Technology and e-commerce companies respond to the crisis

Services that deliver food, groceries, medical supplies and packages are among the few businesses thriving during the COVID-19 pandemic after local authorities ordered the closure of bars, dine-in restaurants, and entertainment facilities throughout much of Myanmar. More and more Myanmar people are practising social distancing and staying at home. Grocery stores remain open and many restaurants are offering carryout and delivery. Delivery companies in Myanmar have seen a surge in their businesses in recent weeks.

And with the streets of Yangon being empty this Thingyan, bicycle couriers dominate the roads – carrying their deliveries for companies like Food Panda and Door2Door. Online transactions reached a high-point from early April onwards, when news of restaurant closures started to become a reality for many hungry residents. With such high demand, Door2Door temporarily suspended orders between certain hours to meet incoming requests.

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Andrew King