Food and beverage traders have no choice but to adapt

Sofina's virtual stall C.A.T Meow.
Sofina Tan

MIRI: Following the city council’s decision to not hold any Ramadan bazaar during the Muslim fasting month, food and beverage traders have turned to the Internet to do business. 

“You don’t have a choice really. We need to adapt to change, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic,” said one food vendor, Sofina Tan.

Sofina, who has been running her own food business for the past three years, had it tough during the first year of the pandemic, like many of her peers.

“Last year, when Covid-19 struck, my friend and I  started selling our food through the e-bazaar concept.”

Sofina not only sells Korean food but also local delicacies via her virtual stall, C.A.T Meow.

“Going online is the best way for us to sell our products during this difficult time. Most of the sellers would go live  in a bid to reach out to more customers.”

Ismawati Abdullah

Fellow food vendor, who wished to be known as Mimie, said she had been actively posting her products in various WhatApp groups since last year.

“For customers residing within the city centre, delivery is free.”

Meanwhile, Ismawati Abdullah is still sticking to the conventional way of doing things.

“I’m still doing business the conventional way, that is face-to-face interaction.”