Blurb from the author: Ramadhan is just around the corner and thanks to COVID-19 and the MCO we will unfortunately not be able to enjoy our annual bazaars. It's definitely for the better, but you can't help but miss the smell of delicious food that blows through the air and comes home with bags full of different foods and drinks.
April 5 Iskandar
had a conversation with his father about the current situation and how it would work
small businesses and the B40, which are normally part of these Ramadhan bazaars.
According to them
In discussions, Iskandar came up with an idea that could help. What he was up to
was an e-bazaar where these sellers could list their profiles and products
In just one day, he and his fiance created 9 Bazaar Rakyat locations (1 main location and 8 government locations for Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Kedah, Perak, Johor, Putrajaya, Melaka and Negeri Sembilan).
They had until April 6th
has already written a social media post to position Bazaar Rakyat as Malaysia's first
E-bazaar with the slogan #bazaarfromhome.
Bazaar Rakyat is not
limited to food and drinks only; Small businesses can use the platform
sell various products like Baju Raya, shoes, handbags, and gadgets
even electronic devices.
Iskandar described that
Platform as one that is similar to Lazada or Shopee with the element of
Foodpanda and GrabFood.
While it was Iskandar
and his fiance who created the websites, it still took a team from 17 to
fully develop their plans.
As CEO of AiM
Iskandar, a company that develops websites and mobile apps, was able to do this
Use the existing servers and tools to set up the costs for Bazaar Rakyat
they less than RM150.
If you would visit
On the website you will find that there are more than 1,200 providers
registered, but he announced that the number of those who have actually completed
Your store is between 300 and 500 in 8 states.
Those of us who have
Ramadhan bazaars are probably no stranger to the occasional
Stomach pain that can result from buying from unknown F&B providers.
With that in mind, I have
I just had to ask Iskandar how we can ensure food safety when buying on Bazaar
He replied: "In this MCO
State, we wouldn't be able to physically review your business or deal
Premise (s), therefore we distribute the SOP for safety and hygiene as our virtual one
Manual. In any case of poisoning / accidents on food, the seller has
to be responsible."
What I get when I search for "nasi" on Bazaar Rakyat, you can see the seller clearly
If you click on a
If you list the product list on the website, you can clearly see the business behind it
So you're not just buying through a contactless profile.
For the supply
As part of this e-bazaar, Iskandar works with Bungkusit, MatRunner and
MrSpeedy and he is talking to Pickupp, MatDespatch, ResQ and
ZeptoExpress helps providers deliver to customers.
Except for bungkusit
Who delivers on demand, the other service providers that are already on board
have a blocking period for their deliverers to fulfill orders for food and drinks
before buka puasa time.
The providers will be
those who are responsible for organizing the delivery and applying the fees they charge
think fit for their customers.
The agony of choice
I'm not surprised to see that the majority of the products fall under their website
F&B. I've seen some non-F&B vendors on physical Ramadhan bazaars
before, but I don't think people there would normally look for such products.
Unless you may have done it
Of course, you no longer have time to buy your Hari Raya clothing.
Of the 8 states
Melaka, Kedah and Perak have fewer Bazaar Rakyat
So if you live in the other states, you should consider yourself
more spoiled for choice.
Take Selangor, e.g.
For example, with his 308 F&B items to choose from. One thing to note is that for
For an ideal delivery speed and cost, you should choose to filter the companies
(under the "Kedai-Kedai" tab) to find those within 15 to 20 km
from your address.
Here you can filter shops according to your location
You could still be
able to order from more distant stores, but Iskandar shared that delivery
The fees incurred are of course higher.
means you may not be able to get the Kuih you saw on the website before.
although you still have a choice (unless you live in the middle of nowhere,
After you've added that
You can check out items in your shopping cart where you are requested to fill in your items
Your delivery fee will
will be calculated automatically as soon as you have entered your address. Apart from
Filtering your location is a pretty normal ecommerce experience.
and navigating the website is not too complicated.
Hopefully we will be
As Iskandar sees this, improvements are made to the website
Initiative as long-term.
"We are able to
Replace traditional Ramadhan bazaars and pasars, ”he said, but they do exist
a couple of things to do first.
The first would be
Get government support to help them with their resuscitation mission
Economy and help for other SMEs, and the second would be as many on board
Delivery service providers as possible throughout Malaysia to manufacture the products
Easier to access.
Bottom line: If you know me, you probably know that I can count how many times I have bought online. However, I'm slowly warming up to the idea of F&B e-commerce as the idea of eating a little more than homemade meals is pretty appealing.
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Selected image source: Bazaar Rakyat