Apple begins hiring for effort to bring retail chain to Malaysia

(Jan 25): Apple Inc has started hiring employees for its retail expansion in Malaysia, preparing to bring the chain to the Asian country for the first time.

The company recently published vacancies for its Malaysian base on its website, seeking store managers, technical and support staff, corporate sales representatives and operational specialists. The listing indicates that the position is for his own Apple retail store and not the location of a long-running third-party reseller in Malaysia.

The move will strengthen Apple’s presence in Southeast Asia, where it already has stores in Thailand and Singapore. The company recently also started advertising job listings for its first location in India, which has been planned for several years.

An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.

The job listing doesn’t indicate where in Malaysia the first store will be located, but Apple will likely start in Kuala Lumpur, the country’s capital.

Apple doesn’t report sales in individual countries, but the company made more than US$29 billion last year from its Asia Pacific segment, excluding Greater China and Japan. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company already operates an online store in Malaysia.

Apple started its retail chain about 22 years ago and now has over 500 stores worldwide, mostly in the United States. His last international deployment was in Bangkok in 2018.

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