As the pandemic brought businesses to a standstill, a group of young people from the hospitality sector decided to find a way to provide people with jobs and services that meet the diverse needs of the industry. Grab Local Goa, an app that delivers groceries across the state and helps restaurants in and around Panjim with their food delivery orders.
The whole concept of ‘Order Local Goa’ was born out of the idea of building a self-governing Goan ecosystem, which the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has opened the eyes of every Goan. These unfortunate times have taken a toll on local businesses in Goa, many of which are still looking for alternative ways to survive. The team at ‘Order Local Goa’ realized the lack of a local, organized and convenient platform where local businesses and vendors can easily choose their delicacies and products for customers. Their ambition is to create an on-demand, convenient and secure medium for ordering products that Goans need today. Basically, it is an app for Goans by Goans.
In times of crisis, especially one as large and unprecedented as the Covid pandemic, not everyone sees and takes advantage of it. The economy was hit hard when lockdowns were imposed last year and the resulting uncertainty led to massive job cuts.
However, a group of Goa’s young entrepreneurs refused to sit idly by until the economy returned to normalcy and decided to tackle the problems around them, as well as others.
Coming from a hospitality background, they know people who have lost their jobs as well as businesses struggling to stay afloat as a result of the pandemic, such as small enterprises.
Against that backdrop, their innovation ‘Order Local Goa’ (OLG) was born and today, more than a year later, it has already grown into a well-received product.
OLG was founded in September 2020 by a trio of creative entrepreneurs from Goa to develop a self-sustaining ecosystem in the state by supporting food, beverage and essential businesses and providing groceries across Goa.
‘Order Local Goa’ is an easy-to-use app that delivers your favorite food or household essentials to your doorstep within minutes. You can download the ‘Order Local Goa’ app from Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
The team strives to provide a convenient and secure delivery solution for customers who do not want to leave the safety of their homes during these unprecedented times.
One can also pay for your order through ‘Cash on Delivery’, your credit/debit card or registered UPI.
‘Order Local Goa’ was created ‘for Goans by Goans’ and is committed to creating an independent Goa. The group aims to use the vision of creating a local supply platform to create many job opportunities for the local residents, which will contribute to the growth of the local economy by distributing the income in the region.
The service of the app is available to every customer irrespective of demographics. ‘Order Local Goa’ has some of Panjim’s best restaurants on board, along with specialty vendors for Fresh Produce and Home Essentials. The team encourages customer feedback and suggestions to ensure they continue to improve and serve their customers better every day.
Goa has always been a unique market to enter and impress. Millennials and post-millennials across the older spectrum have already adapted to the concept of convenient food delivery at their doorstep. Brands like Swiggy and Zomato have revolutionized the concept of food delivery today. Since almost everyone has a smartphone today, apps that provide accurate, simple and convenient solutions are already all the rage. Demand for services such as food delivery will only increase over the next 5 years as customers continue to accelerate in their lifestyles.
With the Order Local Goa customer app getting 1000+ downloads within a few months of its release and many orders being transferred directly from their customers, the entrepreneurs attributed their success to solving a major requirement the sector was facing. for a while.