Personal mobility devices like electric scooters, unicycles and hoverboards are becoming a common sight on the streets. Lightweight and portable, such devices are a convenient and time-saving solution for travelling short distances for commute or leisure.
Costing anywhere from a few hundred dollars to coming with four-figure price tags, affordability has been the main draw for consumers. For the uninitiated, here’s a quick look at key differences between the various devices.
One of the first mobility devices to become popular, the e-scooter scores big on versatility, with superior maximum speeds, distance covered on a single charge and maximum climbing angles. While it’s the bulkiest of the lot, the ability to attach a seat to the base means you can ride everywhere without becoming tired.
Speed: 12 - 40km/h
Distance: 25km – 80km
Incline: 20 – 25 degree planes
Wheels: 5 – 8 inches
Weight: 7 – 17.5kg
Dubbed the self-balancing airwheel or electric unicycle, the device operates on a single, large wheel. Users move the device by standing atop and leaning in any direction. Most airwheels have an extendable, pull-up handle for portability.
Speed: Up to 18km/h
Distance: 15 – 25km
Incline: 15 – 18 degree planes
Wheels: 14 inches
Weight: 10 – 15kg
Dubbed the mini Segway, the latest and hottest mobility device has two footpads to enable steering. It can even turn 360 degrees on the spot.
Speed: 10 - 15km/h
Distance: 20 - 30km
Incline: 15 degree planes
Wheels: 6.5 – 10 inches
Weight: 10 – 14 kg
Electric roller skates
Born out of a Kickstarter project, rocketskates is a smart electric roller skates and the first lightweight wearable transportation device. Powered by brushless motors, the device is controlled via a mobile app.
Incline: 5 – 8 degree planes
Wheels: 6 inches
Qoo10 voted ‘Best Electronics Shopping Portal’ by HWM and HardwareZone.com readers at Tech Awards 2016
Online marketplace Qoo10 has been voted ‘Readers’ Choice: Best Electronics Shopping Portal (Singapore)’ at the Tech Awards 2016, organised by local tech magazine HWM and portal HardwareZone.com. Edging out runners-up Lazada and Challenger, Qoo10 took the crown in the face of competition from other fellow nominees like Courts, Best Denki and Gain City.
“We are honoured that a large swathe of tech-savvy Singaporean consumers picked us as the best online retail site to shop for electronics in Singapore. This is a great testament to our success in providing consumers with a seamless online shopping experience and wide catalogue of popular digital, mobile and audio-visual devices,” said Mr Hyun Wook Cho, Qoo10’s Country Manager.
In its 7th year running, the industry’s most prestigious consumer electronics and technology awards event saw 40 Readers’ Choice, 33 Editor’s Choice and 4 Innovation awards bestowed on the industry’s top brands for the year’s most exceptional products and greatest innovations.
Ms Pang Lee Cheng, General Manager, SPH Magazines says: “The HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards has grown from its beginnings as our way to honour exceptional products, to become one of the most recognisable awards for technology excellence, innovation and brand reach. We strive to ensure that the Tech Awards continuously evolves with this fast-paced industry, setting the benchmark for our partners and readers alike.”
BIG BOX, Singapore’s largest Warehouse Retail Mall, has set up an online shop on Qoo10, Singapore’s largest e-tailer with more than 2 million registered members.
A seamless one-stop shopping destination with its “From Factory to Store Front” business concept, BIG BOX aims to provide value to consumers by offering quality products from around the world at the lowest possible prices to all of its shoppers.
BIG BOX’s e-shop on Qoo10 (http://www.qoo10.sg/shop/bigbox) offers an initial range of more than 200 products from various categories such as furniture, home appliances, beauty, food and beverage products which is less than 0.5% of BIG BOX’s current range of products on display at its physical offline store located at Jurong East.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TTI – BIG BOX’s majority shareholder, Mr. Sng Sze Hiang, said “We were really excited by the positive response received from online shoppers who placed thousands of orders through our initial range of display at BIG BOX’s e-shop on Qoo10. This will help BIG BOX take a strong root in the e-commerce platform, enabling it to expand its range of online display to at least 10% of its existing range of offline displays in the near term. By featuring our products in a powerful platform like Qoo10, we are not only able to reach out to all potential online customers in Singapore but also increase BIG BOX’s e-presence and ultimately double our online sales. Most importantly, the alliance formed with Qoo10 will provide a seamless O2O business solutions for both the online portal (Qoo10) and offline physical store (BIG BOX), which will lead both partners to a greater height. What is unique about this collaboration is that all purchases made on the e-shop are Click-&-Collect transactions. Whereby customers make their purchases online to snag better savings on products and collect them in-store at a designated collection point within BIG BOX.
“It is all about providing maximum convenience to customers” said Mr Sng. “Singapore being a cosmopolitan city with multi-racial shoppers with fast-paced lifestyle, the need to provide comprehensive range of products, and maximum conveniences to meet the various customers’ demand has been increasing. With the comprehensive wide range of products display at the offline store, we can easily increase the range of online display at our e-shop over the time. Most importantly, by bringing BIG BOX to the customers at the click of a button through the Click-&-Collect programme, we can provide time-saving and maximum convenience for city shoppers with very fast-paced lifestyle – customers can shop with ease and collect their purchases at BIG BOX at their own leisure time and conveniences. No rush & more flexibility for the customers indeed! ”
Country Manager of Qoo10 Singapore, Mr Hyun Wook Cho, said “The physical retail landscape in Singapore is highly competitive and the Click-&-Collect approach can help brick-and-mortar merchants reach an untapped base of online consumers. This way, retailers can help drive better awareness and sales for their brands, products and services.”
BIG BOX is on a drive to ramp up its e-commerce offerings in the coming year, aiming to list more than 5,000 products and double its annual sales by end of the year. In the coming months, it also plans to make island wide home delivery an additional option for Qoo10 members.
Tired of buying clichéd gifts like perfumes, leather goods, couple tees and watches for Valentine’s Day?
This time round, surprise your loved ones with a unique and thoughtful gift that will win their hearts over.
For the ladies, a personal touch is always appreciated. Present her with a handmade leather keychain holder, with customisable leather strap, charm and engraving. Or awe her with the magic colour changing mug, which reveals a customised photo when filled with hot water.
Nature-lovers would be thrilled with a terrarium or the Floever, real Japanese flowers which do not require watering and can live up to 10 years.
For the men, you can’t go wrong with the latest gadgets and tech toys.
Worn by celebrities such as Paris Hilton, WILL.I.AM and Karreuche Tran, Acton Rocketskates is a Kickstarter-funded mobility skates featured on FastCompany, Mashable and Wired. Powered by two 50W brushless DC motors, Rocketskates supports riders weighing a maximum of 275 lbs (approx. 124 kg) and can travel at a maximum speed of 12 miles (approx. 19km) per hour.
The consummate Star Wars fan will love the BB-8 app-controlled droid toy by Sphero. With 60 mins battery life and 30m Bluetooth range, this is definitely the droid he is looking for.
A classy gift would be the Huawei Watch, the latest smartwatch by the Chinese phonemaker. Powered by Android Wear, it works with both Android and iOS and has a heart rate sensor and pedometer to keep track of your fitness.
Last but not the least, the SJ5000X Elite Action Camera by SJCAM allows you to go pro without the price tag. With a 12.4 megapixel Sony IMX078 image sensor, it can shoot 4K videos at 24 frames per second and comes with mounts and a waterproof housing case for underwater shots. Connect to the device via Wifi and transfer photos and videos quickly and easily, to live-tweet your holiday as it happens.
As ecosystem of e-marketplaces, fulfilment companies, merchants and online shoppers develop
e-Commerce is often touted as the future of retail – a limitless catalogue of goods easily accessed and purchased through the internet and then delivered right to the customer’s doorstep. A seamless shopping experience without the physical hassle, the digital experience of online shopping seemed tailor-made for tech-savvy millennials who prefer convenience and speed.
Brick-and-mortar brands, on the other hand, either shun the idea completely or embrace it reluctantly. Self-cannibalism or new, unchartered grounds – retail companies seem uncertain about the impact of e-commerce on their businesses.
Plotting the growth trajectory of e-Commerce in Singapore
According to PayPal, the size of Singapore’s online shopping market is forecasted to have reached S$4.4 billion in 2015, citing a shift in consumer spending from physical stores to online stores because of lower prices, greater convenience and a broader selection.1
Mastercard also saw a 27 per cent year-on-year increase in Black Friday transactions made by Singapore cardholders on local e-commerce sites. The amount spent in Singapore dollars on these sites also increased by 17 per cent, while the total number of transactions on Black Friday was 47 per cent higher than an average Friday.2
For its Black Friday and Cyber Monday campaign, local e-commerce platform Qoo10 saw more than half a million unique visitors to the site daily, proving that the online sales season is no longer just a Western trend.
Indeed, UBS reported that Singapore’s e-commerce sector accounts for around 1% of the retail pie and looks set to grow to be on par with mature e-commerce markets like the US and China, where online sales account for around 8% of the total retail pie.3
Entering the Fray
Sensing the growth potential of the sector, a number of regional e-marketplaces and local upstarts have entered the market in the last few years, along with fulfilment players.
SingPost, the nation’s postal services company, is also leading the charge, pursuing a slice of the e-commerce pie with its unique retail mall concept combining brick-and-mortar shopfronts and online shopping under one roof.4 Its recent launch of SP Commerce division to become an omni-channel enabler for global brands and retailers across China and the rest of Asia Pacific also points to signs of emerging growth.5
In the physical retail space, rents have dipped by more than 0.7% across prime and suburban areas, with islandwide retail space occupancy rates hitting a four-year low of 92.6%6 while retail giants are facing lower sales and tourist numbers.7
Necessity of omni-channel retail strategy
Playing catch-up, established department stores like Metro, Tangs, Isetan and Robinsons are beefing up or revamping their online services.8 Unlike their capital-rich counterparts, smaller companies may find it expensive, time-consuming and technically challenging to develop a robust e-commerce platform of their own.
Leading e-commerce marketplaces provide an integrated one-stop solution covering digital infrastructure, logistics and payments. Also, pureplay e-tailers garner an average of 41 times more traffic than that of individual brands’.9
Thus, this may be a speedier and more cost-efficient approach to e-commerce, allowing merchants to gain access to a large database of customers already primed to make purchases online.
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