An app that offers grocery delivery service, which was developed with the support of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the University of the Philippines Sustaining Collaboration in an Advanced Learning Environment (UPSCALE), was launched by Drive Manila.
Dubbed Drive Grocieries, the app is one of the innovations created by UPSCALE, an innovation hub formed by a partnership between DOST-Philippine Council for Industry and Energy and Research and Development (DOST-PCIERD) and the University of the Philippines-Diliman.
Founded by Mike Miranda, Drive Groceries is a peer to peer app for online grocery deliveries.
“Customers order online through our web app. We are currently doing manual order taking and we match them with the closest local grocer from their area,” Miranda told the BusinessMirror in a recent email interview.
However, Miranda clarified that Drive Groceries is not an e-commerce store but provides transport and logistics services, namely buying groceries (where it collects a service charge) and delivery of grocery items (where it collects a delivery fee).
Service fee for grocery receipt below P1,000 is 8 percent of the bill; 9 percent for receipt between P1,000 and P5,000; and 10 percent for receipt above P5,000.
Delivery fee for grocery receipt below P1,000 is P160; P300 for grocery receipt between P1,000 and P5,000; and P500 for grocery receipt above P5,000.
There is no minimum order amount. The app also supports the purchase of medicines.
Right now, Miranda said the web app where a client can order his groceries is still under construction but will soon be available.
Drive Groceries, he said, currently accepts cash payments or bank transfers. It will be able to accept credit cards by July.
The app is the third business venture of Drive Manila. Its other two businesses are car rentals and tours.
The company plans to expand the app to parcel deliveries and food deliveries in the near future.