Singapore news

15 May 2019
Honestbee will stop delivering food from restaurants and temporarily suspend laundry service in Singapore from 20 May.  Strategic review to optimise business The retailer will continue to operate its grocery delivery service and cashless supermarket called habitat in Singapore. However, shoppers will not be able to order food and laundry delivery services from next week. The retailer announ...
13 May 2019
In 2018, Sheng Siong opened 10 new stores, bringing its total store count to 54 and total retail area to more than 46,000 sq m. We recently visited its store in Junction 10, Woodlands Road and bring you some in-store highlights.  Source: IGD Research Located in a shopping mall near the Bukit Panjang MRT station, this 1,900 sq m store contains a wide range of fresh foods as well as packag...
07 May 2019
Sales revenues improved by 10.1% versus last year. New stores boost earnings For the first quarter of 2019, Sheng Siong Group reported revenues of SGD251.4m, an increase of 10.1%, as well as net profits of SGD19.4m, a rise of 5.9%. The positive results were attributed to the opening of 10 new stores in 2018. Although like-for-like store sales contracted by 1%, new stores contributed to 1...
03 May 2019
Honestbee CEO and cofounder Joel Sng has stepped down from his position, making way for Brian Koo who is part of the family that controls South Korea's LG. LG is one of the largest company in South Korea. It oversees US-headquartered investment fund Formation Group, a key investor and shareholder in honestbee. Fresh funding likely for the startup Mr Koo wrote in an e-mail to the company tha...
29 April 2019
Online grocery and food delivery service temporarily ceases operations in Hong Kong and Thailand. Intense competition forces retailer to rationalise operations Honestbee, the operator of habitat by honestbee, has suspended operations in Hong Kong, Thailand and Philippines. In a statement released by the retailer, it says that it is taking this action to “ simplify what we do and how we do i...
23 April 2019
Dei, an online grocer in Singapore which focuses on Indian groceries, aims to create more marketplaces for different communities in Singapore. Dei brings together Indian merchants on Little India Dei which stands for "Daily Everything Indian" is a startup that partners supermarkets, wet markets, small provision shops and specialty stores to sell groceries online. The marketplace was launche...
20 March 2019
FairPrice will hold prices of 100 private label products stable until June 2020 to reduce the burden of essential groceries on shoppers. Ensuring affordability of basic products The initiative aims to provide an industry benchmark to keep prices stable, regardless of changes in supply. The 100 products span a wide range of categories like rice, oil, milk, poultry, batteries, snacks, toiletr...
11 March 2019
Lazada, the leading ecommerce platform in Southeast Asia, owned by Alibaba Group, plans to expand its cross-border trade for international brands. Global Collection 2.0 One of the key initiatives announced was a revamped “Global Collection”, which is a dedicated channel to showcase  Lazada’s cross-border merchants from around the world. The platform aims to help the brands grow their busine...
11 March 2019
HAO Mart opened its first supermarket on 1 st January 2016. With 47 stores opened to date, it is one of the fastest growing grocery chains in Singapore. Neighbourhood stores The retailer has focused its growth in residential areas in the last four years. The stores range from 1,500 sq ft to 7,000 sq ft and many of these are open for 24 hours. The store formats are flexed according to the l...
28 February 2019
Dairy Farm has reported its 2018 annual results. Performance of its Health and Beauty segment was strong, but its Food business saw further decline. Annual sales up 4.1% Dairy Farm posted sales growth of 4.1% to US$11.7bn for the fiscal ending. Consolidated sales including joint ventures and associates increased 0.6% to US$21.9bn. During 2018, the retailer sold its Giant hypermarket s...