A Singaporean couple got a bit of a scare at Woodlands Checkpoint on April 20. 30-year-old civil servant Chen and her husband were on their way back from a shopping trip in Johor Baru when they were stopped by an officer for a random screening. The couple, who entered Malaysia at around 10am, returned to Singapore via Woodlands Checkpoint at 8pm on the same day. They cleared security checks, Chen told Lianhe Wanbao, and were about to leave the checkpoint when they were stopped and brought aside. The officer then asked for their passports and instructed them to wait in a small room. According to Chen, there were about six other people in the room. "Another security officer then requested to check our purchases." "We were told that as we spent less than 48 hours outside Singapore, we would have to do tax declarations if the value of our purchases exceeded $100," said Chen. Her husband was carrying a shopping bag containing two pairs of newly … [Read more...] about Singaporean couple on JB shopping trip almost fined at Checkpoint after revision to GST tax relief for travellers
ENJOY discounts of up to 70% from April 29 to May 5, 2019 during the Watsons 5.5 Online Shopping Festival. During the sale period, Watsons is offering special three-hour flash deals daily from 8pm to 11pm, with prices starting from as low as RM5.50. Watsons is also offering a line- up of flat-priced item deals at RM15, RM25, RM35 as well as buy three at RM55 and buy 1 free 1 bundle deals. The campaign will culminate in a Mega Sale on May 5, 2019, where Watsons will be offering additional discounts, free delivery and other special offers. Shoppers can save up to RM100 when they purchase items from Bio-Essence, Biore, Cetaphil, Dove, Ensure, L’Oreal, Maybelline, NanoWhite, NH Detoxlim, Pantene, Pure Beauty, Alia, Safi and Watsons Brand during the sale. Those who opt to pay with Boost, stand to gain more, as they can enjoy RM5.50 in cashback when they make purchases amounting to RM55 during the campaign period. This offer is limited to the first 5,555 shoppers only. Customers who … [Read more...] about Watsons’ 5.5 online shopping festival starts today!
Many businesses have turned to eco-friendly selling to do their part in helping preserve the environment. A number of brands are gradually changing the way they let their buyers consume their products—from offers of discounts for those bringing in their tumblers at coffee shops to the limited use of plastic straws in restaurants and plastic bags in grocery stores. This as improper disposal of single-use plastic can be detrimental to the planet, giving rise to the need to innovate and deliver real solutions. For its part in helping reduce, reuse, and recycle, Unilever Philippines has come up with "All Things Hair Refillery" that lets environmentally-conscious consumers purchase their favorite hair care products with no added packaging waste. With stations in Trinoma, Glorietta, and Alabang Town Center, consumers were able to refill their own bottles of hair care brands, get discounts, and pay for them according to their actual weight. The stations also served as a collection … [Read more...] about News Innovating for social good: How brands are shaping the future of shopping
The past few years have seen much progress in environmental efforts across the globe. While many have turned to carrying around bamboo and metal straws as well as drinking from their tumblers when eating out, there is still much to be done when it comes to limiting the use of plastic and preserving one’s natural surroundings. Unilever has stepped up its game in haircare shopping with a practical way to take care not only of one’s hair, but also the planet. With a strong commitment to the environment as part of its Sustainable Living Plan, Unilever Philippines put forward a new means of buying hair care products without added packaging waste. Its pilot program “All Things Hair Refillery”, in partnership with the Ayala Malls, allowed clients to refill their own bottles with their favorite hair items, grab discounts, and pay for them according to their final weight. Consumers were also able to turn over their old plastic bottles and sachets at the … [Read more...] about News Int’l company works to promote eco-friendly shopping
Retailers are finding all kinds of uses for location data from customers’ phones. Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave, Texas, used the information to determine that a lot of shoppers owned pets. So it installed water fountains, babysitting stations and “Santa Paws’’ photo ops for furry friends. The time customers spent in the mall rose by 40 percent, according to CBRE Group Inc. A shopping center in Chicago found it was drawing customers from Asian neighborhoods, so it decided to fill a vacancy with a high-end Asian specialty grocer. Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc., which opened 278 new doughnut shops in the U.S. last year, employed phone data to make sure the new stores wouldn’t siphon customers from existing locations. Retailers are following the trail of electronic bread crumbs left by millions of customers. And it’s helping them at a time when the industry is suffering. They’re buying mobile-phone data that can track where and for how long … [Read more...] about Retailers are tracking where you shop — and where you sleep