Kuala Lumpur, 21 May 2018 – ShopBack, the leading online Cashback platform that partners more than 500 online shops in Malaysia, foresees Raya sales will reach its peak in the first week of June, given the 0% GST implementation from June 1st onwards.
“Our partners have started to prepare for an early June promotion as that will likely be the week when consumers rush into Raya preparation. For example, Lazada is planning for a Mega Sale from June 1st until June 4th with onsite games, flash sales, and up to 11% cashback for ShopBack users. Around 40 partners are joining our Raya campaign and we are looking to have at least 100% growth this year,” says Alvin Gill, Country General Manager of ShopBack Malaysia.
Other online partners that are joining the campaign include Traveloka, 11street, foodpanda, FashionValet, Booking.com, Senheng, Hermo, Expedia, Sephora, ASOS, JD sports, PappaDelivery etc. and the highest Cashback on offer is 30%.
“There was a 25% drop in sales during the 14th General Election week and it was expected. As people resume working and Ramadan begins, the number of online sales has started to recover to the previous level. According to ShopBack data, the number of sales powered by ShopBack during Ramadan 2017 VS 2016 grew by 100%. We are confident to achieve beyond this number as the market sentiment looks very positive after GE14.
“The 0% GST may allow Malaysians to have better purchasing power when spending for their Raya needs. Based on our historical data, sales normally surge at the second week of Ramadan but for this year, it may start after the 0% GST takes effect and will prolong to the fourth week,” Alvin says.
Malaysians Spent More Compared to Indonesians
ShopBack regional’s data* also shows that in a comparison with Indonesians, Malaysians’ average spending during Ramadan 2017 was USD 54.54. Indonesians instead spent USD 49.04 on average. Overall, Fashion appeared as one of the top selling categories in both countries. Malaysians spent more on Health & Beauty and Electronic items while Groceries, Toys & Games had a great demand among Indonesians.
“Larger electronic items, for example, household appliances could be the reason of higher spending found among Malaysians,” Alvin explains.
Both Malaysia and Indonesia experienced a dip in traffic during Iftar hour. Website and app traffic during peak hours (2 PM – 4 PM) remained unchanged except for an increase of 15% during Ramadan month.
“This year, ShopBack has integrated its app with regional partners like Lazada, especially Lazada app users can get better cashback when they shop through our app during Ramadan. We aim to integrate with more partners’ apps in the future to enhance our user experience. It will continue to propel our growth in the next half of 2018 together with the implementation of 0% GST,” Alvin adds.
Currently, more than 1 million Malaysians are using ShopBack for their daily purchases. ShopBack has given over RM25 million worth of cashback since 2015. The cashback savings can be transferred out to a user’s bank account upon validation. Other than Malaysia, ShopBack also operates in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Australia.
For more information, please visit https://www.shopback.my/hari-raya-promotions or follow its Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ShopBackMalaysia/
*Based on our data in Malaysia and Indonesia (predominantly Jakarta). ShopBack Malaysia has over 1M users at the moment while ShopBack Indonesia has over 2M users.