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Tech Focus: Veterinary Medicine Meets TeleMedicine

Saturday, February 16th, 2019

Pet ownership is on the rise, and so is telemedicine for humans. Is telemedicine also useful for diagnosis and treatment of animals? Aspiring vet med student, Erin Tan, did some research on the topic and shares what she thinks.

Consult a vet from home via the Internet. Photo by Velizar Ivanov on Unsplash.

Consult a vet from home via the Internet. Photo by Velizar Ivanov on Unsplash.

Pet ownership is on the rise.

With canine pets licensed in Singapore increasing by 32% in the past decade – according to the Agri-Veterinary Authority of Singapore – and the booming pet industry in places like China and India, it is evident that pet owners form a large, and valuable, market.

With teleconsultation, the vet can “see to” animals needing medical consultations even when he/she is not in the clinic.

With teleconsultation, the vet can “see to” animals needing medical consultations even when he/she is not in the clinic.

The pet-care market in Asia is valued at around US$1 billion a year, and is expected to grow to US$1.5 billion by 2020.

Another trend in recent years is the rise of telemedicine in the human health industry.

There has been a proliferation of apps like MaNaDr, Doctor Anywhere and MyDoc, which aim to connect patients with doctors over a digital platform and make the provision of healthcare much more convenient.

There is much potential in marrying the two thriving industries together, by making telemedicine available for veterinarians to deliver medical advice and consultations to pet-owners, through virtual means.

Manifestations of veterinary telemedicine would include platforms for pet-owners to ask vets for advice by sending photos and messages to vets on duty, or tele-consults via video calls.

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Redmart Grocery Shopping Moves To Lazada from 15 March 2019

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

Lazada expands its supermarket portfolio by moving Redmart grocery shopping in Singapore into the Lazada app, effective from 15 March, 2019.

 

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James Chang, CEO of Lazada Singapore, answering media questions alongside Jing Yin, Co-President of Commercial for Lazada Group; and Roger Egan, Redmart co-founder/CEO who has been appointed Lazada Group Head of Supermarket.

Lazada acquired Redmart more than 2 yrs ago in 2016.

From 15 March, 2019, Singapore consumers will only be able to buy Redmart groceries from the Lazada app.

The Transition

RedMart customers will still be able to shop on the existing RedMart app and website until 14 March 2019, 11.59pm.

Thereafter, customers are encouraged to download the Lazada app to continue enjoying high-quality fresh and frozen food items and other daily necessities delivered to their doorstep, hassle-free.

James Chang, CEO of Lazada Singapore, at lo hei for Chinese New Year during the announcement of the Redmart migration to Lazada. (From Left): Angela Tiong (Edelman PR), Claudia Chong (Business Times), Rachel Chia (Business Insider), John Tan (tech4tea), James Chang (Lazada), Joel Chan (Lazada), Zoey Chong (CNET), Lee Zhengyi (Mediacorp Channel 8). Photo credit: James Chang.

James Chang, CEO of Lazada Singapore, at lo hei for Chinese New Year during the announcement of the Redmart migration to Lazada. (From Left): Angela Tiong (Edelman PR), Claudia Chong (Business Times), Rachel Chia (Business Insider), John Tan (tech4tea), James Chang (Lazada), Joel Chan (Lazada), Zoey Chong (CNET), Lee Zhengyi (Mediacorp Channel 8). Photo credit: James Chang.

Orders on the new RedMart on Lazada will continue to be fulfilled by RedMart in customers’ chosen two-hour delivery slot between 7 AM and 10 PM, seven days a week including public holidays, while orders with other Lazada sellers will be fulfilled separately.

The ecommerce company plans to grow its supermarket segment beyond Singapore to another of its 6 ASEAN locations around end 2019.

Details below from the press release.

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Virtually Versailles: Digital Exhibition in Singapore (30 Nov – 6 Jan)

Saturday, December 1st, 2018

From 30 November 2018 to 6 January 2019 at ION Orchard, explore the wonders and relive the splendors of the finest in French art, culture and history dating from the 17th century to its present-day marvel at Virtually Versailles.

 

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By the invitation of ION Orchard, the Palace of Versailles and ESSEC Business School are showcasing the French arts, history and culture in the heart of Singapore’s shopping district, at ION Art and ION Sky.

The highly immersive and interactive technology brings you on an exploration of the Palace of Versailles.

An initiative by the Palace of Versailles and ESSEC Business School, supported by the Michelin Corporate Foundation and in partnership with ION Orchard, Virtually Versailles made its global debut in Singapore in celebration of the France-Singapore Year of Innovation (YOI) 2018.

Conceptualised by Lumina Live!, Virtually Versailles is the world’s first exhibition to distill the grandeur of the historical landmark entirely through digital assets, yet retain its magnificence thanks to collaborations with technological partners like Google Arts & Culture.

 

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The Ambassador of France, Marc Abensour, sharing the background of Virtually Versailles. It’s part of the France-Singapore Year of Innovation 2018 initiative to intensify cooperation in innovation between the two countries.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Haunted Mine Ride at Sentosa 4D AdventureLand

Saturday, November 24th, 2018

4D AdventureLand in Sentosa has launched a new ride – Haunted Mine Ride 4D. Fully motion-simulated and highly sensorial, this immersive attraction promises a thrilling good time for the whole family.

Haunted Mine Ride 4D joins the other rides currently offered by Sentosa 4D AdventureLand at Imbiah Lookout, Sentosa.

Haunted Mine Ride 4D joins the other rides currently offered by Sentosa 4D AdventureLand at Imbiah Lookout, Sentosa.

The opening of the new ride is well-timed for the end-of-year school holidays in Singapore, as parents look for fun places in Singapore to bring their children.

The new ride will also be a boon for tourists visiting from outside Singapore.

Each ride lasts for around 15 mins and has a maximum capacity of 54 pax.

Visitors can opt for the 4-in-1 Combo package, which includes all four rides at Sentosa 4D AdventureLand at the price of $46.90 for an adult and $33.90 for children from 3 to 12 years of age.

In addition, a 3rd person (adult/child) gets to ride for free with every 2 full price adult-paying guests for over-the-counter bookings.

Inform the staff if you have the following conditions: pregnancy and physical disabilities, so that they can make special arrangements to cater to your needs. You are encouraged to refrain from any activities at the AdventureLand, should you have any of the following conditions: intoxication, heart and cardiac conditions, back and spinal problems, motion sickness and vertigo.

Inform the staff if you have the following conditions: pregnancy and physical disabilities, so that they can make special arrangements to cater to your needs. You are encouraged to refrain from any activities at the AdventureLand, should you have any of the following conditions: intoxication, heart and cardiac conditions, back and spinal problems, motion sickness and vertigo.

Sentosa Island admission and transport charges apply, while children below 3 years old enter for free.

More details below from the press release.

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Opening: OPPO 3.0 Flagship Store in Singapore Suntec City Mall

Saturday, November 17th, 2018

OPPO opens first overseas OPPO 3.0 concept store in Singapore outside of China. Opening promotions offers below.

 

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OPPO Singapore flagship store is located in Suntec City at Tower 3, #01-627-630 and is open from Monday-Sunday 11am-9pm.

The other two stores in China are in Shanghai and Shenzhen.

Launching on 17 of November 2018, the OPPO 3.0 flagship store opens its doors with a line-up of activities and promotions including a SuperVOOC challenge where customers have the chance of winning a R17 Pro.

The OPPO 3.0 flagship store is located at the atrium on the ground floor between Towers 3 & 4 at Suntec City Mall.

The OPPO 3.0 flagship store is located at the atrium on the ground floor between Towers 3 & 4 at Suntec City Mall.

Customers who purchase OPPO products on that day will be able to receive free gifts from OPPO worth up to $238.

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CapitaLand Launches “Phygital” Concept Store NomadX at Plaza Singapura

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

Real estate company CapitaLand tries to capture online shopping revenue in its brick-and-mortar shopping mall by exploring the new “phygital” multi-label concept store, NomadX, that it launched today at Plaza Singapura.

 

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Launch of the NomadX “phygital” concept store in Plaza Singapura.

In its effort to recapture revenue that has been eroding from traditional brick-and-mortar shopping malls and lost to online shopping websites, the new concept store will attempt to channel back part of these revenue to the physical shops.

The 11,000-square-foot space debuts physical outlets of online retailers including Alibaba’s Taobao, Digital Fashion Week and Style Theory.

 

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11,000 sq ft of shopping space on 2 floors of Plaza Singapura.

NomadX is spread across two floors in Plaza Singapura, with an attractive frontage facing Orchard Road.

More details below from the press release.

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Lazada Launches 11.11 Online Shopping Festival in Singapore

Monday, November 5th, 2018

At its prelude to Lazada’s 11.11 online shopping festival, the Alibaba company hosted a panel discussion on the state of eCommerce in Southeast Asia with S. Iswaran, Minister for Communications & Information, Minister-in-Charge of Trade Relations.

 

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Lucy Peng, Chief Executive Officer, Lazada Group, at the Lazada 11.11 launch event.

Lazada Group also announced that it will support eight million eCommerce entrepreneurs and small-medium enterprises (SMEs) in Southeast Asia to grow and thrive by 2030.

Members of the panel discussion included S. Iswaran, Minister for Communications & Information, Minister-in-Charge of Trade Relations; Pierre Poignant, Executive President, Lazada Group and Simon Baptist, Global Chief Economist, Managing Director, EIU Asia.

Members of the panel discussion included S. Iswaran, Minister for Communications & Information, Minister-in-Charge of Trade Relations; Pierre Poignant, Executive President, Lazada Group and Simon Baptist, Global Chief Economist, Managing Director, EIU Asia.

The company committed itself to create an inclusive and sustainable eCommerce ecosystem in the region and champion opportunities in technology and logistics infrastructure to benefit its ecosystem of sellers, consumers and local communities.

“Bargain-hunters are also fun-seekers. Shopping doesn’t have to be boring and our business is not just about offering discounts or a one-off deal. So we are introducing games for shoppers to have some fun while browsing, buying and getting discounts – and they are loving it. Our focus is about building a great shopping experience. It’s the heart to everything we do and what makes an eCommerce operation vibrant,” said Jing Yin, Co-president, Commercial, Lazada Group.

As part of the pledge, Lazada will assist SMEs to digitise their businesses and gain better access to Internet-savvy and mobile consumers; make it easier for sellers to create their own brands on Lazada; while leveraging the company’s logistics network to facilitate the transfer of goods.

The event is a prelude to Lazada’s 11.11 Shopping Festival which will offer a full customer shopping experience for shoppers in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam on November 11.

Lazada boasts that shoppers can look forward to more than 50 million deals, including discounts of up to 90% on more than one million items during the 24-hour shopping spree.

This is the first time that Lazada is participating in the 11.11 Global Shopping Festival together with other Alibaba Group platforms including Taobao and Tmall.

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Alibaba launches 11.11 for Taobao & Tmall in Singapore

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

The Alibaba Group launched the 11.11 Singles Day global shopping festival in Singapore with more than RMB 10 billion in daily hongbao giveaways.

Alibaba launched its 11.11 global shopping festival in Singapore at its Alibaba Visitor Centre at AXA Tower.

Alibaba launched its 11.11 global shopping festival in Singapore at its Alibaba Visitor Centre at AXA Tower.

In the lead up to the actual day on Sunday 11 November, there will be shop coupons, merchant discounts and promos from local partners like Singtel, eatigo, , Kaodim, UOB and Maybank.

This year’s marquee shopping event also marks the 10th anniversary of the global shopping phenomenon, first conceptualised by Alibaba Group’s CEO Daniel Zhang.

 

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Lilian Wu, SEAsia’s Head of Marketing for Taobao Marketplace & Tmall speaking at Alibaba’s 11.11 launch in Singapore.

Held at Alibaba’s Singapore Visitor Centre – its first outside China – the launch also celebrates the Group’s new home in Singapore following its relocation to AXA Tower in the heart of the Central Business District.

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Event: Official Launch of Speedoc in Singapore

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Official launch of Speedoc mobile app for house call medical treatment services in Singapore.

Speedoc was launched today at its office in UIC Building in Singapore.

Speedoc was launched today at its office in UIC Building in Singapore.

The app was soft launched in Jan 2018 and has seen 3,490 downloads and 524 unique patients, with an average of 8 patients per day.

Speedoc currently has 29 doctors – 4 fulltime, 10 from clinics and 15 locums.

 

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“After working as a public hospital doctor for five years, I noticed a gap in the market for non-essential A&E visits, for minor cases such as coughs, colds and constipation. My team and I created Speedoc as a solution for patients to receive medical attention at any time of the day. Our goal is to be a health-tech company that helps shift advanced medical care ‘from the hospital to the home’, especially in light of Singapore’s ageing population, which may find it increasingly difficult to visit hospitals and clinics easily,” says Dr. Shravan Verma, CEO and Founder of Speedoc.

All are GPs at the moment while the startup looks for specialists in the areas of pediatrics, geriatrics and obstetrics.

Each housecall costs at S$150 (8am-8pm), S$200 (8pm-12am) and S$250 (12am-8pm).

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Caltex Launches Singapore’s First Fuel Payment App

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

The CaltexGo mobile payment app offers fast, hassle-free fuel payment from the comfort of your car.

Chevron’s General Manager of Products for Singapore, Shahid Ahmed, at the launch of CaltexGo mobile fuel payment app in Singapore.

Chevron’s General Manager of Products for Singapore, Shahid Ahmed, at the launch of CaltexGo mobile fuel payment app in Singapore.

Chevron Singapore, which operates the retail brand Caltex, has introduced Singapore’s first fuel payment app.

“As part of its new digital transformation, Chevron has opted for an agile approach to its first mobile payment solution, listening closely to user feedback and learning from industry best practices towards developing a minimum viable product for fuel payment,” said Chevron’s General Manager of Products for Singapore, Shahid Ahmed, when I chatted with him during the app’s launch.

The CaltexGO mobile payment app is the front-end of an integrated digital eco-system that offers cashless payments and helps consumers locate a service station, enjoy automatic loyalty LinkPoints collection, exclusive mobile offers, and electronic receipts at their fingertips.

CaltexGO responds to key consumer pinch points identified in the retail brand’s recent consumer insights analysis.

Chevron notes that refueling can be seen as a chore which drivers strive to mitigate.

Having to wait for a pump, long payment queues, and the complexity related to loyalty and payment systems were the top inconvenience grouses by drivers at service stations.

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