Phar­macy 4 Less seals JD World­wide deal

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PHAR­MACY 4 LESS has signed an agree­ment with Chi­nese e-com­merce gi­ant JD World­wide, with the deal en­hanc­ing the Aus­tralian phar­macy group’s reach into the Chi­nese mar­ket.

Of­fi­cials from JD World­wide vis­ited the Phar­macy 4 Less of­fices in Syd­ney last week to seal the pact, which fol­lows dis­cus­sions which had been on­go­ing for some months after Phar­macy 4 Less Manag­ing Di­rec­tor Feras Karem recog­nised changes in cross-bor­der e-com­merce trends.

“We have been do­ing busi­ness in China since 2015 and we look for­ward to this ex­cit­ing new chap­ter,” Karem said, adding “Aus­tralian Dis­count Phar­macy holds such im­por­tance for the Chi­nese cus­tomer, and we look for­ward to the op­por­tu­ni­ties that are ahead with JD”.

Un­der the new ven­ture, Phar­macy 4 Less will utilise JD’s mar­ketlead­ing ware­hous­ing and lo­gis­tics ca­pa­bil­i­ties in China, giv­ing lo­cal con­sumers faster de­liv­ery and a bet­ter shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence than the cur­rent cross-bor­der model.

“It’s all about the shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence. To be able to place an or­der and re­ceive your par­cel only hours after it has been placed in cer­tain cities is a great ex­pe­ri­ence.

“We know there is de­mand in China for qual­ity Aus­tralian prod­ucts, but our big­gest lim­it­ing fac­tor to date has been our de­liv­ery time,” Karem said, with the cur­rent busi­ness model mean­ing parcels can take up to three weeks to clear cus­toms and reach con­sumers. “With JD’s bonded-ware­house model, de­liv­ery be­comes a mat­ter of hours or days,” he added.

JD World­wide Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Di­rec­tor, Jaff Tian, said the com­pany’s plat­form had helped busi­nesses from across the globe reach Chi­nese con­sumers with its ad­vanced lo­gis­tics in­fra­struc­ture. “We look for­ward to de­vel­op­ing this re­la­tion­ship with Phar­macy 4 Less in 2019,” he said.

The sign­ing cer­e­mony at the Phar­macy 4 Less of­fice in Syd­ney (pic­tured) in­cluded rep­re­sen­ta­tives from key sup­pli­ers in­clud­ing Swisse, Bayer, Pfizer, Phar­maCare, Vi­taco, Phy­to­logic and McPher­son’s.

Guests also in­cluded mem­bers of the JD World­wide team who flew in from Bei­jing and Mel­bourne to take part in the oc­ca­sion.

Phar­macy 4 Less said it was cur­rently ex­pand­ing its prod­uct range on the JD World­wide plat­form, and any sup­pli­ers in­ter­ested in part­ner­ing with the com­pany should con­tact Billal Karem on [email protected]­ma­cy4­less.com.au.

PIC­TURED from left: Ja­son Cai, MD Ze­bra Dig­i­tal; Sean Cui, JD World­wide; Yuan Xing, JD World­wide; Feras Karem, Phar­macy 4 Less; Jaff Tian, JD World­wide; Billal Karem, Phar­macy 4 Less; and As­sad Karem, Phar­may 4 Less.

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