Indonesia Digest: New feature from Tokopedia; Lippo partners SoftBank

Tokopedia has launched a new feature, Umrah package, that offers annual pilgrimage-related services while homegrown real-estate conglomerate Lippo Karawaci has collaborated with Japanese conglomerate SoftBank Corp.

Tokopedia launches a new feature

Indonesia’s e-commerce firm Tokopedia has launched the Umrah package that offers annual pilgrimage-related services in partnership with licensed local agents, the company said in a statement.

The new feature, which will enable customers to find service packages for a ‘small Hajj’ or pilgrimage, is part of the Tokopedia Salam ecosystem, a curated feature for Muslim-friendly products.

“We are working with dozens of curated agents to facilitate customers’ preparation before going for a pilgrimage. The feature also offers customers the installment payment services, by putting a deposit,” Tokopedia Salam head Garri Juanda said in a statement.

Aside from halal food and clothing, Tokopedia Salam also offers a range of investing in sharia with Tokopedia Emas and Sharia Mutual Funds.

Lippo Karawaci partners SoftBank

Indonesia’s real estate conglomerate Lippo Karawaci and SoftBank Corp, the telco subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate Softbank Group, have teamed up to implement AI and IoT technology in real estate projects.

The technology will be implemented in Lippo Village in Karawaci with the aim to develop it as the central hub of technology application & research in South East Asia.

“We intend to implement IoT technology through smart cluster management and smart traffic management in Lippo Village,” Lippo Karawaci CEO John Riady said.

The company said the technology will help improve traffic management and ease traffic flow throughout the day. The platform, powered by big data analytics, will be expanded to the group’s shopping mall and healthcare businesses.

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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.