Shoppers are not just stocking up on bak kwa and pineapple tarts, they are buying video game consoles and even antigen rapid test (ART) self-test kits ahead of Chinese New Year on Feb 1.
The demand for popular items including hotpot sets, which several e-commerce platforms like Lazada, Shopee and Amazon said is higher than last year’s, also comes off the back of prevailing tightened restrictions.
“There was a notable increase in purchases of ART self-test kits, suggesting that while Singaporeans are looking forward to visitations, they are doing so responsibly and are accustomed to a Covid-19 endemic lifestyle,” said Lazada’s chief executive Loh Wee Lee.
The multi-ministry task force tackling the pandemic had announced on Friday that the maximum number of visitors to a household will remain capped at five.
It also said that existing safe management measures, including limiting group sizes for dining at restaurants to five individuals, will continue to be enforced over the Chinese New Year period.
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the newspaper
T5 needed for Changi to stay ahead: Airports council official
He told The Straits Times that he agreed with Singapore's decision to restart work on T5 after a two-year pause, which Transport Minister S. Iswaran announced on May 17. Construction is set to kick off in two or thee years.
Singapore will chart own path in crypto world: MAS
Any adverse outcomes in digital asset space will have wide ramifications in small nation
Paris prepares for invasion of fans
Only around 20,000 supporters each from Liverpool and Real are officially able to watch the eagerly awaited match at the Stade de France, but many more will be converging on the French capital today.
Property agent realises Maseral areal
Mr Winston Soh bought his 2009 Maserati GranTurismo 4.2 last July
Amber Heard says she received death threats during defamation trial
"People want to kill me and they tell me so every day," she told the jury, tearing up at times, her voice breaking.
NEARLY 'PERFECT' DJOKOVIC
Serb says he is aiming to keep playing his aggressive game in bid for 21st Slam title
Biden to host K-pop stars BTS, discuss anti-Asian hate crimes
Attacks against people of Asian descent have escalated as some politicians and pundits have encouraged Americans to blame China for Covid-19, amid other tensions.
Russian advance in east pushes back Kyiv's forces
Ukraine insisted its forces were still holding firm at new defensive lines in the eastern Donbas region, despite the apparent Russian advances on two of the major fronts there, battles that showed how momentum has shifted in recent days.
World will feel loss of grain exports by summer: Ukraine
Russia's blockade of sea exports causing squeeze on food supplies, rising prices
PM encourages S'poreans to keep wearing masks outdoors if sick
Singaporeans should continue to wear masks outdoors if they feel unwell, even after the Covid-19 pandemic is over, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said yesterday.
Be Your Best Self
Ladies, do you have what it takes to own up to your fullest potential? With Pantene, strength and beauty can effortlessly shine through
Shopee shuts operations in India
The company said this decision was taken considering the global market uncertainties
E-Commerce Platforms Are Expanding Into The Luxury Space. Is It Working?
Once known for their low-priced, mass-market goods, the region’s largest e-commerce platforms are expanding into the luxury space. Here’s how well that’s working.
Thais snap up Moderna jabs in minutes via Shopee
A hospital in Thailand taking reservations this week for the Moderna coronavirus vaccine was sold out in minutes – after offering shots via e-commerce platform Shopee.
Interview with OVO CCO Rajiv Chandna on how the pandemic impacted the company and plans for going forward.
TECH MASTER PIECES
Twenty years is a long time to be in this business, but we’re still amazed at the kind of tech manufacturers keep rolling out. While the year isn’t quite over yet, here are some of the devices that have caught our eye.
How COVID-19 has turbocharged the shift to online shopping and changed consumer behavior
Visa and Shopee launch campaign to help local merchants and SMEs go digital
Visa launched the Where You Shop Matters campaign to encourage Filipinos to support local businesses while helping SMEs go digital in response to the onset of COVID-19.
RJ's 3-day marathon birthday sale, jam
Ramon “RJ” Jacinto, the Philippines’ rock ‘n roll icon who blazed the trail for many bands and musicians, turned 75 yesterday, June 3. He is celebrating his birthday with a three-day TV marathon jam beginning tomorrow, June 5, until June 7.
BUSINESSES FIND NEW EQUILIBRIUM IN UNCHARTERED WATERS
It is increasingly clear our era will be defined by a fundamental disunity -- the period before coronavirus pandemic and the new paradigm that will emerge in the post-viral era -- the “new normal”