Following on from the matching onesies wedding and the story of the hen party that needed rescuing that we highlighted in our last blog, we thought we would continue the theme. After all it’s Singles Day this week in China. 11th November is not a day for sombre remembrance but a big shopping day there. Worldpay the online payment processor says that last year it processed three times as many retail transactions on 11/11 than on Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined. In 2015 it processed an astonishing 9,000 transactions a minute on Singles Day. This event started off as a celebration for single people inspired by the fact that only the number 1 appears in the date. Alibaba, their biggest ecommerce market place, began having special singles day offers seven years ago (learn more from this source). It’s now become the biggest shopping day in China and China’s business regulator said it has already warned leading online shopping companies, including Alibaba Group Holding and JD.com, against adopting dodgy sales tactics, or making false claims. This day has become an excuse there to spend money on yourself, go out with your single friends or end you single status by getting married. Perhaps it would be a good opportunity to sell matching onesies to the Chinese? If any of you are still thinking about marriage here as temperatures drop, TNT has produced a list of the best British Cities for hen week-ends. They quote research from mortgage provider Ocean Finance which found that 28% of people surveyed couldn’t afford to attend their friend or relative’s hen party. London, of course, was top of the list as it is simply the greatest city in the world. Newcastle at number two is understandable as its university has been voted as the best University for nightlife in the UK, whilst third place goes to Manchester because of its night club scene.
And if you are looking for entertainment how about getting the Dreamboys along. Apparently they are the “most famous male stripper act the UK has ever produced” Would they look better in matching onesies?