SINGAPORE: Year after year, a group of old friends would gather to reminisce about their bygone days - not of the mischief they got up to as students, but the camaraderie forged as employees of the old Yaohan department store that first opened in 1974. Before COVID-19 struck, the size of their annual gatherings would reach up to 200 people. Among their many fond memories were the daily morning gatherings where they did mass exercises, sang the company’s song and the national anthem before starting the work day. But more importantly were the motivational pep talks where they reminded each other they were both “wonderful and beautiful”, said a former human resource manager of the now-defunct Japanese chain. “We used to have this encouragement throughout the day,” said Mr Adrian Png, who joined Yaohan at the tender age of 16 in 1982, and stayed on for a decade. READ: Robinsons' customers in limbo over unfulfilled orders as suppliers await payments The encouraging words made … [Read more...] about The Big Read: As Robinsons goes the way of Yaohan and Emporium, the end may not be nigh for dept stores
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Consumers who like to buy big and pay less can now do so at a mega retail store set up specifically for that purpose. Supermarket chain FairPrice has opened a membership-only retail warehouse for groceries and household goods, where products are sold in bulk at discounts of up to 20 per cent. The two-storey, 80,000 sq ft store, named Warehouse Club, stocks more than 4,000 products, including fresh and frozen food, health and beauty products, as well as electronics. It also carries popular house-brand items from major supermarket chains overseas, such as Carrefour. Located at the FairPrice Hub next to Joo Koon MRT Station in the west, Warehouse Club is modelled after similar formats of successful membership-only stores overseas, such as Costco in the United States, where deep discounts are enjoyed when buying in large quantities. For example, a 1.6kg box of Kellogg's Coco Pops cereal costs $17.80 at Warehouse Club. At FairPrice's regular supermarkets, the equivalent in weight - … [Read more...] about Buy more, pay less at FairPrice’s Warehouse
SINGAPORE - Paying your credit card or utilities bills will soon be easier with the launch of two new payment methods put in place by electronic solutions payment provider AXS. Instead of having to go to self-service AXS stations, those who wish to pay bills or fines can do so via a mobile app or the Internet from Tuesday. The mobile app is called AXS m-Station, while its online counterpart is known as the AXS e-Station. The app can be used on both Apple and Android smartphones and tablets, and can be downloaded for free at the iTunes Store and Google Play. This will enable people to pay their bills with over 80 billing organisations or check their payment history on smartphones or tablets. Besides bill and payment services, users will also be able to use these platforms to top up their telco prepaid cards by March next year. Since its soft launch last month, there have been more than 100,000 downloads of the AXS m-Station app. This makes it one of the top 10 most downloaded … [Read more...] about Pay your bills via AXS with phone app or on the Net
It’s heartening to know that it’s not all gloom and doom for homegrown retailers during the pandemic. One silver lining has been design store Beyond The Vines, which recently unveiled a sprawling 2,216 sq ft flagship boutique in the heart of Orchard Road following a rebranding exercise. “We felt that with the rebrand, it was the perfect time for us to create the Beyond The Vines Design Store – a place where our customers would literally be able to step into our new vision for the brand and be completely immersed in our world,” shared 34-year-old Daniel Chew, who co-founded it with wife Rebecca Ting. The rebranding had been a year in the making, Chew explained, adding that they were offered a space at Takashimaya in early 2020 – right before the pandemic. The design store not only houses the brand’s staple line of womenswear , it also features a newly added menswear line, as well as lifestyle products ranging from AirPod cases to stationery and home furnishings. … [Read more...] about Could this design store at Orchard Road become Singapore’s answer to Muji?
SINGAPORE: A new concept store opening at the end of this month will take over two floors of retail space vacated by Robinsons at Raffles City Shopping Mall. One Assembly, a “creative collaboration” with department store BHG, will feature beauty, fashion, home and living offerings at Level 1 and 2 of the mall, Raffles City and BHG Singapore said in a joint news release on Friday (Jan 15). "Spread over two floors, the concept store in Raffles City presents the best of BHG Singapore’s brand repertoire and introduces well-loved familiar brands to shoppers of Raffles City." It will also have two experiential spa cabins, which will allow shoppers to indulge, pamper and relax, it added. Shoppers can also utilise cashless payments such as eCapitaVoucher, Hoolah and FavePay for seamless shopping. In addition, One Assembly is also looking to extend its store with selected products to be made available on CapitaLand’s digital platform ecapitamall.com in the future. “This new start in … [Read more...] about BHG Singapore to launch Raffles City concept store at former Robinsons space
TOKYO - Still dealing with the huge clean up after the Fukushima crisis and debating its future use of atomic energy, Japan now faces another nuclear conundrum - what to do with 16 tonnes of its plutonium sitting in France after being reprocessed there. The question will be among the issues that come under the spotlight on Thursday and Friday as nuclear proliferation experts meet with legislators and government officials in Tokyo. With its reactor fleet shut down in the wake of Fukushima, Japan is unable to take fuel made from the plutonium at the moment and could be forced to find other countries to use it. The matter has taken on greater urgency as Areva, the French nuclear company that owns the La Hague reprocessing facility holding the plutonium in western Normandy, faces billions of dollars of losses. "In this whole mess (at Areva) we have a huge amount of Japanese plutonium," said Mycle Schneider, an independent energy consultant, adding Japan would need to resolve the … [Read more...] about Japan faces dilemma over plutonium stored in France