Hanoi has announced a list of more than 8,000 essential goods supermarkets, convenience stores, and wet markets across the city, with daily operating hours mainly from 6am to 10pm.
|Shoppers at Big C Thang Long on July 24. Photo: The Hanoi Times|
The list, made by the Hanoi Department of Industry and Trade, included post offices and express delivery services for goods transportation and supply.
It helps to ease Hanoian resident's concern of supply shortfall during the 15 days under social distancing measures.
The city-based major supermarket systems said they have increased their supply by 200% to ensure the supply of essential goods as well as keep prices unchanged.
After three days the city’s partial lockdown became effective, the purchasing power of goods at supermarkets through online channels has increased sharply because people have limited going out, according to local retailers.
However, the transport of goods to customers is slow due to the overload of orders. Some local providers said that they have faced difficulties when Hanoi tightens the delivery activities to control the transmission risks.
Director of the Hanoi Department of Transport, Vu Van Vien underlined freelance shippers, mainly serving food and drinks, are not allowed to operate in the city during this period as they may spread the novel coronavirus.
Acting Director of the Hanoi Department of Industry and Trade Tran Thi Phuong Lan said that the department on July 26 sent a list of 700 two-wheel delivery staff of supermarkets (including Big C Thang Long, BRG Retail, MM Mega Market in Hanoi) to the municipal Department of Transport for the approval of their operation in the city.
The Hanoi People's Committee has requested the municipal Department of Industry and Trade to regularly review and set up plans to ensure the supply of goods on the basis of forecasts and the pandemic situation.