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Honestbee Buzzes into Malaysia, Online Fresh food grocery shopping

Monday, March 06, 2017


Yeah, why the fuss? As a homemaker, I do feel the stress of going to buy groceries every week. It's not just the buying at supermarkets, but the carrying of the bags going to the carpark, unloading into my car boot and then again taking it out of my car boot and carrying it into my house! Not to mention the time wasted in the traffic jams!  Oh, all this hassle and it makes me ask myself "Why do I have to do this?"


I was happy to be invited to the launch at the Bee in Publika Mall last week, as it will be another avenue I can explore to save time and energy for my grocery shopping!

 

What is Honestbee? Honestbee is fresh and fast online delivery service, the latest online grocery shopping that buzzes into Malaysia after opening in Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, Philippines, Hong Kong and Singapore. 


"Customers need to do is order their favourite  products from the  stores via honestbee’s app or website, and a concierge shopper personally handpicks the best products for them. The groceries are then delivered right to the consumer’s doorstep on the very same day, within the hour selected by the customer." Pauline Png, CMO, Honestbee explains


Who are the partners with Honestbee?
 "The honestbee platform currently partners with more than 10 well-renowned outlets – a list which is set to grow through the year. These include: anchor partner Ben’s Independent Grocer (B.I.G.); as well as specialty stores such as Shojikiya, Fareastflora.com, Cat & The Fiddle, Southern Rock Seafood, Castania Nut Boutique Vom Fass, The Blue Cow Butcher, La Juiceria, Wondermilk, Wine Connection, Cookie Box, GNC, Real Food and Chai Huat Hin and farm to table grocer Jezripe." added Pauline Png.


Jezripe has wide range of imported fruits such as Sweet yellow Kiwi, Big luscious sweet black Australian Moondrops sweet sapphire grapes, big red Dragon fruits, fresh juicy USA strawberries and many others. Suitable for those who like quality imported fruits, and the yellow Kiwi is the one that I like best as it is very juicy and sweet.


Fresh oysters! Yes, you can fresh oysters delivered to your home within hour. The freshest oyster you can enjoy in your own home and enjoy the fun of opening up the oyster shell yourself! 


Fresh seafood is supplied by Southern Rock Seafood
  

Wine Connection has been in business importing exclusive wines from around the world, crafted European beers, glassware and wine accessories for over 18 years.


Custom made cute cookies for occasions from this Cookie Box!
  

You can even enjoy hot food and grocery send to you while travelling! Just download the app and viola, it saves time. As sometimes searching for food in a foreign land takes up a lot of time and there is also the communication problem because of the language barrier.

Your groceries will be delivered in this nice yellow recycle bag.

I tried out ordering via Honestbee. First, open the website, honestbee stores here. Sign up as a member, browse the stores and add to cart your purchase. Pay with credit card and choose the time slot for your groceries to be delivered. The concierge will handpick the groceries and call and sms/whatsapp you to recommend a substitute if the item you ordered is out of stock. You will be given a tracking number where you can login to check at which stage is your order is being processed. 

The groceries I bought with Honestbee.

The name is Honestbee, therefore I would like to give my honest opinion here. 
First, there is concierge charges. Here for my purchase it is RM5.99. The delivery charges of RM1.00 is for this promotion period until 14 March 2017


Second, (at this moment), the delivery area coverage is limited, coverage is available to places like Mont Kiara, Damansara, Hartamas but not to other places such as Puchong, OUG just to name a few.
Third, concierge will pick the groceries as near to the time slot to send to you as possible to ensure freshness. You will be informed if the item is out of stock and a replacement item is picked for you. In my case, I received call and email telling me about the replacement of the out of stock item. But sometimes we may not be available within the time slot they call us.  

Overall, to me Honestbee is good for fresh, quality groceries shopping to busy working people. You call order your groceries on the way home and get it when you reach home and start cooking straight away. A convenient way and I hope they can extend their coverage to more areas in future.

The Honestbee platform in Malaysia can be accessed by logging on to website or downloading the honestbee app via Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Facebook: Honestbee

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