Indonesian ride hailing operator Gojek and Deliveroo, the food-delivery service, have joined forces in Singapore.
Following a change in law allowing taxis to provide food and grocery deliveries – in response to increased demand during the Covid-19 lockdown – drivers will now have the option of making food deliveries around central Singaporean locations as a way to supplement their income, reports Channel News Asia.
Many drivers on the platform have reported an income drop of up to 70 per cent during the lockdown period, with some subsisting on grocery vouchers provided by a support fund established by the firm. Now they will be able to help ends meet by serving both GoJek and Deliveroo.
“By strengthening Deliveroo’s supply of delivery riders, the company can better cater to the increased demand for food delivery during the current ‘circuit breaker’ period, when more people are eating at home,” said Gojek.
The firm is also participating in a charitable effort to provide meals to vulnerable single-parent homes in the territory.
Several competing ride hailers and taxi services are already providing food delivery solutions, with arch rival Grab offering its own food platform. Gojek has its own food delivery platform in Indonesia.
Gojek will “continue to find ways to look after our driver-partners and support the wider Singapore community,” said Singapore GM Lien Choong Luen.