Because it’s the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar, the Chinese New Year is a time of grand festivities, feastings and reunions. While this year’s celebration may have to accommodate some changes due to the pandemic, there’s no denying that the festive spirit is already in the air — the house is cleaned, the decorations are up, the ang baos are ready, and we may already have our New Year’s Eve dinner planned.
As we look forward to honouring traditions and being surrounded by family and friends, we might still be thinking of ways to make the season even more special.
From gift ideas, product launches, special promotions to shopping and staycation destinations, these limited-time deals will help you usher in the Year of the Ox in the most auspicious way possible. So get ready to usher in a new year that’s bound to be as special as these Chinese New Year offers in Singapore:
1. Enjoy an Abundance of Love & Good Fortune at Palais Renaissance and Quayside Isle
Usher in the upcoming Lunar New Year with exciting festive promotions and rewards at Palais Renaissance and Quayside Isle! From 15 January to 28 February 2021, come and get into the festive spirit at these malls operated by City Developments Limited, with abundant shopping, dining offers and gifts awaiting you. The shopping rewards at Palais Renaissance include exclusive red packets, mall vouchers and festive dining set for you and your family to bring home for your spring celebrations.
Shop and Eat Till You Drop at Palais Renaissance
Enjoy your Chinese New Year shopping this year on these irresistible promotions at Palais Renaissance! From getting your essential spring-cleaning items to luxe new apparel for everyone in your family, Palais Renaissance has everything that you need for the festivities.
Celebrate the auspicious new year with your loved ones over a hearty meal at Palais Renaissance’s wide array of dining options. Don’t miss out on their dining deals and exclusive CNY specials! There’s no better way to ring in the new year than by tucking into some flavourful delights with your family and friends.
An Abundance of Festive Rewards
Shoppers are also entitled to redeem these bountiful rewards when you meet the spending qualifier at Palais Renaissance, while stocks last.
Exclusive Red Packets
Receive a set of eight Palais Renaissance exclusive red packets with minimum spending of $88*. Red packets are limited to the first 650 redemptions.
Exclusive Prosperity Set
Shoppers can redeem the “Prosperity Set”, which includes a set of eight Palais Renaissance red packets, an exclusive dining set with carrier box and $20 Palais Renaissance shopping vouchers, with minimum spending of $588*. The Prosperity Set is limited to the first 380 redemptions only.
What’s more? $4 parking coupons (on weekdays only) are available for redemption, with $100 spent in a single receipt when you shop at Palais Renaissance. The parking coupons are limited to 35 redemptions per day.
Irresistible Dining Deals & Stunning Views at Quayside Isle
Whether you’re planning an intimate, romantic dinner for Valentine’s Day or hoping to book a place for your family’s yearly CNY reunion dinner, the endless list of dining options at Quayside Isle will leave you spoilt for choice. With exclusive Valentine’s Day menus and enticing dining deals for Chinese New Year, Quayside Isle is the perfect spot to enjoy a wonderful dinner with your loved ones.
Illuminate by the Marina: New Year with Love
After an exquisite meal at either of Quayside Isle’s many lavish restaurants, be mesmerised by the illumination of the marina from 11 January to 28 February 2021 between 6.30 pm and 10.30 pm. Enjoy a stroll along the pier to catch the Valentines-themed light display, with neon rings, fairy lights and hearts décor against the panoramic marina-front. Love is in the sea-side air!
*Terms & Conditions apply.
2. Usher in New Beginnings and Prosperity this Spring at the Malls of Frasers Property
The Year of the Ox is just around the corner, and the malls of Frasers Property are celebrating the season of new beginnings through a campaign titled “Blossom into Spring”, which will run from 22 January to 11 February. Revel in good fortune and prosperity this season with an extensive line-up of shopping rewards, handicraft workshops, contests and lucky draws, and exciting holiday treats!
Flourish in festivities
As shoppers prepare for the familiar traditions and rituals of Chinese New Year, the malls of Frasers Property* will be offering a handsome slew of redemptions and rewards. From 22 January, spend a minimum of $68 to receive two sets of red packets, thoughtfully decorated with floral motifs to wish loved ones and friends a year of joy, good fortune and hope. Shoppers who spend $128 at participating malls will also receive a festive carrier bag, perfect for their red packets and mandarin oranges!
To wish shoppers good fortune and prosperity this season, Frasers Property will host an exciting social media contest with plenty of prizes to be won! From 1 to 15 February, shoppers can take part in the “Create Your Own Fortune” Facebook contest, with discount vouchers at Capri by Fraser up for grabs. To win, put on your thinking caps and complete a quote, which will be shared on the malls’ Facebook pages every three days. There are a total of five rounds to take part in, and lucky winners with the most creative entries will walk away with a discount voucher each!
An abundance of prosperity and good fortune
As the old Chinese saying goes, “When flowers bloom, prosperity follows.” Across participating malls of Frasers Property,3 shoppers can look forward to lucky draw spins and mall activities to usher in good luck and fortune! From 22 January to 11 February, shoppers can have a go at a lucky draw with a minimum spend of $68, and stand a chance to win a share of $18,000 worth of Digital Gift Cards.
To add some fun and games into your Chinese New Year shopping, bring your children along to these malls to “Spot The Ox of Fortune”. Spot and count the total number of Oxen of Fortune at the participating malls and stand a chance at winning $888 worth of Digital Gift Cards, so start counting right away!
Let your inner creativity blossom
Looking to spruce up your home with unique handcrafted decorations? Century Square, Tampines 1, and White Sands are inviting shoppers to a range of handicraft workshops on weekends, starting 30 January. With a minimum spend of $80, shoppers can sign up for a workshop of their choice, to make their very own fortune cookie bags, resin hair clips, pineapple pillows, or lantern bags. Each workshop is limited to the first 10 sign-ups, so hurry and don’t miss out on your chance to bring home a one-of-a-kind festive décor.
New year shopping with the all-new Frasers eStore
Prepare for your Chinese New Year gatherings with the new Frasers eStore now on the Frasers Experience (“FRx”) App, for hassle-free shopping and an all-new curated experience. Look forward to curated collections for your home, lifestyle, and fashion needs every fortnight on the Frasers eStore, which can be swiftly delivered to your doorstep or picked up in-store at the malls depending on your preference! Shoppers can tick off their Chinese New Year shopping lists with greater convenience and ease, and receive rewards while doing so.
From 22 January, download the FRx app and sign up as a member to receive a $5 Digital Gift Card, with a minimum spend of $30. In addition, shoppers who spend a minimum of $128 at Frasers eStore, and at participating stores across the malls of Frasers Property*, will receive a $10 Digital Gift Card. Whether you’re picking up new household items, shopping for new clothes, or stocking up on gathering essentials for Chinese New Year, look forward to a more convenient and rewards-packed omnichannel experience, both online and offline, to fulfil your festive shopping needs.
Exclusively for Citi Credit Cardmembers, charge $88 / $128 (or $188 for supermarket transactions) to your Citi Credit Card over three same-day, same-mall transactions and receive an additional $10 Digital Gift Card. That’s not all – from now till 7 February, shoppers who charge a minimum of $50 to their Citi Credit Card can enjoy two hours of free weekend parking as well!
To enjoy these rewards, all shoppers need to do is to scan their FRx member QR code when they spend at participating stores.
For information on the full list of activities and rewards for shoppers at the malls of Frasers Property, stay tuned to www.FrasersExperience.com.
*Terms & Conditions apply.
3. DBS Offers Complimentary Delivery of DBS QR Gift Cards to Customers this CNY
DBS is offering a complimentary click-and-deliver service to make it even easier for customers to obtain their DBS QR Gift cards. Until 26 January, customers will be able to order their desired amount of DBS QR Gift cards online and DBS will deliver them by mail, at no cost, by 10 February.
The DBS QR Gift (popularly known as ‘QR Ang Bao’) enables customers to load cash values onto unique QR codes and is Singapore’s only ‘phygital’ alternative to gifting. It allows customers to preserve and continue the CNY tradition of giving and receiving red packets, and at the same time, contributes to a more sustainable environment. Since its launch in 2019, DBS QR Gift has been well-received by customers with around SGD 2.8 million loaded onto QR gift cards during CNY last year.
Jeremy Soo, Head of Consumer Banking Group (Singapore), DBS Bank said, “Exchanging ang baos is a well-loved and time-honoured CNY tradition that symbolises good fortune and luck. We believe DBS QR Gift is a good balance between tradition and technology. By offering the complimentary delivery service, we hope to make the DBS QR Gift cards a lot more accessible to our customers, so they can keep the tradition going and safely share good blessings with their loved ones even during the pandemic.”
Celebrating a sustainable CNY with DBS QR Gift
DBS QR Gift cards are made of environmentally-friendly, FSC-certified paper, and are designed to be gifted on their own – thus doing away with the need for new notes and red packets, both of which incur significant carbon footprint. According to the Monetary Authority of Singapore, printing new notes generates around 330 tonnes of carbon emissions every year. Red packets, with the amount of ink and gold stamping involved, are also not easy to recycle and often end up incinerated.
To this end, DBS partnered Tay Paper Recycling in 2019 to launch a dedicated red packet recycling initiative – the first bank in Singapore to do so – to collect and recycle red packets, DBS QR Gift cards and even Mandarin orange carriers. Collected recyclables are then converted into paper pulp, then mixed with other raw materials to create new paper products. Located at DBS/POSB branches and available all-year-round, these recycling bins have collected 210 trees (or 12,500 kg) worth of recyclables till date.
To reserve DBS QR Gift cards, visit: go.dbs.com/sg-qrgiftorder
4. Clé de Peau Beauté Limited Edition The Serum Arrives
Ringing in the Year of the Ox, Clé de Peau Beauté’s iconic The Serum is getting an auspicious makeover. Dressed especially in limited edition luxurious red, the serum awakens Skin Intelligence, to activate the source of profound vitality and radiance, and feels instantly absorbed for supremely soft, supple skin, vibrant with energy.
Limited quantities of The Serum are available via pre-launch exclusively on BHG Online from 22 to 31 January, ahead of the islandwide launch on 1 February 2021.
As an added treat for the new year, enjoy $50 off a minimum spend of $350 on Clé de Peau Beauté with code “CPB50”.
5. Get Your Hands On Lifebuoy x Disney Tsum Tsum Limited-Edition Chinese Zodiac Design Hand Sanitisers and Hand Washes!
This Chinese New Year, these limited-edition Tsum Tsum zodiac-themed hand sanitisers and hand washes are currently available at selected retail channels.
This exclusive design featuring the Ox combination and the auspicious character ‘Fu’, which means fortune or good luck, is available at FairPrice, FairPrice Online, Watsons and Watsons Online only. Refill packs of hand sanitisers without a sleeve (50ml)* are available islandwide at SGD $2.65 each.
Gift with Purchase
Spend $18 on any Lifebuoy products (excluding hand sanitisers) to redeem a limited edition Lifebuoy x Tsum Tsum mandarin orange pouch (while stocks last)! Forget about the typical mandarin orange red bags this Chinese New Year and get your hands on this unique and auspicious Tsum Tsum themed mandarin orange pouch for that extra ‘huat’ as you go visiting from house to house!
Retail Channels: FairPrice, FairPrice Online, Watsons, Watsons Online, Guardian, Guardian Online, Giant, Sheng Siong, Cold Storage, Lazada, and Amazon
Spend $8 on Lifebuoy x Tsum Tsum hand sanitisers to redeem a Tsum Tsum red packet pack (while stocks last).
Retail Channels: FairPrice, FairPrice Online, Watsons, Watsons Online, Guardian, Guardian Online, Giant, Cold Storage, Lazada, Amazon, 7-Eleven, RedMart, Shopee and Cheers
6. Herald an Auspicious Year of the Ox at Marina Bay Sands
Ring in a joyous Lunar New Year at Marina Bay Sands as the integrated resort welcomes the Year of the Ox with a host of culinary specials, retail indulgence and festive activities.
This year, guests can look forward to receiving five-fold blessings in the areas of health, love, prosperity, luck and family, as Marina Bay Sands ushers the Year of the Ox in style with a collection of five modern oxen installations around the integrated resort. At the Grand Colonnade South of The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, revel in a lush and bountiful landscape adorned with butterflies and peonies around the rose gold Love Oxen installation which represents harmony. Adjacent to the Love Oxen amidst an idyllic oasis of blooming lilies is the robust golden Health Oxen, symbolising longevity and vitality.
Over at the hotel lobby, marvel at the grand installation of the silver Family & Friends Oxen, surrounded by magnolia and lotus flowers to signify marital harmony and everlasting family bonds. Visitors to Marina Bay Sands can also discover their 2021 Zodiac readings at the two installations.
Elsewhere in The Shoppes, the Prosperity Oxen basks in a field of golden ingots to extend blessings of abundant wealth to visitors in the year ahead, while those after great career prospects in the Year of the Metal Ox can seek the crimson Luck Oxen surrounded by a flourishing garden of peonies in the North Promenade. For more information on Marina Bay Sands’ property-wide festive offerings, visit marinabaysands.com/ChineseNewYear.
Enjoy attractive festive staycation deals
From 25 January to 25 February 2021, indulge in a festive getaway with Marina Bay Sands’ limited time Auspicious Staycation* package from S$788++, which entails complimentary early check-in and valet for a two-night stay, alongside a CNY themed lunch at RISE for two, a complimentary gift from the Hotel’s gift shop, and S$120 resort dollars for SRL members. This package is available for booking from now until 22 February 2021.
Meanwhile, the Joyous Family Staycation deal offers stays from S$319++ a night, with an exclusive complimentary Marina Bay Sands gift and S$60 resort dollars per night for a minimum two-night stay for SRL members. Photography enthusiasts can opt for the Festive Staycation package which starts from S$379++ a night to enjoy a complimentary 90-minute Leica Photography Experience, along with S$20 resort dollars per night for SRL members.
Both the Joyous Family and Festive staycations run from now until 5 April 2021, while all three packages entitle guests to a guaranteed room upgrade and entry to ArtScience Museum’s Planet or Plastic? and Margins: drawing pictures of home exhibitions*.
Rejuvenate at the start of the Lunar New Year with a pampering Banyan Tree spa session, as members enjoy 30 per cent off all spa treatments, with an additional 10 per cent earnings from now until 31 March 2021. Visit this link to view the full menu of treatments available, and email [email protected] or call 6688 8825 to make a booking.
Relish in abundant CNY feasts at Marina Bay Sands’ signature restaurants
Marina Bay Sands’ celebrity chef and signature restaurants are set to usher in a season of celebrations with bountiful Lunar New Year feasts. Look forward to reunions over an array of dining options, from superior double-boiled soups and timeless CNY classics at Mott 32, to an oriental-inspired set menu at Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay and a month-long Lunar New Year-themed line-up at RISE. Diners can also taste innovative CNY treats at Black Tap Singapore or enjoy LAVO Singapore’s lavish Chinese dishes and KOMA’s yu sheng. For the first time, restaurants like CUT by Wolfgang Puck and Mott 32 will also be offering CNY takeaway specials, alongside novel CNY-themed cakes and baked goodies from Origin + Bloom.
This Spring festival, Sands Rewards LifeStyle (SRL) members can enjoy double the usual 10 per cent earnings* on dining at selected participating restaurants. For the full line-up of Lunar New Year dining specials, visit marinabaysands.com/festivedining.
Festive shopping and dining specials at The Shoppes and Hotel
This Lunar New Year, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands has lined up a host of attractive shopping and dining options until 10 pm over the festive weekend.
In addition to instant shopping rebates and generous rewards from 25 January to 26 February 2021, shoppers can also explore exclusive Lunar New Year collections across the mall’s luxury fashion and lifestyle boutiques including Longchamp, Michael Kors, Swatch, Royal Selangor, and Tory Burch. For more information, visit The Shoppes’ Lunar New Year 2021 shopping guide: MarinaBaySands.com/CNYShoppingGuide2021.
Visitors will also rejoice in an abundance of reunion feasts and CNY treats across selected F&B outlets. From 2 to 28 February, toss to good health and prosperity at contemporary Chinese restaurant BLOSSOM over its prosperity salmon yu sheng featuring a medley of handcrafted delights and succulent smoked salmon (S$58++, serves six to eight pax), or try Sen of Japan’s rendition featuring glorious salmon sashimi, chopped vegetables, and a trio of sauces including golden miso, zesty ginger honey vinegar, and tangy plum sauce (S$38++ for two or S$78++ for four to six pax).
Adventurous gourmands can opt for Punjab Grill’s inventive chaat yu sheng (S$58++) inspired by the all-time favourite Indian savoury snack, available from 11 to 17 February. Chaat crisps such as namkeen para, garlic sev, spinach sev are combined with a date tamarind chutney and a hint of plum sauce to give the salad an oriental twist.
From 8 to 21 February*, sky-high revellers can look forward to ushering in the Year of the Ox at the iconic CÉ LA VI over a six-course modern Asian set dinner menu (S$158++). Highlights include luxe creations like the black truffle chicken soup infused with dry shiitake mushrooms, black chicken and ginger, steamed Kühlbarra seabass dressed in lemongrass-coconut broth and served with sautéed squid and Thai basil, and the tender Iberico pork loin in shiitake tare glaze, mustard greens and green apple. Complete the experience with the intricate prosperity koi dessert made of coconut koi jelly with chilled mango pomelo sago, crispy mung bean and pu-er bubbles.
Those seeking an elegant venue to host clients and family reunions can also look to fine-dining restaurant Chinoiserie by Justin Quek. The modern Asian restaurant is offering four resplendent CNY set menus from 25 January to 26 February, ranging from the CNY Business Lunch (S$88++ per pax) to the Happiness Reunion Dinner (S$228++ per pax, available on 11 Feb only). Look forward to chef Justin Quek’s ingenious truffle dumpling ‘jiao zi’ featuring premium Iberico minced pork, indulgent black truffles and Jamon Iberico ham in golden broth, and the traditional CNY sea treasure pot ‘pen cai’ featuring six extravagant ingredients such as abalone, fish maw, sea moss and dried oysters. For reservations, call 6688 7782 or visit marinabaysands.com/chinoiserie.
PUTIEN, the newest addition to The Shoppes’ existing repertoire of Chinese dining gems, is celebrating the Year of the Ox from now until 26 February. Dine-in or take home its bountiful prosperity yu sheng (from S$39.90++, available in three sizes) crowned with premium five-head Nanri abalone from Putian and topped with a specially concocted sauce made with liquorice, sour plum sauce, tangerine sauce, and peanut oil. Also not to be missed is PUTIEN’s signature pen cai (from S$228++, available in four sizes) – an overflowing pot of goodness layered to the brim with 13 exquisite ingredients such as eight-head abalone, dried Japanese scallops, dried Putian clams, sea cucumber, roast pork, and more. PUTIEN is located on Bay Level of The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, L1-05.
Sands Rewards LifeStyle presents limited edition Year of the Ox collectibles
Sands Rewards LifeStyle members can win and collect auspicious Year of the Ox collectibles in 35 different designs to usher in good health and fortune this Lunar New Year. Members simply swipe their membership card at the capsule machines located on Galleria Level, B1, of The Shoppes (above Sampan Rides), to win up to S$1,000 reward dollars* alongside the premium collectibles and exclusive SRL red packet envelopes. New SRL members get a free chance at the capsule game, with subsequent chances *requiring a minimum S$300 spend (before applicable taxes) in a single transaction.
For more information on the game, visit marinabaysands.com/sands-rewards-lifestyle/sands collectibles. Sign-up for Sands Rewards LifeStyle membership is free.
Discover your Ox personality and win exclusive gifts on Marina Bay Sands’ CNY chatbot
This year, visitors to Marina Bay Sands’ Facebook Messenger can participate in personality quizzes to discover which type of Ox they are, obtain their 2021 zodiac horoscope readings, and create personalised CNY e-greetings for their loved ones. Fans can also stand a chance to win an exclusive twilight lamp in a social media contest via the integrated resort’s Facebook chatbot from 25 January, and take home attractive limited edition commemorative card sleeves and SRL red packet envelopes from 28 January. Join in the conversations on Marina Bay Sands’ socials with the hashtag #CNYatMBS.
7. Give a Hand to Fortune with Pandora’s Chinese New Year 2021 Collection
Pandora celebrates the Year of the Ox with the launch of four specially-designed charms for Chinese New Year, featuring familiar symbols of the important cultural holiday such as the fortune cat and a cute ox charm, along with the Chinese characters for ‘prosperity’ and ‘lucky’.
Crafted with red enamel and Pandora Shine (18k gold-plated unique metal blend), the new charms represent a fresh start to the new year and auspicious wishes for a year of good fortune.
What’s more, the brand launches a necklace gift set that combines the O Pendant carrier and Spinning Lucky Charm, along with three bracelet sets featuring the Red Woven Leather Bracelet – an elegant red and gold leather bracelet that you can wear for luck throughout the year.
The Pandora Chinese New Year 2021 Collection is now available at all Pandora stores and online at https://sg.pandora.net/en, prices from $89, with gift sets from $159.
Whether it’s a gift to yourself or loved ones born in the Year of the Ox, or simply as a personal reminder of strength, diligence and persistence just like the ox, you’ll love the Cute Ox Charm featuring a 14k gold nose ring and red enamel touches in the form of firecrackers.
The Fortune Cat, or Maneki-neko, is a lucky cat talisman popular in Chinese and Japanese cultures, believed to attract good luck and fortune for its owners. The Cute Fortune Cat Charm features a movable part, as the waving arm moves back and forth slightly, along with an engraving in black enamel of the Chinese character ‘财‘ (cái / fortune).
The Mahjong Dangle Charm is a mahjong tile charm crafted in polished sterling silver, with smooth transparent enamel edges that mimic the surface of real mahjong tiles! The Chinese character ‘發’ (fā / prosperity) is engraved in lucky red for a bountiful year ahead.
Inspired by the Chinese New Year custom of papercutting, where decorative patterns are cut from a single sheet of red paper, the Spinning Lucky Dangle Charm depicts the Chinese character ‘吉’ (jí / lucky) and is set with red cubic zirconia amidst the gold lettering.
Pandora’s Chinese New Year Red Packets
Embossed with the Pandora Crown O monogram, these red and silver red packets also feature the phrase ’大吉大利’ (Luck and Prosperity) on the back. Receive a set of red packets with any purchase between 18 to 27 January 2021.
8. Enter The Year of the Ox with Positivity and Prosperity in PAZZION’s Joyous Blush Collection
“Moo” in the new year with PAZZION’s Joyous Blush Collection and augment your unique style with confidence for an empowering and “bullish” year.
Moo Moo Here, Moo Moo There…
Milk the year for what it’s worth with PAZZION’s specially designed, adorable “The Moo Moo” Flats. This limited edition design, that features cute 3D ears, pays tribute to the hardworking barnyard animal and just like its personality, they are made to be durable and sturdy to let you step into the new year with resounding confidence and gusto!
Available in two colour options – full pink or a combination of pink and cream, they come in both adults and kids sizes, making the pairs the cutest mommy and daughter twinning footwear choice of this season.
Get RED-y For Prosperity
Pick a pair of footwear in your auspicious colour to attract luck and positivity, wherever you go. PAZZION’s lightweight, comfy foldable flats, designed with an oversized bow at the vamp, let your feet rest even when you are walking in the soft lambskin leather and padded insoles. Be it an ornate cheongsam top or a bias-cut dress, this versatile pair complements any outfit with a delightful flair.
Walk With Joy Into The New Year
Feel the joy of Spring and let the breeze embrace your feet in PAZZION’s Strappy Ornate Heel Slide Sandals that veers between artsy and sexy. Designed with unique rounded straps and toe loop, this statement pair goes beautifully with a simple maxi dress or a tee and Capri pants combo.
The Season’s Bag du jour
Complete your festive outfit and footwear with PAZZION’s new bag designs that are stylish yet functional at the same time.
For those looking for that perfect bag to amp up your elegant style, PAZZION’s Boxy Turn Lock Leather Bag is the choice with its sophistication and versatility. This roomy bag comes with a detachable chain strap that allows you to transform it from a cross-body to a clutch with ease.
Add a touch of sass to your casual ensemble with PAZZION’s Quilted Cross Body Utility Bag that is stylish yet handy to store key essentials like a mobile phone, credit cards and a mini-lippy. Just what every lady needs.
PAZZION’s Lunar New Year Capsule Collection – Joyous Blush is now available at all PAZZION boutiques and on PAZZION.COM.
9. Bai Nian with Qoo10!
Since December, there has been an increase in demand for Chinese New Year (CNY) related products such as abalone, snacks and Bak Kwa. Average cart size for food products are still increasing thus we believe that consumers are still looking forward to their CNY gatherings.
Generally, as compared to 2020, we have seen a 30 – 50% increase in sellers selling CNY related products. More sellers have tapped on Qxpress services like QPrime today or QPrime next day, which offers door-to-door delivery with the most competitive rates in Singapore ever since COVID-19. There is also an increase in advertising activities, tapping on our search and display channels on our website. Sellers are also tapping onto our experienced merchandising experts who offer training and consultation services to businesses.
More shoppers are purchasing more premium food products and bundles – we have noticed many customers purchases bundled whole abalones which cost >$100. For the past 14 days, we have also received high demand for Yu Sheng and Pen Cai. Although we are still a month away from CNY, this is a good indicator that our consumers are not very much affected by the safe distancing rules. Shoppers also enjoy more products with gifts with purchases and free delivery. For instance, Lifebuoy is giving away free red packets with every two Disney Tsum Tsum hand sanitisers purchased and a free Tsum Tsum CNY pouch with handwash purchase for a limited time exclusively on Qoo10.
New Moon’s 2 + 1 Abalone Bundle (Sale Price: $60) is one of the top 3 abalone listings on Qoo10. The product picked up in 2021, with a 200% increase in sales in the first week of 2021 as compared to the last week of 2020. Other than different types of abalones, interesting flavours such as Mala and Black Truffle abalone are also available on Qoo10. We are expecting sales for abalone to increase as we are nearing Chinese New Year.
We are also seeing an upward trend for the 1+1 Yoshihama Abalone (starting from $14.90) from Lao Ban Niang, with a 13 times sales increase for the last week of December as compared to the first week of December. For the first week of January, the product was sold 15.7 times as compared to the same week in December. Buyers are also looking forward such steal buys, as the Ah Ma Favourite Brine (2 bottles of 425g) will always be wiped out after restocking.
As shared by e-commerce manager of Lao Bao Niang, Jeremy Kou (辜家泰), there was a significant impact on their retail side of the business due to COVID-19. All their stocks from China had an increase in their shipping charges, which resulted in the general price increase. However, due to an influx of Chinese abalone supplies this year, the price is actually lower than in previous years. Consumers should note that the prices would definitely increase once the new supply comes in. “At Lao Ban Niang, we sell our products at affordable prices for everyone especially in the current situation.” Lao Ban Niang is a family-owned business selling a wide range of food products from TCM to CNY goodies and seafood.
Bottled bird nests are another CNY favourites, Emperor Brand remarked that there has been an increase in corporate orders for their employees. More companies are ordering bottled bird nests to reward and as a form of appreciation to their employees instead of sending gifts to their clients. “People are still looking forward to celebrating CNY”, director of Emperor Brand Birdsnest, Tan Fei Yee (陈慧瑜) mentioned.
Emperor Brand’s product prices generally also went up, as there is a low supply and delayed shipment due to COVID-19. Sea cucumber, one of the more popular CNY products, was supposed to arrive last year November but shipment is still on the way while customers are looking forward to purchasing it. Also due to COVID-19 and more options, the brand has seen an increase in preference of deliveries and e-payments.
Since COVID-19, “mask” has been a highly sought after product and has always been on our top searched keywords. Sellers have also been bringing in more designs and products to cater to the buyers and the festive events which resulted in a 300% increase in CNY mask sales.
Our buyers also prefer to purchase from our local sellers as compared to overseas sellers. Local seller, GLADLEIGH, is very committed to bringing in new and innovative products for buyers. They have four different CNY disposable face masks designs available in both adults and kids sizes. The product is ranked top 10 on Qoo10, just shortly a week after the product was listed and is currently available for pre-order. Other festive items listed from GLADLEIGH also include CNY doormats.
Another seller, Mr ING has available in stocks for their CNY series. This seller is new to Qoo10, having only registered in November 2020. Their sales for the masks have increased 3.38 times in January as compared to December and they have added their new CNY masks stocks on Friday.