“The time is always right to do what is right.” This famous quote by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. fits in Danny HUI’s unique story very much. Let’s read the article below to know more about Danny!
Have you ever heard about “HiBuy”? Well… you must be thinking about the footbridge linked between our Student Residence and Lau Ming Wai Academic Building (AC3), a.k.a. the “HiBye Bridge” dubbed by CityU students. But no! This is not the answer. HiBuy is an online supermarket managed by Danny (Year 4, China Business), an ex-resident of HSBC Prosperity Hall, and several of his friends.
From your experience living in the CityU Student Residence, many of you must have noticed the problem with walking up and down the slope just to reach the nearest supermarket in Festival Walk. What a nightmare!… Right? In fact, this is exactly the reason why the idea of starting an online supermarket business popped up in Danny’s mind in 2014.
Danny realized many residents found this routine troublesome, but still they must go there to buy necessities such as tissue paper, laundry powder, drinks, cup noodles, etc. day after day, and week after week. So Danny and his friends, who have become his business partners since, collected students’ opinions to make an estimation on the popularity of running a potential online supermarket. They did not only focus on CityU’s residence, but on other university halls such as HKU and HKBU as well. Finally, they decided to carry out the project in the same year. The new online supermarket was named “HiBuy” after our much-loved “HiBye Bridge” in CityU, aiming at meeting the needs of university students especially those who are living in residence halls.
It is always easier said than done. Starting a business is like riding on a roller coaster. Although Danny’s team did a lot of preparations beforehand, they still faced several key challenges. First of all, since they did not have sufficient I.T. knowledge, it was difficult for them to write a mobile app. Luckily, Dr. Ray CHEUNG, Residence Master of HSBC Prosperity Hall, showed his absolute support to Danny’s team by introducing them to investors and giving them technical advice. With Dr. Cheung’s support and mutual team efforts among the partners, HiBuy’s business took off.
So… how does HiBuy run? This mobile application acts as an online platform to provide a variety of necessities. In this online supermarket, everyone can assess and order whatever they like to purchase as long as they are registered users. The orders would then be delivered to the hall area at a particular time. HiBuy delivers from 6pm to 3am everyday. Prices are reasonable and the services are efficient as well. Do make good use of this incredible app and support your fellow resident entrepreneur!
Writer: Dilys HO (Lee Shau Kee Hall)
Images: Danny HUI (former resident of HSBC Prosperity Hall)
不知道你有沒有聽過「HiBuy」呢？啊…… 想必你一定是想到了連着宿舍範圍和劉鳴煒學術樓的HiBye橋吧。但答案可不是這個呢！HiBuy 是一個新興的網上超級市場，由Danny及他的夥伴所經營，而Danny（中國企業管理四年級）正是我們滙豐業昕堂的舊宿生！
住在城大宿舍的你，肯定經常經歷一個難題：在達之路的大斜路爬上爬落，氣急敗壞，只是為了到山下某個最近的超級市場購買日用品，價錢不菲又經常要排長龍，簡直是一星期一次的惡夢！ 然而，正正是因為這個經歷，令Danny腦海裏浮現了一個靈感：建立一個網上超級市場。Danny 發覺很多宿生也認同，雖然往來大斜坡去超級市場購物是一件很麻煩的事情，但是沒有日用品的日子確實難過，像紙巾、洗衣粉、飲品或杯麵等，可謂缺一不可。於是在二零一四年，Danny與幾位志同道合的朋友們結成合作夥伴，一起收集了學生對創立網上超級市場的意見，探索此生意的可能性及預算的受歡迎程度。他們不只向城大的學生收集意見，更把範圍擴展到香港大學、浸會大學等。終於，他們決定創立及經營一個網上超級市場品牌，名為「HiBuy」，希望為各大學的學生，尤其是宿生，提供在網上購買日用品的服務。
文: 何柏妮 (李兆基堂)
圖: 許峯 (前滙豐業昕堂宿生)