The Jakarta Post
The coworking space is a sign of cooperation between PT Pos Indonesia and EV Hive, ahead of the launch of the iconic philately building in March. (Shutterstock/File)
A boom of e-commerce outlets has become one of the reasons behind state-owned postal service firm PT Pos Indonesia's decision to build a coworking space inside its building, which is located in Pasar Baru, Central Jakarta.
The coworking space is a sign of cooperation between PT Pos Indonesia and EV Hive, ahead of the launch of the iconic philately building in March.
Pupung Purnama, PT Pos Indonesia Jakarta regional 4 head, said the collaboration with EV Hive to build the coworking space is hoped to give a positive impact to the company.
"PT Pos Indonesia has existed since a long time, and now the business has begun to erode with the rapid development of technology," Pupu said recently, as quoted by kompas.com. Nowadays, he said, not many people send private mails anymore. Therefore, the movement within e-commerce is seen as a business development opportunity.
As a state-owned asset that should be utilized for the nation and state, Pupung said it would continue to develop its core business, one of them being the delivery of goods. PT Pos would grow its shipping service center with the development of a door-to-door concept and the addition of service hours.
Roderick Purwana, Sinar Mas Digital Ventures (SMDV) managing partner, one of the investors of the coworking space, said economic growth and startups are now quite attractive, as it raises the challenge of building coworking spaces, for example by offering facilities such as free Wi-Fi and coffee.
He said social interaction in coworking space is also considered better for a community or small office than just working in a ruko (shophouse).
"If working in a shophouse, the community would be limited to just that. If in a coworking space, different companies can also build a good collaboration," he said.
The coworking space in PT Pos Indonesia's building could accommodate around 400 people, as reported by kompas.com.
It divides between the open spaces with long tables and personal power points, with those in smaller rooms that could be rented as a private office.
The facilities offered include Wi-Fi, coffee, tea, mineral water and 10 hours of free meetings at other EV Hive branches, of which there are 15.
Carson Lau, EV Hive CEO and cofounder, said the collaboration space is not only used as a workplace, but can also be for other activities such as seminars or other events.
"We want to make this collaboration space like a staging place and where a lot of people get together. This could be a center for young people who want to promote their startup and business," said Carlson. (liz/kes)
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