Idea’s express bank branch hits the tracks
Poland’s Idea Bank has launched the first bank branch on rail tracks and the first co-working space for travellers.
Called the Idea Hub Express carriage, the bank selected Poland’s PKP intercity trains, and the hub will be for passengers traveling on the Warsaw-Poznan-Warsaw, Warsaw-Krakow-Warsaw and Warsaw-Wrocław-Warsaw routes. Selected trains linking the cities will have a special Idea Hub Express carriage attached.
The carriage, which has been adopted for office work, features a table, chairs and a screen for presentations. Travellers can also use the available office equipment (such as printers and scanners), phone chargers along with any required connections, as well as coffee makers, and read a selection of the latest newspapers delivered every day.
Idea Bank’s executive Malgorzata Szturmowicz says: “Small businesses grow with time, establishing branches in new locations. We always strive to be where the business is, as of now we will accompany businesspeople when they travel.”
The carriage is open to all passengers holding a valid ticket, but Idea Bank customers will have priority in taking the available seats.
Idea Bank currently has eight “stationary” Idea Hub branches in Warsaw, Krakow, Lodz, Wroclaw, Katowice and Poznan.
The bank is not short of ideas, as back in January it unveiled “the world’s first pay-as-you-drive” car loan model – Happy Miles – with the payments calculated according to the travelled distance.