WorldExecutivesDigest.com | Small business enterprises who stepped up their game with the high demand for fresh food, agricultural and fishing products amidst COVID-19 | When the pandemic coronavirus hit the Philippines leaving its locals unprepared, the food, fishing, and agriculture sector found itself on the war’s front line. What followed has been a huge transformation and adaption likely to have lasting consequences not just for the industry but with our nation as well. While aggressiveness for entrepreneurs to stay within their business goals, they have innovated the way they offer their products and services.
During the recent weeks, there has been a study for the industry among small business enterprises for reinventing itself, as food and agriculture, and fishing industry takes new safety precautions, increase their delivery options and faster delivery service due to daily 8 pm curfew. Prompt decision-making has been essential and each player has stepped up their challenging game. There are job losses, recession, depression and even death for some but the industry has to keep the rapid race going with new ideas and measures to protect their employees and customers to keep up with the market’s demands and to attain their business goals.
COVID-19 has hit almost all industries hard especially among MSMEs and small business enterprises, where some have to shut down their businesses while others have to lay off several people just to keep up with their expenses. But with the current situation that we have been experiencing across the globe, keeping supply lines flowing and coming up with innovative ways to rescue revenue and provide food resources among others, is essential to help feed the country.
The health crisis turned into a big opportunity for some small businesses since consumers can’t solely depend on the government’s ration of canned goods, this has been a chance for the agricultural, food, and fishing sector to take their game a notch higher in the business world, these players realized that offering delivery service of their products will keep their sales and expenses at par. Meanwhile, stores and manufacturers took precautions to protect their workforce and customers since grocers must prioritize in keeping their shelves stocked. No one knew that shopping in a supermarket could be this dangerous months ago where they have to limit the number of shoppers permitted through their doors at any one time, with monitors managing lines at six–foot intervals and a mandatory infrared body temperature scanner to check each and every shopper who want to buy some stocks for their household.
Shopping hasn’t been and may never be the same as the stores got creative in protecting at-risk populations. That is why consumers now rely on the delivery services offered by food producers and sellers to ensure their safety and making daily meals less of hassle. Here are some of the small business enterprise and entrepreneurs who made the usual grocery chore easier by delivering the goods at their every customer’s doorstep.
- Nash Casten
Shrimps and eggs for delivery | Source: Nash Casten on Facebook
Residing in Marikina City, this young entrepreneur has been selling seafood and vegetables in the metro and nearby provinces for quite some time. Customers can have their goods delivered by Lalamove or Grab and have an option to pick up their ordered stocks at a meeting place in Mandaluyong City which happens once a week for a fee of P100.
- Charmy Paulino
A mother of three, chef and entrepreneur from Malabon City, Charmy has been personally delivering the goods that she delivers to her customers as part of her personalized service. Most of the goods that she is selling are fresh meats and seafood, rice cake, kimchi, pasta, bubble tea, frozen fries, local desserts like Mais con yelo and Saging con yelo, viands like Kare-kare, garlic butter shrimp, Alimasag ala seaside, Sinigang na spareribs, and Kikiam among others. The handling fee is kept at a minimum within Malabon and Navotas area and for others, delivery will be handled by Grab or Lalamove and the delivery fee will depend on the location of the customer’s residence.
- Joyce Jerlyn Berte
A reseller from Mandaluyong City, Joyce offers her products to her Facebook friends, and through the social media groups where Joyce is also a member. She resells packed frozen meats and goods from big fast-food chains like siopao, siomai, chicken, chicken nuggets, chicken oil, barbeque, dumplings, and lumpiang shanghai, ready to drink coffee from Starbucks, and frozen fries from Potato Corner. Customers have their option to have their items delivered at home or through pick-up in Mandaluyong area, while payment modes are through Gcash, BPI deposit, or Cash on Delivery. Home delivery will depend on Grab or Lalamove’s rate per area while handling fee for Mandaluyong pick-ups is P50.
- Pepi Cubano Sandwich
Pepi Cubano is a sandwich shop that specializes in Cuban variety cuisine that has 12 locations across Luzon. Their stores can be spotted at Glorietta, Trinoma, SM Megamall, Robinson’s Place Manila, UP Town Center, Shangri-La, SM Clark, Robinson’s Magnolia, Araneta, Mall of Asia, Greenbelt and Molito Lifestyle Center. For those who are craving for their specialized Cuban fare, they may place their orders through GrabFood, Foodpanda, and Lalafood to have their meals delivered at the comfort of their homes without minimum purchase required.
- Bee My Honey
If you are looking for all-natural honey that is free from preservatives with no added artificial flavors, Bee My Honey is the answer for your sweet cravings. It is 100% pure organic, farm-fresh and it is good for your health too! For a price of P300 for every 375 ml, you already availed a product that will provide 10 benefits for your body, and added resistance for today’s health crisis. Bee My Honey is accepting payments through BDO and Gcash, while delivery is through Lalamove or Grab.
- Grace Arreglo
A wife, mother, and former call center agent who opted to focus her attention on her family and small enterprise. Grace is currently based in Cebu City and has recently started her food business in their local community. Most of the products that she sells are home-made goods that she personally cooked like Pork Menudo, Pansit Bihon, Cheesy Lumpiang Shanghai, Macaroni Soup, Cheese-flavored French fries, Cheesy Tuna Dynamite, and Carbonara among others. Foods are personally delivered by Grace at her customer’s doorstep which is free of charge for ordered foods amounting to P300 and above.
- Jennie Pascua
Jennie is a resident of Sarrat, Ilocos Norte where many small business enterprises thrive. She often sells fresh seafood, fruits, and vegetables and has recently started re-selling frozen goods from different fast-food chains, pizza, pastries, and delicacies in their community. Her delivery fee is free of charge for consumers residing within their vicinity.
- AMY’s Wholesome Specialty Bakeshop
This specialty bakeshop is located at Project 4, Quezon City, and is owned by Amy Fetizanan. Some of the flavors of these nutritiously delicious loaves of bread offered by this baker are banana, carrot, and pumpkin. She specializes in baked goodies that are ok for diabetics. It’s a treat for healthy food seekers who try hard to find similar food small business enterprises in the metro. Orders can be taken through texting the store’s mobile number and delivery is via Grab Express or Lalamove.
- Filko Kitch
Filko Kitch is run by a group of foodie friends. This Las Pinas-based online kitchen offers a wide range of Korean foods to choose from, Odeng, Teokbokki, Kimchi, Chicken Tonkatsu and Marinated Pork are just among the foods that are included on their menu list. For those who are craving for Korean cuisine, everything is possible with Filko Kitch. Bulk orders and delivery of their goods up north is not an issue as long as it is within the delivery range for Lalamove and Grab.
- Ianne’s kitchen
Aside from having their regular jobs, DJ and Marianne find preparing and cooking foods as a form of their bonding. This small business is owned by a couple who both have a passion for cooking. Aside from having their regular jobs, DJ and Marianne find preparing and cooking foods as a form of their bonding. Their online kitchen is based in BF Homes, Las Pinas, and offers their specialty lasagna in different sizes that are good for solo indulging or you can share it with your family and friends. The available pan sizes are 9x5x2 for Loaf pan sized lasagna, 13x10x3 for Family pan size, and 17x12x3 for Party-sized pan. What makes this store much cooler is they accept bulk orders with 3-5 days lead time and can also have their goods delivered at your doorstep, given that it is within Grab and Lalamove’s delivery range.
Ease of Ordering Food
Ordering food nowadays is much easier with several options available from small business enterprises to cater to different delivery needs. We no longer need to settle every day on canned goods and suffer food cravings due to the limitations of the current community lockdown. Fresh foods, newly baked goodies, and freshly cooked meals can arrive in our doorstep in just a matter of minutes, by simply searching for the supplier’s name, you can easily place your order and payments can be done through bank deposit, online banking or cash on delivery. With small enterprises that took their strategies and services a notch higher, you no longer need to take the risk of going out of your home to look for foods that answers your food yearning.
IMAGE SOURCES: Various Facebook accounts of the featured small business enterprises.