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Meta To Solve Parking Woes In The ‘Real World’ For Its 60,000+ Employees

Los Angeles, CA. Meta Platforms, Inc. (formerly Facebook) has inked a deal with New Zealand staff parking optimisation startup Parkable to help the technology giant solve parking woes for its 60,000+ employees across all locations in which it has physical offices.

The announcement was made this week during NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's trade delegations to the US, focused on high-tech exports.

“Never before has the office parking conundrum been so difficult; sparked by employees globally returning to offices in a very different manner to pre-Covid ways of working,” explains Toby LittiIn, Co-Founder and CEO of Parkable. “Companies are facing very real challenges in ensuring their office parking is as flexible as their hybrid working policies. Too often, parking sits empty, and can't be easily shared between those coming into the office.”

Toby LittiIn, Co-Founder and CEO of Parkable

Parkable solves this challenge by providing an efficient, fair system for managing and allocating parking for a newly flexible workforce. Employees are able to plan a more seamless commute by booking parking in advance, should they choose to come to the office.

The company also believes its solution pays dividends in employee happiness. “One of the most valuable lessons from the pandemic has been that employee experience is key to attracting and retaining talent. For many, the work day starts long before their first meeting.

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A modern approach to optimising this experience includes improving employee commute and parking options. We applaud Meta for taking a forward thinking approach to looking after its people,” comments Toby.

Meta is a significant deal for Parkable, but not its first global customer. “We’ve extended very quickly into some large markets including the UK, Australia and the US, with brands including KPMG trusting us to streamline how they manage their parking globally. For businesses like Meta that have onsite staff parking, hybrid work creates a management challenge which Parkable can automate. We also offer an effective, ready-to-implement way of reducing administration and simplifying the management of EV charging assets,” comments Toby.

The sustainability benefits inherent in Parkable are significant. “The old model of one parking space for every employee is solved using tech to better manage allocations and the more efficient sharing of space. Parkable enables parking spots to be pre-booked, reducing congestion created by circling for a park. It also lets people know not to drive to work when there are no spaces available, and to use alternative transport - encouraging active and public transport use,” says Toby.

“We’re excited to have been chosen by one of the largest technology companies on the planet - one that is building the metaverse - to solve a very real challenge in the ‘real world’,” concludes Toby.

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