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President Chain upgrades logistics

By Amy Su  /  Staff reporter, in HSINCHU

President Chain Store Corp (PCSC, 統一超商), which operates Taiwan’s largest convenience-store chain, 7-Eleven, started upgrading its logistics management system this month in order to improve energy efficiency and save costs.

The company is set to spend tens of millions of New Taiwan dollars to upgrade the system, co-developed with Chunghwa Telecom Inc (中華電信), and it may take about a year for the digital management system to be installed in the company’s 1,311 logistics vehicles nationwide, a company official said.

“Installing the system will help the company’s logistics quality and reduce fuel consumption of our logistics vehicles,” Chang Chia-hua (張家華), a vice president in PCSC’s marketing division, told a press conference.

The company expects the system to help monitor and control the idle time of its logistics vehicles. The move may further cut carbon dioxide emissions by 578 tonnes per year, translating into 100,000 liters of gas, it forecast.

Meanwhile, PCSC plans to launch a new logistics center in Taoyuan County’s Jhongli City (中壢) by the end of this year, after it opened a logistics center for fresh food products in Keelung on April 1.

It expects its continuous investment in logistics to help it offer faster and wider service to its more than 4,850 7-Eleven stores in Taiwan, especially those in remote regions, Chang said.

Currently, PCSC has reinvestments in four logistics-related companies, including Retail Support International (捷盟行銷), Wisdom Distribution Service Corp (大智通文化行銷), Uni-President Cold-Chain Corp (統昶行銷) and President Logistics International Co Ltd (捷盛運輸).

Chang said the quality of its logistics service is important to the company, which also plans to expand its fresh-food business in view of the expanding dining-out market in Taiwan.

Last year, PCSC posted NT$134.57 billion (US$4.51 billion) in sales, with sales of fresh food accounting for a record 18 percent, company data showed.

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