Menlo aggressive on Asia Pacific expansion

Menlo Worldwide is adopting an aggressive strategy of merger and acquisitions and strategic expansions in key Asia-Pacific markets to reinforce its position in the region as a leading 3PL (third party logistics) player. The company, which is the global logistics subsidiary of Con-way Inc., has earmarked more than US$6.5 million for facility expansions and upgrades […]


Menlo Worldwide is adopting an aggressive strategy of merger and acquisitions and strategic expansions in key Asia-Pacific markets to reinforce its position in the region as a leading 3PL (third party logistics) player. The company, which is the global logistics subsidiary of Con-way Inc., has earmarked more than US$6.5 million for facility expansions and upgrades in Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia.

In June, Menlo Worldwide acquired Singapore’s Cougar Express Logistics for US$34 million and also acquired Shanghai-based Chic Holdings for US$60 million in September. Both acquisitions have boosted Menlo Worldwide’s operating sites in the region from 13 to 155 and its warehouse capacity from 300,000 sq.ft to 3.5 million sq. ft.

“As China is becoming the world’s factory, several companies are facing high manufacturing costs which are getting complex, and they also face lots of challenges from both inside and outside the country,” James Hsu, Managing Director, Menlo Worldwide, Asia Pacific, says.

He says customers nowadays expect better services and China is moving away from the low end production and OEM businesses. “Many companies, which are manufacturing, have their own brands and they want to market them globally. They face several challenges such as how to optimize (their processes), and we give them this support.”