Samsung sets up logistics company as market heats up

Last update 16:00 | 10/08/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – Setting up a logistics joint venture with Minh Phuong, Samsung has shown that it wants to jump into a new business field in Vietnam. But the move may trigger a new war in the domestic logistics market.vietnam economy, business news, vn news, vietnamnet bridge, english news, Vietnam news, news Vietnam, vietnamnet news, vn news, Vietnam net news, Vietnam latest news, Vietnam breaking news, Samsung, logistics services, SYK

For the majority of Vietnamese, Samsung means smartphone, TV and washing machine. However, the South Korean investor has been taking steps towards the logistics markets.

Before joining hands with Minh Phuong, Samsung teamed up with ALS, also a logistics company, to manage the goods terminal at Noi Bai Airport, one of the two largest airports in Vietnam.

Samsung’s involvement in the management at the goods terminal at Noi Bai helps Samsung ensure delivery time and smooth operation of the supply chain. Noi Bai is the biggest export portal for Samsung’s electronic exports manufactured at its two factories in Bac Ninh and Thai Nguyen.

Samsung’s involvement in the management at the goods terminal at Noi Bai helps Samsung ensure delivery time and smooth operation of the supply chain. Noi Bai is the biggest export portal for Samsung’s electronic exports manufactured at its two factories in Bac Ninh and Thai Nguyen.

However, the cooperation with Minh Phuong is another story. The owner of the company was once praised by Bloomberg as the ‘logistics Queen’ of Vietnam. To take part in the domestic logistics market, where road transport makes up 65 percent of the market share, joining hands with Minh Phuong was the most efficient choice.

MOIT estimates that the logistics service market in Vietnam is worth $20-22 billion a year, which accounts for 20.9 percent of the country’s GDP.

Transport services alone, which account for 40-60 percent of total logistics costs, is a vast market.

The great potential of the market explains why foreign companies, including DHL Sypply Chain, Maersk Logistics, APL Logistics, Nippon Express and Kerry Logistics, have been in Vietnam for many years.

In marine and air transport connecting Vietnam with international markets, foreign companies now hold the upper hand. Meanwhile, in the domestic logistics market, local enterprises are still dominant.

According to the Vietnam Logistics Firms Association, there are over 1,300 operational logistics firms, including foreign invested ones.

Le Duy Hiep, chair of the association, denied that 80 percent of the revenue of the logistics market goes to foreign invested enterprises’ pockets. In fact, Vietnamese enterprises undertake most of the services such as port exploitation, domestic transport and storage.

However, he said Vietnamese enterprises feel pressure from foreign service providers. Samsung is not the only foreign investor setting up a joint venture with a Vietnamese company to obtain domestic market share.

DHL and Kerry Logistics, Yusen Logistics and Logitem have been in Vietnam for a long time. In May, Korea Economic Daily reported that Tae Kwang Industrial wants to buy a stake in Gemadept, a big company in the marine transport sector in Vietnam.

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net). I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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