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This M’sian E-Commerce Site Was Built For People Who Miss Travel Shopping & Airport Prices

[This article is a paid feature on Malaysia Airports.]

Author’s Blurb: “One of the most exciting parts of travelling internationally is the chance to shop at duty-free zones to buy snacks, gifts and toys for cheap. And as a smart shopper this new e-commerce site should entice you with their deals.”

Sadly, the current condition has made it impossible for us to travel abroad and shop for duty-free goodies to bring back to our families as souvenirs or something to indulge ourselves in. I’m guilty of buying Disney-themed keychains for my family whenever I travel abroad.

And if you’re like me and you like to shop for friends and families on a bargain, or miss the experience of travel shopping for goodies at airport prices, then you’re in luck.

Malaysia Airports recently launched shopMYairports, their very own new e-commerce site for duty-absorbed goods. To add icing on the cake, the goods can even be delivered right to your home, without you needing to travel internationally.

Did you know: There are differences between duty-free and duty-absorbed goods. 

• Duty-free: Goods purchased that are free from tax/duty.
Duty-absorbed: Goods purchased that have their tax/duty absorbed by the airport retailers.

A Diverse Choice Of Tax-Absorbed Goodies

In terms of retailers, you can find products from shops you should be familiar with from the airport such as Eraman, Karyaneka, Retail One and Sprint-Cass.

Example: I did a quick search for fragrances on the site and the Burberry Touch EDT 100ML caught my eye. It is originally priced at RM349 on Burberry Malaysia’s official site. But on shopMYairports, you can get it for just RM296.65.

But if fragrances aren’t your thing, you can still opt to shop around for electronics. One of my favourite in-ear earphones, the Sony WF-1000XM3, is priced at RM799 on the site.

Admittedly, you can potentially get a cheaper price from other e-commerce platforms, but you can’t be 100% sure that they are genuine products. Because shopMYairports only works with their own retailers, you can expect it to be authentic.

The team is also hard at work to add more products onto the site. They are confident in the platform’s ability to help out their retail partners as they view it as a more sustainable initiative in the long run. 

They also informed us that they’ll be running a few enticing deals on the platform:

  1. If you spend RM250 on the platform, you’ll get a RM50 voucher to be used on the platform (limited to the first 1,000 customers).
  2. With every RM200 spent in a single receipt and paid with a Maybank card, you can get RM10 cashback.
  3. Discounts of up to 40% on the platform.
  4. Get free shipping with RM300 spent on a single receipt.

Dato’ Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salleh, the Group CEO of Malaysia Airports, said this is simply the first phase of shopMYairports.

They are also looking to add new on-ground services such as ‘Click and Collect’ enabling travellers to shop online and then collecting their purchase at counters when they arrive. And if you’re feeling fancy, they plan to have concierge services that’ll deliver the goods directly to your gate or to your seat mid-flight.

Working Exclusively With Brick And Mortar Shops

Representatives from Malaysia Airports said this is also the first travel-retail e-commerce platform in Malaysia that only works with airport retailers, specifically their brick and mortar shops.

With lower foot traffic at the airports due to the pandemic, retailers had struggled to make sales, so Malaysia Airports devised this sustainable new sales platform to help them expand their market beyond the airport. 

But, this doesn’t mean that the products listed will be more expensive. 

“The launch of shopMYairports is an important step in our journey to make our airports future-ready. As Malaysia’s main airport operator, we have to ensure that we remain agile and relevant while navigating within a fast-changing consumer landscape,” said Dato’ Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salleh, the Group CEO of Malaysia Airports.

From the left: Dato’ Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salleh, Group Chief Executive Officer, Malaysia Airports, Datuk Isham Ishak, Secretary General, Ministry of Transport, Datuk Seri Ir. Dr. Wee Ka Siong, Minister of Transport, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr. Zambry Abd Kadir, Chairman of Malaysia Airports & Pn. Hani Ezra Hussin, Covering Senior General Manager Commercial Services Malaysia Airports / Image Credit: Malaysia Airports

He believes the e-commerce market in Malaysia will grow this year and it is the perfect chance for Malaysia Airports to capitalise on it. 

Helping Businesses Recover And Grow

Malaysia Airports have put in place a few programmes such as a relief package which sees 650 retail tenants enjoying a rental reduction of up to 50% for six months in 2020.

They also unveiled a new airport retail rental model where the retailers can get up to 30% reduction in rental starting from 2021.

Dato’ Mohd Shukrie hopes shopMYairports will contribute to at least 10% of the annual airport retail sales in the next several years.

Eraman, one of the partners of Malaysia Airports / Image Credit: Malaysia Airports

And if you’re someone who has itchy shopping fingers from the MCO period, the launch of shopMYairports should entice you to do some bargain shopping for upcoming birthdays or Christmas (which is just four months away).

Bottom Line: “I’m personally still interested to see if they’ll be adding new gadgets or potentially games onto their platform so I can enjoy some duty-absorbed shopping.”

  • Shop now from shopMYairports here.
  • For the FAQs of shopMYairports, click here.
  • Follow @shopMYairports on Instagram and Facebook for the latest updates.

Featured Image Credit: Malaysia Airports

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