Indonesia Digest: GOJEK partners DBS Bank; Traveloka rolls out new lifestyle feature

DBS bank building at night in the central business district of Singapore. Photographer: Nicky Loh/Bloomberg

Ride-hailing major GOJEK has partnered with Southeast Asia’s largest lender DBS Bank to ease payments system for passengers while Traveloka has launched a new unit focused on the lifestyle business division.

GOJEK teams up with DBS Bank 

Indonesia’s ride-hailing firm GOJEK has partnered with Singapore-based DBS Bank to allow and ease the payment system for GOJEK passengers using a feature called ‘DBS PayLah!’, the lender said in a statement on Thursday.

GOJEK customers would be able to add the feature as their preferred payment methods on the app for both iOs and Android users in Singapore.

GOJEK said, in a statement, around 35 percent of its daily-ride-hailing payment is through cash. With the partnership, DBS could tap into the user base who are yet to own debit or credit cards as their primary payment method.

DBS PayLah! has been used by a million of customers in Singapore at about 80,000 merchants.

In the coming months, both DBS and GOJEK will announce further collaboration, especially in cross-marketing initiatives.

Traveloka rolls out new lifestyle feature

Travel and leisure online booking marketplace Traveloka has launched a lifestyle and entertainment feature in its platform dubbed as ‘Traveloka Xperience’, the company said in a statement.

The feature would allow users in finding various lifestyle and entertainment categories in Southeast Asia, ranging from tickets for attractions, travel tours, massage and spa, beauty service, film tickets to music and sports tickets.

The company saw that there is a growing demand for entertainment and lifestyle services, especially in Indonesia and in the region.

Currently, Traveloka has over 10,000 activities and recreation inventories in 60 countries. Traveloka also offers more than 40 payment choices for its users.

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.

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.