Convenience. That’s what everyone is after these days, and understandably so. If there’s a service out there that can make life easier, why not use it? There are plenty of companies out there dedicated to making life more convenient by offering a variety of on-demand services from grocery shopping, laundry, food deliver, and even running errands for you.
We’ve compiled a list of handy on-demand delivery services that could make your life a little easier. If you’ve been in Malaysia for a while now, chances are you’ve heard of some of these – but for the new arrivals, these services could be a real life-saver!
If you’re not up to driving around in the madding crowd and maddening traffic of big cities, not to worry, because ride-hailing apps have made it easy for anyone to hire a driver.
Choose from three different levels, UberX (regular), Uber XL (larger vehicle), or UberBlack (elite vehicle), each with slightly different fares. The fares change daily, so it’s best to check it out on the app. Uber is currently available in Johor Bharu, Kuala Lumpur and Penang.
Another ride-hailing platform that has become a competitor in the field of transportation is Grab. The Grab app offers a booking service for taxis and private cars in Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. They also offer a car-pooling option called GrabHitch and some countries have the choice of a lift on a motorbike, GrabBike, too.
Grocery shopping can be tedious and time-consuming, so instead of trying to squeeze in time to your schedule, you can just order your groceries online and have them delivered to your door at your convenience.
HappyFresh caters to people in Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya, Subang Jaya, Puchong and Setia Alam partnering with a number of supermarkets like TESCO, Jasons Food Hall, AEON BIG, Village Grocer, BMS Organics and more. Just shop online and a professional shopper will pick up the best goods for you and have then delivered at your specified time.
4. Tesco Online
You can get just about anything from Tesco’s online store, from fresh produce, health and beauty products, household appliances, items for pets, ice cream and so much more.
All you have to do is shop on the website and then a Tesco shopper will pick out the items from your list and deliver the goods to you at your designated time. Currently, Tesco Online is available at selected towns in the Klang Valley, Penang, Johor Bahru, and Seremban.
RedTick was one of the pioneers in online grocery shopping for people in the Klang Valley. While it has a smaller selection than the hypermarkets, it offers a more personalised shopping experience with a personal shopper feature, and has specialist sections for baby’s needs and stationary.
From laundry stores, we moved to 24-hour self-service laundromats and now, there are even on-demand laundry services.
6. Fresh Press
Instead of dropping off your dirty laundry, you can have it picked up instead. Fresh Press will pick up your dirty laundry, clean it, and then deliver the freshly laundered clothes back to your doorstep in as little as 24-hours. Fresh Press also does ironing and dry cleaning and they even accept the heavy stuff like bedding and household items.
Bonus: Fresh Press is offering 20% off for ExpatGo readers. Offer expires 31 September 2016. You can get the promo code here.
7. Mama Wosh
Another laundry service that does all the work for you, including pick up, sorting, cleaning, and delivering the laundered items back to you. Mama Wosh even offers an express service that can return your clean clothes within four hours.
Hungry? No problem. Food delivery services have really blown up recently, with many start-ups offering special menus for lunch and dinner deliveries. These are just three options of several:
Foodpanda focuses on bringing you food from your favourite restaurants nearby. With hundred of restaurants listed on Foodpanda, you can easily order a dish, pay online, and have the food delivered by a Foodpanda rider to your office or home. You can forget all about the hassle of cooking, or looking for parking and waiting as you order takeaway at a restaurant.
Dahmakan offers a selection of three or four healthy dishes each day, which you order at least one day in advance for lunch. This system makes it a lot simpler for you to enjoy lunch within your break without having to waste half the time waiting for your food to be prepared.
With the flexibility to order any time between 10am to 9.30pm, and over 30 dishes from Malaysian, Thai, Indian and Chinese cuisines to choose from, Mammam deliveries offers a great selection of food to diners in the Klang Valley area. They promise to deliver within 90 minutes and the meal comes with a free bottle of water.
See also: 6 healthy online food delivery services available in the Klang Valley on out sister site, EatDrink.my.
The internet TV boom has hit Malaysian shores and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. You can now indulge in some internet TV entertainment while you’re at home or one the move.
Netflix launched in Malaysia in early 2016, becoming a competitor to the local satellite TV giant, Astro. Netflix Malaysia offers three different packages: basic, standard, and premium, which offer different levels of picture quality and number of devices you can connect to the account.
Starting from RM32 per month, you can have access to TV shows, movies, and original Netflix content from their continually expanding library.
Another internet TV company, iflix is fast becoming a competitor to Netflix in this region. Launched in 2014, iflix has partnered with over 150 content distributors and studios around the globe, offering viewers a good selection of Western and local TV shows and movies.
From Korean dramas to blockbuster films and popular TV shows, iflix is continually expanding its library. Iflix also offers offline viewing and the option to connect up to five devices to one account for a subscription of only RM8 per month.
Sometimes, you just need a personal helper or assistant to run some errands for you, whether it’s grabbing an emergency supply of cat food, getting some brownies to satiate an urgent craving, or to help assemble some furniture.
GoGet is a concierge service catered to those in the Klang Valley who need help with shopping, food delivery, dispatch, or other errands. Tell them what you need them to do and they will appoint a ‘GoGetter’ to help you out.
This is a chat-based concierge service. You can request for help with delivery, running an errand, shopping, buying gifts, food delivery, purchasing tickets, services and even conducting research.
For example, if you want to go on a diving holiday but don’t have time to do any research, you could ask Helpr to do a little research for you and present you with some options. You can send requests via text messages, social media, or email.
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