Foodpanda to expand 24-hour delivery to 14 cities, counties

TAIPEI (CNA) — Food delivery provider Foodpanda announced Monday it is expanding its 24-hour service to cover customers in an additional 14 local cities and counties around Taiwan starting June 12 to cater to growing demand.

In a statement, the company said its round-the-clock service will soon encompass Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Miaoli, Taichung, Changhua, Yunlin, Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung, Pingtung, Taitung, Hualien, Yilan and Nantou.

Foodpanda, a subsidiary of Germany-based Delivery Hero, is present in over a dozen countries mainly located in the Asia-Pacific region. In Taiwan, its platform began offering 24-hour service in Taipei and New Taipei in September 2019.

According to John Fang (方俊強), president of Foodpanda Taiwan Co., the food provider has recently partnered with convenience chains Family Mart, OK Mart and Hi Life to provide a wide variety of items ranging from snacks to microwave foods and fresh groceries.

Fang said the delivery of fresh groceries, in particular, is expected to play a huge role in the company’s overall business once its 24-hour delivery service takes off later this week in other cities and counties outside of the Greater Taipei area.

He also expects the demand for round-the-clock delivery in Taichung, Taoyuan and Hsinchu to be among the highest in the country outside of the capital city, based on current customer behavior and the number of food supply chains available in the area.