Indonesia Digest: GoFood launches new services; Traveloka ties up with BNI

GoFood, the food delivery arm of ride-hailing giant Gojek, has launched four new services to enhance customer experience in the food delivery experience. Meanwhile, travel unicorn Traveloka has tied up with BNI, one of the country’s largest lenders in terms of assets, to enable credit-approved customers to pay later.

GoFood launches new services

GoFood, the food delivery arm of ride-hailing giant Gojek, has launched four new services to enhance customer experience in the food delivery experience, the company said in a statement on Thursday.

Gojek has launched GoFood Pickup, GoFood Turbo, GoFood Plus, and a feature service in collaboration with Google Assistant.

While GoFood Pickup enables customers to order beforehand and pick up food at a restaurant without queueing up, GoFood Turbo service helps deliver food almost immediately wherein customers are able to order multiple dishes at different restaurants in one order.

Meanwhile, GoFood Plus offers customers a food delivery subscription package to enjoy discounts. Last but not least, the collaboration with Google Assistant enables customers to order food through an AI-powered virtual device.

Gojek claims that it has been processing for over 50 million food delivery transactions monthly in the Southeast Asian region.

Previously, GoFood had launched a feature to enable users to change their location, cloud kitchen service and GoGreen initiative where it encouraged customers to be more eco-friendly.

Traveloka ties up with BNI

Indonesian travel unicorn Traveloka has tied up with BNI, one of the country’s largest lenders in terms of assets, to enable credit-approved customers to pay later, the unicorn said in a statement.

Pay later allows consumers to go in for transactions wherein they can pay later at the due date, usually within a stipulated period of a month. The two companies are aiming to target the underbanked population in the archipelago through the launch of the new feature.

“This partnership marks BNI’s commitment to supporting Traveloka PayLater in achieving a potential loan disbursement of up to IDR 6 Trillion by 2020,” BNI Consumers Business director Anggoro Eko Cahyo said in a statement.

Cahyo said the partnership will boost BNI and Traveloka’s core business as the two companies have similar market segmentations. He said it will also contribute to the expansion of BNI’s consumer credit segment and provide more convenience to Indonesian consumers.

In September last year, Traveloka also partnered with the country’s largest lender by assets, BRI, to offer ‘pay later’ service to Indonesian consumers.

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Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.