Ask a few people what they would want to do on the first weekend after everything is normal. A majority of them would say `shopping’. They may not have any essential to buy. They may actually buy nothing. But going around in quest to buy something is nothing less. And shopping is a big stress buster nonetheless.
There are several shopping fests and best shopping areas around the world. Dubai, Singapore, Bangkok and Delhi are a few ones. People plan and go on shopping trips to these places. But this time, post covid things are not going to be as before. When normalcy returns and cross-border travel is allowed these trips may begin.
Indian visitors who visit Singapore to shop may see changes to their usual shopping haunts. The retail industry here is almost certain to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically different.
Self Sufficient People
During the pandemic lock down, people in Singapore have gotten used to cooking and baking at home. Or ordering takeaway or home-delivered food just like everywhere else. Those that need to get their retail fix have resorted to online shopping.
This habit have made people enjoy the stay at home shopping comfort. So once malls open, people may not be just willing as much to visit them. Traditional retailers had already felt the impact of competition from online shopping.
Traditional brick and mortar stores which only have a rudimentary online presence or none at all are scrambling to set-up online stores. Once the lock downs are lifted, the retail scene would almost certainly have radically altered.
Retailers should not expect an immediate return to the earlier days once the lock downs end. It may never. Social distancing measures will be in place for some time. Many will be reluctant to spend too much time in shops and malls until the virus threat has faded.
Retailers will also have to deal with shopping habits that would have shifted online. Hence do reconsider your shopping trips. Or, you might just have found your comfort in online shopping from your couch.