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Southeast Asians are in for a treat as on-demand services seem to be ready to scratch every conceivable itch.
Right here in Singapore, pet owners can now commute with their pets, thanks to Grab. A beta version of GrabPet was launched this week. And just when the last-mile transportation industry seems to be all about electric scooters and bicycles, Grab is testing out the adoption of the three-wheeled vehicle, “Bajaj” as an alternative short-distance transport in Jakarta.
What about the need to be more environmentally friendly during longer rides? Grab is now looking at launching electric vehicles in Indonesia, not too long after introducing electric vehicles to its fleet in Singapore.
Go-Jek is also busy fundraising as it plans to offer more of its services across the region.
American Business Magazine Fast Company has recently ranked Grab second in its list of 50 most innovative companies in the world for 2019.
Meanwhile, the tech scene in China is experiencing a slowdown. After a number of big restructuring plans were announced among Chinese tech giants towards the end of last year, now some are undergoing major layoffs to prepare for a tough year ahead. Chinese ride-hailing darling Didi was affected and now JD.com is following suit.
Read on to find out more interesting stories from last week, and feel free to tip us if you have news or you just want to give us some feedback, email us at [email protected]. We are looking forward to hearing from you.
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