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More than 1 mln Customers Using KakaoHairShop

More than 1 mln Customers Using KakaoHairShop

SEOUL, Jan. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — Kakao Corp. announced on Tuesday that KakaoHairShop, a reservation service platform for hair salons, recorded 1.03 million customers and 60 billion won (US$53.21 million) in transactions last year. This represents an increase of 153 percent in the number of customers and 109 percent in sales compared to 2017. KakaoHairShop [...]

Social Dialogue Body on Taxi, Carpooling Services Launched

Social Dialogue Body on Taxi, Carpooling Services Launched

SEOUL, Jan. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — The ruling party, the government, and the taxi and carpooling service sectors launched a social dialogue body Tuesday in an effort to explore win-win strategies over shared mobility. Taxi associations have been strongly opposed to the introduction of carpooling services by Kakao Mobility Corp., the operator of South Korea’s [...]

Kakao to Temporarily Halt Pilot Carpool Service

Kakao to Temporarily Halt Pilot Carpool Service

SEOUL, Jan. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean IT giant Kakao Corp. said Tuesday that it has decided to temporarily suspend the pilot of its app-based carpool service. Kakao Mobility, the transportation arm the country’s dominant mobile messenger operator, Kakao, earlier delayed the official launch of its carpool service, slated for December, following the death [...]

Would Taxi Paging Application Solve Industry Deadlock?

Would Taxi Paging Application Solve Industry Deadlock?

SEOUL, Jan. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — The taxi industry, which is opposing the introduction of ride-sharing ventures, is trying to innovate by introducing new services such as a taxi paging application and premium taxis. This month, the ‘T-One’ taxi app will launch, which will compete against similar apps from Kakao Corp. and SK Telecom Co. [...]

Taxi Drivers Stage Massive Rally Against Kakao Carpool Service

Taxi Drivers Stage Massive Rally Against Kakao Carpool Service

SEOUL, Dec. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — Hundreds of thousands of taxi drivers gathered in Seoul on Thursday for a massive protest against commercial carpool services by Kakao Corp., calling for a state ban on “the illegal services.” There have been severe conflicts over Kakao T Carpool, a ride-sharing service by South Korea’s top mobile messaging [...]

S. Korea at Crossroads over Shared Mobility

S. Korea at Crossroads over Shared Mobility

SEOUL, Dec. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — Kim Kil-jun, a taxi driver for 22 years, thought his taxi-hailing app was like a business partner, something that helped him get more fares, but now he feels like the platform has turned on him and become a powerful competitor in South Korea’s growing mobility market. The app’s operator, [...]