On May 24 2022 / by Wyoming Paul

Parkable CEO joins Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on trade mission to the United States

This week, Parkable CEO Toby Littin joins PM Jacinda Ardern and 11 other industry delegates on a trade mission to support export growth in the United States.

This follows Parkable’s successful launch in the United States in August 2021. Since then, companies and government agencies across Colorado, Washington DC, and Seattle have implemented Parkable’s enterprise software to better manage their staff parking.

The Prime Minister stated in her press release that New Zealand has seen very positive growth in exports to the United States, particularly with high value products like digital services. One goal of the trade mission is to support this growth.

“The United States is a sophisticated market where New Zealand’s clean, green and sustainable brand attracts a premium, both for our food and beverage products, but also our technology and innovation services,” said Jacinda Ardern.

While Parkable’s clients are primarily driven to launch the parking management software due to benefits like improved employee and tenant experience, optimised parking asset use, and reduced administrative burden, the software also has green credentials. These include integrating with EV chargers, notifying employees if there is no onsite parking available so they can plan greeners modes of transport, and reducing the congestion created by circling for a parking spot.

Since COVID-19, Parkable has seen significant growth in Australasia, the UK and the United States as employers seek ways to successfully return their staff to the workplace following lockdowns. The Kiwi startup has recently launched with large enterprises including SEEK, Xero UK and Melbourne, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), Verity Credit Union, as well as London business park White City Place.

“Employers want to make it as easy as possible for their staff to come into the office, and that begins with the commute,” says CEO Toby Littin. “Parkable makes employee and tenant parking simple, fair, shareable, and bookable. We’ve seen this becoming hugely important as companies shift to hybrid ways of working.”

The Prime Minister will meet the United Nations Secretary General in New York, followed by senior members of the Senate in Washington DC. In Boston, Ardern will be the commencement address at the 371st Harvard Commencement ceremony, and in San Francisco she will meet the Governor of California, Gavin Newsom.

Ardern and Littin are also accompanied by Minister for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor and business leaders from companies including Silver Fern Farms, Fonterra and Zespri.