'Exploding' e-commerce industry drives growth of e-logistics provider Entrego

Cathy Yang, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 22 2019 05:19 PM | Updated as of Mar 23 2019 07:56 PM

Inside Entrego's sorting facility in Parañaque. ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The e-commerce industry in the country is seeing an explosive growth as more Filipinos depend on online shopping for their daily needs, the head of e-logistics provider Entrego said Friday. 

The booming industry, expected to grow to $10 billion by 2025, is also driving Entrego's end-to-end fulfillment and logistics business, said president Constantin Robertz.

"We see a market, an e-commerce space that is very much exploding and customers are forming a habit of ordering more and more online. And of course they’re doing it to address all of their daily needs," Robertz said in an exclusive interview with ANC's The Boss.

Entrego, which has 54 hubs nationwide, is still expanding with the help Ayala Corp's unit AC Infrastructure Holdings Corp. It recently broke ground for its 12,000 square meters automated fulfillment center which is expected to be completed by November. 

Entrego's president Constantin Robertz speaks to Cathy Yang for ANC's The Boss. ABS-CBN News

Robertz, who was managing director of online platform Zalora Philippines, said he decided to focus on logistics to fulfill the need of delivering parcels in the fastest and most economic way.

Entrego is a "nationwide business" as 50 percent of parcels being delivered daily are to addresses outside the greater Manila area, he said.

"It’s about essentially connecting the whole archipelago because people all over the Philippines are ordering online," Robertz said. 

The administration's P8 trillion Build, Build, Build program could also help logistics companies such as Entrego provide faster and cheaper shipping services, Robertz said. 

"The more we build roads, bridges, airports and ports, the easier it becomes for companies such as Entrego to provide soft infrastructures which are the networks that run on these roads and ports to really get things from A to B," Robertz said.

"Investments both in hard infrastructure and soft infrastructure, and technology coming into play, will help a lot in bringing down the cost ," he added.