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Alibaba shakes up Thailand's $6.6bn logistics market

Investments in Flash and Best boost competition, but local operators cry foul

Flash Express, one of the newcomers in Thailand's logistics industry, offers home delivery for as low as 19 baht per parcel. (Photo courtesy of the company)

BANGKOK -- Bangkok's streets have been painted yellow and red by delivery trucks and motorcycles from Flash Express and Best Express lately, thanks to booming online trade that has resulted in fierce competition between logistics companies, and has also drawn in global players like Alibaba Group Holding.

More than two million parcels are dropped at logistics warehouses across Southeast Asia's second largest economy every day, as Thais embrace online shopping. Ministry of Commerce data showed that there were 1,340 logistics companies in Thailand last year, up from 1,151 in 2017 and 830 in 2016.

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