SINGAPORE (THE BUSINESS TIMES) - Gojek Singapore on Monday (May 18) said it has inked agreements with various organisations including Deliveroo to create additional earning opportunities for its drivers amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Under the partnership with Deliveroo, Gojek drivers will take on food delivery jobs to pick up meals from restaurants and deliver them to customers. These drivers will service districts around Central Singapore, comprising Bukit Merah, Queenstown, Toa Payoh and Geylang.
"By strengthening Deliveroo's supply of delivery riders, the company can better cater to the increased demand for food delivery during the current 'circuit-breaker' period, when more people are eating at home," Gojek said.
In addition, the ride-hailing firm is collaborating with Singapore-based education financing startup Advo on an initiative to deliver more than 2,000 meals to "vulnerable and financially needy single-parent households in Singapore", it added.
Named #FeedaFam, the initiative by Advo is supported by food and beverage (F&B) partner Ebb & Flow, a homegrown technology-driven F&B company.
According to Gojek, its drivers will pick up freshly-cooked dinners from Ebb & Flow's cloud kitchen and deliver them to beneficiaries identified through Advo's partnership with charity organisation HCSA Community Services (Dayspring SPIN).
Lien Choong Luen, general manager of Gojek Singapore, said: "These are challenging times for everyone. We are glad that our driver-partners can do good by delivering meals to families in need and gain supplemental earnings through providing delivery services."
Sarah Tan, Deliveroo Singapore's director of growth and marketing as well as interim general manager, noted that Gojek's pool of drivers will be a "welcome addition" to Deliveroo's rider fleet, especially in inclement weather conditions and in areas where there is a high demand for riders to fulfil food deliveries.
Gojek's latest move comes after it introduced several measures to support its drivers and the wider Singapore community in recent months. These include the distribution of over $30,000 in grocery vouchers to its drivers to help them defray their daily costs, as well as thousands of $10 Gojek ride vouchers for healthcare workers under its GoHeroes initiative.