Courier service and logistics company PT Tiki Jalur Nugraha Ekakurir (JNE) and GoPay e-wallet, a subsidiary of Gojek announced on Tuesday its partnership to provide more than 7,000 courier vendors with digital payment services.

The partnership aims at improving courier and logistics services by providing customers with the option to pay through a digital payment system, said JNE vice president of marketing Eri Palgunadi.

“Through this collaboration, JNE customers could use GoPay to send their packages at more than 7,000 outlets across Indonesia,” he said during a press briefing in Jakarta.

Eri said the logistics industry has immense potential, along with the development of online business, adding that JNE already offered GoPay services in several provinces, such as Jakarta, West Java, Bali and North Sulawesi.

“The logistics industry has a lot of potential, with more customers being young individuals […] Almost every year, the industry grows at 15 percent and JNE sends around 1 million packages a month,” Eri added.

Speaking at the same briefing, GoPay offline payments chief Ardelia Apti said the collaboration was expected to make the payment process easier for customers who wished to send packages, especially for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSME).

“Online merchants contribute significantly to growth in the logistics sector, and the logistics sector helps online merchants, including MSMEs, reach more customers,” Ardelia said.

The collaboration, she added, could contribute to MSMEs’ scalability and encourage business development through the use of technology. (awa)