Foodpanda to add female riders to its delivery fleet

For the first time ever in Bangladesh, a food delivery company is recruiting female riders. Thanks to a partnership between Foodpanda and FEM.

Foodpanda is dedicated to bringing food lovers around the world their favourite meals from curated local restaurants. Since its creation, the on-demand food delivery service has grown to more than 30,000 partner restaurants in more than 120 cities across 10 Asian and Central European countries globally. Foodpanda is now one of the top contenders in the food delivery industry of Bangladesh alongside the likes of UberEats and homegrown service HungryNaki.

A step in the right direction

With its decision to add female riders to its delivery fleet, Foodpanda is taking a step in the right direction in ensuring gender equality in the country and adding a culture of diversity in the industry. Especially at a time when Bangladesh needed it more than ever. With big companies like Foodpanda setting an example like this, acceptance and equality is a coming change for sure, if not just around the corner.

Foodpanda to add female riders to its delivery fleet

“The rider fleet of food delivery is entirely male dominated. But there is a scope for women to work as riders here. We are just creating a platform for this to happen.”

According to Shafayat Sarwar, the Head of marketing of foodpanda.

“The partnership will encourage an increase in mobility and visibility of women in Bangladesh followed by income opportunities which is a step to women empowerment”.

Zaiba Tahyya, Founder of FEM, said during the signing of the MoU between Foodpanda and FEM.

The female riders will be working from October for Foodpanda. 

Read more: HungryNaki goes green, introduces eco-friendly, electric delivery vehicles

About FEM

Foodpanda to add female riders to its delivery fleet
Zaiba Tahyya, Founder of FEM

FEM is a non-profit organization that aims to empower women through various unique projects. The main aims of the projects include training and employing underprivileged women. FEM also supports creating accessibility to basic necessities for women.

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Cookups shuts down its operations for app and food delivery

Acclaimed startup Cookups has announced a shut down of its operations in app and food delivery service. In a Facebook post earlier this evening, Cookups made the announcement, stating lack of sufficient funding as one of the reasons to discontinue.

However, the Cookups Facebook page will stay for their other venture, Cookups Rannaghor. Cookups Rannaghor is a delivery only kitchen serving Bangla cuisine.

Cookups released the following statement today:

Dear Diners,

It is with a very heavy heart that we need to announce that we have decided to discontinue and shut down operations for the Cookups app and food delivery service. Today will be our last day of deliveries. We are very sorry it had to come to this as we were unable to raise sufficient funding to continue. Thank you immensely for being part of that part of our journey and for believing in us and we are grateful for the opportunity we had to bring you delicious food from amazing cooks from around the city. We are however going to use this page for our venture Cookups Rannaghor going forward, which as of now you can order through Uber Eats.

Lots of love,

Team Cookups

-Cookup’s post from its Facebook page

Cookups began its journey in 2016, headed by entrepreneur duo Namira Hossain and Misha Ali. It rose to popularity in the following years as the largest online marketplace in Bangladesh for healthy homemade food.

HungryNaki goes green, introduces eco-friendly, electric delivery vehicles

The first on-demand online food delivery company of Bangladesh ‘HungryNaki’ is completely changing its delivery fleet to clean, eco-friendly electric vehicles to deliver food to its customers.

By the end of 2019, HungryNaki will change 200+ of its motorcycles to electric bicycles and install solar charging stations at its local hub offices. It will discontinue all petrol-driven motorcycles in order to eliminate the company’s carbon footprint. By 2020, they will deploy an additional 500 such vehicles to support the growing demand for food deliveries. Since its inception in 2013, HungryNaki has been serving 500,000+ customers across Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet, Cox’s Bazar, and Narayanganj through its network of over 4000 restaurants in these cities.

Read more: Country’s first bicycle-sharing service, JoBike, launches in Dhaka

Towards a zero-carbon future

The company management has identified that delivery operations such as their’s generate a significant amount of carbon emissions from motorcycles as the company grows every year. These observations lead to the planning for achieving zero carbon emissions from their operations, and this announcement is the first step towards that goal. And they are the first company among all the food delivery companies in Bangladesh to take this kind of initiative.

“The food delivery market in the country is growing rapidly, and HungryNaki is growing bigger year to year, so if we do not take proper measures now, then our carbon emissions will not go down further, rather it will increase in the future. Moreover, we are not only going to become more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly, but we have been able to make significant progress in ensuring faster delivery time, better food quality and increased comfort for our delivery agents.”

Said Ibrahim Bin Mohiuddin, the Deputy CEO of HungryNaki

Local partners

In partnership with local electric vehicle manufacturer Advanced Dynamics, they have tested their electric bicycles on several routes in different cities of Bangladesh. They have already launched these electric bicycles in a couple of delivery zones inside Dhaka.