Pandemic-fuelled e-shopping boom spurs courier firm's growth

Mr Jason Ng, an operations manager at J&T Express Singapore. The Jakarta-based courier start-up, which expanded into Singapore in 2019, is Indonesia's newest unicorn, joining five others.
Mr Jason Ng, an operations manager at J&T Express Singapore. The Jakarta-based courier start-up, which expanded into Singapore in 2019, is Indonesia's newest unicorn, joining five others.ST FILE PHOTO

For the past one year, Indonesian courier start-up PT Global Jet Express, better known as J&T Express, has been delivering hundreds of millions of parcels across the sprawling archipelago of more than 17,000 islands despite challenging terrain and underdeveloped roads.

The Jakarta-based start-up founded by businessmen Jet Lee and Tony Chen in 2015 is the country's newest unicorn, joining five others, according to United States technology market intelligence CB Insights.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 04, 2021, with the headline 'Pandemic-fuelled e-shopping boom spurs courier firm's growth'. Subscribe