Grab to launch shuttle bus services in Yangon this year

FILE PHOTO: A man walks past a Grab office in Singapore March 26, 2018. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo

Southeast Asia’s technology company Grab will expand its offerings in Myanmar by launching bus services in Yangon, as part of its 2019 plan to improve user experience in the frontier country.

‘GrabShuttle’ is among the four new ride-hailing services that Grab plans to introduce in 2019, according to an announcement. The bus shuttle aims to facilitate connectivity to offices and universities.

Grab is also launching options for booking a cab through a call centre or online portal with its GrabCall and Grab Web Booking options. It is also launching its service, Rent, that allows users to book a car with a dedicated driver.

“We will continue to innovate and evolve our offerings to create a more efficient transport network and improve the experiences of our driver partners and passengers,” said Alvin Loh, acting country manager, Grab Myanmar.

Across Southeast Asia, Grab announced hitting the mark of facilitating 3 billion rides as of January 20, 2019 across six countries.

Grab claims that it saw a 300 per cent increase in overall daily bookings and rides in Yangon in 2018 compared to 2017. It launched GrabShare and GrabThoneBane, its three-wheel bike service in Mandalay and Bagan, in 2018.

In Myanmar, Grab competes with local brands GetRide, Oway Ride and Ok Taxi across the country. Meanwhile, FastGo, a ride-hailing brand from Vietnam, is targeting to roll out its services across Myanmar.

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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.

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