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CHINA BRIEF| Alibaba-backed logistics provider Best to create 40,000 jobs, including 5,000 in Southeast Asia

New positions will cover technology development, product operations, quality control, warehousing, and transportation.

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Hangzhou-headquartered logistics company Best (NYSE: BEST), which has Alibaba among its investors, will create over 40,000 jobs in China and Southeast Asia in 2020 to meet demand after the sector’s recovery from the coronavirus outbreak, according to a press release of the company on Wednesday.

The additional jobs will be created through Best’s various divisions, including Express, Freight, Supply Chain Management, and Global, which will open 5,000 jobs in Southeast Asia. The new positions will cover technology development, product operations, quality control and procurement, as well as front line operations such as warehousing, sorting, and transportation.

“As China starts returning to work, we are already seeing a rapid recovery in many different sectors that require logistics support,” the firm’s CEO Johnny Chou said.

JD Logistics, an arm of Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com, is also looking to hire over 20,000 new warehouse and delivery workers to meet surging online demand, South China Morning Post reported in late March.

This article is part of KrASIA’s “China Brief” section, where KrASIA’s reporters will provide quick daily updates about the tech ecosystem in China.