Idea Bank rides the rails with onboard work spaces

Idea Bank rides the rails with onboard work spaces

Poland's Idea Bank is taking mobile banking to the next level, turning carriages on intercity trains into co-working spaces.

The Idea Hub Express cars will be on select PKP Intercity trains, featuring tables, chairs, screens and other office equipment such as printers and phone chargers.

The carriages will be open to all passengers holding a valid ticket, but Idea Bank customers will have seat priority, with bank staffers on hand to assist.

The bank hopes the scheme will help it win new customers, partly by offering free travel vouchers that commuters can pick up from its regular Idea Hub branches in Warsaw, Krakthrow, Poznan and Wroclaw.

Last year Idea Bank claimed that its free office facilities for entrepreneurs proved so popular that it was forced to close them to non-customers.

Comments: (2)

Ketharaman Swaminathan
Ketharaman Swaminathan - GTM360 Marketing Solutions - Pune 05 May, 2017, 17:23Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

As somebody said, most inventions sounded like harebrained ideas at the time they were announced. I hope coworking space on intercity trains is one of them. OTOH, "free office facilities for entrepreneurs" is a no-brainer - I'm not at all surprised that it proved so popular that Idea Bank had to close this facility for non-customers.

A Finextra member
A Finextra member 14 May, 2017, 14:17Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Useful stuff that is free is generally pretty easy to give away.. Free IOD membership in London would be appreciated !!!!! I am not sure of the viability of of the rail based service outside Poland......   In the UK doing away with that many seats on intercity trains would probably result in more politicians having sit down protests outside the train toilets....  See Jeremy Corbyn for details  

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