Daily Markup #4: Covid-19 vs Malaysian startups

Rising against the odds.

Using agility and ingenuity to adapt, startups are carving new ways to thrive and help out in times of need.

Kitabisa’s Malaysian site links up with FashionValet

  • Indonesian crowdfunding platform Kitabisa’s Malaysian arm, Kitafund, has joined forces with e-commerce platform FashionValet to raise RM500,000 to help “as many frontliners as they can.”
  • At the time of writing, the “FV COVID19 SUPPORT FUND” has garnered over RM340,000.
  • FashionValet co-founder Viviy Yusof and her husband Fadzarudin Shah Anuar started the campaign on March 18.

Food deliveries, in a beep

  • As the Movement Control Order (MCO) in Malaysia drags on, F&B businesses are bracing to quickly adapt through deliveries.
  • StoreHub, which is a point-of-sale system for F&B businesses, has partnered with GoGet, a dispatch and task-running marketplace, and other logistic partners to provide more food delivery options for Malaysians.
Credit: StoreHub
  • Called Beep Delivery, there are about 100 eateries on the platform with 500 more estimated to join soon, the company said.
  • Rest easy. Beep Delivery practices contactless payments and provides self-pickup too.

Food Market Hub unites vendors, suppliers, and consumers

  • Food Market Hub is a cloud-based platform with a mission to provide seamless connectivity for the F&B industry in Malaysia.
  • Since the Covid-19 outbreak, it has pivoted its approach to link consumers with suppliers, including farmers and restaurants with the oversupply of fresh goods.
  • With the Movement Control Order (MCO) in motion, Malaysians can shop for groceries ranging from poultry to vegetables from their homes.

GoGet it done

  • Social enterprise Kechara Soup Kitchen was at a crossroads. They couldn’t operate due to movement restrictions. GoGet came to the rescue.
  • The delivery and errands services provider mobilized its riders to help deliver meals to the homeless, with help from KFC.

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  • Right now, GoGet is partnering with local businesses to help with deliveries.

Applecrumby & Fish continues to impact

  • With the help of public donors, Applecrumby & Fish donated supplies at-cost to the pediatric wards in the Sungai Buloh Hospital in Malaysia.
Credit: Applecrumby & Fish
  • The Sungai Buloh Hospital is critical in the country’s fight against the pandemic, as it’s surrounded by red zones.
  • To better tackle the infection, the hospital will be developed into an infectious disease center with adequate facilities to tackle future viral outbreaks.

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