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  • Bubble Tea & Ayam Geprek Most Popular Orders Through GrabFood in Indonesia

    According to GrabFood, the food delivery service of Singapore-based technology company Grab, there are two refreshments or snacks that are particularly popular in Indonesia (and which top the ranking in terms of most ordered products by Indonesian consumers through the GrabFood app). These two products are fried chicken and bubble tea.

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  • Violence at Anti-Transport Services Apps Demonstration in Indonesia

    Today, Indonesian taxi and public transportation drivers staged another demonstration in Jakarta. They protest against the presence of app-based mobile applications such as Uber Taxi, GrabCar and Go-Jek that all recently started offering transportation services in the bigger cities of Indonesia and have become increasingly popular, at the expense of the financial performance of established transportation services such as taxis, public buses, bajaj (three-wheeled scooters) and ojek (motor taxi). The demonstration turned violent on Tuesday morning.

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  • Social Media in Indonesia: Indonesian Facebook, Line & Twitter Communities

    Line, a free social network from Japan which provides applications for instant messaging on smartphones and personal computers, had about 30 million Indonesian users at the start of August 2014 (total global users of Line stood at 490 million around the same time). Most of Line Indonesia’s revenue, approximately 60 percent, is accounted for by games, followed by stickers and official accounts (each contributing twenty percent to the company’s revenue). However, Line Indonesia refrained from mentioning absolute financial figures.

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  • The Life of an Expat in Jakarta: App-Based Transport Services

    Foreigners who live in Indonesia's capital city of Jakarta are well aware of the horrible traffic situation. The lack of sufficient infrastructure development in combination with high car sales in recent years as well as the ever-growing population of Jakarta have resulted in complete standstills in many parts of the city, particularly on weekdays. To cover a relatively small distance in a car or taxi it can take hours, a loss of valuable time. Fortunately, there is a solution to these traffic jams.

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  • App-Based Transportation: Grab Sees Strong Growth in Indonesia

    Grab, the Malaysia-founded online application used for transportation services, has experienced remarkable growth in Indonesia during the first half of 2016. GrabCar and GrabBike have grown some 250 percent despite a 50 percent cut in its fare subsidy in this period. More than 25 percent of active Grab users in Indonesia use Grab services more than once a month. This success is due to the government's decision to legalize mobile application-based transportation services (under specific conditions) and the re-branding of Grab (formerly it was known as GrabTaxi).

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