Alibaba Cloud opens its data center in Malaysia

Meets growing demand in the region and enables enterprises to run workloads in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2017-Nov-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, today (October 30, 2017) opened its data center in Malaysia. Located strategically for Southeast Asian coverage, the data center will meet the surging demand for scalable and cost-effective cloud computing services among enterprises in the region.

As the first global public cloud platform in Malaysia, the new center will provide Malaysian enterprises a local choice to build their businesses and run their applications on a powerful, reliable and secure cloud platform. Customers with low latency or data sovereignty requirements will be able to store and process huge amounts of data in Malaysia. By migrating IT infrastructure to the cloud, enterprises can leverage Alibaba Cloud’s scalable and cost effective cloud services to scale rapidly, accelerate innovation and expand their geographic reach in minutes.

The power and network strength of the data center reaches beyond Malaysia. It provides flexibility for enterprises as far away as Singapore, Hong Kong and Thailand to subscribe to services according to different disaster recovery and network speed requirements. The link to the data centers in Hong Kong and Singapore via Alibaba Cloud’s backbone network will provide fast, stable, secure and private or dedicated connections between different cloud environments, providing customers efficient cross-border hybrid cloud solutions.

The data center will offer a comprehensive suite of cloud products and services ranging from elastic computing, database service, networking, security, middleware, to analytics and big data. This will encompass the full range of Alibaba Cloud’s solutions which will satisfy the needs of governments and large corporations as well as enterprises in the Internet, game, multimedia, mobile Internet and finance industries. The big data service “MaxCompute” (a big data platform that allows users to store and process massive amounts of structural data to levels as high as terabyte or even petabyte) in particular, will bring sophisticated data intelligence services ranging from data processing and analytics to machine learning to Malaysian businesses, driving their technology-enabled business transformation.

Alibaba Cloud has dedicated a local team of solutions architects and professional consultants to provide services from cloud consulting to after-sales support, helping customers of all sizes as they move to the cloud and enabling them to realize their full economic potential.

Simon Hu, Senior Vice President of Alibaba Group and President of Alibaba Cloud said: “The Malaysia data center will give us a leading edge to support the growth of SMEs and other businesses in the region. For SMEs and start-ups in particular, access to scalable and cost effective cloud services, as well as a local support team are decisive factors when they choose a cloud service partner. Alibaba Cloud’s powerful and comprehensive solutions will offer smaller companies a level playing field to compete in global trade. Large enterprises, on the other hand, will enjoy the convenience and security of local data storage, helping them to meet applicable regulatory requirements.”

In March this year, Alibaba Group announced the setup of the first overseas e-hub under eWTP or Electronic World Trade Platform in Malaysia. The cloud solutions offered by the data center will facilitate seamless cross-border online businesses for Malaysian enterprises.

“In the near future, cloud computing, data technology and AI will become fundamental tools for all companies and organizations to operate effectively. The newly opened data center will boost Malaysia’s cloud infrastructure and be the digital foundation to realize the eWTP vision in the country,” Hu added.

The new data center in Malaysia will add to Alibaba Cloud’s 14 data centers worldwide, covering mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Australia, the Middle East, Europe, and the U.S. (East and West Coast).

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About Alibaba Cloud

Established in 2009, Alibaba Cloud (, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, is among the world’s top three IaaS providers according to Gartner, and the largest provider of public cloud services in China, according to IDC. Alibaba Cloud provides a comprehensive suite of cloud computing services to businesses worldwide, including merchants doing business on Alibaba Group marketplaces, start-ups, corporations and government organisations. Alibaba Cloud is the official Cloud Services Partner of the International Olympic Committee.

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McDonald’s Corporation announces Lionhorn Pte. Ltd. as the Developmental Licensee for its Malaysia and Singapore markets

OAK BROOK, IL, 2016-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD) today (Dec 2, 2016) announced it has selected Lionhorn Pte. Ltd. as the Developmental Licensee (DL) for its Malaysia and Singapore markets. Lionhorn is led by Sheik Fahd and Abdulrahman Alireza, who bring 20 years of experience as the DL for the nearly 100 McDonald’s restaurants in the Western and Southern regions of Saudi Arabia.

“This transaction marks another milestone in our Company’s ongoing efforts to identify strategic partners who share our values and vision to accelerate our growth and scale across diverse markets, drive innovation and place us closer to our customers and the communities we serve,” said McDonald’s President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Easterbrook.

The new DL assumed ownership of the McDonald’s business in Malaysia and Singapore on December 1, 2016, which includes a total of 390 restaurants, more than 80% of which were Company-owned. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Under the DL structure, McDonald’s transferred its ownership interest in McDonald’s Malaysia and Singapore and granted a license to the DL to run McDonald’s restaurant operations in these markets. The DL partner will provide the capital necessary to support and grow the business and will pay an initial franchise fee and an ongoing royalty to McDonald’s.

“We are pleased to welcome Sheik Fahd as the Developmental Licensee for our business in Malaysia and Singapore,” said Simone Hoyle, Head of McDonald’s Asia Foundational Markets. “Sheik Fahd and Abdulrahman Alireza’s experience in running great restaurants will create brand excitement for our customers and new opportunities for our people as these markets continue to grow and develop.”

Leading the day-to-day management of the Malaysia and Singapore markets, respectively, will be local operating partners Azmir Jaafar and Kenneth Chan, both of whom previously held senior leadership positions at McDonald’s and together possess over 40 years of experience.

This announcement follows a rigorous evaluation and selection process over the past year. As part of its turnaround plan announced in May of 2015, McDonald’s committed to refranchising 4,000 restaurants by the end of 2018 with the long-term goal of becoming 95 percent franchised. With this transaction, McDonald’s has now refranchised approximately 1,300 restaurants.

About McDonald’s:
McDonald’s is the world’s leading global foodservice retailer with over 36,000 locations in over 100 countries. More than 80% of McDonald’s restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent local business men and women.

McDonald’s has successfully utilized the DL ownership structure for more than 30 years in regions throughout the world including more than 70 individual countries with a portfolio of approximately 5,500 restaurants.

About Sheik Fahd and Abdulrahman Alireza:
Sheik Fahd and Abdulrahman Alireza serve as McDonald’s Developmental Licensees in the Western and Southern regions of Saudi Arabia, with nearly 100 restaurants. In their capacity as the McDonald’s DLs, Sheik Fahd and Abdulrahman Alireza were awarded the Golden Arch Award in 2001, the highest recognition for a McDonald’s franchisee in the organization. Abdulrahman currently serves as General Manager of the McDonald’s business in Saudi Arabia.

About Kenneth Chan:
Kenneth Chan will join the Lionhorn DL organization as the operating partner for Singapore/Malaysia and Managing Director (MD) of Singapore. Prior to this, Kenneth served as Division President of China & Greater Asia as well as CEO of Greater China and MD of Singapore with oversight to Malaysia, Korea and Taiwan. His extensive knowledge of both markets and of the McDonald’s system will enable him to drive strong growth for the new DL.

About Azmir Jaafar:
Azmir Jaafar will join the Lionhorn DL organization as operating partner for Malaysia and will continue in his current role as the market’s MD. Previously, Azmir held other significant roles including Chief Development Officer of McDonald’s China and MD of the Company’s Middle East markets. Since his recent return to Malaysia, Azmir has successfully led a turnaround in the business with locally relevant, customer-focused strategies.


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Source: McDonald’s

LuLu Group strengthens its retail presence in the Far East with the opening of its first hypermarket in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia , 2016-Jun-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kuala Lumpur: LuLu Group further consolidate its retail presence in the Far East by opening the first LuLu Mall with hypermarket in Malaysia. The 250,000 sq. ft. hypermarket was inaugurated by the Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Sri Najib Tun Razak in the presence of Dato Sri Dr. Ahmed Zahid Hamidi, Dy. Prime Minister, Minister of Agriculture, Govt. officials, Ambassadors of UAE and the High Commission of India, and other dignitaries.

The group had recently announced its plans to invest US$ 300 million RM 1.3 billion as part of its expansion and intends to set up 10 hypermarkets in the next 5 years in the country.

The new hypermarket is ideally located in the CapSqaure, Jalan Munshi area of Kuala Lumpur, and is expected to be one of its kind in the country and will attract a large segment of population from all walks of life with its attractive product offers and range. The new hypermarket is spread in 3 levels and combines everything from grocery and supermarkets products to fashion, household and latest electronics and gadgets. Hot food from around the world, fresh seafood and locally grown produce are some of the key highlights in the supermarket area.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Prime Minister Najeeb Razak said “We are very pleased to welcome LuLu brand to Malaysia as this will pave way for more international brands to come and invest in Malaysia. I am also hopeful that LuLu will surely open many more hypermarkets and malls not only in Kuala Lumpur, but also in other parts of Malaysia.”

“With an initial investment of $300 million in the first phase, we plan to open 10 hypermarkets by end of 2021 and a central logistics and warehousing facility in Malaysia. These projects are likely to generate more than 5,000 job opportunities for Malaysians,” said Yusuff Ali M.A., Chairman, LuLu Group, while commenting about the first LuLu Hypermarket in the country. “We also plan to set up contract farming to ensure continuous supply of high quality products and to support the Malaysian agriculture sector,” he added.

“Today the whole world knows about Malaysia’s economic stability, investor friendly approach, liberalized policies and world-class infrastructure and we are confident about our success here and our hypermarkets encompass both supermarket and department store formats and we intend to bring a whole new world of shopping to the residents of Malaysia.” He added that other hypermarkets would be opening in Kota Baru Kelantan, Shah Alam Selangor, Johar Baru, Bangi, Ipoh Perak, Malacca, Penang and Kuala Terengganu.

Apart from the 10 hypermarkets which are already planned, Yusuff Ali also announced the group’s plan to invest another US$ 500 million in setting up the largest shopping mall in Malaysia.

During his official visit to UAE in 2014, Malaysian Prime Minister Dato Sri Najeeb Razak had visited LuLu Hypermarket in Abu Dhabi and expressed keen desire to have LuLu in Malaysia. He was especially impressed by the high standards of operations, quality of products & service, and also the wide variety of products available in LuLu.


LuLu Group strengthens its retail presence in the Far East with the opening of its first hypermarket in Malaysia

LuLu Group strengthens its retail presence in the Far East with the opening of its first hypermarket in Malaysia


Source: Lulu Group

Malaysia: Giant to open six new stores and relaunch 28 existing stores nationwide

MALAYSIA, 2016-1-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — SHAH MAIM GCH Retail (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (Giant) plans to open six new stores and relaunch 28 existing stores nationwide to provide a renewed shopping experience for customers next year.

Among the six new stores to be opened are in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur, ICangar, Kedah; Kota Baru, Kelantan; and Jeneh. Terenggam while the remaining two have yet to be revealed.

Giant operations director Ernest Potgleter said the company has decided to relaunch its stores after receiving complaints from customers that the stores have started to tool outdated.

‘Our customers said we look old. We have to revive the business. The stores have not been refurbished for the past five years and It Is time to give a new look.

“Giant Malaysia listens to customers and the transformation is tailored with the customer in mind, aiming at providing greater value and customer friendly lay out.

“We serve 23 million customers a week. You have to give them what they need and customers these days are very demanding. We have to be cheaper than other retailers and provide good service, good products and good environment in Giant stores,” he said at the relaunch of Giant Hypermarket Shah Alam, here, yesterday.

Potgleter said Giant spent RM2.5 million in capital expenditure to re-furbish the Shah Aim store and the amount would differ according to the size of the stores.

General merchandising director Lee Slew Mei said the relaunch embraced a change of layout making shopping a one-stop experience for customers.

“Children-related products are put together and We have a dedicated seasonal promotional area. Now, there is a back-to-school pro-motion running for six weeks and all back-to-school retatect products including stationery, school bags and uniforms are in one place,” she said.

At the same time, Lee said Giant has brought in many new ranges including those exclusive for Giant.

We have the O’Fresh range which comes directly from the farms in Cameron Highlands. The vegetables do not go through distribution cen-tres, therefore they are of better quality and the price is also lower,” she said.

Giant announced a special “Re-launch Promotion”, In conjunction with the relaunch of Giant Shah Alam from December 23 to January 31.


Malaysia: GCH Retails (M) Sdn Bhd opens new branch in Shah Alam

Shah Alam, Malaysia, 2015-12-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — GCH Retails (M) Sdn Bhd’s latest branch in Shah Alam Is set to offer competitive pricing and business opportunities for the local population.

“Giant is here to serve the daily needs of the high-density population of Kampung Melayu Subang. Our everyday-low prices will ensure basic staples are within everyone’s reach. We will continue to offer modern, clean and customer-friendly shopping environment, wide aisles, many varieties of products and above all, fair prices,” said GCH regional director Datuk Tim Ashdown.

Located in Pusat Komersial Arena Bintang in Section US Shah Alam, Giant Superstore Star Avenue, with a total retail area of 3401sq m, is currently running its special opening promotion, which will end on Dec 27.


Malaysia: Giant to plant trees and refurbish a whole classroom into a 21st Century Classroom

Hypermarket staff plant trees in compound and give classroom 21st-century look 

MALAYSIA, 2015-11-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — WHEN Rihana Hashim, principal of SMK Desa Cempaka, Nilai, received a call from GCH Retail (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd corporate affairs department, she was elated.

It was because Giant offered to plant fruit trees as well as bougainvillea and refurbish a whole classroom into a 21st Century Classroom.

“I was so happy. We have been trying to find a sponsor to help transform our best Form One classroom.

“I’m happy Giant called. And, it’s exciting to know that three years from now, we shall have rambutans to eat, plucked fresh from the tree in our own school!” she said.

Rihana believes that a well-maintained school makes a positive difference to a child’s learning development. There are over 1,200 students enrolled in SMK Desa Cempaka.

Thirty staff members from Giant Superstore Nilai led by their general manager Goh Chin Fock and the GCH corporate affairs team led by its corporate affairs director Roseta Mohd Jaffar arrived at the school with a lorry-Load of goodies, potted plants, fruit plants, paint and other materials.

They were received by over 80 teachers and students.

Together, they managed to complete their project before noon.

“Now, I will be more determined to study harder because my classroom looks so nice and beautiful,” said student Ameera Sofia Zailan, 13.

The activity is part of Giant Loves My School (GLMS) CSR programme by GCH Retail (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd which owns Giant and Cold Storage chains.

GLMS is a CSR programme that focuses on providing or enhancing school facilities and infrastructure.

GCH has allocated RM750,000 for 150 schools throughout 2015.To-date, more than 100 schools have benefitted from this programme.



Malaysia Giant to plant trees and refurbish a whole classroom into a 21st Century Classroom