Vietnam: Tet flower sales move online amid COVID fears

Florists are paying more attention to selling online for Tet this year since the COVID-19 pandemic means customers are unwilling to visit shops. Sau Hai Orchid Farm in HCM City’s Thu Duc City advertises flowers for Tet on its Facebook page. Flower sellers this year are focusing on online sales. 

Huynh Van Hai, owner of Sau Hai Orchid Farm in HCM City’s Thu Duc City, usually sells at a local flower market, but this year he is focusing on online sales to limit close contact, he told Viet Nam News. “Last year, I took my flowers to the market, but I could not sell much since people were reluctant to come and buy due to COVID. It was a waste of rent. “This year the number of people visiting my farm to look up flowers, or even just take pictures, is down by half from normal years. Only customers who actually want to buy flowers come.”

Buyers can visit Hai’s Facebook page or call him to place orders, and he offers advice and sends videos to help them choose. Oanh, who owns a flower shop in HCM City’s Hoc Mon District, told VnExpress online newspaper that she plans to sell all 200 flower pots this year through e-commerce platforms instead of at popular flower-selling streets as she usually does. So her flowers are cheaper this year since she does not have to rent space.

People buy flowers for Tet, especially the yellow apricot blossom, either to decorate their house or use as offerings in their ancestral altars.

Read the complete article at www.vietnamnet.vn.


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