Safe grocery shopping app launched

Online shopping certainly made it easier for people to keep safe during the pandemic. The less physical contact we make, the less chances of getting infected by Covid-19.

While many had become quite savvy with delivery apps offering food and drink from restaurants and hotels, or fashion and beauty products from various brands big and small, ordering grocery items has been a fairly new experience.

Among the new players is Lucky Mart, a convenience store brand with roots in Batangas, which ventured into the delivery service business following quarantine restrictions that limited customer movement.

What makes this grocery delivery app different is mainly its promise of getting the orders delivered within two hours only, albeit at specific areas initially as the company is in the process of expanding its coverage in Metro Manila.

Marketing manager Alex Abanto and general manager for Merchandising Elvie Crespo explained that the app is very easy to use, on either Android or iOS operating systems. Aside from carrying products at very competitive prices, they also offer a cash on delivery service. “We want to give our customers the most value for their money so there are always special promotions which we call ‘lucky deals,’” Abanto said.

Lucky Mart is a convenience store brand that ventured into the delivery service business following quarantine restrictions that limited customer movement. / Photographs courtesy of fb/lucky mart

Franchising, meanwhile, is in the pipeline, revealed Crespo, as the company’s ultimate goal is to open 55 stores by the end of 2021.

Lucky Mart, which has its flagship outlet in Moonwalk, Parañaque, currently delivers in seven cities: Makati, Muntinlupa, Las Piñas, Pasay, Parañaque, Taguig and Bacoor.

“Our flagship store has two floors, and the second floor is dedicated to ‘Bida sa Lucky Mart,’ where we carry goods from micro businesses — homemade goods like peanut butter, bottled food and so on,” Crespo said. “We are constantly improving our assortment; we are open to suggestions.”

“We have helped over 200 brands inside our Lucky Mart stores. This initiative started when the pandemic affected many livelihoods. Our company owner, Bong Medel, wanted to help fellow businesses and decided to carry these products with no distribution fees and markups. He understood that these are exceptionally trying times,” she added.

“Apart from local and imported goods, we also have ready-to-eat food (from Moonwalk flagship store) for those who want a quick snack or meal delivered to their homes,” Abanto said.

Medel is a businessman from Batangas who owns gas stations and taxi operations. He ventured into the convenience store business to complement his gasoline stations. The challenges of the pandemic inspired him to go into online delivery while offering a venue for home-based entrepreneurs to sell their products.

For a minimum purchase of P1,000, a flat rate of P140 is charged for the first three kilometers and a free delivery on the customer’s first order on the app.

“We can promise fast delivery because we have our own fleet of riders, which is also why we can make deliveries from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.,” Crespo said.

Check out Lucky Mart on Facebook and download the app from app stores.

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