Delivery services in high demand in HCM City during Covid-19

The image of taxi motorbike drivers buying food and delivering to families has become common in HCMC, as people must restrict travel during social distancing.

Delivery services in high demand in HCM City during Covid-19

At 5.30 pm recently, shipper Pham Quang Toan was seen leaving a market with two large bags of rau muong (a kind of vegetable in Vietnam) to deliver to a client in Binh Thanh district.

Toan became a shipper a week ago and the afternoon is the busiest time of the day for him.

The demand for shopping services has increased rapidly in HCM City as locals are ordering more food via online services.

Toan, who has never gone shopping without his wife in the past, has unexpectedly become knowledgeable about all kinds of food.

“Chicken legs are priced at VND50,000 per kilogram, pork bacon VND200,000 per kilogram, and tomato VND40,000. The food supply is plentiful; only vegetables are in shortage,” Toan said.

Because of the special nature of the job, most taxi motorbike drivers working as shippers are men. The image of men carrying bags of meat, essential goods and vegetables has become common on HCMC streets.

Van Hai, 26, said he travels regularly between supermarkets and convenience stores between 11 am and 9 pm, and has about 10 orders a day. The goods items people order these days are basic – rice, meat, canned food and drinks.

“Many clients order food via shopping apps at supermarkets. But these seem to not be enough. They call me and ask me to buy more food for them,” he said.

 

Deliverymen like Toan and Hai are an important workforce during the pandemic. They connect people and transport a large amount of food in the city, helping bring meals to families.

A survey of the Department of Industry and Trade found that because of social distancing, the number of people going out to buy essential goods has declined by 50-60 percent, while the number of online orders has increased rapidly.

During social distancing, the department has encouraged product distributors to boost online transactions.

A representative of a large supply distributor said since social distancing began, the number of orders has increased by 15 times. Another distributor said there were 15,000 orders a day.

Shippers are well aware of the risks the jobs can bring. Toan said he always wears protective gloves and glasses, as well as protective masks, and uses hand sanitizers.

“I go to convenience stores and don’t talk to people. I show the clients’ orders on my smartphones, and pick up things and leave immediately,” said Hoang Nghia, a shipper from Long An. 

Quang Dinh

Vietnamese top list of most online shoppers in SEA

Vietnamese top list of most online shoppers in SEA

Vietnam has the highest number of people shopping on e-commerce platforms in the Southeast Asia region with some 49.3 million people, according to the E-commerce White Book 2021 released by the Vietnam E-Commerce and Digital Economy Agency.

HCM City faces severe shortage of vegetables, eggs

HCM City faces severe shortage of vegetables, eggs

Vegetables and eggs are in short supply in HCM City due to disruptions in supply chains caused by COVID-19.

 
 

Other News

.
Fruitful results in 30-year dialogue relations and a new chapter for 18-year CABIS
Fruitful results in 30-year dialogue relations and a new chapter for 18-year CABIS
BUSINESSicon  16/09/2021 

The 18th China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (CABIS) was held on September 10-11 in Nanning, Guangxi, China.

HCM City seeks VND17.2trn from state budget for key urban projects
HCM City seeks VND17.2trn from state budget for key urban projects
BUSINESSicon  15/09/2021 

HCM City has sent an urgent request to the Ministry of Planning and Investment for a VND17.2trn (USD753m) state fund allocation during the 2021-2025 period to complete three key projects in the city.

HSBC maps out two scenarios for Vietnamese economy until year-end
HSBC maps out two scenarios for Vietnamese economy until year-end
BUSINESSicon  15/09/2021 

HSBC has forecast two scenarios for Vietnam’s economy until the end of the year, with both of them focused on the re-opening of the economy, albeit in a cautious and systematic way.

Mobile money to bridge service divide
Mobile money to bridge service divide
BUSINESSicon  15/09/2021 

While telecommunications firms keep a wait-and-see stance on SMS service charge reductions despite mounting worries from banks. 

Vietnam Railway Corporation asks for VND800bn loan to maintain operation
Vietnam Railway Corporation asks for VND800bn loan to maintain operation
BUSINESSicon  15/09/2021 

The Vietnam Railway Corporation (VNR) has proposed to borrow VND800bn (USD35m) to maintain operations.

Vietnam’s imports of Chinese agricultural products rise sharply
Vietnam’s imports of Chinese agricultural products rise sharply
BUSINESSicon  15/09/2021 

In the past eight months, imports of China's agricultural, forestry and fishery products to Vietnam increased by 50.3% over the same period last year.

Vietnam’s consumer markets expected to grow by US$130 billion over next 10 years
Vietnam’s consumer markets expected to grow by US$130 billion over next 10 years
BUSINESSicon  15/09/2021 

Consumption in Vietnam could grow by US$130 billion over the next decade as Asia continues to be the world’s consumption growth engine, a new report from McKinsey has revealed.

Businesses wait for bank debts rescheduling
Businesses wait for bank debts rescheduling
BUSINESSicon  15/09/2021 

A week after the State Bank of Vietnam issued Circular 14 on debt rescheduling to alleviate the difficulties faced by businesses due to the COVID-19...

When the two 'locomotives' restart at the same time
When the two 'locomotives' restart at the same time
FEATUREicon  14/09/2021 

Contributing about 45% of the country’s GDP, HCM City and Hanoi are considered the two engines pulling the national economy. Both must be healthy and go hand in hand to revive the pandemic-hit economy.

Post-pandemic economic recovery plans in the pipeline
Post-pandemic economic recovery plans in the pipeline
BUSINESSicon  14/09/2021 

The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) plans to submit its economic recovery project to competent authorities for approval in October, with the 2022 to 2023 period to be identified as the ideal time for recovery efforts.

Consumers warned against buying Chinese mooncakes with no clear origin, quality
Consumers warned against buying Chinese mooncakes with no clear origin, quality
BUSINESSicon  15/09/2021 

Mooncakes with no clear information about origin, manufacturer names or quality are being sold at surprisingly low prices. Consumers have been advised to be cautious when buying mooncakes online.

Plan to re-open Vietnam’s aviation market revealed
Plan to re-open Vietnam’s aviation market revealed
BUSINESSicon  14/09/2021 

The plan to restore the domestic air transport market, developed by the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV), has been divided into three phases.

VIETNAM BUSINESS NEWS SEPTEMBER 14
VIETNAM BUSINESS NEWS SEPTEMBER 14
BUSINESSicon  14/09/2021 

Vietnam needs additional 1 million ICT personnel by 2030

Vietnamese billionaire enters $10 billion pork, animal feed market
Vietnamese billionaire enters $10 billion pork, animal feed market
BUSINESSicon  14/09/2021 

After successfully entering the fish sauce market, billionaire Nguyen Dang Quang has invested in two segments with high potential: the US$10 billion pork and animal feed market.

Decree for Fintech sandbox to be submitted in Q4
Decree for Fintech sandbox to be submitted in Q4
BUSINESSicon  14/09/2021 

The Government has issued a resolution to create a sandbox for financial technology (Fintech) in the country’s banking sector.

Over 60% of US firms will not consider shifting production out of Vietnam
Over 60% of US firms will not consider shifting production out of Vietnam
BUSINESSicon  13/09/2021 

A flash survey by the American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam revealed that while many US companies' operations in Vietnam have been affected significantly by the pandemic, the majority do not want to shift production out of Vietnam.

Hao Hao instant noodles in EU: supplier to company used EO to sterilize materials
Hao Hao instant noodles in EU: supplier to company used EO to sterilize materials
BUSINESSicon  14/09/2021 

Acecook Vietnam, after checking up on material suppliers, has found that a supplier used Ethylene oxide (EO) to sterilize some materials.

VIETNAM BUSINESS NEWS SEPTEMBER 13
VIETNAM BUSINESS NEWS SEPTEMBER 13
BUSINESSicon  13/09/2021 

Banks on road for digital transformation

Fish harvesting teams need to be set up amid pandemic
Fish harvesting teams need to be set up amid pandemic
BUSINESSicon  13/09/2021 

Localities should establish groups and teams for harvesting fish that could facilitate the issuance of travel permits in groups instead of individual travel permits amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cold storage, sweet but high-hanging fruit
Cold storage, sweet but high-hanging fruit
BUSINESSicon  13/09/2021 

The trend of shoppers going online en masse is driving demand for cold storage facilities in most countries, with Vietnam seemingly among those with a severe short supply.

 
 
 
Leave your comment on an article

OR QUICK LOGIN