17 Apr 2018
The Star Online : Making it easy to track food truck vendors
Making it easy to track food truck vendors
The Star Online - Tuesday, 17 Apr 2018

The crowd at the new Tapak Urban Street Dining site at the Amcorp Mall parking lot, a spot in Petaling Jaya where food trucks will gather in the evening every day. — Photos: CHAN TAK KONG/The Star

LOCATING your favourite food truck is now easier with the Kapita mobile application.

The new app, a platform to connect vendors and their customers, helps keep users informed of a food truck’s location.

With the app, users will now be able to know when their favourite food truck is within their vicinity.

Vendors can also book their spots, via the app, to secure their food truck spot at a particular venue.

“I think food trucks are a trend here in Petaling Jaya and most business owners, now, prefer owning a mobile truck than a proper shop due to its mobility as this gives them a wider area coverage,” said Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain during the launch of the app at Amcorp Mall’s open carpark.

He added that Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) was supportive of initiatives involving new trends and smart mobile applications.

(From left) Petaling Jaya deputy mayor Johary Anuar, Kapita app marketing director Firdaus Putra Ariffin, Mohd Azizi and Syed Mohd Izmir.

In fact, it was MBPJ which drew up guidelines for food truck businesses and the Smart Trak guideline had now been adopted by other local councils, statewide.

Mohd Azizi also said food truck in Petaling Jaya had the potential of being tourist attractions as they could draw in visitors to sample a variety of food.

Currently, MBPJ has 25 Smart Trak locations around the city with three different time slots.

The slots are from 6am to 10am, 11am to 3pm and 5pm to 2am.

These timings were fixed to prevent food trucks from overstaying their welcome at any one spot, as they were encouraged to move around.

During the launch, MBPJ also introduced a new food truck area at the Amcorp Mall parking lot.

This gathering of food trucks is similar to Tapak, a food truck park where tables and chairs are provided for visitors in Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.

Both the Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya urban street dining parks are managed by Tapak, a company which aims to bring food trucks together for Malaysians to experience urban street dining culture.

“We have been running the Kuala Lumpur food truck park for two years now and the response has been overwhelming, so we are really excited that MBPJ has allowed us to bring this concept here,” said Tapak director Syed Mohd Izmir Syed Amir.

He added that his team had been working with MBPJ for more than a year to finalise everything before launching their second food truck park.

“Our aim is to change the landscape of the food truck industry and grow this business model in future.

“Now we have over 200 food truck members registered with us,” he said.

The Amcorp Mall food truck park’s operating hours is 6pm to midnight (Monday to Thursday) and 6pm to 1am (Fridays, weekends and public holidays).

The Kapita app can be downloaded on Apple App Store and Google Play Store.