foodpanda expands q-commerce in Asia with MUJI, IKEA, Lawson, Tesco and Watsons

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SINGAPORE — 8 December 2020 — Portable aroma diffusers, over-the-counter medicine, and Swedish meatballs — anything you need, delivered within 30 minutes. With foodpanda shops, consumers are able to get anything they need delivered to their doorsteps quickly and conveniently, as foodpanda shops now offers products from the region’s leading retailers including MUJI, IKEA, Lawson, Tesco and Watsons.

foodpanda launched its first shops in Singapore in October 2019 with 1,000 retail partners. One year later, foodpanda shops now hosts almost 25,000 retail stores across the 12 markets in Asia, including Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Pakistan, Taiwan, Philippines, Bangladesh, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Japan. Categories of retailers that can be found on foodpanda shops range from convenience stores, neighbourhood mom-and-pop stores, pharmacies, supermarkets and household and fashion retailers.

The roll-out of foodpanda shops was accelerated in the first half of 2020, as more consumers relied on home deliveries for food, daily essentials and more, while coping with movement restrictions during the pandemic. At the same time, retail stores were hard-hit across the region as a result of COVID-19 lockdowns. Food and grocery deliveries provided a lifeline not only for consumers but also enabled traditional retailers and restaurants to digitalise to stay open and in business during this critical time.

“Retailers who had previously established online e-commerce and delivery models continued to uplevel their delivery models so more customers can gain access to essentials and lifestyle products quickly and conveniently,” said Jakob Angele, CEO of foodpanda. “Beyond COVID-19, a new consumer shopping habit-shift and reliance on quick commerce and delivery will continue to trend, so we’ve worked hard to ensure we bring on as many well-loved household names onto the foodpanda platform as possible.”

Earlier this month, foodpanda marked a new milestone by adding more than 2,500 7-Eleven stores on its platform, making 7-Eleven available to foodpanda customers in Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Growing q-commerce with expanded list of retail partners across Asia

As a pioneer in quick commerce, or q-commerce, foodpanda is using technology to better the lives of their customers. With a dual focus on growing its core food delivery business as well as q-commerce offerings, the introduction of these retail brands enhances retail selections for millions of customers across Asia. Through each and every delivery, the platform is digitalising the delivery experience for retail- and restaurant-partners, and riders, creating greater economic opportunities and value to the communities.

New retail partners now available on foodpanda shops:

MUJI
The foodpanda partnership is MUJI’s first-ever collaboration with an on-demand delivery platform. Launched in October in Taiwan, up to 800 items including MUJI snacks, household items like aroma diffusers, essential oils, toiletries and even handy essentials like screwdriver sets and cleaning equipment can now be delivered to consumers quickly and easily within 30 minutes! MUJI is also available on the foodpanda Hong Kong app.

IKEA
A first for the IKEA brand — a range of crowd favourites from IKEA’s iconic Swedish Food Market like meatballs, potatoes au gratin, salmon products and a selection of cheeses, coffee and tea are now available for deliveries for consumers in Singapore, so they can skip the crowd and satisfy their cravings in the comforts of home.

Lawson
Following the successful launch of foodpanda in Japan in September 2020, the platform has since onboarded Lawson convenience stores in Sapporo and Fukuoka as it progressively expands to other cities across Japan. The partnership makes ready-to-eat meals like Lawson’s signature karaage-kun fried chicken to snacks and beverages available for quick and convenient deliveries. Lawson is also available on foodpanda shops in both Taiwan and Thailand.

Tesco
Tesco joins an on-demand delivery platform for the first time with its partnership in Malaysia. From November 2020, consumers can enjoy greater accessibility and convenience, with more than 3,000 unique items from fresh produce to other household essentials available for doorstep deliveries.

Watsons
Watsons, one of Asia’s leading health and beauty retailers, has inked a partnership with foodpanda, rolling out in phases across the region from November 2020, beginning in Malaysia. This brings thousands of Watsons stores onto the platform, so consumers will be able to purchase over-the-counter medication, vitamins, healthcare needs and more without having to leave their homes.

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foodpanda Singapore on the search for new Chief Makan Officer

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Singapore, 27 November 2020 – Singapore’s leading delivery platform, foodpanda, launches search for a Chief Makan Officer (CMO). Applications for the role will open from Tuesday, 1 December, and will run for two weeks until 15 December. Interested candidates can easily apply for the role via foodpanda’s LinkedIn page, careers page, or at https://www.foodpanda.sg/contents/chief-makan-officer.

With a whopping five-thousand dollars monthly makan allowance, on top of a one-thousand dollar remuneration, the gourmet world will be your oyster – or your steak, noodles, bubble tea and whatever your stomach desires. In this new position, the Chief Makan Officer will be taking on every Singaporean’s dream role – being paid to traverse our island and savour the delectable offerings from foodpanda’s 15,000 different restaurant partners.

The ideal candidate would be an individual whose creative juices are constantly flowing. Crowned as the company’s resident food expert, the Chief Makan Officer will need to create visual and video content that showcases the interesting offerings of foodpanda’s restaurant partners, which will be posted on foodpanda’s blog and social media channels. Additionally, the CMO will also be tasked to conceptualize and execute creative food-themed content showcasing offerings from foodpanda shops and pandamart. The icing on the cake is made even sweeter as the CMO will also enjoy perks including gaining exclusive access to select restaurants and pandamart warehouses.

If you plan your weekends (or weekdays – no judgement here) around cafe-hopping, always posting drool-worthy photos on the gram, and cannot stop talking about food, you might just be foodpanda’s very first Chief Makan Officer!. If you think you’ve got what it takes, simply record a 1-minute video of yourself convincing the hiring team why you’re perfect for the job. Simply upload your video together with your application at: https://www.foodpanda.sg/contents/chief-makan-officer. Let the feast begin!

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foodpanda takes to the skies with pandaFly

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Singapore, 13 August 2020 – Pandas may soon fly! foodpanda, Singapore’s leading delivery platform, has reached greater heights of food delivery with pandaFly, which completed its drone delivery test flight this morning. Joining hands with global technology, defence and engineering group, ST Engineering, an order of 5 packets of Ayam Penyet (“smashed” fried chicken) was delivered from Marina South Pier to PACC Offshore Services Holdings (POSH) Vessel, located 3km off the pier, in under ten minutes.

Increasingly, customers will want to be able to buy anything, from anywhere, and receive them immediately – all within the tap of a few buttons. With drones, foodpanda intends to meet these demands by making long-distance deliveries better, faster, and cheaper for all. In the last five years, delivery times have gone from 60 minutes to under 30 minutes and now, quite possibly less than 15 minutes! This latest flight test demonstrated by ST Engineering using its DroNet solution proves that it’s possible to simultaneously deliver longer distances and cut delivery times by yet another half. Imagine placing an order for Changi Village Nasi Lemak and receiving the piping hot meal in Jurong within 15 minutes with minimal delivery fee!

Intended as a complement to our pandariders, the drones will ideally be able to pick up and deliver orders at designated collection points located islandwide where one of foodpanda’s 12,000 riders will be waiting to complete the last-mile delivery. This means that customers can still expect the familiarity of our pandariders delivering piping hot meals right to their doorsteps.

“Delivering with drones has always been part of our long-term plan, and to see our foodpanda box up in the air today takes us a big step forward to be the first food delivery platform that makes drone deliveries a reality. Much more than a novelty, drone deliveries will help us deliver over longer distances faster, while keeping costs low, so that we can continue to satisfy our customers more instantaneously.” said Luc Andreani, Managing Director of foodpanda Singapore.

Working with leading Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) solutions provider to make drone deliveries a reality In March this year, foodpanda inked a partnership with ST Engineering to adapt its DroNet solution to trial the delivery of light food items over short distances of up to 3km. DroNet is an end-to-end drone network solution designed to carry out specific tasks or services autonomously in an urban environment.

One of the leading players in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) industry, ST Engineering has been working closely with regulators and industry partners to develop solutions that make use of the latest smart and unmanned technologies for military and commercial applications. ST Engineering received authorisation granted by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) for the use of UAS to perform the proof of concept delivery exercise. In the next phase following today’s test flight, foodpanda and ST Engineering will be looking to test drones that can fly further and for longer durations.

Jeffrey Lam, Deputy President of ST Engineering’s Aerospace sector said, “In our latest flight exercise, we are pleased to collaborate with foodpanda to adapt our drone network solution to realise a faster and cost-efficient method in food deliveries, one that can also help meet the need for safe distancing under the current COVID-19 situation. With a growing list of potential customers and collaborators which include Wilhelmsen Ships Service for shore-to-ship parcel deliveries, we are able to make significant advancements in applying DroNet to meet real-world problems, and help end-users such as foodpanda to introduce game-changing enhancements to their operations and services.”

The future of drone deliveries is now. Drones will make it possible to deliver things not delivered before, to places that were previously inaccessible. As technology advances, there is no doubt that drones will continue to drive innovation for many industries – including food delivery.

“The usage of drones is an area that POSH is actively studying as part of our innovation roadmap. We are therefore pleased to partner foodpanda and ST Engineering in this test flight, which offers a glimpse of what is possible. There is still much work to be done to fully enable shore to ship drone delivery over longer haul distances. POSH will continue to work with suitable partners so as to bring a taste of home to our seafarers onboard, in time to come.” said Danny Chong, General Manager, COE (Innovation), POSH.

With the support of cross-industry partners such as POSH who hosted the test flight, foodpanda is positioned to champion yet another industry-first with the aim of meeting the needs of all our customers, wherever they are.

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