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Seize vs Gojek vs AirAsia: Superapps compete for supremacy in Southeast Asia

The race amongst Seize, Gojek and AirAsia is intensifying in Southeast Asia in terms of regional superapps and their choices, primarily past the respective firms’ core enterprise.In China, superapps permeate nearly each side of the individuals’s digital life, and earlier than we knew it, the identical idea began quickly gaining traction throughout Southeast Asia, South America, and even the West. Nevertheless, exterior of China, the one place that’s seeing huge success with superapps is Southeast Asia, the place the likes of Seize, Gojek, AirAsia, and even a handful of others, efficiently enforced the concept of 1 app offering a single interface to entry a various vary of services and products.One of many prime examples of a profitable superapp is in reality from China. Referred to as WeChat, the Tencent-backed platform has grown from a easy messaging platform into the world’s first and most used superapp. Until date, the app has amassed over 1.2 billion customers with an ecosystem of greater than one million mini programmes inside its app. As is the case with each superapp, WeChat too began as a single service app with funds integration, however growing buyer demand opened the door for additional growth via the mixing of a large number of different providers.Inevitably, pandemic buying too led to the rise of superapps as individuals appreciated the convenience and comfort. The truth is, many firms around the globe wished to duplicate WeChat’s sturdy success. By the second yr of the pandemic, massive names in Southeast Asia like GoJek, Seize and even AirAsia have grabbed a slice of the superapp pie themselves —  all by permitting their customers to do nearly all the things inside their ecosystem. In response to a report collectively printed by Google, Temasek, and Bain & Firm early this yr, a rise in the usage of digital providers is indicative of an upcoming “Digital Decade” in Southeast Asia, the place its web financial system may attain a gross merchandise worth (GMV) of US$1 trillion by 2030. “Of those digital providers, e-commerce and meals supply are the first drivers of progress; each providers are the mainstays of superapps, pointing to their outsized function in bringing concerning the digital decade,” the report emphasised.Tech Wire Asia appeared into three of Southeast Asia’s main superapp –Gojek, Seize, AirAsia– and carved out their distinctive propositions to know what units them aside from one another.Singapore’s Seize: From e-hailing to all the things in betweenA unicorn born out of Singapore, Seize was established in 2012 as a ride-hailing service. The corporate ultimately expanded its operations in not simply the ride-hailing sector but in addition in new enterprise verticals comparable to meals supply, grocery procuring, logistics supply, monetary providers, and a myriad of others, relying on the Southeast Asian nation it’s working in.Amongst its most important providers, Seize is understood for its QR code-based cellular cost software referred to as GrabPay which is out there in all six nations of Southeast Asia, it’s working in, specifically Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines. The cost, primarily made to enrich its ride-hailing and  meals supply providers, all helps in-store purchases and fund transfers.GrabPay ultimately prolonged its monetary providers in direction of providing a postpaid and installment cost possibility in a number of the nations to experience on the purchase now pay later pattern. Including to that and as a part of its technique to emerge as a superapp, Seize additionally began providing meals supply providers below the identify GrabFood in Could 2018. The service is now offered to greater than 200 cities throughout a number of Southeast Asian nations.(Supply – Shutterstock)Indonesia’s most precious: GojekUnlike China’s WeChat which started as a messaging service, Seize and Gojek each provide ride-hailing as their core service and shortly grew to turn into ‘must-own’ apps within the areas. Over the previous a number of years, the 2 firms have burnt via billions as they’ve jostled to determine dominant positions throughout the area and outcompeted world-class rivals.Based in 2010 in Indonesia as a bike ride-hailing & courier service name heart, Gojek launched its app in 2015. Right now, the corporate additionally operates in Thailand, Vietnam, and Singapore. Regardless of its worldwide growth, Indonesia, the only largest market within the area, is the epicenter Gojek; the nation accounts for over 90% of its metropolis operations.In response to a weblog posting by Gojek, the superapp have up to now garnered greater than 125 million downloads,  practically half the inhabitants of Indonesia, with complete order volumes rising 6600x in 36 months. Gojek already has over two dozen merchandise and yearly, the corporate provides extra ammunition to its arsenal. Gojek sees its funds providers as its largest moat. “When you’re dealing with cash for a consumer, you’ll be able to construct a fort of providers inside it,” it stated.For context, GoPay is accepted by near 300,000 on-line and offline retailers in Indonesia, and processes as much as US$6.3 billion of annualized Gross Transaction Worth (GTV) if no more than. Simply final yr, Gojek finalized its acquisition of Tokopedia to type GoTo Group, Indonesia’s largest expertise group. The merger between the 2 tech behemoths is the largest in Indonesia’s historical past.Pundits reckon the deal, combining Tokopedia’s ecommerce enterprise with Gojek’s ride-hailing and funds operations, varieties a ‘WeChat of Southeast Asia’.The ASEAN app: AirAsia tremendous app When the world went on a standstill through the pandemic, the sector most hard-hit by the lockdown measures had been journey and aviation. As Southeast Asia’s favourite low-cost provider, AirAsia noticed the pandemic-caused setbacks as a possibility to hurry up its digital transformation and pivot its enterprise to one thing extra than simply an airline. So to rise to the challenges of working an airline throughout a worldwide pandemic, AirAsia determined to give attention to growing its digital and different non-passenger airline companies. That was how an AirAsia superapp was fashioned in a number of Southeast Asian markets—Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. In these nations, AirAsia, via its superapp, affords meals supply, ride-hailing, flight ticket and accomodation reserving, grocery procuring, monetary providers, e-commerce platform in addition to cross-border e-commerce logistics.The corporate has additionally been vigorous in its growth across the area, and had even acquired Gojek’s Thailand operations as a part of its plan to unfold its wings. What units AirAsia aside from Gojek and Seize is the truth that it holds a trove of knowledge from years of its operations as a low-cost airline and that has allowed the corporate to develop and tailor providers primarily based on what customers need and wish, at a charge far faster than each Seize and Gojek.With that stated, all three superapps have their strengths and weaknesses. On the finish of the day, customers are discovering these apps more and more handy for them. It stays to be seen which would be the greatest within the area however with the competitors rising, these apps will solely proceed so as to add extra options for customers sooner or later.
Dashveenjit Kaur
| @DashveenjitKDashveen writes for Tech Wire Asia and TechHQ, offering research-based commentary on the thrilling world of expertise in enterprise. Beforehand, she reported on the bottom of Malaysia’s fast-paced political area and inventory market.

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