Kioson Managing Director Jasin Halim (right) with Pos Indonesia Director of Information and Technology , Head of Sales Projects Charles Sitorus

Indonesian online-to-offline (O2O) e-commerce startup Kioson today announced a new partnership with national postal service Pos Indonesia to launch Kios-Pos, an initiative that enables Kioson partner kiosks to serve as postal service agents.

Through the initiative, customers will be able to drop packages or documents at Kioson kiosk-partners to be sent; they will also be able to receive deliveries of their e-commerce purchases and other packages through the kiosks.

With a focus on kiosks in rural areas in the country, the initiative will also enable customers to use other services provided by Pos Indonesia on Kioson kiosks, such as financial services.

Kiosk owners who have participated in the initiative can also go to the nearest post offices to top-up their phone credits supply.

In a press statement, Kioson Managing Director Jasin Halim explained that the initiative aims to address infrastructural issues in the Indonesian logistics sector.

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It aims to make it easier for end-users to use logistical services; it can also help kiosk owners to make extra income.

“The combination of these two initiatives is expected to build the society’s trust in e-commerce and digital services. In the long term, we hope to be able to improve the society’s welfare,” Halim said.

By December 2017, Kioson claimed to have secured “more than” 30,000 kiosk-partners, mainly in Java and Sumatra.

Kioson is known as one of the first Indonesian tech startups to list on the IDX. The startup implements an O2O approach by enabling kiosk owners to become a channel for e-commerce transaction; with the help of a mobile app, they can help customers to purchase various products and services in online marketplaces and stores. By transacting through a Kioson agent, customers are able to pay using cash.

A similar concept is also being implemented by Kudo (which has been acquired by Southeast Asian ride-hailing giant Grab) and East Ventures’ Warung Pintar project.

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