Posts Tagged ‘shopping’

Audio House launches cashless payments in its electronics store

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

The electronics store has gone completely cashless with no cashier counter at all. Processes are digitised at the showroom, from selection of products, delivery arrangements, payments and more for over 3,000 SKUs. Launch promotion below.

At the launch of the cashless showroom. Audio House is located at 72 Bendemeer Road, Luzerne Building, #01-20/21/22, Singapore 339941.

Audio House will reap significant savings from increased productivity as salespersons can enjoy more effective use of time to provide value-added services to customers such as product demonstrations, information sharing etc.

“It is very difficult to challenge the market with the lowest price and offer an additional up to 20% rebate to all customers. With the cost savings from this campaign, we are able to pass these savings directly to our customers,” says Alvin Lee, the Managing Director of Audio House.

In the business for more than 20 years, the home-grown electronics store boasts that it offers electronics at up to 20% lower than the lowest prices in Singapore.

It promises price matching with any competitor’s price – on top of that it offers an extra S$20 cashback with every S$100 spent storewide.

Customers can visit Audio House’s showroom to check out the latest home electronics, touch and feel them, as well as speak to the sales promoters about the specifications and more.

After deciding on their purchases, customers can then make purchases via Audio House’s e-commerce platform, with arrangements of delivery and payments also completely done online.

More details from the press release below.

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Wireless virtual reality competition @ Bugis+ & Bugis Junction

Friday, October 13th, 2017

With Halloween drawing near, Bugis Junction & Bugis+ are daring shoppers to face their fears with an immersive virtual reality (VR) gaming experience.

* This story first appeared in The Travel Memoir.

Update (27 October, 2017):

The top 10 players for the Time Zombies Virtual Reality Competition Finals have been selected and they will be battling it out at a final showdown this Sunday, 29t October from 2pm – 6pm at Bugis + Level 2 Atrium.

We were invited to try out the VR games for this competition at Bugis+ & Bugis Junction in Singapore - it was great fun!

We were invited to try out the VR games for this competition at Bugis+ & Bugis Junction in Singapore – it was great fun!

This is the first time a mall in Singapore is hosting a VR experience of this scale.

Three thrilling games are available for shoppers to test their courage: Time Zombies, Walk the Plank and Arizona Sunshine Zombie.

The Time Zombies competition uses the latest Arctic Fox wireless technology, which allows a fully immersive gaming experience without the the burden of cumbersome cables or backpack computers that hinder physical movement.

Using Arctic Fox VR technology, players don only a wireless headset that features a high definition screen and gaming headphones for an immersive surround sound experience.

Using Arctic Fox VR technology, players don only a wireless headset that features a high definition screen and gaming headphones for an immersive surround sound experience.

The VR gaming showcase at Bugis Junction and Bugis+ this Halloween will mark Arctic Fox’s debut in Southeast Asia, to the delight of VR gaming enthusiasts in the region.

More details from the press release below.

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Opening: New HP Singapore flagship store in Marina Square

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

The new store is officially opened today and is located at #02-213/214/214A in Marina Square.

The new HP flagship store aims tol make it easier for consumers and SMBs to select the latest HP PC and print technologies to meet their needs. “Many users are confounded by the range and variety of form factors that have evolved to meet the needs of users at home, in the office and on the go. The new store features a modern, clean design, making it easy for the style-savvy to find a product that matches their personality or the avid gamer who needs a high-performing laptop to give him a winning edge,” said Lionel Chng, Managing Director, HP Singapore.

The new HP flagship store aims tol make it easier for consumers and SMBs to select the latest HP PC and print technologies to meet their needs. “Many users are confounded by the range and variety of form factors that have evolved to meet the needs of users at home, in the office and on the go. The new store features a modern, clean design, making it easy for the style-savvy to find a product that matches their personality or the avid gamer who needs a high-performing laptop to give him a winning edge,” said Lionel Chng, Managing Director, HP Singapore.

The new HP flagship store is managed by Newstead Technologies and features the latest lifestyle, gaming and office devices.

Students, millennials and families can easily find a suitable convertible, notebook or desktop PC that reflects their sense of style and delivers the power they need from the complete new HP Pavilion PC portfolio on display.

The new HP store features a lifestyle experience zone for shoppers to try out the latest Spectre and ENVY notebooks from HP. “We are proud to be HP’s partner in the opening of a new 1,500 square-feet flagship store within the upcoming IT Zone at Marina Square. Its completely new, clean design enhances the store’s overall ambience making it a comfortable space for customers who need something quickly or want to spend some time locating the right solution,

The new HP store features a lifestyle experience zone for shoppers to try out the latest Spectre and ENVY notebooks from HP. “We are proud to be HP’s partner in the opening of a new 1,500 square-feet flagship store within the upcoming IT Zone at Marina Square. Its completely new, clean design enhances the store’s overall ambience making it a comfortable space for customers who need something quickly or want to spend some time locating the right solution,” said Mindy Tan, Chief Executive Officer for Newstead Technologies.

The range features an Intel® RealSense Camera option for improved security with facial authentication as well as a choice of the latest Intel® Celeron®, Intel® Pentium® or up to 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processors subject to model.

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Opening: New Dell Exclusive Store at Plaza Singapura after Funan closure

Friday, July 15th, 2016

The new store is located at #04-19 and is open daily from 10am to 10pm. In-store promotions below.

“We are delighted to welcome customers to our new store, offering the same superior brand experience they have come to expect and love. The new concept store is an integral part of our go-to-market strategy to showcase our suite of products and enable customers to experience first-hand the capabilities and ease of computing with Dell products,” said Rakesh Mandal, general manager, Client Solutions, South Asia and Korea, Dell. Photo credit: Dell Singapore.

The concept store features Dell’s full range of consumer devices as well as a VR-experience zone.

The new store replaces the Dell Exclusive Store that was located in Funan DigitaLife Mall – the Mall has since been closed.

A photo posted by John Tan (@tech4tea) on

The latest XPS and Inspiron notebooks are part of the full spectrum of consumer laptops, monitors and peripherals offered at the new Dell Exclusive Store at Plaza Singapura.

The new store features experience suites with Dell’s latest XPS, Inspiron and Alienware portfolio, including award-winning products from the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show and the recent Computex 2016 in Taiwan.

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RedMart chooses Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning Cloud

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Oracle ERP Cloud streamlines RedMart’s business processes, reduces IT costs, and improves business agility.

“Large, mid-sized, and start-up companies are turning to Oracle for cloud-based solutions to better manage their resources to improve the efficiency of their operations. We are happy that Redmart has chosen Oracle ERP Cloud. It clearly outlines Redmart’s vision to modernize their finance and procurement processes to propel the company to the next level of growth,” said Neeraj Shaabi, Regional Managing Director for ASEAN and Sage, Oracle.

“Large, mid-sized, and start-up companies are turning to Oracle for cloud-based solutions to better manage their resources to improve the efficiency of their operations. We are happy that Redmart has chosen Oracle ERP Cloud. It clearly outlines Redmart’s vision to modernize their finance and procurement processes to propel the company to the next level of growth,” said Neeraj Shaabi, Regional Managing Director for ASEAN and Sage, Oracle.

RedMart, one of Singapore’s largest online supermarkets, has chosen Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Cloud to fuel the company’s growth.

“We are glad to have achieved the success we have today, but we are still growing and constantly exploring how to further improve our internal operations. Being a startup, business priorities tend to change quickly to respond to the competitive needs of the market. Our systems need to be flexible to match up with our priorities. Technology is at the heart of our business, and we need to constantly strengthen it in order to grow, and we’re glad that Oracle is along that journey with us,” said Jim Boland, Head of Finance, RedMart.

Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning Cloud will serve as a key business platform for RedMart’s growth.

RedMart is a successful start-up in Singapore that serves as an e-commerce platform which allows customers to buy groceries and household products, including fresh and frozen food, personal care, health and wellness, baby, and beverage, and pet products online.

Since its launch in 2011, RedMart has grown 10-20% month-over-month and more than doubled each year.

Previously, the legacy ERP system could not scale to the high transaction volume in line with the company’s growth, did not have the capability to produce useful reports, and was not flexible enough for the company’s fast changing business priorities.

RedMart needed to improve system performance and flexibility to enable further expansion of the business.

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Christmas shopping guide: Logitech gadgets & accessories

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

If you’re looking for a useful and chic gadget for a friend this Christmas, check out Logitec’s range of keyboards, mouse, headsets and accessories.

Clockwise from top-left: Logitech MX Anywhere II mouse, G633 gaming headset, K400+ living room keyboard, M337 mouse, K380 keyboard, CREATE case/keyboard for iPad Pro.

Clockwise from top-left: Logitech MX Anywhere II mouse, G633 gaming headset, K400+ living room keyboard, M337 mouse, K380 keyboard, CREATE case/keyboard for iPad Pro.

I’m using a number of Logitech’s products because they perform well and are reliable, and they look rather chic as well.

Also they are reasonably priced and affordable, and offer good value for money.

So if you’re looking for that tech gadget for a friend this Christmas, check them out!

Below are some of their more interesting gift ideas.

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Christmas shopping guide: Seagate storage solutions

Saturday, December 19th, 2015

For those looking for a pragmatic X’mas gift for the geek in your better half, check out some of these Seagate storage products.

Anti-clockwise from top: Seagate Personal Cloud, Seagate Game Drive for Xbox, Seagate Seven, Seagate Backup Plus 4TB.

Anti-clockwise from top: Seagate Personal Cloud, Seagate Game Drive for Xbox, Seagate Seven, Seagate Backup Plus 4TB.

Whether you want to show your holiday photos at a family dinner, cuddle up to your favorite Christmas movies, or have an Xbox session with friends, Seagate has you covered.

I’ve used a number of Seagate desktop hard disk drives over the years and they have served me well.

With the rapidly expanding storage demands that the average consumer faces, a storage device usually provides much needed reprieve for many facing a storage crunch for their photos, music and video collection.

Below are some of the more interesting gift ideas.

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Challenger seeks growth with focus on Android and Gaming

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Singapore tech retail chain Challenger introduces two new retail concepts – “Game On!” and “Go Android!” – to revitalise its flagship megastore in Funan.

From Acer, Asus, Fitbit, HTC, Lenovo, Huawei, Samsung to ZTE, ‘Go Android!’ showcases a comprehensive selection of Android devices in an Android-branded space spanning a 1,100 square feet.

From Acer, Asus, Fitbit, HTC, Lenovo, Huawei, Samsung to ZTE, “Go Android!” showcases a comprehensive selection of Android devices in an Android-branded space spanning a 1,100 square feet.

In response to the emerging demand for products in the Android and Gaming categories, Challenger has revamped more than 4,000 square feet of its cookie-cutter retail space in Funan.

Record sales of Android devices inspired the first ‘Go Android’ in town

Having noted record sales of Android devices in recent years, Challenger is bringing all the big names together to provide a one-stop solution to users of Android devices.

“To encourage retail growth, we need to raise the bar in the retail industry and Challenger believes in the importance of updating retail experience to suit the needs and demands of shoppers. More importantly, the two retail concepts are formulated because of our desire to provide shoppers with a seamless one-stop destination where they can explore and learn about the products before a purchase,” said Loo Pei Fen, Head of Marketing for Challenger Technologies.

Shoppers can see, touch, feel and experience the possibilities of all the latest and coolest Android devices.

With Android wearables, smartphones, tablets to TV, featured alongside complementary accessories such as headphones and smartphone cases, shoppers can experience the complete suite of Android products in an interactive environment.

To give greater assurance to increasing Android users, Challenger is also launching the Accidental Protection Damage plan.

More than half-a-million existing ValueClub members are automatically entitled to a 1-time repair claim for their Android and Windows smartphones purchased at Challenger (* Terms and conditions apply).

Spanning over more than 3,000 square feet, “Game On!” is the place for both casual and enthusiastic gamers looking to experience a little more reality when shopping for gaming solutions.

Spanning over more than 3,000 square feet, “Game On!” is the place for both casual and enthusiastic gamers looking to experience a little more reality when shopping for gaming solutions.

Leading the way with the game-changing ‘Game On!’

Challenger has its eyes on the niche but growing segment of Gaming with its immersive shopping concept for gamers – ‘Game On!’

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Google launches Great Online Shopping Festival for Singapore

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Google has collaborated with its partners to offer 3 days of online bargain shopping from 2-4 February to shoppers in Singapore. A list of participating vendors is at the end of this article.

From right: Joanna Flint (Country Director, Singapore, Google Asia Pacific) launching the GOSF.SG with partners, Lim Bee Bee (Head of Marketing for Consumer Banking Group Singapore, DBS Bank; and Marcelo Wesseler (SingPost’s Senior Vice President of eCommerce).

From right: Joanna Flint (Country Director, Singapore, Google Asia Pacific) launching the GOSF.SG with partners, Lim Bee Bee (Head of Marketing for Consumer Banking Group Singapore, DBS Bank; and Marcelo Wesseler (SingPost’s Senior Vice President of eCommerce).

Google, along with DBS and SingPost, revealed the categories and deals on offer which range from travel to beauty, fashion and electronics.

“We’re excited to be teaming up with businesses across Singapore to celebrate the best of eCommerce here, and bring great deals from around the web to shoppers in the run up to Chinese New Year. Singaporeans are sophisticated shoppers and the Internet is a key part of the shopping process for them,” said Joanna Flint, Country Director, Singapore, Google Asia Pacific.

The 72-hour-long Great Online Shopping Festival on gosf.sg will commence from midnight on February 2, bringing deals from more than 60 brands onto a common platform to customers across the island nation.

Discounts include up to 90 percent off electronics, over 80 percent off fashion brands, up to 75 percent off travel deals, up to 70 percent off beauty products and many more from favorites like Courts, Zalora, Agoda and Luxola.

The festival is also supported by DBS and SingPost.

The first 2000 registered shoppers to spend over a total of S$168 with their DBS/POSB cards will receive an additional 15 percent rebate or up to S$100 off.

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Tech focus: Key trends in POS systems for 2015 – Bikash Kumar

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Shopping is a favourite past time in Singapore and at the heart of the vendor’s efficiency and the consumer’s experience is the Point Of Sale (POS) being used.

As we step into 2015, Bikash Kumar shares his thoughts on some of the key trends shaping the evolution of POS technology in 2015.

Mobile POS enables greater consumer interaction with the sales staff.

Mobile POS enables greater consumer interaction with the sales staff.

* This article is a guest post written by Bikash Kumar – MD, Integrated Retail Management Consulting Pte. Ltd. The opinions expressed are his own and do not represent that of tech4tea.com.

Bikash Kumar has a Bachelor of Business Studies (1988-91) from the College of Business Studies in the University of Delhi; and an MBA (1991-93) from the Faculty of Management Study from the same university.

Bikash Kumar has a Bachelor of Business Studies (1988-91) from the College of Business Studies in the University of Delhi; and an MBA (1991-93) from the Faculty of Management Study from the same university.

The Point of Sale (POS) system is where consumers pay for their purchases in a retail store.

Traditionally, the POS systems have been used to generate information on transactions within a retail outlet.

However, the POS technology has been improving significantly, allowing retail staff to deliver multiple operations, besides just scanning merchandise and generating bills.

According to Integrated Retail, a firm that specialises in designing, deploying and maintaining POS systems across the region, the POS systems are likely to see further enhancements in 2015.

Here are five key changes that we are likely to see.

  1. Morphing from Point of Sale to a Point of Service
  2. POS is increasingly mobile and it is lighter
  3. POS systems are becoming inter-connected
  4. POS system activities are traceable in real time
  5. POS is driving up productivity

Below are my thoughts on each of these key changes.

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