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Supermarkets ready for Tet rush

Update: January, 21/2013 - 10:31

 

Consumers shop for canned foods at Big C Supermarket in HCM City. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Vu
HCM CITY (VNS)— Supermarkets participating in the city's price stabilisation programme have increased their supply of essential goods to meet demand in the run-up to Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday.

Co.opmart chain said it expected purchases to rise three to fourfold in Tet, thus it has increased supply of essential goods by four times compared to normal months to ensure adequate supply during the holiday.

The supermarket chain had stocked 11,000 tonnes of rice, 3,800 tonnes of sugar, 4,400 tonnes of cooking oil, 5,100 tonnes of animal meat, 2,370 tonnes of poultry meat, 2,250 tonnes of processed foods, 9 million of eggs and 490 tonnes of seafood. Besides, essential items that are sold at 10 per cent lower than the market price under the city's price stabilisation programme, Saigon Co.op will slash prices by 10-50 per cent on other certain items.

It also plans to organise at least 150 mobile sales trips to the city's remote districts as well as industrial parks and export processing zones to serve buyers.

Similarly, the supermarket chain Big C has increased its supply of goods by 15 per cent compared to last year's Tet period to ensure supply and stable prices.

It is also offering a discount of up to 50 per cent on nearly 3,000 Tet products until February 2.

Big C as well as Co.opmart are also improving home-delivery services and increasing the number of cashiers and security officers in order to ensure the convenience and safety for customers.

Many electronic shops in HCM City, including Nguyen Kim, Thien Hoa and Cho Lon, are offering attractive discounts on TVs, cameras, mobilephones and electronic household appliances to support customers.

Big C said it had prepared 25 per cent more Tet gift baskets compared to the number during the holiday last year.

For this year, it launched 24 kinds of gift baskets and boxes at prices from VND59,900 to VND4.9 million. Many kinds of baskets containing goods made in Viet Nam are exclusively distributed by Co.opmart supermarkets.

The gift baskets were designed by Saigon Co.op and the High Quality Vietnamese Products Business Association. They are priced from VND150,000 each.

In addition, Co.opmart has implemented a programme to offer 10,000 Tet gift baskets at prices 15-30 per cent below-market for workers at industrial parks and export processing zones.

Co.opmart expects that its revenue this Tet will increase nearly 25 per cent compared to the same period last year. —VNS

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