Catering to your every need


  • TECH
  • Monday, 08 Dec 2014

RETAIL THERAPY: We've compiled a short list of a few of the sites where you can indulge your inner shopaholic.

It would be impossible to cover every disruptive site online so what we’ve got here is a selection based on a number of categories. 

1. Groceries
Tesco has got to be the retailer with the most comprehensive list of items, from baby food to frozen items — essentially almost everything you can find in a Tesco store is available for purchase online as well.

WIDE SELECTION: Tesco's eShop offers most of the groceries you can find in their brick and mortar stores.

Tesco even delivers to your door in temperature-controlled trucks, so you theoretically get your items as fresh as possible. 

It delivers to addresses in the Klang Valley, Penang and Johor Bahru for a flat fee of RM10. 

Next up is Presto which is part of the Presto group of supermarkets. 

Presto also stocks most of the common groceries, although delivery charges range from RM15 for purchases under RM100 to free delivery for purchases over RM300 and coverage is within Klang Valley.

HEY PRESTO: Presto has a selection of groceries and other items that can be delivered to your home.

If meats are more your thing, then try www.foodworld.com.my which has a wide selection of specialty meats from beef racks to fish. 

Delivery within Klang Valley ranges from RM13 to RM16, with free delivery for orders over RM200. 

Interestingly, Foodworld also delivers to addresses in Penang and Johor Bahru. 

2. Food delivery
When it comes to food delivery, there are even more choices, with Pizza Hut, McDonalds, Dominos Pizza and many food outlets offering delivery services of some kind.

FOOD TO YOUR HOME: Room Service is one of the few general food delivery services available in this country.

For those outlets that don’t have their own delivery service, however, there’s Room Service and Foodpanda

Both services provide delivery for outlets that don’t have their own delivery service — Room Service offers deliveries for Canadian Pizza, Chilli’s Grill & Bar, Nando’s and several others while Foodpanda lists restaurants from Starbucks to Kluang Station and Jaya Noodle House.

THIS PANDA DELIVERS: FoodPanda delivers food from many restaurants that don't have their own delivery service.

There is a minimum RM15 order for anything purchased using Foodpanda, and it accepts cash on delivery as well as major credit cards. 

Room Service accepts credit cards as well as cash on delivery and the service charge varies.  

3. Luxuries, apparel and other items
Unlike with essential items, if you’re in the market for electronics and other luxuries you’re essentially spoilt for choice. 

Apart from already well-established foreign sites like Amazon and eBay, which need no introduction, there’s a host of other shopping sites both home-grown and foreign that have popped up in recent years.

Online auction sites are no longer as hot as they used to be, and even eBay and local site Lelong have become more a place for individuals to set up a storefront instead of offering items for a traditional auction.

GET THAT GADGET: Expansys has a wide selection of electronics on sale.

As far as electronics go, while Amazon does not ship electronics to Malaysia, some other companies do, such as Lazada, Rakuten and Expansys

For apparel, Lazada’s sister site, visit Zalora has quite a large selection of clothes for both sexes, with free deliveries for purchases over RM75. 

The interesting thing about Lazada and Zalora is that both have return policies in place — for Lazada it’s a 14-day money back guarantee, while Zalora offers a 30-day period, subject to certain conditions. 

4. Travel
Several brands have led the charge in bringing about this wave of change to the travel industry. Two of the most significant names are TripAdvisor and Airbnb.  

TripAdvisor offers travellers’ review on various types of accommodation, restaurants and local attractions available at a particular travel destination.  

Visitors to the site can quickly locate the exact information they are looking for by filtering the searches they perform on the site according to price range, types of amenities, preferred recreational activities and much more.

MAMMOTH: TripAdvisor currently has over 260 million unique monthly visitors, 150 million reviews covering over four million accommodations, restaurants and attractions.

There are also travel guides on the site that provide recommendations on what you can do at specific travel destinations.  

TripAdvisor also has apps that are downloadable to your mobile phone or your tablet, enabling you to enjoy the wealth of information while on the go. These apps also have offline features that enable you to refer to city maps even though you are without a mobile data connection.  

Presently, TripAdvisor has over 260 million unique monthly visitors, provides more than 150 million reviews covering over four million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. Its services are available in 42 countries.  

If you’re one of those travellers who doesn’t like to stay at run-of-the-mill hotels, you would probably have found Airbnb useful.  

You can choose to either share a room with another person, have a private room to yourself or even to book the entire property to ensure total privacy for you and your entourage.  

In addition to photos of the property and details of the amenities provided, you will also be able to view information about the host and can contact the person directly to make further enquiries.  

Besides being a useful resource for your travels, you can also consider listing your own property on Airbnb and becoming a host. Essentially, this is a form of rental arrangement and gives you the benefit of additional income for any excess space you have.  

Since its conception, other competing sites have emerged online including Wimdu, which is a company under the umbrella of e-commerce venture capitalist firm, Rocket Internet.  

Airbnb currently lists over 800,000 properties in more than 34,000 cities in 190 countries.

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