The rise in popularity of online stores is also due to the advancement in technology. Thus, many brick and mortar businesses are also finding ways to move their business online so that they will not lose out to other businesses. In this article, we will be looking at the top few sites that Singaporeans commonly use to make online purchases.
The best online shopping experiences in Singapore:
Launched in 2015, Shopee offers a wide variety of shopping deals, from health to beauty, electronics to fashion, and more. It has looked at the eCommerce industry players back in 2015 and identified several problems which Shopee later overcame this by introducing a mobile application. Their approach was proven to be successful, with over 90% of its transactions being made over the app.
During the pandemic, Shopee is offering up to 70% bundled purchases on their #ShopeeFromHome campaign.
Lazada is an eCommerce company with its parent organisation being Alibaba Group. It is better known for its electronics and TV appliances. In 2019, Lazada purchased RedMart over to its website, which caused many of the RedMart shoppers to switch to other sites. What makes Lazada stand out from its competitors is that it offers a strong customer service.
Lazada has launched a stimulus package to help local and small businesses from April in an ongoing effort to help the community during the pandemic [full PDF here].
Popular product categories include electronic devices, health and beauty supplements, baby products and toys, fashion, lifestyle, and automotive.
Zalora, a reputable fashion brand, is set up in Singapore in 2012. It offers an extensive design of international and local brands, as well as designer labels. Zalora became the ultimate online fashion destination for locals as they offer numerous attractive promotions to both first and current users. In addition, they also offer free 30 days return of the product and a guaranteed fast shipping all over the island.
Zalora has released a COVID-19 statement ensuring safe working conditions and continued operations during the pandemic. They are also pledging to donate the frontliners and set up a way for customers to donate through their platform.
Ezbuy is an agent that helps Singaporeans to make purchases from Taobao, a site that operates in Chinese. With their help, many users who could not read Chinese were able to purchase their products by paying a small fee to Ezbuy. The site brands itself as a one-stop global shopping platform and they have proven themselves to be so. Not only do they bring in Taobao products from China, but they also have products from Singapore, Korea and the USA.
Established by graduates of a university in Singapore, Carousell is a marketplace created by Singaporeans for Singaporeans. This site allows users to sell their new and slightly used items. It is mainly used on their Carousell app. One feature that it has is Carousell protection. It allows both the users and buyers to be protected with their payment and transactions.
These sites have been around for several years and their popularity among Singaporeans are not dropping. With online shopping becoming more popular, it is expected that more businesses will also shift their store online in an effort to attract new customers and to keep up with the digital times.
Carousell is popular for selling second-hand cars, furniture, electronics, clothing and more. At the end of 2015, about eight million items had been sold through Carousell, and 26 million items were listed.
We hope this list of online shopping platforms will help you purchase all the essential (and not so essential) items you might require during the pandemic. Know any other sites worth checking out? Leave your comments below. Stay safe.