HAWKERS and petty traders at Bayan Baru food court have started to embrace digitalisation in their business operations.
According to Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tzin, 40 out of the 137 food stalls have joined a digital economy transformation initiative he started for his constituency.
“The traders would be using the ‘Merchant to Merchant (M2M)’ app which was initiated by a local company Infinitepay Sdn Bhd.
“When we speak about online platform, I feel that sometimes we tend to neglect the hawkers and petty traders. Thus, I wanted them (traders) to have more exposure as well as to boost their businesses.
“During the movement control order, I created a taskforce to find companies that would help us with our digitalisation effort. Fortunately, Mr Danny Jang (Infinitepay chief executive officer) came into the picture and helped us to realise our desire,’’ Sim said during the launching ceremony of the programme at the Bayan Baru food court today.
Also present at the launch was Jang.
Using the ‘M2M’ app, customers can order food for self-pick up, delivery or even for drive-thru and they are also entitled for e-vouchers and e-membership.
Apart from that, Sim also encouraged more local companies to come forward and create online platforms for small traders to help them with their businesses.
“Perhaps local companies can give input on how to enhance the businesses of hawkers and petty traders.
“At the same time, the public should also support the online platforms provided by our local companies. I also hope that night markets can also move towards digital economy,’’ added Sim.
Story by Tanushalini Moroter
Pix by Darwina Mohd Daud