A landmark alliance of three companies in the transportation and logistics industries is about to shake up the cargo delivery business in the country, particularly in the southern portion of the archipelago.
The nation’s biggest bus transport operator, Ceres, has formally signed a deal to form a strategic business partnership with supply chain/logistics firm Quick Reliable (formerly QRS) and e-commerce shipping company Xend Business Solutions. This alliance is aimed at benefiting more individuals and businesses through boosting the cargo operations in the country, particularly in Visayas and Mindanao.
The biggest bus network
Ceres began operations through the Bacolod City—Valladolid—La Carlota bus route in Negros Occidental, which was among the most progressive and commercially busy provinces in the 1970s. After over 48 years in the business, the company now operates in bus hubs in Batangas and in all major cities in Visayas and Mindanao.
“As a Visayan company, we hope that our partnership with Quick and Xend will help bring development to and create healthier businesses in the countryside,” said Ceres President and CEO Leorey Yanson. “With our vast fleet, transportation experience, and strategic locations, we look forward to maximizing the potentials and address capacity requirements for cargo delivery in Southern Philippines.”
Improved logistics service in Vis-Min
For its part, Quick Reliable has been redefining logistics and shaking businesses’ supply chain for more than two years now. The main thrust of its operations is loading of smaller-than-container-load cargoes via passenger and delivery buses, which are embarked in roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) vessels going to various islands. This makes its service more preferred by small and mideum-sized enterprises (SMEs’) that operate on lower budgets and whose delivery requirements fall below the scale of typical container shipments.
The company has current partnership with other transport players like Jam Liner, Philtranco, Archipelago Philippine Ferries, Germalin Forwarding, and many other local and independent courier services.
“Through this partnership, we are confident that we can bring down cost and improve services for our customers nationwide,” said Quick Reliable President Emer Ilagan. “Through Ceres and its proven knowledge of the Southern Philippines geography, plus the technological innovations of Xend, we are excited to hasten and improve cargo delivery in Visayas and Mindanao areas.”