Indonesia Digest: Grab adds hotel booking feature; Tokopedia rolls out warehouse service

Unicorns in Indonesia have been actively introducing new services to cater to the largest market in the region. While Tokopedia has launched ‘TokoCabang’ to allow customers to store goods without having to set up their own warehouses, Grab has introduced a hotel booking feature.

Tokopedia introduces TokoCabang warehouse service

Tokopedia on Tuesday introduced TokoCabang,  which allows its merchants to store goods at a designated warehouse without having to set up their own warehouses.

TokoCabang, which literally mean ‘branch outlet’ in Bahasa Indonesia, is now available in Jakarta, Bandung (West Java), Surabaya (East Java), and will expand to other cities and regions across the archipelago.

Tokopedia head of fulfillment Erwin Dwi Saputra said, the unicorn will provide assistance ranging from handling incoming orders, packaging, to handing over the packages to shipping couriers.

With TokoCabang, sellers will be able to reach more buyers by storing their goods in Tokopedia’s warehouses across the regions, while for buyers, it enables them to receive the products quicker, along with cheaper shipping cost.

Currently, Tokopedia is developing analytics that will provide information to help assist merchants in storing the products where demand for the goods is higher.

Grab launches hotel booking service in partnership with Agoda

Grab has launched a hotel booking service in partnership with online accommodation provider Agoda to provide a myriad choice of luxury or budget hotels, apartments, vacation homes, and family-run B&Bs, the company said in a statement.

Through the Grab app, users can book the accommodation and easily compare the prices across numerous choices.

Grab’s hotel booking service is now available across Southeast Asia. Grab will add more features and benefits to its newly-established service within this year. Users will also able to enjoy special Grab ride offers with the purchase of its hotel booking.

The unicorn will also establish a partnership with global travel booking platform Booking.com in the near future.