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Going Online - The New Normal Way We Shop

Posted on June 09 2020

Evolving to meet the social distancing guidelines, businesses have gone online using WhatsApp, Zoom, Facebook and live auctions to engage their customers.

 

In light of COVID-19, businesses have evolved to match the social distancing guidelines, opting to go online. Examples of these include mediums like WhatsApp, Zoom video calls, Facebook groups and live auctions.

While the Circuit Breaker is over, Phase One of the government’s measures for safe reopening are still fairly conservative. Even though student care centres, preschools and schools have reopened, retail and dining outlets are still closed. As such, businesses - ranging from events, food, workout studios and retail outlets - have all embraced a “new normal” way of life online. This includes directly ordering via WhatsApp, Zoom video calls, or even Facebook Live Auctions.

 

 

Food

Instead of bustling crowds, hawkers have increasingly joined food delivery apps or offer direct ordering through WhatsApp.

 

In order to meet the increasing demand of food delivery services, of around 20 to 30 per cent, food delivery platforms such as GrabFood, Foodpanda and Deliveroo have seen a surge in the number of F&B operators added to their platforms. For example, Foodpanda has added more than 300 new hawker stalls since January. Additionally, it has doubled the number of new restaurants in the application in April as compared to March. Likewise, the number of transactions on Oddle, another food delivery platform, have surged fivefold in April after the circuit breaker began.

 

Aside from these delivery platforms, many restaurants have started offering delivery or takeaway services. Also, you can now order from your favourite hawkers either through pages like Hawkers United 2020 or directly via WhatsApp.

 

 

Parties and Celebrations

Celebrate special occasions with this Burnt Basque Cheesecake accompanied by a gorgeous floral bouquet.

 

Instead of meeting up with families and friends, celebrations have gone online via video calls. Adapting to this, one way to still make your celebration special includes delivering customised party packs to your loved ones to celebrate together. Examples of these can be found at Knots and Gifts. A party pack might include a gorgeous bouquet of flowers, paired with a seven-inch Basque Burnt Cheesecake from Aitor’s Basque Kitchen. Other options include beer, chips and popcorn for a Netflix watch party, or brownies and sparkling tea. For the younger demographic, enliven up the Zoom parties with entertainers, whether it’s a magic show or a princess party with Brie Benfell at Ever After SG.

 

 

Groceries

Aside from traditional wet markets or supermarkets, other grocery options include live seafood auctions on Facebook, as well as group buys.

 

Alternatives to heading to the wet market include live auctions on Facebook, such as Lian Huat Seafood, Freshcatch Seafoodbidding and Seafood Boy SG. While you can also order your groceries from FairPrice, Cold Storage and RedMart, you'll have to try a variety of times to get a delivery slot. Other ways to get your groceries - although limited in choice and variety - are via GrabMart or PandaMart in the GrabFood and Foodpanda apps. Alternatively, opt in on group buys like this one from Jurong Frog Farm.

 

 

Working Out

Continue with your fitness goals even at home following workouts on apps like Ritual Anywhere or ClassPass.

 

In terms of exercise, most studios and apps have a plethora of online classes that everyone can try. Work up a sweat with a HIIT routine that requires little to no equipment - adjust according to what you have at home - with the Ritual Anywhere (iOS or Android). Otherwise, join a yoga, pilates, or boxing class on ClassPass. You can choose from the free or paid options. Other options include prenatal and postnatal barre and yoga classes ($50 each or $75 for both), in a collaboration between Lab Studios and Motherswork.

 

 

Shopping

Virtual Personal Tour and Personal Shopper

Expecting parents can go on a virtual personal tour around Motherswork over a WhatsApp video call to look for their baby’s essentials.

 

Expecting parents may need a little more aid when it comes to what they need to buy before the baby arrives. Motherswork offers a virtual personal tour to help you along on your journey. First, you could book a virtual personal tour - just make an online appointment two days in advance. Once your appointment is confirmed, a personal shopper will take you on a virtual tour of the store via WhatsApp video call. The staff will show you the top 9 must-haves such as cots, stroller, carseat and breast pumps

 

Baby Registry

Virtual Personal Tour and Personal Shopper

Create your own baby registry online and add items, then share with your friends and family.

 

Share your joy with your friends and family and create a baby registry. First, create an account on Motherswork. Next, fill in your personal details like address and mobile number, then start adding your newborn essentials to the registry. Afterwards, share this with your friends and family via social networks like Facebook or Twitter or email. When an item has been purchased off the registry, you’ll be notified so there won’t be any overlap. All items on the registry can be delivered together to your address - delivery is complimentary.

 

Virtual Shopping

Alternatively, for parents looking to stock up on your favourite daily essentials, enjoy shopping right from your own home. Using video chat, shop the store with one of our personal shoppers and then easily collect your shopping using our contactless curbside pickup at Great World City within the hour. Otherwise, you can also opt for free delivery to your home instead (with $60 minimum spend).

Evolving to meet the social distancing guidelines, businesses have gone online using WhatsApp, Zoom, Facebook and live auctions to engage their customers.

 

In light of COVID-19, businesses have evolved to match the social distancing guidelines, opting to go online. Examples of these include mediums like WhatsApp, Zoom video calls, Facebook groups and live auctions.

While the Circuit Breaker is over, Phase One of the government’s measures for safe reopening are still fairly conservative. Even though student care centres, preschools and schools have reopened, retail and dining outlets are still closed. As such, businesses - ranging from events, food, workout studios and retail outlets - have all embraced a “new normal” way of life online. This includes directly ordering via WhatsApp, Zoom video calls, or even Facebook Live Auctions.

 

 

Food

Instead of bustling crowds, hawkers have increasingly joined food delivery apps or offer direct ordering through WhatsApp.

 

In order to meet the increasing demand of food delivery services, of around 20 to 30 per cent, food delivery platforms such as GrabFood, Foodpanda and Deliveroo have seen a surge in the number of F&B operators added to their platforms. For example, Foodpanda has added more than 300 new hawker stalls since January. Additionally, it has doubled the number of new restaurants in the application in April as compared to March. Likewise, the number of transactions on Oddle, another food delivery platform, have surged fivefold in April after the circuit breaker began.

 

Aside from these delivery platforms, many restaurants have started offering delivery or takeaway services. Also, you can now order from your favourite hawkers either through pages like Hawkers United 2020 or directly via WhatsApp.

 

 

Parties and Celebrations

Celebrate special occasions with this Burnt Basque Cheesecake accompanied by a gorgeous floral bouquet.

 

Instead of meeting up with families and friends, celebrations have gone online via video calls. Adapting to this, one way to still make your celebration special includes delivering customised party packs to your loved ones to celebrate together. Examples of these can be found at Knots and Gifts. A party pack might include a gorgeous bouquet of flowers, paired with a seven-inch Basque Burnt Cheesecake from Aitor’s Basque Kitchen. Other options include beer, chips and popcorn for a Netflix watch party, or brownies and sparkling tea. For the younger demographic, enliven up the Zoom parties with entertainers, whether it’s a magic show or a princess party with Brie Benfell at Ever After SG.

 

 

Groceries

Aside from traditional wet markets or supermarkets, other grocery options include live seafood auctions on Facebook, as well as group buys.

 

Alternatives to heading to the wet market include live auctions on Facebook, such as Lian Huat Seafood, Freshcatch Seafoodbidding and Seafood Boy SG. While you can also order your groceries from FairPrice, Cold Storage and RedMart, you'll have to try a variety of times to get a delivery slot. Other ways to get your groceries - although limited in choice and variety - are via GrabMart or PandaMart in the GrabFood and Foodpanda apps. Alternatively, opt in on group buys like this one from Jurong Frog Farm.

 

 

Working Out

Continue with your fitness goals even at home following workouts on apps like Ritual Anywhere or ClassPass.

 

In terms of exercise, most studios and apps have a plethora of online classes that everyone can try. Work up a sweat with a HIIT routine that requires little to no equipment - adjust according to what you have at home - with the Ritual Anywhere (iOS or Android). Otherwise, join a yoga, pilates, or boxing class on ClassPass. You can choose from the free or paid options. Other options include prenatal and postnatal barre and yoga classes ($50 each or $75 for both), in a collaboration between Lab Studios and Motherswork.

 

 

Shopping

Virtual Personal Tour and Personal Shopper

Expecting parents can go on a virtual personal tour around Motherswork over a WhatsApp video call to look for their baby’s essentials.

 

Expecting parents may need a little more aid when it comes to what they need to buy before the baby arrives. Motherswork offers a virtual personal tour to help you along on your journey. First, you could book a virtual personal tour - just make an online appointment two days in advance. Once your appointment is confirmed, a personal shopper will take you on a virtual tour of the store via WhatsApp video call. The staff will show you the top 9 must-haves such as cots, stroller, carseat and breast pumps

 

Baby Registry

Virtual Personal Tour and Personal Shopper

Create your own baby registry online and add items, then share with your friends and family.

 

Share your joy with your friends and family and create a baby registry. First, create an account on Motherswork. Next, fill in your personal details like address and mobile number, then start adding your newborn essentials to the registry. Afterwards, share this with your friends and family via social networks like Facebook or Twitter or email. When an item has been purchased off the registry, you’ll be notified so there won’t be any overlap. All items on the registry can be delivered together to your address - delivery is complimentary.

 

Virtual Shopping

Alternatively, for parents looking to stock up on your favourite daily essentials, enjoy shopping right from your own home. Using video chat, shop the store with one of our personal shoppers and then easily collect your shopping using our contactless curbside pickup at Great World City within the hour. Otherwise, you can also opt for free delivery to your home instead (with $60 minimum spend).