RIDE-HAILING app Grab Philippines on Monday announced the official launch of its new on-demand grocery delivery service called GrabMart.

“Through GrabMart, users can purchase grocery items, personal care products, and soon, even medicines, from specialty stores and well-known retail partners such as Robinsons Supermarket, Great Deals E-commerce Corporation, FamilyMart, Starbucks at Home, ASSI Fresh Plaza, Fetch! Naturals, Dog City, and Barcino to start,” Grab Philippines said in a statement.

The new Grab grocery service, which is currently available in select areas of Quezon City, Pasig, Manila, Mandaluyong, Makati, San Juan, Valenzuela, Parañaque, and Taguig, promises delivery as early as “30 minutes or in a couple of hours.”

Grab said the service will also be available in other areas of Metro Manila in the coming weeks.

Customers can pay in cash, but are encouraged to pay through GrabPay for safer transactions.

“Delivery fee during the Beta period ranges from as low as P89 to P149 based on distance to the store, with a minimal service fee of P30 applicable for all orders,” Grab said.

Grab Philippines said its new service is intended to help Filipinos, including its customers and partners, during the enhanced community quarantine period.

“GrabMart helps not only consumers who need access to daily essentials, but also our delivery-partners and merchant-partners whose livelihood and businesses have been affected by the situation,” it said.

The government has placed the entire island of Luzon under enhanced community quarantine to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019, suspending work, public transportation and other services. — Arjay L. Balinbin