Data tools help Zalora, partners navigate Covid-19 changes

AS the Covid-19 pandemic fuels an online shopping boom, the ability to leverage data to understand customer needs and make business decisions has become more crucial than ever for retailers.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Businesses hail Singapore-Malaysia 'green lane', but worry about costs

SINGAPORE companies have welcomed news of the official "green lane" arrangements confirmed on Saturday for business travel between Singapore and Malaysia.

Singapore-Malaysia 'green lane' travel to commence on Aug 17

Starting from Aug 17, Singapore and Malaysia residents will be allowed to travel between the two countries for business under the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) schemes.

Digitalisation of local SMEs could add up to US$24b to GDP by 2024: survey

HIGHER revenue and productivity gains from digital transformation by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) could add as much as US$24 billion to Singapore's gross domestic product (GDP) by 2024, helping the country rebound from the Covid-19 pandemic.

7 local design projects to get up to S$35,000 in R&D funding

SEVEN projects by local designers and design enterprises have been selected to receive funding of up to S$35,000 each for up to a year under the DesignSingapore Council's (Dsg) inaugural Good Design Research (GDR) programme, Dsg announced last week.

E50 awards: 'Champion mindset' needed to overcome Covid-19 challenges

TO WIN the battle against the disruption and business challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, business leaders and their teams will need to adopt a "champion mindset" and develop the ability to turn setbacks into setups for success.

Nominations open for 2020 Enterprise 50 Awards

NOMINATIONS are now open for the 2020 Enterprise 50 (E50) Awards, which recognise the 50 most enterprising, privately-owned local companies in Singapore.

BEYOND COVID-19: RECONFIGURING RETAIL

Digital focus key in retail's recovery, adjustment to 'new normal'

SINGAPORE'S physical retail landscape is coming back to life as the shutters go up and consumers return to shopping malls in the second stage of the city state's phased reopening.

B2B digital platforms open new markets for local SMEs

WITH trade shows and business travel suspended amid the Covid-19 pandemic, digitalisation has become crucial for business-to-business (B2B) firms, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) which can no longer rely on traditional methods of securing customers and conducting cross-...

GE2020: PAP defeats SDP in Marsiling-Yew Tee with 63.18% of votes

THE People’s Action Party (PAP) retained its seats in Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC in the 2020 General Election, defeating the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) with 63.18 per cent of valid votes.

GE2020: PAP's Henry Kwek wins Kebun Baru SMC with 63% of votes

RESIDENTS of the newly carved-out Kebun Baru SMC elected the People’s Action Party’s Henry Kwek as their Member of Parliament in the 2020 General Election, giving him 62.97 per cent of the vote share.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

No plans to go back to Phase 1 after GE; rise in cases will be monitored

THERE are no plans to revert to Phase 1 or a lockdown immediately after the General Election, despite a recent uptick in the number of new community cases reported daily, the multi-ministry taskforce on Covid-19 said on Tuesday.

More Covid-19 cases linked to workplace transmissions in Phase 2

WHILE the total number of daily new Covid-19 cases in Singapore has declined since the circuit-breaker period, the proportion of community cases transmitted in workplace settings has risen in the first two phases of Singapore's phased reopening, the multi-ministry taskforce on Covid-19 said on...

Fighting Covid-19 with local innovations

AS the Covid-19 pandemic continues to rage around the globe, local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are meeting demand for diagnosis, treatment and protection solutions with homegrown innovations.

IMDA to roll out parcel locker network by end-2021

A NATIONWIDE network of parcel lockers slated to be fully rolled out by end-2022 will be ready one year ahead of schedule, the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) announced on Friday.

IMDA to roll out full parcel locker network by end-2021

A NATIONWIDE network of parcel lockers slated to be fully rolled out by end-2022 will be ready one year ahead of schedule, the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) announced on Friday.

GE2020: Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC sees PAP, SDP face-off; Kebun Baru SMC to host PAP and PSP

The Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC will see the People’s Action Party (PAP) face off against the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) in the upcoming General Election.

UOB's The FinLab launches digital platform for SMEs, startups in Asean

UNITED Overseas Bank's (UOB) innovation accelerator The FinLab on Tuesday launched an online platform to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and startups across Asean to digitalise.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Suburban malls trump Orchard shops as shoppers return

SHOPPERS ventured back out on Friday cautiously but purposefully, as Singapore began the second phase of its plan to reopen the economy.

Businesses scramble to meet earlier reopening date

THE earlier-than-expected Phase Two of Singapore's reopening, though a pleasant surprise, may see some frontline businesses scramble to prepare to reopen.

More chances for ICT SMEs to snag government contracts in FY2020

THE Singapore government's plan to increase spending on information and communication technology (ICT) and make more use of bulk tenders and dynamic contracting is welcome news to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the sector, especially as the virus outbreak dampens private sector...

TOPLINE

Union Gas conserving funds for expansion

STEADY growth in two of its three business segments over the past three years has put fuel retailer Union Gas Holdings in a strong position to weather the Covid-19 pandemic, and given it room to think about continued expansion and what its next big venture will be.

ASME, SBF launch funds to support migrant workers, SMEs and employees

SINGAPORE'S Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (ASME) on Friday launched a fundraising initiative to raise a total of S$500,000 for the migrant worker community, in partnership with the Singapore Business Federation (SBF) Foundation.

Singapore in talks with Malaysia about resuming cross-border work travel

SINGAPORE and Malaysia are in active discussions to allow Malaysians to resume travel into Singapore for work, Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong said in a press conference called on Monday by the multi-ministry task force for Covid-19.

Omnisense Systems keeps its cool as fever scanner market heats up

BUSINESS has been brisk for companies selling thermal fever scanners during the Covid-19 pandemic, and Omnisense Systems is no exception, seeing a "manifold" increase in sales of its Sentry MK IV Mass Fever Screening System (MFSS) in recent months.