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Fintech firm Modalku partners with Tokopedia to provide financing facility to offline partners

The new feature can offer financing to around 350,000 Tokopedia offline agents with small kiosks.

Softbank-backed online marketplace Tokopedia and Indonesia’s fintech lending firm Modalku have launched a new feature named Tempo. Tempo provides financing with fast activation and flexible usage for Mitra Tokopedia, the offline partners who run small kiosks and who are registered with Tokopedia.

The partners can make purchases of goods through an online wholesale feature with a payment limit. According to Modalku, the feature has been used by thousands of Tokopedia partners in several cities in Indonesia, including Java, Medan, Palembang, and Pekanbaru. It further said that Mitra Tokopedia experienced a five-fold increase in turnover per month on average compared to before activating the Tempo feature in their applications.

As of October 2019, there are around 350,000 active Mitra agents for the platform. Putra said that Tokopedia’s 30 digital products will gradually be made available to Mitra Tokopedia partners, thus encouraging traditional retail players to contribute more to Indonesia’s digital economy.

The limit provided on the Tempo feature is adjustable, depending on the needs of the partners, ranging from IDR 250,000 to IDR 5 million (USD 17.85 to USD 357) per transaction. The partners can make payments using the Tempo feature for a period of up to ten days. Repayments are done directly using the partner balance feature contained in the Tokopedia Partner application.

“We continue to strive to reach more MSME segments in Indonesia. Stalls are one type of  business that we encounter very much, but many have difficulty accessing funding due to locations that are difficult to reach and lack of education about the benefits of technology in getting venture capital. Our collaboration with Tokopedia is in line with Modalku’s mission to increase financial inclusion including stall traders who have the potential to develop,” Reynold Wijaya, co-founder and CEO of Modalku said in a press statement.

This is not the first collaboration between Tokopedia and Modalku. In July, Tokopedia and Modalku announced a partnership to provide online merchants in the country access to Modal Toko, a platform which offers them loan products to grow both their business and revenue.

Modal Toko received a lending license from the Financial Services Authority (OJK). This has allowed merchants to get a capital loan up to IDR 300 million (USD 21,400) that can be withdrawn anytime following an easy application process.

The loan approval process takes one day and merchants can get a loan with flat-to-low interest rates without administration fees, according to an official statement.

By allowing merchants quick access to funds, for inventory purchases for example, the facility by Modal Toko is expected to help merchants increase revenues because they can widen the product range they sell to customers.