Grab merges GrabFood into its main app in Singapore

Grab steps up its game against Go-Jek

Grab Singapore says it will integrate its food delivery service GrabFood into the main Grab app within the first half of 2019. That means Grab users can order food without switching to a different interface.

That mirrors how Grab and GrabFood already work in Indonesia, Grab’s largest market in ASEAN. Grab’s biggest rival Go-Jek, native to Indonesia, also operates food delivery from within its main app. Both companies follow a “super app” strategy, where a variety of interconnected services are offered within a single app experience.

in Singapore, Grab kickstarted its food delivery vertical after the merger with Uber in Southeast Asia. As part of that deal, Grab took over Uber Eats, which was a standalone app, and launched GrabFood as a standalone app as well.

Having both services on a single platform allows GrabFood to capitalise on the customer base that is already actively transacting on the main app, which could give GrabFood an advantage over its competitors in the food delivery sector such as Food Panda and Deliveroo.

But above all, integrating GrabFood into its main app means is an advantage in the competition with Go-Jek, which currently only offers ride-hailing service in Singapore. Although Go-Jek is keen on bringing in additional services, it has no concrete plan to do so at the moment, which gives Grab room to win market share for food deliveries in Singapore.

Editor: Nadine Freischlad