Jakarta (ANTARA) - Shopee's logistics service partners expressed support for the continued partnership with the e-commerce company, citing its positive impact on their businesses and communities.

PT Tiki Lintas Nugraha Ekakurir, known as JNE, noted that it had successfully collaborated with Shopee as a logistics partner for the past eight years.

"Our strong relationship with Shopee is grounded in our joint commitment to develop the digital economy and integrate JNE’s logistics system with Shopee technology," JNE SVP Marketing Group Head Eri Palgunadi said.

Since 2016, the partnership has seen significant success, as the demand for logistics services driven by the increasing number of micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) players utilizing Shopee's sales channels continues to surge.

The 33-year-old company plans to continue working with Shopee, and remains committed to innovating its technology and services to support the growth of Indonesian MSMEs.

On May 28, the state-owned courier and logistics service company PT Pos Indonesia (PosID) awarded Shopee as its Best Private Partner in a ceremony for partners who consistently support PosID's work programs in the logistics sector.

Haris, PosIND's Director of Financial Services Business, stated that "As a postal operator, courier service provider, and logistics provider, we are proud to serve millions of Shopee users by connecting sellers to buyers in 514 cities and regions in Indonesia."

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Previously, it was reported that the Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) suggested that Shopee deliberately discriminated by mass activating select delivery service companies on its seller dashboard.

The Chairman of the E-commerce Logistics Entrepreneurs Association (APLE), Sonny Harsono, offered a different take, explaining that the priority mechanism for couriers is part of a marketing strategy, not an attempt to monopolize. Furthermore, the techniques benefit consumers.

Sonny explained that from his observations, Shopee still provides courier service options other than the delivery companies affiliated with the company.

"Therefore, it does not meet the classification of monopoly or oligopoly," he explained when contacted on Thursday (May 30).

There are more than three courier services on the Shopee platform, leading Harsono to suspect a misinterpretation of the marketing pattern as a violation of healthy business competition regulations, as outlined in Law No.5 of 1999.

"Our concern is that the cross-selling or cross-promotion interpretation is being misunderstood as an attempt at monopolization. Furthermore, buyers can change their delivery provider after check-out," he said.

"In our opinion, since Shopee still uses other logistics or courier providers, Shopee is merely utilizing marketing techniques to make services more attractive for the broader public." he added.

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Reporter: Azis Kurmala
Editor: Yuni Arisandy Sinaga
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