SINGAPORE – Many hawkers find themselves struggling to stay afloat amid the coronavirus pandemic. With the ban on dining out during the circuit breaker period, local food vendors have been relying on takeaways and deliveries to survive. Those who work with food delivery platforms such as GrabFood, Deliveroo and Foodpanda say they pay an average of 30 to 35 per cent commission for each order. The high fees have led some to search for alternative options. Mr Melvin Chew, 42, owner of Jin Ji Teochew Braised Duck and Kway Chap at Chinatown Food Complex, started a Facebook group in April to help fellow hawkers during the circuit breaker. Hawkers United-Dabao 2020 now has over 260,000 members. “Many of the hawkers suffered income losses from about 70 to 90 per cent. I started this group to gather all the hawkers (and) bring in some customers from my Facebook friend list so that hawkers can look for business in this group,” said Mr Chew. Mr Quentin Quek, 22, whose mother owns Hougang 684 BBQ Hawker, said selling directly to customers has helped improve business. After posting on social media, the number of orders has gone up by 20 to 30 per cent…. Read full this story
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