Online grocery stores in Singapore are experiencing extremely high demand during this time, and many of their delivery locations are overwhelmed.
To cope with this surge in orders, ComfortDelGro has partnered with RedMart, which recently shifted its focus to selling "core supplies" to use its fleet of 10,000 taxis to deliver food.
Taxi drivers have seen a significant decline in business since the introduction of COVID-19.
Because of this, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has relaxed regulations so that point-to-point transport drivers can complete delivery orders by the end of June.
To date, over 1,000 ComfortDelGro taxi drivers have expressed interest in the program and are being trained by RedMart before starting delivery work at the end of April.
During this test pilot, they are trained to pick up orders from the RedMart warehouse in Alexandra Terrace, send them to customers' front doors, and make contactless deliveries.
Tommy Tan, ComfortDelGro's Chief Operating Officer, said: “Given the large discrepancy between food supply and demand, we have turned to RedMart. We started onboarding drivers and saw a lot of interest from our drivers. "
"This will be a win-win-win situation, not just for our drivers (and) for RedMart, but also for local residents," added Tan.
ComfortDelGro not only took advantage of new opportunities for drivers to generate income, but also announced it would continue to support them through September 30, 2020 with a daily relief of $ 46.50.
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