CNY sees strong demand for Covid-19 self-test kits, hotpot sets and video game consoles

23/1/2022 5:36:00 AM

CNY sees strong demand for Covid-19 self-test kits, hotpot sets and video game consoles

Chinese New Year, Online Shopping

CNY sees strong demand for Covid-19 self-test kits, hotpot sets and video game consoles

SINGAPORE - Shoppers are not just stocking up on bak kwa and pineapple tarts, they are buying video game consoles and even antigen rapid test (ART) 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...

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.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.

Celebrations will be watered down for the second year running with the annual Chinese New Year bazaar at Chinatown cancelled.[[nid:563579]]Certain product categories such as household cleaning tools and Chinese New Year goodies stood out for Lazada, Shopee and Amazon.

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The Straits Times SINGAPORE - Shoppers are not just stocking up on bak kwa and pineapple tarts, they are buying video game consoles and even antigen rapid test (ART) 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. Two sets of numbers will be reported every day — one for the infections confirmed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, and another for the Protocol 2 cases. "There was a notable increase in purchases for ART self-test kits, suggesting that while Singaporeans are looking forward to visitations, they are doing so responsibly and accustomed to a Covid-19 endemic lifestyle," said Lazada chief executive officer, Mr Loh Wee Lee. This takes the death toll from coronavirus complications to 847. The multi-ministry task force tackling the pandemic had announced on Friday (Jan 21) that the maximum number of visitors to a household will remain capped at five, a limit set since November last year. This takes the death toll from coronavirus complications to 847. 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.70, up from 2.

The Straits Times contacted several e-commerce platforms which said that the restrictions on house visits have meant that certain items, such as self-test kits, are in higher demand.64, down from Friday's 2.70. On Friday, the task force encouraged family members to take a self-administered ART before visiting relatives who are seniors. Celebrations will be watered down for the second year running with the annual Chinese New Year bazaar at Chinatown cancelled. A figure above 1 means that the number of new weekly cases is rising. The authorities said additional safe distancing ambassadors and enforcement officers will be deployed at Chinatown hot spots to curb crowding. Another 873 cases were confirmed via PCR tests. With the curbs, people have taken their shopping online. Another 873 cases were confirmed via PCR tests. Another 1,539 cases were detected through antigen rapid tests (ART) and assessed by a doctor to have mild symptoms and of low risk.

[[nid:563579]] "Compared to last year, we have seen a more than 40 % increase in our Lunar New Year buyers," said Mr Loh, who added that this year's sales were led by strong demand for groceries, beauty items and clothes. Shopee said that since the first week of January, sales across their food and beverage (F&B), home and living, and home appliance categories more than doubled in the lead-up to Chinese New Year. As of Friday, Singapore has recorded 310,276 Covid-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. Case numbers have been backdated to Jan 6 when general practitioners (GPs) started to order Protocol 2, for the purposes of calculating the total number of infections in Singapore as well as the week-on-week increase in infection numbers. Certain product categories such as household cleaning tools and Chinese New Year goodies stood out for Lazada, Shopee and Amazon. During Lazada's Chinese New Year sale from Jan 8 to 16, the most popular products included food items like bird's nest and abalone, handheld and robot vacuum cleaners, as well as Chinese New Year fashion. HOSPITALISATIONS AND VACCINATIONS There are 401 patients in hospital, with 23 requiring oxygen supplementation. Video game consoles also saw a spike in sales. As of Friday, 91 per cent of Singapore's eligible population have completed their full vaccination regimen under the national vaccination programme. "Over the past few weeks, we have been living with Covid-19 and the Omicron variant quite carefully and calmly, with a less restricted posture, where we can meet in groups of five.

Amazon's top product categories during their sale period included household cleaning tools and appliances, and laundry products, as shoppers prepared for spring cleaning. As of Friday, 91 per cent of Singapore's eligible population have completed their full vaccination regimen under the national vaccination programme. Beer was also a popular category. Shopee said it saw a greater volume of in-app searches on Chinese New Year-related keywords from as early as December last year, with high demand for items like home decorations, hotpot ingredients and goodies such as pineapple tarts and bak kwa. About 55 per cent of the total population have received their vaccine booster shots. This year, the e-commerce platform partnered with the Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng constituency office to introduce the Digital Chinatown e-bazaar, where brick and mortar vendors listed items. "Digital Chinatown showcases several home-grown merchants without a prior digital presence, such as Yue Hwa Chinese Products, a longstanding department store that brings authentic Chinese products and delicacies to customers on Shopee," said a spokesman for the platform. As at Friday, Singapore has recorded a total of 307,813 Covid-19 cases, with 846 deaths.

Yue Hwa's online store on the platform lists products such as peanut and soya bean dipping sauces, and pre-packed sliced rice cakes and noodles for hotpots. Shoppers like Ms Annabel Lim, 33, are avoiding the crowds altogether, and taking their buying frenzy online. "I used to go to Takashimaya department store to try out all the Chinese New Year goodies before buying them, but now I just rely on word of mouth and Instagram reviews, and buy directly from home-based businesses," said Ms Lim, a senior manager in communications. She added that she also stocked up on drinks and frozen food off Lazada-owned online marketplace RedMart. However, others like account manager Hannah Goh, 28, prefer to pick up their groceries from the wet market.

Ms Goh said: "Especially for hosting hotpot dinners at home, freshness, good quality and being able to buy seasonal items are more important... you can't ever be sure of what you'll get when you order produce and raw meats off a site." This article was first published in .

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