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Indonesia's sprawling archipelago is a logistics company's nightmare

Lazada Indonesia is boosting its own fleet of vans and motorcycles. (Photo courtesy of Lazada Indonesia)

JAKARTA   Delivering a box of goods to a home in Tobelo, a city in Indonesia's North Maluku Province, is no easy task. From Jakarta, the package is flown in a commercial plane about 2,500km northeast to Ternate, a city on a nearby island. A boat then carries it east to a city called Sofifi. Finally, the package is loaded onto a truck and driven north for about five hours to Tobelo, passing through mountainous terrain. The journey can take up to five days.

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