Courier, food and grocery shopping services provided with launch of LINE MAN app
May 16, 2016 – Bangkok – Following successful integrations with Google and IKEA, Hong Kong based on-demand delivery app Lalamove is partnering with LINE, the world’s leading mobile platform, to expand on its delivery services in Bangkok. The LINE MAN app is aimed at bringing reliable on-demand services to consumers as well as providing convenience to their increasingly busy lifestyles. LINE MAN is one of LINE’s first ventures to “be more than a chat app” and LINE has chosen Thailand to be the first market to launch LINE MAN.
The LINE MAN smartphone platform offers three services: document and package delivery, food purchase and delivery, and convenient goods purchase and delivery. The delivery of all 3 services is provided by Lalamove, and currently limited to within Bangkok for now with plans for expansion. LINE has a large user base of over 33 million in Thailand.
The announcement follows a global conference in March 2016 where LINE revealed a five-year plan to create a ‘smart portal’. The goal is to close the loop between businesses and LINE users and go beyond their original chat app strategy.
Santit Jirawongkraisorn, Co-founder and Managing Director of Lalamove Thailand believes partnering with LINE is a natural progression. “This year, we have been marketing our online delivery services primarily to small and medium sized businesses. The addition of LINE MAN will bring Lalamove’s high quality services that many businesses have enjoyed to general consumers, which appeals to the Lalamove strategy and brand. From app to API, we’ve got delivery covered for our business partners.”
Meanwhile, the choice of Lalamove to deliver LINE MAN services demonstrates real confidence in the logistics app profile. According to Ariya Banomyong, Managing Director of LINE Thailand, “LINE MAN aims to offer best quality lifestyle services and help businesses leverage digital tools to connect with consumers, and Lalamove, as a leading on-demand delivery service provider in Thailand, made them a natural choice for LINE MAN”
LINE MAN will offer courier services through the Lalamove fleet of motorcycles, with cash payments. Consumers will be able to order food via restaurant database app, Wongnai.
Lalamove is free to download at the Google Play store and Apple Store.
LINE MAN is free to download at the Google Play store and Apple store.
Founded in 2013, Lalamove (EasyVan in Hong Kong) has grown to be Asia’s leader in “on demand delivery” platform for iOS and Android users. Originally created to dramatically improve last mile deliveries by providing a more efficient and transparent way for users and drivers to connect, Lalamove now hosts the largest delivery service area across Asia with operations in 19 cities including Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Taipei, Dongguan, Foshan, Shanghai, Chongqing, Zhongshan, Huizhou, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Beijing, Wuhan, Suzhou and Changsha with over 50,000 drivers. The number of registered users regionally has grown to 515,000 and the app has been downloaded more than half a million times in the past year. In Thailand, the number of download is currently 65,000 with thousands of registered drivers.