In Malaysia and Singapore, online shopping is booming. Clothes, gadgets, household items, food, you name it. If you can buy it in a retail outlet, you can probably buy it online. With this surge in online shopping, there's another industry which has boomed alongside it - delivery services. Buying things online is only half of the equation. Somebody still has to deliver the products to you, and this has created an enormous job market for quite literally anybody. Including the disabled.
There are multiple food delivery services in Malaysia. GrabFood (from the same company that does ride sharing in the region) wasn't the first, but it is one of the major providers of the service. Most GrabFood riders use motorcycles, but wheelchairs have wheels too, so why not?
And if you thought you needed hands to ride a motorcycle, let alone deliver food, think again. This Foodpanda rider's story was among the first to go viral, and it really was a remarkable story.
If you've been following my posts, you'll know I'm a big fan of technology. The fact that technology, the internet, smartphones, apps, all of them together made these stories possible is really cool to me. And the fact that social media made their stories heard is what the good side of social media is all about. I even received a delivery from a mute rider once. It was indeed a unique experience.