Delivery services see growth in purchases of essential items during MCO

Pos Malaysia and Shopee launch ‘Stay Home Essential’ campaign to encourage Malaysians to stay at home and purchase essentials online

by S BIRRUNTHA/ pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

LOCAL courier companies are seeing a significant increase in the shipping of essential items, as people continue to stock up on daily needs in light of the Movement Control Order (MCO).

Ninja Van Malaysia country head Adzim Halim said there is a significant increase in orders for items in the healthcare and household categories.

Majority of these orders are masks, hand sanitisers and disinfectant wipes.

“There are even vegetable farmers who are now getting their produce delivered and we had to repurpose a small portion of our logistics network to support this,” he told The Malaysian Reserve recently.

He added that although most people are focusing their purchases on daily essentials, the buying trends for non-essential items have remained similar prior to the MCO.

“Nevertheless, we prioritise in the shipping of essential items such as masks, hand sanitisers, gloves, foodstuff, diapers and baby needs at this moment,” Adzim said.

He also urged Malaysians to stay home as much as possible and purchase their daily needs online until the end of the MCO.

“We will deliver the things they need. Currently, we are offering contactless delivery to parcel recipients to add peace of mind and protect both customers and our staff,” he added.

Meanwhile, delivery player Grab Malaysia is offering 20% savings on essential items to encourage more people to do online purchasing.

Users can shop for their essentials from grocery stores and pharmacies like Aeon Big, Tesco, Cold Storage, KK Mart, Giant, Mydin and Watsons by paying with GrabPay.

Meanwhile, Pos Malaysia Bhd is collaborating with e-commerce platform Shopee in launching the “Stay Home Essential” campaign for the convenience of consumers when purchasing their essential goods during the MCO period.

In a statement, Pos Malaysia said the campaign aims to encourage customers to stay home and purchase their essential goods online, ensuring that the wellbeing of Malaysians is taken care of during this trying period.

“In conjunction with the campaign, customers may now purchase their essential goods online through Shopee and have their goods delivered to their doorstep by Pos Laju.

“The campaign, which runs from April 3-25, features over 20,000 products consisting of groceries, baby and kids items, beverages and household essentials,” it said.

Pos Laju is also offering “Essential Vouchers” daily worth RM5 and RM10, which are applicable with a minimum spending of RM15 for items featured under the “Stay Home Essentials” campaign.

Pos Malaysia group CEO Syed Md Najib Md Noor said the collaboration would encourage Malaysians to stay safe at home, prevent the Covid-19 spread and the hassle of having to drive out to the stores and facing long queues.

Shopee’s regional MD Ian Ho said both the Shopee and PosLaju teams are on the frontline to support and deliver daily essential items to the doorsteps of Malaysians.