Kiwi firm Parkable tackles Meta’s ‘real-world’ car parking problem for 60,000 employees
Tech firm Kiwi Parkable has signed a deal with Meta, Facebook’s parent company, to help the tech giant solve parking problems for its 60,000 employees.
Parkable was started by Toby Littin and Brody Nelson in 2016, and Littin said it’s never been more relevant for employees returning to the office after the pandemic.
“Companies face very real challenges in ensuring their office parking is as flexible as their hybrid working policies,” he said.
“Too often the parking lot sits empty and cannot be easily shared among those who come into the office.”
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Parkable solved this challenge by providing an efficient and fair parking management and allocation system for a newly flexible workforce, he said.
Employees can plan a smoother commute by reserving parking in advance, if they choose to come into the office.
One of the most valuable lessons of the pandemic has been that employee experience is key to attracting and retaining talent.
“For many, the working day begins long before their first meeting. A modern approach to optimizing this experience includes improving employee commuting and parking options. We commend Meta for taking a forward-thinking approach to caring for its employees,” Littin said.
“For companies like Meta that have on-site staff parking, hybrid working creates a management challenge that Parkable can automate. We also offer an efficient, out-of-the-box way to reduce administration and simplify the management of electric vehicle charging assets. »
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern highlighted the Parkable deal while signing a climate accord in San Francisco with California Governor Gavin Newsom.
The deal is one of many trade initiatives that were announced during the Prime Minister’s US trade tour.
Meta was a big deal for Parkable, but not its first global client.
It has expanded to some major markets including the UK, Australia and the US, with brands such as KPMG using the company in its offices globally.
But today’s announcement is a “game changer” for Parkable.
The inherent sustainability benefits of Parkable were significant, Littin said.
“The old model of one parking space for every employee is solved by using technology to better manage allocations and more efficient sharing of space.”
Parkable makes it possible to reserve parking spaces in advance, reducing the congestion created by turns for a park. He also told people not to drive to work when there are no available spaces and to use alternative transport – encouraging the use of active and public transport.
“We’re thrilled to have been chosen by one of the biggest tech companies on the planet — the ones building the metaverse — to solve a very real ‘real world’ challenge,” Littin said.
After launching in Auckland in 2016, Parkable was launched a year earlier in Wellington to help with the loss of 2,000 parking spaces following the Kaikoura earthquake.
It has also offered free parking spaces to medical staff in major centers during the coronavirus lockdown.
Spark invested in Parkable in 2019, as part of a $4.6 million funding round, which was used to expand Parkable’s presence in Australia and China and explore new markets.