Daily Markup #882: Grab delivers more than just food in the Philippines; gig work is keeping families fed and businesses running

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Greener pastures for all

  • Remember a time before on-demand food delivery was available? Neither do we. Apart from serving convenience to consumers, platforms such as 500-backed superapp Grab fuel the gig economy.
  • This was apparent when the pandemic hit, with urban mobility in the Philippines falling to 26% of the pre-lockdown level. With Filipinos quickly going online for essentials, this surge in demand allowed Grab to offer income opportunities to thousands of Filipino delivery-partners.
  • Entrepreneurs of micro, small, and medium businesses turned to on-demand delivery services as a lifeline.
  • One example: Thai Mango operated under the GrabKitchen central kitchen model to keep operating costs low. Today, 60% of their sales continue to be driven by the Grab platform.
  • To better understand the impact Grab has had on Filipinos, Grab conducted a survey among 1,200 GrabFood delivery-partners. They found that the platform’s gig opportunities offered positive experiences, particularly because of flexible working hours, competitive earnings, and independent working conditions.
  • The average driver earns US$100 per week more than the transportation industry mean. The average daily income of GrabFood delivery drivers was found to be approximately double the country’s minimum wage.
  • Grab also offers a safety net by providing accident and life insurance, medicine allowance, hospital assistance, amongst others.
  • All this is aligned with Grab’s mission of creating flexible earning opportunities for thousands of Filipinos.
  • Read the full story here.


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