Alibaba has been reinforcing its logistics expansion in Spain for months and is now looking for the best location to open its first large logistics center in the country. The Asian group, owner of important marketplaces such as Aliexpress, is trying to find a location to locate new facilities with which it aspires to compete with Amazon in the frantic race for ultra-fast shipments.
Madrid and Barcelona are the favorite cities, for now, to locate this great logistics center. This has been advanced by the newspaper La Información, which also points to the possibility that it will finally be located in strategic areas, such as Zaragoza. In this way, Alibaba will consolidate its investment commitment to Spain, a country where the Asian company already has five physical stores, but without the scope required by the logistics infrastructure to guarantee shipments within 24 hours.
The Chinese company has already increased its workforce throughout the continent by more than 200 jobs during the last months of 2021 alone and has reached agreements with other companies -the logistics operator GLS Spain- to offer its customers the possibility of receiving your orders in less than 24 hours at the offices of the external company.
Now, Alibaba wants to take a new step in its expansion plan in Spain, and for this it has been looking for an area of about 40,000 sqm for months, as reported by La Información. The interest in expanding the business is nothing new: already in 2017, the group began to study the operation, which at that time was projected in Catalonia.
In statements to this newspaper, sources from the Asian group deny their interest in this operation, which would represent an important advance towards the consolidation of its different marketplaces in Spain by improving its competitiveness in last-mile shipments.