By: Godfreyna Canja
With the enhanced community quarantine, people have been advised to stay indoors for weeks now and only go out to buy essential items like food and hygiene necessities. Social distancing has been widely implemented across the country and almost all essential establishments open have been compliant in implementing the protocol.
With the strict implementation of social distancing however, shopping for necessities have been more difficult than before. Less people can now enter shopping markets and waiting in long queues have become common. Grocery shopping has been especially hard for those without vehicles because public transport has also been halted indefinitely.
This is where online groceries and markets save the day! These online groceries provide a wide selection of essential groceries on their websites and offer delivery right at your doorstep! Here are some of the online groceries that could help you in these trying times!
MetroMart’s website offers a wide selection through different establishments like Robinson’s supermarket, S&R, Watsons, Family Mart, National Bookstore and Pet Express. Their website is easy enough to navigate as you just have to choose which location you are in and the category of essentials you are purchasing. However due to high numbers of demand, customers must expect longer delivery time and limited supplies.
Lazmart is the online delivery service of Lazada to help the people during the enhanced community quarantine. There are fewer choices and items available like frozen food and fresh produce, however the essential items can be found in their app or website like rice, canned food, milk, eggs and more. LazMart also assures customers that their purchases are sanitized, and delivery personnel undergo regular temperature checks.
Bluebee Express is cargo and freight company that also caters grocery deliveries right now! The facebook page is quite responsive to questions and their websites lets you track your deliveries. They cover various areas in metro manila and provinces outside of manila. Delivery charges apply and can be viewed in their website.
Session Groceries App
With the pandemic that’s currently happening, we have all the more reason to eat healthy! Session Groceries app delivers fresh fruits and vegetables right at your door! Even better, the app connects local farmers to consumers, promoting a sustainable and healthy lifestyle to people while also helping the local farmers earn! While the app started its services in Baguio in 2018, currently Session Groceries can deliver to Metro Manila, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal and Benguet. The app is free and is available for download in the google play app store.
Mr Delicious offers a wide selection of frozen ready-to-eat food that can be delivered to you! Their menu ranges from soup to smoked meat and more! The prices are affordable depending on the dish you’ll order and the quantity of the food you choose. They assure all their customers that the food they make is prepared in an FDA licensed facility and is kept in its top quality to ensure clean and delicious food.
FB Groups, Online Palengke (Online Market) and GrabMart
With the enhanced community quarantine an most of the cities and provinces in the Philippines are in a lockdown there have been a few groups an pages popping up in Facebook like the Quarantine Tribute tips where people share different tips such as recipes to other people to help them with the current situation. There you may be able to discover some people near your area who sells fruits and fresh produce and can deliver them at your location as long as you are within their area.
There are online palengkes in some cities too! Facebook groups for online palengkes, like the Malolos Online Palengke in Bulacan, have sprung up to help limit the people going out to shop for food and other essential items. Sellers post their produce and other merchandise in the group and indicate their location and cluster for buyers.
Grab Mart has also launched recently, where you can choose from Grab’s roster of merchants then see and select their available products. Just like in their other services GrabMart will find you a driver that will pick up the items you chose from the merchant and deliver it to you!
With these helpful businesses and services, we can truly stay safe at our homes without worrying too much about going out. The best way we can help curb the virus is staying at home and keeping ourselves clean and healthy! So remember to stay of and stay safe!
Have you tried any of these online markets? Share your experiences in the comments below!