SEOUL, Dec. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — GS Caltex Corp. and SK Energy Co., South Korea’s leading refiners, have teamed up to launch QBoo, a smart storage service found at gas stations.
QBoo allows parcel exchanges, buying and selling second-hand goods, and storing laundry and other goods, using storage lockers.
This will increase the inflow of customers at gas stations, which may lead to an increase in sales. Storage lockers can also be used as platforms for advertisement.
GS Caltex and SK Energy have invited startups to join the new initiative as part of their plan to create an ‘ecosystem of coexistence’.
Smart Cube, a startup company, will take over the responsibility of manufacturing smart storage lockers, developing software, and managing systems.
Rewhite, a startup offering laundry delivery services, will be in charge of picking up laundry from the storage lockers.
Matazoo, a storage service startup, will be responsible for the storage service, and Joonggonara, a second-hand goods transactions platform, will be in charge of all second-hand transactions using QBoo.
GS Caltex and SK Energy have launched QBoo services at 20 different gas stations located in Seoul as they prepare to expand to other gas stations.
“This new venture will provide a new purpose for gas stations, while creating an ecosystem where conglomerates and startups can coexist,” said a source from the two companies.
“Unlike the storage lockers at subway stations, QBoo will be easier to access by car.”
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