When the Philippines went under a lockdown in March to combat the spread of Covid-19, many shoppers shifted to buying online. Sellers saw an opportunity. Chriz Valdez went from selling rice and fresh produce on her Facebook page “Murang Gulay Atbp” to also selling on grocery delivery service GrabMart GrabMart GrabMart Grocery delivery is the latest service launched by ride-hailing giant Grab in the Philippines, amidst the devastating pandemic and e-commerce platform Lazada in April.

Today, her gross sales across platforms reach an average of Php 300,000 (US$6,080) per month as compared to Php 100,000 (US$2,025) when she sold only on Facebook.


Jum Balea

Jum is a Manila-based reporter for The Ken, where she covers startups and business across Southeast Asia, with a focus on the Philippines. She previously was editor for Tech In Asia, and business editor for Philippine media companies Rappler and ABS-CBN.

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