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Resolving problems using technology – great work Lazada

It was just a few days ago where a news article came out stating that a lot of farmers from Cameron Highlands had to dump tons and tons of fresh vegetable because they were unable to deliver it to the cities. This was mainly because of the Malaysian Movement Control Order (MCO) as moving within states has been restricted.

The heaps of vegetables that have been sorted left at the walkway at the market.

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2020/03/29/after-supply-woes-force-cameron-farmers-to-dump-greens-lazada-steps-in-and/1851378

It wasn’t only the fresh vegetables that was effected, however it was also fish and meat as most of these items were brought in from other states into the city.

After seeing the news, LAZADA which is one of the largest online eCommerce stores in Malaysia step in to connect these farmers / fishermen and also meat vendors directly to the consumer.

LAZADA had both the logistic capabilities and also the reach to a large part of the consumers in Malaysia as its been around for a number of years now.

I was truly impressed by the speed on how fast LAZADA managed to get these stores up and running. In less then 1 week, the stores opened up today. Instead of selling each vegetable individually, LAZADA has also created “pakages” like if you wanted to cook Prawn Noodles, you could just buy a pack with all the required ingredients.

Even the stores were up for the fisherman. However for now, you could only buy a box filled with fresh seafood at a very reasonable price. Even though the deliveries would take a few days however it was assured that it would be fresh !

You could even start getting fresh meat from the marketplace on LAZADA which i guess it just gave the hypermarket a huge competition.

I was checking out the prices on all the items which are on LAZADA fresh markets, then comparing it to the hypermarkets. It surely is competitive and some are even cheaper. The big plus point is that its delivered to your doorsteps.

Summary

I would guess that by the time things start getting back to normal and the Movement Control Order is lifted, a large part of the population would be so used on getting their daily needs online therefore the markets and malls would need to really think of new ways to get and retain their customers.

Cheers all and have a brilliant day.

Covid-19 the real challenge for me and a lot of people around me

Today, I really needed to go grab some groceries as we were running low of some fresh meat and other stuff back at home. So I slapped on the mask and off I went to the grocery store.

I went to one which was not too crowded and even though the price was a little bit higher, however, I could get everything I wanted in 1 location.

Before getting into the hypermart, I had to stand in queue for like 30 mins as they would only allow a maximum of 30 people in the hypermart, I was there early, however, the line was already building up.

While waiting in line there was a man in front of me who was exchanging voice notes with his wife over the Whatsapp and she was literally telling him what to buy and stuff like that. I couldn’t help noticing that he kept checking his wallet to see how much he has in it. And in one of his voice message, he said to his wifeLets not buy it this week … my salary is not in yet, let’s try to get it next week

After he said that, there was silence and a few mins later an acknowledgement of “ok” was heard.

The Financial Challenge

For a lot of people being able to survive for a 1 – 2 months in a state where you most likely unable to get any work done is not great but still bearable. However, as we go forward into the 3rd – 5th month we would really start to see the strain on it because we may never know if we would still have a job once this dreadful virus has gone.

Virus hits China's economic heart -- its small businesses - Nikkei ...

Read an interesting article about how the virus has impacted the SMEs in China and I would believe that a lot of the challenges which is faced in China would be almost the same everywhere else.

https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Industry-in-focus/Virus-hits-China-s-economic-heart-its-small-businesses

Over here in Malaysia, a stimulus package by the government has been presented just 2 days ago. It sounds really amazing as the government is planning to cough up 250 billion into it. Some say it’s like an airdrop.

Malaysia Second Economic Stimulus Package 2020 | Crowe Malaysia PLT

It was met with a lot of scepticism as the stimulus package is focus towards the individuals and not towards the Small-Medium Businesses. And with that amount of money pump into the package, a lot of questions came about to where is the money coming from.

Malaysia's 1 Trillion Ringgit Government Debt Explained - Bloomberg

Everyone didn’t forget that Malaysia has a 1 trillion dollar debt which was created by the previous administration and the scandals around the infamous 1MDB

With Stocks falling to its bottom and our currency which is being devalued day by day, the future in Malaysia looks very uncertain.

It was only 2 weeks ago, Malaysia started the Movement Control Order and that was the time where people started to panic buy carting away trolleys filled to the brink with items which they may or may not need.

However today, it was pretty clear that the panic buying has subsided and people started buying only the things out of necessity. This could most likely be the cause of realization that we need to be diligent with our spending as we may have to survive for another few months before businesses can commence once more.

By then it would literally be the survival of the fittest as I do foresee that a lot of companies would be going thru bankruptcy.

source : https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/03/airlines-expected-survive-coronavirus-crisis-200327105125021.html

As of now, lets all keep positive and start planning for the long run, don’t panic buy .. buy what you need and not what you want.

Stay strong and stay safe .. cheers guys and have a good Sunday