Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Support Local Restaurants: Buy a Giftcard to Help Your Favourite Restaurants

Local restaurants are suffering due to the Movement Control Order (MCO) and many are deciding whether they close shop for good.

UMAI recently launched the largest directory of Malaysian restaurants and cafes that offer gift cards and vouchers, making it easier for diners to support their favorite restaurants by purchasing a gift card / vouchers which can be redeemed later. Buying full or discounted value vouchers will help restaurants with immediate cashflow, and offset lost income amidst the MCO.

Restaurants are struggling to stay afloat, as they are no longer allowed to serve customers in-house, and sales are down across the country. As F&B businesses typically operate at a 3 – 5% margin, there’s not much buffer room left for them to weather this out, putting their teams and business at risk of closure. While gift cards provide immediate income relief that will help these business continue running, less than 1% of Malaysian restaurants are offering this service – UMAI is offering this software for free, during this unprecedented times.

“There are a lot of restaurants that are deciding whether they stay is business or not,” says Co-Founder, Jonas Chelbat. “Our generosity, collectively as consumers, now literally affects the ability of your favorite restaurant to stay open.”

“At this point, the purchasing of gift cards is the best thing any of us can do to support restaurants – and it’s win- win. It’s like giving a restaurant or cafe a loan, and getting paid back in food, drinks and appreciation. We built this software so that consumers can purchase this on behalf of loved ones, support the less fortunate or simply for themselves during this difficult time,” says Co-Founder, Alexander Small. “The most important thing we can do is bring attention to the problem, and help the community play a role in solving it.”

The site currently features 63 restaurants that sell gift cards. UMAI is aiming to help at least 200 more restaurants make it onto the list. Visitors can:
• Search for a specific restaurant, or browse based on who has discounted gift cards - by area, cuisine type and so forth.
• Visitors can purchase a restaurants gift card directly from the restaurant’s website, by clicking on a
• Any restaurant can add their gift card to the directory.

Check out the website here: https://www.umai.io/en/malaysia

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1 comment:

  1. These are hard times. I hope it will be before soon. Anyone who can help should lend a hand to help those in need, those who have difficulty getting back on their feet again.


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