IT Show vendors see higher sales this year

Some 650,000 visitors were recorded over the four days of this year's IT Show, which also saw most vendors noting better sales compared with last year's event.

The popular consumer electronics fair, with its line-up of the hottest tech gizmos and gadgets on the market, ended yesterday at Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Aside from deals on mobile phones and Internet plans, visitors were able to get their hands on the latest tech devices, from laptops released by Dell, HP and Lenovo, to the newest cameras and fitness trackers.

One of the highlights at the show, organised by Singapore Press Holdings subsidiary Exhibits Inc, was ChatSim, a SIM card that gives users unlimited messaging globally on chat apps such as Line and WhatsApp.

Exhibits Inc senior sales manager June Ng said the size of the crowd was "about the same" as last year. But most vendors recorded better sales compared with last year's show, she added. Ms Ng said "this proves brick- and-mortar retail demand is still strong", despite more firms branching into e-commerce operations.

Vendors said sales were slow in the initial two days but picked up over the weekend as the crowds grew.

Sony Singapore, for instance, saw a slight increase in sales compared with last year. Mr Jason Ee, sales manager at Sony Singapore, said it did "better than expected".

Visitors The Straits Times spoke to were largely pleased with the offers and wide range of tech products.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 20, 2017, with the headline 'IT Show vendors see higher sales this year'. Print Edition | Subscribe