SINGAPORE 22 May, 2020 – China-based ZALL Group (ZALL) has donated one million surgical masks to the Singapore Red Cross (SRC). The shipment arrived in Singapore today from China on Singapore Airlines flight SQ8259, and was delivered by ezbuy.sg land transportation fleet. The goodwill gesture underscores the strong collaboration between the international community and Singapore Inc. corporations including Singapore Airlines (SIA), in supporting SRC’s response efforts towards the vulnerable groups in Singapore – in particular the migrant workers, the elderly, and frontline workers – as they tackle the COVID-19 global pandemic. The donation is one of several humanitarian aid initiatives by ZALL to shore up preparedness and resilience of countries during the coronavirus outbreak.
“The Singapore Red Cross is grateful to the ZALL Group for its donation of one million surgical masks in support of the vulnerable groups in Singapore. The masks are a precious resource, and we will be distributing them to thousands in these vulnerable groups. The masks will also help protect our frontline staff and volunteers as they serve the most vulnerable in our community, like the elderly living alone, the severely disabled in our Red Cross Home for the Disabled and the migrant workers living in the dormitories. I am glad that corporates like the ZALL Group have stepped forward to help boost our COVID-19 local response efforts,” said Mr Benjamin William, Secretary General/CEO, Singapore Red Cross.
“Singapore Airlines plays an important role in transporting essential medical supplies and other equipment that support Singapore’s battle against the Covid-19 pandemic. We are pleased to work with ZALL on this initiative, which helps to increase the supply of face masks and safeguards the general public health,” said Mr Chin Yau Seng, Senior Vice President Cargo, Singapore Airlines.
ZALL Group, Asia’s leading business-to-business (“B2B”) e-commerce group, was the first company to respond and deliver emergency medical supplies to Wuhan on 26 January within 48 hours of the city’s lockdown, riding on their global end-to-end supply chain capabilities, networks and resources in Asia. As the coronavirus outbreak widened rapidly in Asia and around the world, ZALL further expanded its manufacturing capabilities to produce face masks, with a production capacity of more than three million masks a day, and has worked with governments, embassies and civil aviation authorities across Asia to provide medical aid and equipment to curb the spread of the virus. The Group recently also partnered Alibaba to launch two ebooks to share their knowledge and experience on Fangcang shelter hospitals and emergency hospitals that has been published in more than 20 different languages to empower governments around the world in their fight against COVID-19.
Singapore is the first country outside China that ZALL is providing medical supplies, and the Group will be supplying Singapore, including this donation, with a total of more than 2 million surgical masks this month. ezbuy.sg, a subsidiary of the Group, has also donated and distributed over 300,000 masks to all people living in Singapore via www.ezbuy.sg/getmask/. To date, 100,000 families have received masks from ezbuy.sg. Beyond Singapore, ZALL will also be sending medical supplies to other affected regions across more than 10 countries around the world, such as Japan, France, Czech Republic, Indonesia, India, Peru and Ecuador, as well as Central and West African countries, including Cameroon, Congo, Nigeria, Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso.
Mr Peter Yu, Chief Executive Officer of ZALL Group International commented, “Singapore is an important market in our long-term growth strategy as we continue to grow our investments in the region. The severity of the coronavirus outbreak requires everyone to play a part to alleviate the crises, and we are committed to supporting Singapore’s efforts to fight the outbreak. We will also leverage on Singapore’s strengths as a regional hub and its excellent connectivity with the rest of the world to provide assistance through Commodities Intelligence Centre (CIC), ezbuy.sg and our technology-enabled ecosystem to areas where there are shortages in medical aid and equipment.”
Since 2018, ZALL has invested in five projects in Singapore, including the Commodities Intelligence Centre (CIC), Singapore’s first physical commodity eTrading platform (B2B) powered by blockchain technology; ezbuy.sg, Singapore’s leading global online shopping platform; ZMA Smart Capital, an online trade finance company; ZALL Chain Technology, a blockchain solutions company; and the recent application for the Singapore digital banking licence. Through these and future initiatives, ZALL hopes to contribute to the development of digital finance, blockchain solutions and the trading ecosystem in Singapore.