Retailers have found a willing delivery partner in the form of taxi operators who are struggling with dwindling passengers due to the lockdown imposed in cities in Southeast Asia. In Indonesia, supermarket chain Indogrosir has partnered with PT Blue Bird Tbk to deliver grocery using Blue Bird’s fleet of taxis. The minimum spend is IDR 500,000 with a limit of up to 200kg and 750L. Consumers have to bear the fees at IDR 5,200 per kilometre. The service is only available for Indogrosir members.
Hypermarket chain Hypermart has earlier collaborated with Blue Bird to offer the same service.
In Singapore, Redmart has teamed up with ComfortDelGro to deliver groceries. The move provides another source of income to taxi drivers who are impacted by COVID-19, while solving the last-mile delivery issue for the retailer.