Mydin: Panic buying stops on Day 4 of MCO

From Saturday to yesterday morning, sales dropped by 50% and there are fewer crowds now

By FARA AISYAH / Pic By ARIF KARTONO

MYDIN Hypermarket’s sales slowed down on Saturday, the fourth day of the government’s Movement Control Order (MCO), as panic buying of groceries lasted only three days since the MCO began on March 18.

Mydin MD Datuk Dr Ameer Ali Mydin said from Saturday to yesterday morning, sales dropped by 50% and there are fewer crowds now.

“This is because only one person per household is allowed to go out to buy basic necessities. There is no window shopping: They come, get the things on their lists, pay and leave,” he told The Malaysian Reserve.

He expected this scenario to continue as the government has deployed the army to join the enforcement of MCO.

Ameer Ali said during the first three days of the MCO, Mydin’s sales doubled compared to normal days because of panic buying. He also said many hypermarkets have temporarily stopped their online platforms because of overwhelming demand from buyers.

“We are also squeezed by overcapacity, so we are also not taking any more online orders,” he added.

A Lazada Malaysia spokesman said the company experienced a spike in orders over the weekend and is currently seeing increasing demand following the announcement of MCO.

“Lazada shoppers have been buying more grocery items like food staples, personal care and household products.

“We also see the increase of demand for teleconferencing and computer accessories, as Malaysians hunt for necessities on Lazada to create a more conducive and productive home working environment,” the spokesman said.

Jaya Grocer said it is currently facing a huge increase in orders for its online delivery and has suspended its service. Online grocery store MyGroser is also facing an unusual high traffic to its website.

“The increase has been substantial, but we have managed to increase our delivery fleet and capacity over the past two days, and are now able to help even more consumers who need groceries delivered.

“We are in the middle of deploying an enhanced online solution which can handle greater volumes of incoming requests and orders from our consumers, as well as increasing the number of vehicles to better meet the expected delivery times,” MyGroser CEO and co-founder Stephen P Francis told Bernama.