Indonesian Airline Garuda and Go-Jek Consider Logistics Partnership that Enables Go-Jek to Move Goods Easier in Southeast Asia
The partnership will make it easier for Grab to deliver parcels to customers in the Southeast Asia archipelago via Garuda’s fleet. Garuda’s Chief Executive unveils that the talks between Garuda and Go-Jek are in an advanced stage and an agreement is expected to be finalized in the next few months.
According to Channel News Asia, this proposal seems to be one of several being explored by Garuda to reduce its dependence on passenger traffic as the airline had a bumpy road in 2018.
Alpha JWC, Angels Infuse the Vietnamese Logistics Platform with $5.5 Million which will Advance LOGIVAN's Data Analysis and Cross-Platform Integration
LOGIVAN, a Vietnam-based web platform that connects truckers with shipping capacity, has secured $5.5 million in funding which will go to data analysis and cross-platform integration to increase supply chain efficiency. The company will also apply artificial intelligence (AI) to verify information, safeguard information, understand user needs, and improve prediction accuracy.
The round was participated by venture capital firm Alpha JWC and two angel investors, one of them is a founding managing partner at Matrix Partners China.
Grab Singapore Integrates GrabFood into Its Main App, Considers to Open a Central Kitchen in Singapore
GrabFood, currently a standalone app in Singapore, will be integrated into the Grab “super app” within the first half of this year. Following the integration, the company aims to be the leading food delivery player in terms of order volume, having the most extensive selection of merchants and the shortest delivery time.
To achieve the above target, the company considers the possibility of setting up a central kitchen in Singapore where it invited popular merchants from outside of the capital city. Already adopted in Jakarta, the model may put GrabFood in a level playing field with Foodpanda and Deliveroo.
AIS DigitALL Shop has no queue, no counter service, and no cash required. Thailand’s largest mobile operator Advanced Info Service (AIS) spends $635K on an unmanned store that is designed for the connected generation and reduces daily operating cost to 30-40%.
First launched in Phuket, the first so-called smart city of Thailand, AIS is planning to 161 AIS service shops nationwide. AIS plans to embed artificial intelligence (AI) at every customer touch point in every service shop, as AIS has positioned itself to be a digital life service provider.
In the last quarter of 2018, beauty giant Estee Lauder witnesses a double-digit growth, reporting sales that exceeded $4 billion for the first time. The report also states that Estee Lauder’s net earnings rose to $573 million compared with $123 million last year.
The strongest growth engines during the quarter included the skin care category globally, the Estee Lauder Asia-Pacific business, online and travel retail channels, and most brands, including Estee Lauder, La Mer, Mac and the company’s artisanal fragrance brands.