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Online groceries thrive as customers avoid supermarkets

  • Eisya A. Eloksari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, March 26, 2020   /  02:16 pm
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Online food marketplaces are reporting rapid growth in orders as customers stay at home to minimize the risk of catching the novel coronavirus.(Shutterstock/File)

For Namira Suniaprita, buying groceries at the supermarket is a hassle amid the COVID-19 pandemic. She has to wear a face mask, use latex gloves and immediately wash the clothes she wore to the store upon returning home. “I’m too scared to go to the market. That’s why I buy food supplies online,” said the 22-year-old employee who lives in North Jakarta. As of Tuesday, the North Jakarta administration has reported 25 COVID-19 cases in the area. She said the prices at the online marketplaces were not much higher than at the traditional market, and some marketplaces also offer organic options. She has bought fruits and vegetables, spices and ready-to-cook food, such as instant noodles, from online marketplace Sayurbox. Namira is not the only individual turning to online marketplaces. Food e-commerce has seen rapid growth in customers since the government urg...