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The new ST701 Spree site promises to make bulk e-shopping easier, faster and smarter

Singapore, 24 August 2010 – Built with new functionalities and features to aptly serve the requirements of spreers and spree organisers, the new ST701 Spree is a comprehensive, all-in-one platform that serves to engage the online shopping community with the integration of a full-fledged communication and transaction management module.

Previously, users could shop at ST701 Spree via more than 100 US merchants, with a vendor who provided third party shipping services. With a buoyant online shopping scene driven by rapid growth and better business sentiments, this is an opportune time for ST701 Spree to launch a new system to extend its reach.

The new ST701 Spree is an all-inclusive facility that allows consolidated interactions and live updates of shopping activities. It will offer more exciting choices to users who will benefit from a streamlined, integrated e-shopping process.

Miss Elsie Chua, Executive Vice-President of CATS Classified, Marketing Division said: “ST701 is committed to delivering an excellent resource for spreers and spree organisers. The effort is in line with our drive to initiate and spearhead trends in the new market and deliver a best-fit product to match the needs of our users.”

The new ST701 Spree has broadened its merchant directory to include close to 1,000 merchants from eight countries including the US, UK, Australia, China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Member registration is free and users can share discount codes amongst various merchants and enjoy renewals of promotions all year round.

Like social sites such as Twitter and Facebook, ST701 Spree has an online community element where users can interact with other spreers and spree organisers. For example, users can refer to live updates of shopping/delivery statuses and enjoy the ease of bulk purchases and quick resolutions (in cases of disputes or order discrepancies). The site also boasts an interactive factor which actively engages users. For example, they could ‘become a fan’ of pages they like and further partake in related, threaded activities of their interest.

To add buzz to the launch, ST701 Spree will be giving away attractive cash and shopping voucher prizes to avid users between now and 6 October 2010. vPOST is also collaborating with ST701 Spree to offer discounts.

Visit http://spree.st701.com for more.

ANNEX

New Features for ST701 Spree

  1. What Spreers will enjoy:

    Discounts at your fingertips
    Updated daily, spreers will benefit from knowing the latest discounts and promotions available worldwide.

    Personal Dashboard Spreers need only one dashboard to monitor, track their orders, communicate with spree organisers and even add fans to their page.

    Item Status Updates Spreers will never get lost in the ordering process again. They will be able to follow the progress of each item order status as and when the spree organiser updates it.

    Dispute Centre Disputes are now handled efficiently here, with different levels of escalation to different parties.


  2. What Spree Organisers will enjoy:
    Structured Order Batching Batching is done in bulk and features clearly on the spree organiser’s dashboard.

    Automated Bulk Notification Keeps all spreers of a particular spree informed.

    Easy Duplication of SpreesAt a click, spree organisers can copy their sprees without re-populating all the fields.

    Hassle-free Spree Creation Process The process is neatly divided into three sections, namely ‘Manage Orders’, ‘Manage First Payments’ and ‘Manage Deliveries’. Each section has a customised set of automated applications, which is easy to follow and cuts down significantly on the time spent on creating and managing a spree.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Diana Lee
AVP (A&P), CATS

Classified
Office no.: 6319 5978
Email:
leemld@sph.com.sg
Mobile: 9366 6875
Gary Yeo
Assistant Manager, Corporate Communications
Office no.: 6319 1225
Email: garyyeo@sph.com.sg
Mobile: 9684 0498
Linda Lee
Communications Manager, ST701

Office no.: 6319 8919
Email:
lindalee@sph.com.sg
Mobile: 9742 3760
Lin Shuzhen
Communications Executive, ST701
Office no.: 6319 8927
Email:
linsz@sph.com.sg
Mobile: 9820 4551

About ST701

First launched on March 24, 2006 as a job portal, ST701 carries the initials of The Straits Times, Singapore Press Holdings’ flagship newspaper and Singapore´s national English broadsheet. The numbers “701” convey what the user will experience: 7 days a week search at the 01 place that matters.

Over the course of one and a half years, ST701 expanded its scope to include motoring, property and general classifieds. Now, ST701 comprises four verticals, namely: ST701 Jobs; ST701 Cars; ST701 Property; and ST701 Shops. Collectively, the four verticals span the full range of classified advertisements, and ST701 is now CATS Classified´s e-marketplace on the Internet.

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd


Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2009. It is Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.

Newspapers and Magazines
In Singapore, SPH publishes 17 newspaper titles in four languages. Every day, 3 million individuals or 79 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology.

Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 225 million pageviews with 14 million unique visitors every month. Apart from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH's online and new media initiatives include an online marketplace for products, services and employment, ST701; local search and directory engine, rednano.sg; Stomp (Straits Times Online Mobile Print), a portal that connects, engages and interacts with readers on the Web and via mobile phone messaging; omy.sg, a bilingual news and interactive portal and The Straits Times RazorTV, a free access interactive webcast service offering live chat shows and video-on-demand clips.

Broadcasting
SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. In the radio business, SPH has an 80 per cent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations Radio 100.3 in Mandarin and 91.3FM in English.

Events and Outdoor Advertising
SPH’s events subsidiary Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore’s largest outdoor motion display advertising network media company.


Properties
SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping belt. SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, has also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.


For more information, please visit www.sph.com.sg.