Homegrown ride-hailing giant Gojek has teamed up with app-based logistics provider Paxel to expand its intercity delivery service to reach Semarang and Surakarta, Central Java, as well as Yogyakarta, amid surging demand during the health crisis, the companies announced on Wednesday.Earlier in April, the two firms launched the GoSend intercity delivery service to transport goods between Greater Jakarta and West Java capital Bandung, with the exception of Bogor.“Since then, demand for the service has jumped by three-fold,” Gojek head of logistics Junaidi said in a press briefing. Demand for GoSend itself rose by 90 percent between March and July, with food and beverage products topping deliveries, followed by apparels, he added.Indonesia recorded its first cases of COVID-19 in March and has since implemented large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in several regions to contain the virus, forcing many people to stay at home.“Consumer behavior has shifted during the pandemic from going to brick-and-mortar stores to online shopping. This phenomenon has increased demand for delivery services such as GoSend,” Junaidi said.The intercity delivery service will also be equipped with live-tracking and end-to-end services. “We provide live-tracking and package insurance, which enables us to compete [with logistics companies]. Our pick-up and shipment process is also quick, as we are focusing on same-day and next-day delivery services, and our prices are competitive.”According to Gojek’s presentation, the intercity delivery service will cost between Rp 15,000 (US$1.02) and Rp 30,000 for packages weighing up to 5 kilograms. Packages are also covered by insurance worth up to Rp 10 million.Meanwhile, Paxel cofounder Zaldy Masita said the collaboration with Gojek extends beyond operational services but also includes technological system integration.“We are collaborating from the operational standpoint and IT system. Furthermore, Paxel now also accepts GoPay as a means of payment.”Zaldy added that the service also implemented special delivery procedures for food and beverage products using Paxel’s chillers and coolers.“There are no other logistics companies that are focusing on food products. Alongside GoSend, we want to cater to the needs of culinary MSMEs [micro, small and medium enterprises] by providing delivery services for temperature-sensitive products.”Paxel reported that demand for the company’s logistics services has more than doubled since the COVID-19 outbreak started.MSMEs and retail users dominate 85 percent of the demand.“MSME potential, especially in the food and beverage sector, is huge in Central Java. Yogyakarta and Semarang are famous for their foods and we would like to cater to that potential,” Zaldy said.Topics :
Queensland is tracking quite well on the affordability front. Picture: Brendan Radke.HOME loan affordability has increased across Queensland while the Brisbane property market has cooled to more sustainable growth, according to the PRDnationwide’s Australian Economic and Property Report 2017 released today.The report showed Brisbane’s median house price grew an average of 1.5 per cent in the first half of 2017 but growth had slowed from an increase of 7.1 per cent in the year to May 2016, to 4 per cent in the following 12 months.PRDnationwide national research manager Dr Diaswati Mardiasmo said it signalled a return to usual, more sustainable levels of strong growth that the Australian market was experiencing prior to the property boom.“Affordability is the key issue and (Queensland) is tracking quite well in that sense,” Dr Mardiasmo said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours ago“People can still access quite a lot of suburbs under $500,000, which is not the case in Sydney and Melbourne.”She said “the Brisbane rate of income growth was disproportionate to (residential property) price growth”.“Over the past 10 to 15 years growth had tracked around 5 per cent, which was in line with our wage and income growth. So the fact that we’re still growing at 4 per cent is great because we’re still seeing that capital growth but it’s more sustainable.”Across the state, the Queensland regional markets recorded growth of 4 per cent in the first half of 2017, the highest increase of the three main states (NSW, VIC and QLD) and third highest nationally.The PRDnationwide report also found Brisbane rental vacancy rates held steady at 3 per cent and median rents had increased by 1.3 per cent.Dr Mardiasmo said the vacancy rates were the right side of healthy and the rental change was much more affordable compared to other capital cities, so it was good news for investors and tenants alike.Home loan affordability in Queensland increased by 3.6 per cent annually to March 2017, the report found. Nationally the proportion of family income needed to meet home loan repayments decreased from 31.7 per cent to 30.4 per cent and the proportion to meet rent payments decreased from 25.1 per cent to 24.6 per cent in the same time.
FPSO and marine vessel specialists, Marine Technical Limits (MTL), has expanded its team with the appointment of a new naval architect.The recruitment brings the company’s employee numbers to 42.Lead Naval Architect for MTL, Ian Stewart, said: “I am delighted to welcome Lewis to the company. His appointment will enable MTL to enhance our capabilities within the specialist FPSO inspection, repair and equipment market and to expand further our suite of MWS services.“Having worked with Lewis previously, I am looking forward to working with him again. I believe Lewis brings a great set of skills to the company, including his passion, commitment, and desire to provide the best possible support to clients in their operations.”Brown said: “I first became aware of MTL and their capabilities at Offshore Europe in 2013 where I watched an innovative presentation which generated interest around the room. I could see the desire of the company to grow expand their success into other areas of the industry.“I am proud to become part of the team given MTL’s success and reputation as a key leader within the FPSO asset integrity market with a strong company culture and values.“I am eager to help with the development of the MWS business unit and look forward to adding real value in this area as an MWS consultant.”