WHILE we stay at home due to the pandemic, many others are out there trying hard to make ends meet.
These are our roadside stalls, coffee shop vendors and sundry shops – the local businesses that some of us grew up with.
With the ban on dining out under the movement control order (MCO), these local vendors have been relying on takeaways and deliveries to survive.
But for the less tech-savvy,embracing technology can be challenging and costly.
The hard-hitting sad truth is that almost all of these local vendors depend solely on their business to bring food to the table and just can't afford to close it down.
Food delivery platforms are fast enabling retailers to reach out to customers but transactions will be charged a hefty commission, which not all can afford.
Maybank, as part of the community, believes that we are all in this together.
That said, Maybank is providing a 0% commission platform for local merchants to establish their online presence and reach out to more customers via its Sama-Sama Lokal digital platform for free.
No matter the type of business – from home bakers and streetside hawkers to restaurants and pet shops – all are welcome to join the Sama-Sama Lokal family.
What’s in it for participating merchants?
Unlike other delivery platforms, Sama-Sama Lokal does not charge merchants any commission or fee. This means merchants get to keep 100% of their earnings.
To help them, Sama-Sama Lokal has opened online stores for many of these small local vendors who can’t afford the services of other digital platforms or the delivery fees.
Participating merchants do not have to worry about having no technology experience as they will be guided from setting up the store to completing their first order within this one-stop platform.
Besides that, participating merchants will be given delivery assistance to send their products to customers safely.
From time to time, the merchants will get special incentives to boost sales while customers get value added benefits.
Sellers can also leverage the platform’s calendar of promotional campaigns across festive periods and sales seasons to increase sales while getting instant updates on incoming orders and keeping track of them in one place.
To help local merchants on board, dedicated Maybank employees went on the ground to locate less tech-savvy merchants and assisted them to start their digitalisation journey, including how to take photos, uploading photos right up to completing their first order.
How you can play a part
While Sama-Sama Lokal is charging them no fee or commission, they still need your orders to stay open.
So when you’re thinking of what to eat next, let’s all sama-sama jaga lokal and go to Sama-Sama Lokal to order your favourite dishes.
Just log in to your Maybank2U MY app and look for Sama-Sama Lokal at the top left menu bar.
From now until June 30, you get to enjoy RM8 off confirmed orders and RM10 off on deliveries with promo code JAGALOKAL.