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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Uber has launched CNG services in Chittagong, apparently

This just in. Uber has started CNG run auto-rickshaw services in Chittagong. Although there was no official announcement by Uber as of yet, anyone living in Chittagong who uses the app will see a CNG option now available for use. This is only within the Chittagong region, at least for the time being. Making this seem like a test run to see how this works out. 

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Since the start of ride-sharing apps, the thought of bringing auto-rickshaw services into this did cross people’s minds. In India, Ola and Uber have been successfully running it’s auto-rickshaw operations for quite some time now. In Bangladesh, Oi Khali was launched as the first-ever dedicated ride-sharing for CNG run auto-rickshaws.

Read more: Uber in the deep waters of South East Asia

Despite its failure, another similar platform OBHAI has picked up the CNG service and has been running its CNG services along with its regular ride-sharing services. With the launching of Uber’s CNG, Uber is set to become a major contender in CNG run auto-rickshaw sharing.

We’ll bring you more updates as soon as we get an official word from Uber.

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Uber Eats launches in Dhaka

Starting today, April 30th at 12 PM, on-demand food delivery app Uber Eats has officially been launched in Dhaka. The app is to work in a similar way to other food delivery services present in Bangladesh. Although with the added reliability of global corporation Uber.

Not all of Dhaka though, yet

Uber Eats has partnered with over 150 restaurants at launch. These include Pizza Guy, Chillox, Cheez, Madchef and Sultan’s Dine. It will be available in key neighbourhoods of the city like Baridhara, Banani and Gulshan at launch. No, not Uttara.

Uber Eats launches in Dhaka

Separate apps

This is to reiterate that the Uber Eats app is distinct from its Uber or Uber Driver apps. Uber Eats aims to make the food delivery process seamless and swift. It allows consumers to live track the progress of their order. It also allows scheduling an order ahead of time.

Read more: Where to eat in Dhaka after midnight

More competition?

While the advent of a global giant corporation like Uber might not be good news for local companies, it is advantageous for consumers. Uber’s massive resources allow it to establish lower prices than would be usually available. And increased competition between service providers is always good news for consumers.