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The race to become Southeast Asia’s first super-app continues between Grab and Go-Jek. After Grab announced new features for Singapore last week, Indonesian on-demand unicorn Go-Jek also quietly introduced additional features to serve a wider range of users.
Go-Jek’s new offerings
Indonesians rely heavily on messaging app for their daily communication and Go-Jek is now equipped with a chat feature that allows users to exchange personal messages. The feature is also integrated with Go-Pay so users can split bills, transfer or request Go-Pay credit.
Go-Jek also collaborated with online travel agent Tiket.com to launch a travel feature named Go-Travel where you can book hotel rooms using Go-Jek’s main app. It’s likely that Go-Jek will add more services in the future like flight and train tickets because these are also available on Tiket.com.
Compared to its competitor Ovo–Grab’s payment partner in Indonesia–Go-Jek’s fintech arm Go-Pay doesn’t seem to be too aggressive in exploring financial products just yet. Go-Pay’s first move in expanding its financial services is the collaboration with mutual funds platform Bibit. The partnership allows Go-Pay’s users to invest through Bibit by using Go-Pay credit although it is not clear whether Go-Pay will provide the investment feature on its platform.
Total loan disbursements from online lending
Total loan disbursement by online lenders in Indonesia reached USD 1.58 billion, according to the 2018 Annual Member Report by Indonesia’s fintech association.
The total transaction value of digital payment platforms in Indonesia reached USD 3.29 billion and both figures grew significantly from the year before. These are indicators to keep an eye on.
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