Wunder Opens Employee Transportation Folio Locally

Wunder Mobility, which is more widely-known as a carpooling app, has recently launched its employee transportation services in the Philippines. The Hamburg-based company has recently extended its portfolio after introducing employee transportation shuttles.

One of its very first partner for its latest service is Nowcom, a BPO company with around 400 employees in Ortigas. Since June, Nowcom has been using Wunder Shuttle in Metro Manila.

The shuttles are available in multiple areas of Metro Manila. Mobile technology guides drivers according to passenger demand.

"Our employees use the Wunder app to plan their daily commute. The shuttle usage is completely transparent to the Nowcom management and we can easily control costs. Employees are reporting increased by having better and more reliable commuting options," Nowcom CEO Jay Kamdar said.

Nowcom's employees have responded positively to the introduction of the new shuttle service. Based on the statistics the company has gathered, commute time was reduced by 44 percent, and employee satisfaction with the service reached nearly 100 percent.

"The pilot started with the morning shift. Now, we are discussing implementing the services for the night shift, which lacks more reliable and safe transportation options," Kamdar added.

Nowcom QA Engineer Josephine Cabrera affirmed the service improved her commute to the office, saying that "commuting has never been easier and more convenient, especially during rainy season when transportation is especially complicated. Drivers are courteous and informative."

Based on a statement, Japanese trading company Marubeni Corporation invested and collaborated on a proof of concept with Wunder Mobility, with Nowcom as a step toward its future mobility portfolio.

"In the automotive industry, we are in the middle of a once-in-a-century change. We will leverage digital technology to respond directly to changes in customer transportation demands. Marubeni has been collaborating with Wunder for the past six months and supported this project," Atsushi Suzuki, Chief Operating Officer, Automotive & Leasing Division of Marubeni Corporation, said. "We see a large market potential for this business model and are working to launch and expand our business with Wunder."

Marubeni Corporation is one of the biggest trading companies in Asia, with a global revenue for FY2017 at approximately USD68 billion.

"Commuters in megacities like Manila spend on average four hours per day in traffic. Wunder Mobility wants to solve traffic in the most gridlocked cities of the world," John Moura, product manager of the B2B platform, claimed. "Manila's young population is embracing the culture of sharing. Wunder provides technology to simplify people's routines so they can spend more time with their family and friends," he noted.

Moura also shared that Wunder Mobility would like to create a mobility ecosystem, including specialized vehicles to provide even more comfort to passengers in the future.

"Marubeni and Wunder Mobility have the right combination of technology and an innovative mindset to bring mobility to the next level. This partnership shall open the doors for the future of mobility," concluded Moura.

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