast-moving items.

In the Philippines, fast-growing coffee chain Pickup Coffee faced challenges in managing its in-house fleet for restocking outlets beyond Metro Manila. Ninja Restock provided the daily coffee restocking support for outlets in select provinces.

Ninja Van also highlighted Ninja Fulfillment, which provides an integrated manpower, warehousing, and inventory management solutions. It is part of Ninja Van’s Logistics+, a suite of supply chain management solutions that seek to support the growth of the local micro small and medium enterprises.

It provides businesses the needed storage for their products without the having to acquire their own warehouse or renting a whole facility, allowing them to focus on growing their business while also saving on costs.

Ninja Van Philippines chief commercial officer Sabina Lopez-Vergara said the country has a huge need for fulfillment services mainly due to its archipelagic nature. Based on feedback from customers, many small and medium enterprises also require storage space.

Ninja Fulfillment’s services include pick up, inventory, and storage of goods, pick and pack of orders, and dispatching of orders to customers.

Lopez-Vergara noted though that Ninja Fulfillment is “agnostic”, as clients can still use their preferred last-mile delivery partners and not just Ninja Van.

“As a trusted delivery partner of brands across a diverse set of verticals – from banks, electronics, to beauty, fashion, and even the government – we have a keen understanding of how the diverse logistics needs of businesses need a one-stop, seamless, solutions-based approach,” Lopez-Vergara added.

Perez said he is confident the two services will “very quickly be a sizable part of our business” while also remaining to see growth in the e-commerce sector.  – Roumina Pablo