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Transcript of Anthony Tan on The Wall Street Journals CEO Council Summit The Digital Consumer
Interview title: The Digital Consumer
Date: September 28, 2021
Yumiko (00:00): Hey Anthony, thanks for being here.
Anthony (00:04): Thank you for having me, Yumiko.
Yumiko (0:08): So, your company is like Southeast Asias Uber and Deliveroo, and now a bit of PayPal, all rolled into one. But when COVID hit, your big business ride-hailing was immediately hit. Was that a scary moment for you?
Anthony (00:27): No, actually, for us, we looked at how to think about responding very quickly. And when we think about pandemic response, we think about what to prioritize. We stopped thinking about business as usual. One main OKR was love - how to create user love, public love; how do you deliver services that help our community tide through this difficult time? So, we launched something called GrabCare, for example, which was a dedicated service for healthcare workers to and from the hospital. So, we leverage our strong mobility, but we also learned a lot of quick ground truths and we pivoted to solve new problems. So, we adopted our business model to serve smaller businesses across the spectrum, including long tail ones that really needed lower commissions. So, take for example, we launched a hawker or street side food restaurant - Mix and Match. So, that way, they could pay us lower commissions, and at the same time, our driver would go and pick up from many of these street side stalls in the same food court center, batch it together, and still have a high average order value basket size. So, that way we could do well, drivers could do well, and our merchants who are paying lower commissions could do well as well. And then third, we looked out, we thought about, how do we serve the vulnerable segments? And we did our very best to make sure no one gets left behind. In Vietnam, when COVID hit our supply chains across the region, we helped farmers sell tons of lychees - many, many tons from our platform. We never thought wed be selling lychees through our platform that would have otherwise gone to waste. So, whether its a crisis or not, we lead the same way. We stay true to our purpose while being quick to spot ground truths and opportunities on the ground.
Yumiko (02:27): Wow, its very interesting how you went from hawker centers and, also, lychee, and you know, all these different kinds of things. What was the hardest thing about pivoting from ride-hailing to more of a food delivery business, which you also have.
Anthony (02:45): When we thought about pivoting, it was really about: how do we help literally thousands of drivers pivot overnight? We talked about hundreds of thousands of drivers - moving them from mobility to food delivery. And it was actually quite natural, because number one, as I shared, we were just focused on how do we help our drivers sustain their income during this time, help our merchants grow because demand actually shot up. So, we needed to make sure that our supply was ready to support that huge food delivery demand that shot up. Then, third, because we have the drivers superapp, the drivers superapp allowed within that one superapp, multiple verticals can be served. So, with one click of a button in the same app, he or she as a driver could immediately pivot to food delivery. And thats what really helped them sustain their income and also sustain our supply networks in a very cost-efficient way. So, all in all, I actually think that we actually got stronger because of this pandemic. And it also proves how resilient our business model is.
Yumiko (04: 17): We will get to the superapp in a moment, but you must have seen a lot of changes in consumer behavior all throughout COVID. Can you tell us about some of them? Whether its, you know, is it the change in the way people use technology, or changing how people think about spending time with their families, or whatever that is?
Anthony (04:40): What weve seen is in terms of consumer behavior change is that consumers want to keep their families safe. Safety and hygiene was very, very important during this time. So, number one was we had to make sure mobility provided for that, so we launched GrabProtect. On GrabProtect, we worked with all the top FMCG companies to launch, make sure sanitized products were there. We have the highest vaccination rates. So, our vaccination rates are much higher than the general population across all countries. And we gave consumers that sense of with Grab, youre safer. And weve seen this actually - that when the economy does open up, the moment restrictions open up, we actually see that consumers choose Grab first because ride-hailing bounces back faster than other modes of transport, say public transport or taxis. And second is, what we also see is that a lot more consumers are more willing to order their food into their homes. And we saw that food delivery also grew tremendously, which was a great blessing for us because we, as leaders in the food delivery space, we actually benefited from that and we rode that wave together.
Yumiko (06:18): And speaking of families, I hear that you recently celebrated the birth of your fourth child! So, congratulations on that.
Anthony (06:27): Thank you so much, thank you.
Yumiko (06:30): I want to look forward. You recently revised down your full years sales forecast for 2021 and you cited uncertainties related to COVID. What are your biggest concerns?
Anthony (06:45): Yeah, let me talk about our earnings forecast, if I may. So, theres actually no change to our business fundamentals or longer-term outlook. COVID took a turn for the worse in Q2 and Q3, especially with the Delta variant, and effectively, Vietnam and major cities were in a full lockdown. And we wanted to be more conservative given the uncertainties in place. But what we are seeing is very encouraging trends in vaccination rates. Were seeing as vaccination rates improve, the moment restrictions are being relaxed, and we are generally optimistic. So, were standing by our 2022-2023 projections. And Q2 was also a very good reflection of that strong momentum of our business. We recorded highs or record highs in GMV and adjusted net sales. Our deliveries business continued to outperform expectations, with 68% year on year growth in adjusted net sales. Our mobility business grew by 122% year on year. Our financial services business grew by 140% year on year. So, all in all, Q2 was strong with record highs. COVID has hit the region hard - harder than we expected to be honest - but the potential here remains undeniable.
Yumiko (08:22): And also, I want to talk about the way that Asian economies are reopening versus the US and Europe. It seems that Asia is opening up very slowly and cautiously - even in places like Singapore -where the vaccination rate is one of the highest in the world. So, I wondered if you could talk about how that has affected your business.
Anthony (08:45): Yeah, Ill love to share a bit more about how we look at trends in this region, and because of the pandemic. Let me start with the silver lining. It has helped accelerate the digital transformation in Southeast Asia, for sure. Pre-pandemic, we saw that most small businesses in the region were primarily offline. Now, COVID has accelerated that shift. In Indonesia, for example, a percentage of micro SMEs that were part of any digital ecosystem grew from 13% in 2020 to 19% in 2021. Now, the downside is that inequality has worsened. And so particularly for millions who werent ready or equipped to go digital, that has affected them. And this inequality can be very destabilizing for this region, you asked, which is very different from other parts of the world. So, there is urgent work by folks like us and other ecosystem players to make sure we help bridge this divide. What weve done - one is weve widened our platform to create more digitization opportunities. So, for example, Grab allowed - we talked about lychees just now to wet markets all across whether its Vietnam or Indonesia or Philippines to go online - how do we bring primarily offline businesses online? Number two, we improve digital literacy. So, a lot of these merchant and driver partners have never been exposed and we help re-equip them. We worked with Microsoft to roll out over 550,000 Microsoft certified courses to help them level up, upskill them. In fact, one of our driver partners actually joined us as an engineer. So, all in all, Southeast Asia is still one of the fastest growing digital economies and COVID has boosted this acceleration. And we just need to make sure that no one is left behind.
Yumiko (11:06): I want to talk about your SPAC merger thats very closely watched. So, youre in one of the big trends right now, not to do an IPO and go public that way, but to merge with a SPAC, in a deal thats a huge deal valued at almost $40 billion. So where are you on this? Are you on, you know, theres been a delay, right?
Anthony (11:30): Let me talk about the listing timing. We were finalizing our audit and making sure were aligned with the SEC and on certain accounting policies. Were very respectful of that. We also spend time making sure we produce a high-quality registration statement, and our registration statement was filed in August. So, per the usual process, naturally, theres a back-and-forth process with rounds of comments with the SEC before we close out our transaction in Q4. So, all in all, we believe we are progressing very well and are on track for Q4 listing.
Yumiko (12:15): Okay. So, Q4 is at the end of the calendar year, is it? And one reason why companies like the SPAC deals is that its supposed to be quicker, and require less scrutiny than a traditional IPO, but in your case, you announced the deal in April - was supposed to go in July - its now September, and now youre talking about the, towards the end of the year. So, in hindsight, was it a bit harder than you thought?
Anthony (12:47): On this topic of the listing process, its actually not a bad thing. When you talk about SEC and their scrutiny, some of the SPAC companies actually do deserve a closer look, to be honest, but Grab is not like most SPACs. Investors could see a clear track record of growth and improvements in profitability in the past few years. They could also see Southeast Asias market opportunity. That is huge, and we are just scratching the surface. If you just look at the total addressable market or penetration rates across our key verticals, its still very low - so plenty, plenty of opportunity. So, Grab is very different from many of the SPACs out there with unproven business models.
Yumiko (13:38): Well, there was such a SPAC frenzy, and even in The Wall Street Journal, we have written recently that the SPAC frenzy has cooled a bit. Their shares are down a bit, including the one youre merging with. So, I wondered if you could talk about how youre thinking about SPACs - has it changed at all, or are you as excited about it as before?
Anthony (14:04): I mean, talk about going public, we always thought about what is the most efficient way. And as we were thinking about going public for some time, we explored several options. So we chose the SPAC method because we found a great partner, Altimeter, and this fantastic opportunity - to partner with such a great public and private investor, with also other great public names - was just a great way to double down on our mission and ensure long-term success. And they put plenty of skin in the game, Altimeter, they locked up their sponsor promote shares. They donated 10% to the GrabForGood endowment fund. So, the process gave us this opportunity to create a solid day one capital with long-term investors. Thats the most important - long-term investors. So, ultimately, we believe its the right way going public with the right investors, and we are happy to have Altimeter join us on this journey.
Yumiko (15:18): Okay. Lets talk about the competitive landscape. So, one big market in Southeast Asia is Indonesia, and there youve got a strong rival Gojek. Theyve just done a merger, and now theyre talking about going public, so thats a lot of action from the competition. What is your strategy to loosen the grip from them in Indonesia?
Anthony (15:43): On the topic of competition, lets start with - we are the number one superapp in Southeast Asia with leadership across all our key segments. You talked about Indonesia - its the most competitive market. We entered later, but we are now ahead in all our key segments. And you might ask, how? We built unique advantages that are hard to replicate. For example, our superapp ecosystem. So, with our driver superapp, it can do multi-verticals. So, basically, a driver can do GrabExpress deliveries, e-commerce deliveries, food deliveries, grocery deliveries, he or she can take you behind the bike -millions of consumers are behind the bike as passengers. So, they have very little dead time. That creates a lot of cost efficiency for us. Those savings are then passed on to consumers. As there are more consumers, merchants really appreciate whichever platform that gives them the most business, naturally. So, when more merchants come on, theres a higher number or wider merchant selection. With a wider merchant selection, comes more consumers. So, this virtuous cycle of growth comes in. Number two is weve built a strong in-house tech that is localized to this region. We built our own mapping, our proprietary mapping, that enables us to do better dispatch, more efficient batching, and that drives more cost efficiency. And then you talked about Gojek. You know, for us, were not dependent on any one market - were highly diversified across the region. So, even when any one market was especially hit by COVID, we actually had other markets to support and thats why we delivered such strong Q2 results. So, for us, we are very comfortable. Weve had a long history of battling bigger, much better funded competitors, and weve proven time and time again that weve always come up on top.
Yumiko (18:06): So, I guess the competition is now called Go-To, after their merger. But one thing that they are into that you may not be, is e-commerce. So, you might be the Uber and the PayPal and Deliveroo, but youre not in the e-commerce market at the moment. Do you have any plans for this?
Anthony (18:28): On the topic of e-commerce strategy, we actually may consider challenger models. E-commerce today is very competitive. You see a lot of them burning a lot of money. If we see an option to disrupt the market, to address consumer needs that arent addressed today - well, we will go after it. For now, we are laser focused on food and groceries - we call it anything you can eat. Thats the category for us - food services and groceries. Its a massive market. Its a three hundred billion market opportunity by 2025. And we have a strong right to win here, because we have the widest, largest on-demand delivery network, and we have the widest merchant selection. And, also, when you talk about e-commerce growth, you mentioned just now, we play to our strengths as key enablers. What do I mean by this? We have GrabExpress, largest on demand e-commerce deliveries, GrabLink payment gateways, GrabPay and PayLater. These are all used across a multitude of both large e-commerce marketplaces and long tail merchants in niche e-commerce sites. So, we will play to our strengths as e-commerce enablers while finding ways to disrupt, how to serve consumers better.
Yumiko (19:59): Okay, and tell us about the financial services market that you want to be in. You say that the markets arent as developed as other places, but Southeast Asia is not a homogenous market. There are different regulations in different places, so what is your plan here?
Anthony (20:19): When we think about our future plans, what we see is the digital economy here is growing phenomenally, but many, if not most, of the population are still underserved, right? You talk about financial services - 6 in 10 people are still unbanked or underbanked in this region. And if you cant borrow or save money, its very hard to get out of poverty. So, the first priority is to make financial services more affordable and accessible. So, right now were focusing on fractionalizing, making it really small, fractionalizing financial services. So, for example, drivers pay as low as 10 cents per ride to get coverage of $200,000 insurance coverage. Longer term, our goal is to build an ATM-less and branchless banking network across the region. Second priority, we will help lay the virtual highways and these virtual highways - we call it the core infrastructure - they will connect people to this rising economy. We build and continue to double down on building the largest and most efficient on-demand delivery network that continues to drive and connects consumers with any service or any product they want. And this is obviously a great use case for financial services as well. We talked about winning food deliveries and groceries that will also build on financial services because it is the primary use case for using GrabPay. And then, finally, we talked about Yes? Sorry?
Yumiko (22:04): Small, and then youre laying the infrastructure.
Anthony (22:08): Thats right.
Yumiko (22:09): Is that right? Okay. So were running out of time, but I do really want to ask you about your leadership style because I heard that you like to be on the ground, and you are even seen doing deliveries yourself. Can you tell us whats behind that?
Anthony (22:27): Sure. Well, let me talk about, and I love to share this, the culture weve built at Grab. I believe our principles in the Grab Way, which is we must first seek to understand before being understood. The best solution is when we deeply understand the problems users, merchants face, and the pain they face. Then we understand what we can solve for. And the best way to do this is going on the ground myself. Ive done this many times, as youve talked about it. Past two weeks ago, I went down, and we felt the pain. I also recently went to be a kitchen runner. I would literally chop crabs in a kitchen in one of the smaller Sorry?
Yumiko (23:19): What exactly were you delivering? Was it somebodys lunch?
Anthony (23:23): Well, in this case, I was actually making dinner, in this case, in the kitchen and just seeing how they work. But we could see that the order slips had English names and the kitchen staff in Singapore werent very comfortable with that. Theyre more comfortable, better in Chinese. So, we took that feedback and built it now with both translated in the receipts. So, when it prints out, they can look at it and they can quickly cook. So, thats what we think about - how do we build principles that all Grabbers or my teammates can embrace? And thats why we created the Grab Way. It ensures that all of us are aligned on this mission, and how we make decisions on the same set of principles, which is consumers first, partners second, and Grab last.
Yumiko (24:14): Okay, so it sounds like you have a lot of things going for you. Youve got your SPAC ahead of you, youve got big plans ahead for the financial services, even though its a more difficult field and you see firsthand whats going on in the food delivery service by doing it yourself. So, Anthony, thank you so much for your time today.
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