SEA Digest: Grab launches grocery service in VN; Gojek, Halodoc offer free medical consultation

Grab has announced the launch of grocery services in Vietnam, while Gojek has launched a free online medical consultation service in partnership with Halodoc.

Grab launches grocery service GrabMart in Vietnam

Singapore-headquartered ride-hailing firm Grab has launched GrabMart, a grocery service on its app, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

GrabMart allows users in the southern city to order fresh and processed food and drinks from its merchant partners, including supermarkets, convenience stores and food retailers.

“GrabMart is implemented in light of the government’s push for online shopping, providing safety options for local people amid the spread of COVID-19,” said Nguyen Thai Hai Van, the newly appointed country manager for Grab Vietnam.

Vietnam is the fourth market in Southeast Asia where Grab has launched the grocery service, after Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia.

Last week, the super app also started its contactless delivery initiative in Vietnam in order to help curb the mushrooming of COVID-19.

Gojek joins hands with Halodoc to offer free COVID-19 medical consultation

Gojek and Halodoc on Monday announced the launch of Check COVID-19, a free online medical consultation service for Indonesians experiencing coronavirus symptoms. The service seeks to ensure that those reporting symptoms can access instant medical advice from a doctor.

Through Check COVID-19, which is now available on the Gojek app and links to Halodoc’s app, consumers can conduct an initial self-assessment by answering a list of automated questions related to COVID-19 symptoms and their travel histories.

The self-assessment will then immediately direct suspect cases, classified as medium to high-risk, to an online chat with a doctor for further diagnosis and next steps, which may include an in-person COVID-19 assessment at a government hospital.

Those who complete the self-assessment and are categorized as low-risk will receive educational materials on preventative health measures and can access Halodoc’s ongoing telemedicine services to deal with other symptoms.

Gojek is an investor in Halodoc. It had backed the latter’s Series A funding round in 2016 and topped up last year.

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

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  • 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. 
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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.