Shop Online And Get Food Delivered With CapitaLand’s New Digital Platforms

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Good news – Singaporeans can soon venture out of their homes with Phase 2 happening this Friday (June 19). But for those looking to play it safe and skip the crowds, there’s still an easy way for you to get your shopping done without leaving the house. CapitaLand has launched two new online platforms: eCapitaland, an e-commerce site, and digital food ordering service Capita3Eats.

Both platforms are created to help boost sales for retailers, during and even beyond Phase 1.

Capita3Eats is said to be Singapore’s first mall-operated food ordering platform, and users can choose from options of delivery, takeaway, and even dine-in. Look forward to options across various CapitaLand malls, including the famed Afuri at Funan, Harry’s at Clarke Quay, and An Acai Affair from Westgate. For now, only delivery and in-store pick-ups are available.  More details on its reservation function for dine-ins will soon be released in the third quarter of 2020.

On the other hand, think of eCapitaMall as a digital mall. The online platform features various retailers, with the majority of them operating within CapitaLand malls. Browse and shop across multiple categories, including fashion, electronics, beauty products, and even furniture, and have your desired items shipped straight to your doorstep. Scheduling in-store collection will also be rolled out in the coming third quarter of 2020.

And if you’re a CapitaStar member, transactions on both platforms are eligible for reward points. Usage of eCapitaVoucher, the malls’ digital vouchers, will also be made available soon. To start shopping, visit eCapitaMall or Capita3Eats.Read moreThe best food and drink delivery services in SingaporeThe best places to shop for all your baking needs in Singapore Share the story

Committed Apple fans know there’s one thing in the Apple Store app that money can’t buy: a virtual snowstorm. Type “let it snow” in the app’s search bar, and gentle snowfall will cover your screen while you browse the app. Shake your phone, and it turns into a virtual snow globe of whirling flakes. The Easter egg has been present inside the app since at least the 2013 holiday season, but rose to legend status in 2017 when it was discovered on social media.

The Place For Pre-Orders

Since day 1, literally, the Apple Store app has been the best place for securing a pre-order of your next device. For years, Apple fans have stayed awake until midnight Pacific Time, refreshing the online store and turning the yellow sticky note maintenance graphic into a legend. “The Apple Store is down!” has achieved meme status in the community. The most experienced pre-order veterans know that the Apple Store app always comes back online first.

In recent years, Apple has acknowledged the fun of pre-order day with teasing messages for early visitors to the app. A novelty Siri Shortcut was added in 2018, making “Hey Siri, pre-order my iPhone XR” a hilariously over-engineered possibility. Starting with the iPhone 11, pre-order time was moved to 5AM Pacific to ease the pain of those midnight alarms.

Augmented Reality

Apple chose the Apple Store app as the home for its most ambitious public augmented reality project to date. In July 2019, new [AR]T sessions were added to the Today at Apple calendar at every Apple Store across the world. In collaboration with artist Nick Cave, an [AR]T Viewer was built into the Apple Store app and transformed your local store into a shimmering, interactive art installation. IBeacon technology kept the experience exclusive to the four walls of the store building.

Starting with the 2019 Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR, Apple began offering AR models of its latest and greatest products inside the Apple Store app. Right from the purchase page, customers can go further than a static image gallery and visualize how a new iPad will look right on their desk.

A Bold New Look

In December 2019, the Discover tab was removed entirely and replaced with a new Shop tab that streamlines product information, recommendations, and nearby stores into one dynamic hub. Individual product pages now feature more artfully-designed layouts and richer imagery. Dark Mode support arrived in May 2020.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Apple launched the Apple Store Online hub as shopping from home became essential. The site’s layout approximates elements of the Apple Store app design with product tiles and quick links to Apple Store services. The pandemic has dramatically accelerated online shopping trends and the popularity of delivery and pickup options. The Apple Store app will undoubtedly play an even greater role in the retail experience as it enters its second decade.

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