Eat Just and foodpanda partner on world’s first home delivery of cultured meat

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SINGAPORE (April 20, 2021) –  Eat Just, Inc., a company that applies cutting-edge science and technology to create healthier, more sustainable foods, and foodpanda, Asia’s leading food and grocery delivery platform, have partnered on the world’s first home delivery of cultured meat. Three dishes featuring high-quality chicken made in a brand-new way will be available for delivery on the foodpanda platform kicking off on Earth Day, April 22, for a limited period of time in Singapore.

The partnership marks a significant milestone for both brands in the global effort towards achieving food sustainability, by introducing the first taste of this revolutionary and sustainable meat option. The groundbreaking in-home tasting experience for Eat Just’s GOOD Meat brand follows the company’s history-making December restaurant debut. Weeks prior, Singapore became the first country to approve cultured meat, which is real, high-quality meat made from animal cells.

Starting from Thursday, April 22, diners will be able to place orders for the following chef-crafted GOOD Meat Cultured Chicken dishes via the foodpanda app:

  • Chicken & Rice with coconut rice, pak choi, sweet chili, chrysanthemums, microgreens;
  • Katsu Chicken Curry with jasmine rice, heritage carrots, micro shiso, edible flowers and
  • Chicken Caesar Salad with kale, romaine, edible flowers, shaved radish, plant-based Caesar dressing

Sustainable food made more convenient and accessible with delivery 

The exclusive GOOD Meat dishes will be available to customers who are within 1880’s delivery zone. To mitigate environmental impacts, each order is packaged in an eco-friendly box made from sustainable bamboo fiber and resin, delivered by foodpanda riders on e-bikes. Customers will also enjoy a 360 degree immersive film that connects the delivery of GOOD Meat to the protection, preservation and restoration of our planet’s wild spaces. A Google Cardboard headset is included in every order.

To date, hundreds of diners at 1880 have been treated to an interactive journey through the past, present and future of our food system and a multi-course meal including globally inspired cultured chicken dishes. Through GOOD Meat and foodpanda’s partnership, many more will now be able to have a similar experience in the comfort of their own homes.

“Bringing GOOD Meat directly to the homes of people in Singapore with foodpanda is another historically important step in our journey to build a safer, healthier food system,” said Josh Tetrick, co-founder and CEO of Eat Just.

“Food is at the core of our business, and ensuring that we have a sustainable food ecosystem is an important agenda for us. foodpanda is thrilled to be the first platform in the world to deliver cultured meat dishes so that customers in Singapore can be the world’s first diners to enjoy them from the comforts of their home,” said Jakob Angele, CEO of foodpanda APAC. “Together with Eat Just, we hope to bring this to more markets – not just in Asia but also in every country in the world where Delivery Hero brands operate.” 

The partnership bolsters not just the commitment of Eat Just and foodpanda in furthering the progress of food sustainability, but also that of foodpanda’s parent company Delivery Hero. Delivery Hero’s venture capital fund, DX Ventures, is currently an investor in Eat Just –  a testament of the organization’s collective commitment in creating and promoting a sustainable food ecosystem. 

Reactions around cultured meat have been positive since GOOD Meat’s launch in Singapore. According to research, 70% of Singaporeans who have sampled GOOD Meat said that it tasted as good, or better than conventional chicken, and nearly 90% of those diners said they would substitute conventional chicken with cultured chicken. The availability of GOOD Meat dishes on delivery is a positive step forward in increasing public awareness and enthusiasm about cultured meat, and marks a key leap in the mass adoption of cultured meat as part of our joint efforts to create a sustainable food ecosystem. 

To commemorate this landmark occasion, Tetrick will join Oscar-winning director Louie Psihoyos (“The Game Changers,” “Racing Extinction,” “The Cove”); and Bruce Friedrich, co-founder and Executive Director of The Good Food Institute for a virtual town hall on the future of meat and its impact on people and the planet. The event will take place at 9 a.m. SGT on Friday, April 30 (9 p.m. EDT/6 p.m. PDT, Thursday April 29) and will be moderated by Chloe Sorvino who leads food and agriculture coverage for Forbes. RSVP to participate in the virtual town hall here.

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foodpanda launches COVID-19 vaccination awareness campaign across Asia

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  • In the lead up to WHO’s World Immunization Week, foodpanda rolls out a series of content across digital and social media channels to raise awareness of COVID-19 vaccination programmes and fight vaccine misinformation
  • In addition, foodpanda supports local vaccination programmes in Singapore, Cambodia and the Philippines
  • Campaign aims to reach over 10 million riders, merchants, customers and foodpanda employees across Asia

8 APRIL 2021 — SINGAPORE — In the lead up to World Health Organisation’s World Immunization Week from 24 to 30 April 2021, foodpanda, Asia’s leading food and grocery delivery platform, has launched a COVID-19 vaccination awareness campaign, leveraging its extensive network of riders, merchants and customers across nine markets to reach out to more than 10 million people across Asia. The campaign will be rolled out in phases in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Japan, Bangladesh, Pakistan and the Philippines. 

This series of content will be shared through digital and social media channels, providing useful information and resources on local vaccination programmes, tips on identifying vaccination misinformation and reminders on COVID-19 safeguards. foodpanda is also supporting local vaccination programmes in Singapore, Cambodia and the Philippines. 

“The region’s battle with COVID-19 is ongoing, and we have to stay vigilant on keeping our ecosystem safe,” said Jakob Angele, CEO of foodpanda. “Leveraging existing channels with our network of riders, merchants, employees and customers, we can raise greater awareness around fighting misinformation and share information around local vaccination programmes, so that our entire delivery ecosystem can be informed and mobilised. We will continuously explore ways to play a part in the fight against COVID-19.”

Supporting local vaccination programmes throughout Asia

Across Asia, foodpanda continues to support local community vaccination programmes. 

In the Philippines, foodpanda will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Health in April 2021 to combat vaccine misinformation by creating correct information materials targeted for riders, consumers and partner vendors. foodpanda Philippines is also supporting the IngatAngat vaccine information awareness campaign by the local T3 Task Force comprising government and private sector members to encourage vaccinations.

Throughout the month of April, foodpanda Cambodia is supporting and showing appreciation to frontliners, by donating food and drinks to four major hospitals and vaccination centres. foodpanda Cambodia is also working with local authorities to get employees and delivery riders vaccinated. 

In Singapore, foodpanda is working with the Ministry of Health to ensure that its rider partners are vaccinated, while exploring collaborations with local authorities on initiatives to help raise public awareness about vaccines.

These initiatives are part of foodpanda’s continuous efforts to support the food and grocery delivery ecosystem during challenging times in the midst of COVID-19: 

  • Supporting F&B restaurants and retail shops: To help local businesses digitalize and diversify revenue streams, foodpanda introduced virtual onboarding, fee waivers and support initiatives for merchants to join the platform quickly and seamlessly 
  • Supporting riders: Thousands of riders have joined foodpanda’s network, gaining access to more earning opportunities
  • Safety and accessibility for customers: Making food, groceries and daily essentials available for safe and convenient doorstep delivery, made contactless by default to minimise direct contact and protect the health and safety of customers, riders and merchants

foodpanda has been growing its footprint across Asia to provide millions of customers a convenient way to get food and daily essentials, delivered safely to doorsteps, which was especially critical in the midst of the pandemic. 

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foodpanda unveils a refreshed look across Asia

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    • foodpanda rolls out a refreshed brand and visual identity to more than 400 cities across 12 markets
    • New colours and patterns accentuate foodpanda’s signature pink across a growing range of services
    • Refreshed mobile app interface makes foodpanda even more user friendly
    • Rollout of branding, marketing campaigns and partner material will be refreshed progressively from April 2021

5 April 2021 — SINGAPORE — foodpanda, Asia’s leading food and grocery delivery platform, has unveiled a colourful brand refresh across all its visual designs,  plus an even friendlier user interface for its mobile and web applications. The brand refresh will be rolling out progressively in more than 400 cities across 12 markets, from April 2021. 

The brand refresh comes at a time when foodpanda continues to expand its business verticals beyond food delivery, into quick commerce (q-commerce), including grocery delivery via pandamart cloud stores, and through partnerships with leading shops and convenience stores.

“foodpanda’s refreshed identity reconsiders all customer touchpoints with the brand, connecting the technology behind our app and website with our millions of users’ everyday experiences, from our iconic rider bags and jackets to packaging, marketing campaigns and the app itself,” said Idan Haim, vice president of Growth and Marketing, foodpanda. “This will build a solid foundation for our new business ventures, with a revitalized look and feel.”

Online, foodpanda’s enhanced colour palette, as well as the increased prominence of its signature panda logo, caters to an expanding number of new business services. The new homescreen on the foodpanda app, dubbed the “bento”, allows users to seamlessly choose the foodpanda service they need – food delivery, self pick-up, shops or pandamart – while making it easier to explore top restaurants and promotions available in their location.

The same visual approach applies to foodpanda’s marketing initiatives both online and offline, for instance with rider- and partner-related branding, foodpanda retains its bold, instantly identifiable “fun pink”, but expands its palette to include more complementary colours.

Reinald Chee, head of Creative at foodpanda, said: “Pink is king. We keep the fun pink that is instantly recognisable to millions of people across Asia. At the same time, we highlight different aspects of our brand personality, to show that foodpanda is also friendly, caring, smart, and that little bit rebellious – not afraid to change the status quo or take risks. Our aim has been to create a design language that’s as seamless as our transaction process. At the end of the day, brand identity is all about making a more enjoyable experience for everyone.”

As the iconic symbol of foodpanda, the smiling panda mascot that people know and love remains prominent, but now comes in many more new designs, from panda stickers to patterns and shapes within designs. 

Chee explained: “We analyzed every touchpoint with our service, from the app to the rider box. Using thorough insights about the user journey, we envisioned a design direction that could bridge the gap between our tech and the real-life experience of millions of customers.”

foodpanda’s brand refresh will be progressively introduced across all online and offline platforms from April 2021. The refresh has started in Singapore, Bangladesh and Cambodia, and will be launching in Hong Kong, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand in the coming weeks. 

foodpanda has been growing its footprint across Asia, providing millions of customers a convenient way to get food and daily essentials delivered safely to doorsteps, which was especially critical in the midst of the pandemic. 

foodpanda is the third most downloaded food delivery app in the world in 2020, according to Apptopia.

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foodpanda leads on-demand grocery delivery in Asia with the launch of its 150th pandamart

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  • Now available in eight markets, pandamart is Asia’s largest network of cloud grocery stores offering thousands of items including daily essentials and fresh produce from SMEs and local grocers
  • Average delivery time for orders is 25 minutes
  • The “cloud store” retail concept for on-demand deliveries leverages technology and data points to shape online grocery-purchase behaviour amidst COVID-19 pandemic
  • foodpanda aims to launch pandamart in all 12 operating markets by 2021


SINGAPORE — 4 FEBRUARY 2021 —
foodpanda today announced the launch of its 150th pandamart in Asia. With its first store launched in Singapore in October 2019, pandamart, foodpanda’s grocery cloud store network, has since been rolled out to 40 cities, across eight markets in the region — Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, Pakistan and the Philippines. With this milestone, foodpanda now operates Asia’s largest network of cloud grocery stores, providing consumers with easy access to more than 4,000 grocery and household products, delivered within 25 minutes. 

Operating the cloud store concept with pandamart

pandamart cloud stores are purpose-built for deliveries only, with no walk-in retail storefront. Technology and data intelligence form the foundation of every pandamart — from determining its location, to the products carried in each store and how inventory is arranged within the space for maximum picking efficiency, so groceries and household essentials can be efficiently packed and delivered on-demand to consumers. Products available via pandamart include household essentials from global brands like P&G and Unilever, as well as fresh produce from local grocers. pandamart also carries plant-based and sustainably-grown produce and products on the platform.

The global pandemic has changed the way people obtain food, groceries and other daily essentials. Research firm Forrester reported that grocery is the fastest-growing category in the APAC region, with the adoption of online grocery services expected to grow 30% from 2019 to 2024 and online penetration doubling from 5.1% in 2020, to 10.6% in 2024. 

This trend corresponds with the surge in consumer demand that foodpanda saw on its platform. Across the region, the number of first-time customers ordering groceries via foodpanda more than doubled between the first and second half of 2020 — a trend that continues to grow in 2021. The goal for relatively newer markets like Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh, Pakistan and the Philippines is to make pandamart available to consumers nationwide. This has already been achieved in Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong where the service was launched earlier.

A regional look at how pandamart leverages technology for accessibility, variety and speed

With location intelligence and data trend insights, pandamart locations are strategically chosen to make grocery deliveries accessible to communities for both major cities and suburban areas. 

In Malaysia, pandamart became an essential service when the Movement Control Order (MCO) went into effect earlier this year, with grocery orders increasing by almost 70% in the single month of January 2021. Recognising the importance of supporting local food producers, pandamart worked with local partners to source more than 60% of products in Malaysia, offering consumers locally-produced products such as vegetables and soft drinks. 

Across the Causeway, pandamart in Singapore offers one of the largest variety of products across the region, with some cloud stores stocking over 5,000 unique products. In addition to groceries and household essentials, Singapore’s pandamart also carries unique offerings from well-loved homegrown SME brands such as Ooh Mala Chips, Ice Cream Cookie Co., Prima Taste and more. With an increasing number of consumers seeking plant-based meat alternatives, pandamart Singapore also offers products from Impossible Foods, Beyond Meat and Quorn.

In Pakistan where 24/7 on-demand grocery delivery is relatively new, pandamart offers a convenient option for consumers to receive their essentials delivered to their doorsteps quickly and safely. On average, pandamart deliveries in Pakistan are completed in under 20 minutes

Shaping new grocery shopping preferences

To meet fast-changing consumer needs and preferences, foodpanda has invested to grow its q-commerce, or quick commerce, offerings. Beyond its core food delivery vertical, foodpanda is accelerating the rollout of pandamart and foodpanda shops in partnership with retailers, to offer consumers greater convenience, speed and variety. 

“Launching 150 pandamart across 40 cities in the midst of a pandemic was no easy task, but foodpanda realised the critical importance in bringing our consumers what they really needed quickly and safely, especially during times of movement constraints,” said Abhishek Sahay, Director of New Verticals at foodpanda. “Now that we’re operating in eight markets, our goal in 2021 is to take pandamart into more cities within our existing markets, plus launch pandamart in all 12 operating markets by the end of 2021.” 

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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 grows q-commerce with more than 2,500 7-Eleven stores across Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and the Philippines

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SINGAPORE —  5 November 2020 — What’s more convenient than a convenience store? An online one, of course – delivering food, and essentials to customers’ doorsteps quickly, at the touch of a button. foodpanda, the leading delivery platform in Asia Pacific, marks a new milestone with the announcement of more than 2,500 7-Eleven stores on its app, making the leading convenient store available in Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia and the Philippines. 

With this partnership, foodpanda brings hundreds of 7-Eleven items including hot food, ready-to-eat insta-meals, snacks and alcohol and even pre-paid mobile phone cards into customers’ hands within an average delivery time of 20 minutes. Deliveries can be made anytime, anywhere, 24/7 via foodpanda.

In the beta phase for integration into the foodpanda “shops” feature, the number of 7-Eleven orders on foodpanda shops grew 50% month-on-month over the past six months. 7-Eleven stores on foodpanda offer over 1,000 unique items on average across the four markets. 

The most convenient convenience store, powered by technology

As a pioneer in quick commerce, or q-commerce, foodpanda believes in using technology to better the lives of their customers. With 7-Eleven – a brand synonymous with convenience – on the foodpanda platform, consumers enjoy easy access to the choice and variety for their daily essentials. 

In the Philippines, the largest variety available from a 7-Eleven store via foodpanda is almost 1,600 unique items. In Taiwan, consumers have a preference for post-dinner orders from 8pm to midnight, especially for snacks. We see similar trends across the other markets in Asia as foodpanda continues to provide consumers with better varieties and access to on-demand convenience.

Industry watchers like IGD have predicted growth in online grocery retail with more brick-and-mortar retailers partnering with delivery and technology companies to grow their online footprint, even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is in line with the rise of the ‘convenience economy’ over the past few years, as consumers get accustomed to food and grocery deliveries. COVID-19 has accelerated this evolution and process. IGD reported that online grocery penetration is expected to remain at elevated rates post-COVID-19 as consumers stay home more. The report also predicts that consumers will continue using online deliveries when social distancing measures are lifted to save time. 

As a leading platform for on-demand deliveries in the Asia Pacific region, foodpanda supports the entire delivery ecosystem to ensure that it satisfies consumers’ appetite for greater choice and convenience through its expansion plans. This partnership underscores foodpanda’s dual focus on growing its core food delivery business as well as its q-commerce offerings.

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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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