Unboxed by Singtel is an unmanned 24/7 store designed to introduce customers to a new retail experience featuring the convenience of digital technology in a friendly store environment.
In a first for Singapore, customers can consult with a roving live bot, which is powered by facial recognition technology, to receive personalised recommendations; try out phones; conveniently sign up for mobile plans at video-assisted self-serve kiosks; and immediately collect their purchased devices from the in-store POPStation. Additionally, customers can browse and buy popular accessories such as headphones, phone cases, power banks and contract-free handsets. They can also make bill payments, top up prepaid cards and Dash wallets, and get instant SIM card replacements.
“The future of retail is here and now. Our digital transformation integrates online and offline customer touchpoints to deliver fresh and fuss-free buying experiences to consumers. UNBOXED fulfils the needs of today’s consumer and provides a peek into the next-generation of retail – fast, instant, convenient and experiential,” said Mr Yuen Kuan Moon, CEO of Consumer Singapore at Singtel.
Currently based in the CBD at 20 Pickering Street, the store is modular and movable. Measuring 45 sq m when fully extended, it can be easily transported and reconfigured to fit different spaces. The store will move to a new location every few months to serve customers at high-traffic areas such as transport hubs and school campuses.
Co-created by Singtel staff, NCS and SingPost, security for the store is provided by NCS which developed a round-the-clock security platform called Sentinel while the POPStation lockers are prefilled with devices and replenished daily using SingPost’s Last Mile Platform (“LaMP”).
Unboxed by Singtel builds on the success of the digital transformation of Singtel’s flagship Comcentre store. It offers one of the most intelligent retail experiences in Asia, featuring an intelligent WiFi queuing system, integrated online and in-store shopping carts, and instant purchases via automated checkout. The store consistently receives an average of 99% positive customer experience scores and has won multiple accolades for its innovative approach to retail.
Wu Pao Chun Bakery is an artisanal boulangerie founded in 2010, Taiwan, famous for its award-winning bread collection ‘Lychee Rose Royale’ and 'Red Wine Longan' bread. Created by Master Wu Pao Chun who won the prestigious title of ‘Master Baker’ in 2010 Coupe Du Monde la Boulangerie for his mastery and creativity, the bakery has been a must-go destination for both tourists and locals in Taiwan, vying to taste and experience the crafts of a world champion. From a farm boy with humble beginnings, Master Wu’s story has been an inspiration, with many hailing him as the ‘Pride of Taiwan’.
Wu Pao Chun Bakery's first flagship store in South East Asia is now open at the heritage-rich Capitol Piazza. Be invited to a livery view of chefs’ in kitchen along with an exemplary curation of the brand’s best-selling and exclusive local bread collection, including the award-winning champion breads and pineapple cakes right here in our little red dot.
Savour premium DIY salad bowls and grab a cuppa from Singapore’s first commercial robotic barista.
Marina Bay Sands’ signature café SweetSpot has unveiled its all-new flagship outlet at the grand lobby of the iconic ArtScience Museum. The contemporary café marks Marina Bay Sands’ first full-fledged wellness dining concept, as the integrated resort continues to diversify its food and beverage offerings.
A destination already popular with tourists and young families, the museum is now home to the family-friendly café featuring a kid’s corner with games and activities. Visitors can unwind and bask in an expansive setting illuminated by natural daylight through magnificent glass windows.
“SweetSpot at ArtScience Museum is a step forward in our journey to elevate health and wellness dining. We want our visitors to know that eating healthy can also be a fun and flavourful experience. The new café, paired with its scenic location by the waterfront, will be a wonderful complement to our existing line-up of culinary offerings,” said Christine Kaelbel- Sheares, Vice President of Food and Beverage, Marina Bay Sands.
Debuting at the flagship SweetSpot is Singapore’s first commercial robotic barista developed by local entrepreneur Keith Tan. The fully automated 6-axis robot has been customized to make different combinations of coffee at four times the rate of any human barista. Upon payment, all to-go beverage orders are personalized before being programmed to the robotic barista. Once ready, guests can pick up their cup at the service counter fitted with digital screens indicating their names.
Choose from SweetSpot's selection of signature salads, packed with fresh, crisp and juicy greens and meats. Or build your own salad bowl—ideal for calorie counters, busy professionals and even the most finicky eaters. Bring your kids along too, as they’ve prepared healthy meals especially for them.
Get your caffeine fix with a handcrafted cup of artisan coffee, carefully brewed using premium blends that are sustainably sourced from certified farmers. For a quick boost of energy on the go, take your pick from any of their nutritious smoothies.
Don’t forget to check out their daily selection of artisan breads, cakes and tarts. And while you’re there, why not explore an ArtScience Museum exhibition or two for your regular dose of art?
Dr.stretch provides personalised stretching to improve the condition of your body.
Visit their newest branch which is now open at Orchard Central. With their professionally-trained stretch trainers, they will stretch you by using effective ways that you are unable to stretch on your own.
'Core Balance Stretch' - is a unique technique used by Dr.stretch to stretch the core muscles, helping to alleviate pain and discomfort in your body - such as stiff neck or lower back pains. It can also improve sports performance and beautify your body shape.
With more than 100 varieties of stretches provided. Dr.stretch trainers will choose the right stretches for you - taking into account of your condition and areas of concern.
UFIT Health and Fitness has announced the takeover of a new site at 21 Club Street, in central Singapore, where they will launch the first-ever UFIT Hub. This move aims to unite UFIT’s core offerings of Personal Training, Group Exercise, Physiotherapy and Nutrition under one roof, and is 1 of the 3 planned Hubs for the business.
The first UFIT Health and Fitness Hub will open at 21 Club Street in December 2019 and will become the CBD Flagship. A one-stop destination for Health and Fitness, the Hub will offer a high-quality, holistic service for a personalised fitness experience.
Dean Ahmad, UFIT co-Founder and COO added, “This Hub will showcase the very best of everything UFIT has to offer. The integration of all our services under one roof allows our clients access to world class professionals, working in collaboration to help them achieve incredible results – no matter what their starting point is on their health and fitness journey."
2 further Hubs will be created at UFIT's existing sites at Orchard, linking up UFIT Orchard and UFIT Clinic Orchard, and in the west with UFIT one-north and UFIT Clinic one-north.
The CBD site sits within the traditional shophouses in Singapore, and its bold location is a statement to the Singapore fitness industry of UFIT’s ambitious plans for this next phase. Alongside the existing Personal and Group Training, Physiotherapy and Nutrition that UFIT offers, the UFIT Hubs will also provide clients with access to Sports Medicine through an on-site sports doctor, an indoor open-floor studio, access to their very best trainers wherever you are in the world via its new Online Coaching platform, as well as carefully-curated retail and food and beverage services to enhance the overall omnichannel customer experience. This will all be underpinned by fully-integrated tech solutions essentially granting consumers with access to trusted professionals, from need-realisation and diagnosis through to holistic treatment.
Earlier this year, UFIT launched its new brand proposition “Igniting Greatness”. “This was the first part of our 5-year plan,” says UFIT CEO Will Skinner, “We simply want to get the very best out of everyone we work with, whether it be a member of the team or a member of our community, it’s all about creating the very best environment for people to achieve the goals they have always had their sights on.”
The next phase is bringing this to life in our Hubs and creating a place where we can focus on our 3 pillars of Goals, Community and People in one incredible and inspiring destination.”
Skinner continues, “The next 12 months are critical for us. UFIT has had an exciting journey getting to this point in 2019, by harnessing a strong and loyal community. For this next stage our Goal is to build on this amazing Community and deliver an authentic brand that truly matches the quality of our People."
Located in the lively and buzzing Boat Quay, 79 After Dark is a chic restaurant and bar which takes its name from the eclectic ambience of the area, which comes to life when the sun goes down.
Open for business till 3am daily, 79 After Dark was created as a response from popular appeal for a late-night joint serving unique and fresh food at Boat Quay. This restaurant and bar is ideal for a date night, business meetings, special occasions, private parties or a regular weekend hangout. The interior is focused around a combination of sensual red and deep blue with gold, wooden and artsy accents in an ambient lighting. The seating is arranged with sociable layout both indoor and outdoor.
Unique to the dining venues around the area, 79 After Dark’s menu is carefully crafted by their experienced team of Chefs with bold flavours and freshest ingredients and remain available till wee hours daily.
Patrons can expect a range of North Indian tandoori kebabs and curries as well as a rich blend of Chinese-Indian cuisine. This cuisine (also known as Indo-Chinese) is an Indian adaptation of Chinese cooking techniques and seasonings. Chilli Chicken, Manchurian, Momos, Kungpao Chicken, Szechwan fried noodles are just some of the signature Chinese-Indian dishes available in their menu.
Complementing their menu packed with spices and fiery flavours is a beverage menu with a focus on their specialties cocktails such as Tom Yam Yam & Sherkan as well as attractively priced Liquor & Spirits. Happy Hour promotions are also available from opening till 9pm daily.
This urban oasis offers an even more relaxing atmosphere on weekends with live DJ spinning sexy beats and al fresco dining options where you can take in all the action of Circular Road. They even provide complimentary Valet parking services for guests (with minimum spending), so say goodbye to waiting for carpark slot at Boat Quay!
Following a multimillion-dollar asset enhancement programme spanning nine months across key facilities within the hotel, Orchard Hotel has unveiled an enhanced 360° guest experience with reimagined dining, events and lodging offerings. Upgraded areas include the hotel’s 260 Grand Deluxe Rooms, Grand Ballroom, Conference Centre, Lobby, The Orchard Cafe and Bar Intermezzo.
The storied history of Orchard Hotel traces back to late 1950s, where it began as a humble four-storey, 34-room hotel, complete with The Golden Venus – home to popular tea dances and emerging musicians of the 1960s. Redeveloped in the 1970s to cater to the tourist boom, the old building was eventually demolished in 1978, and the first inkling of the 656-key, twin-tower Orchard Hotel Singapore as it exists today took its place.
A brand new arrival experience welcomes guests through an enlivened lobby interior. The hotel's iconic clock tower is now brought to the modern age with a contemporary chandelier-inspired art sculpture, flanked by two upgraded dining and drinking destinations. The Orchard Cafe renews its legacy as a local dining icon with a vibrant new style and Signature Class buffet showcasing heritage-inspired creations and chef-curated classics. Bar Intermezzo inherits an air of sophistication with new, inviting interiors and contemporary botanical-influenced cocktails that toast to Orchard Road’s past. Overlooking the lobby from the second floor is Cantonese fine dining stalwart Hua Ting Restaurant, which was also given its own extensive makeover in 2018.
New and improved event solutions for every occasion come on the back of 11 refurbished conference and function rooms and spaces – now each more versatile than ever. A key highlight includes one of Singapore’s largest pillar-free grand ballrooms—occupying over 10,000 square feet and six metres high—refitted with a luxurious fresh new look, two floor-to-ceiling LED walls (a first in Singapore), statement lighting, state-of-the-art audio-visual capabilities, an impressive foyer lined with floating Orchid-inspired chandeliers, and exclusive spaces carved out for various uses. The conference centre has also been redesigned with five intimate meeting rooms and upgraded meeting facilities. Event planners will now have the luxury of choice with creative catering options from the hotel’s four award- winning culinary concepts—Hua Ting Restaurant, The Orchard Cafe, Mon Bijou and Bar Intermezzo—as well as a Halal-certified kitchen, ensuring that all tastes and diets are catered for.
260 Grand Deluxe guest rooms in the hotel’s Orchard Wing have also been given a facelift. Each well-appointed room has been elegantly designed to provide maximum comfort and the best of living styles at every turn. With today's sophisticated traveller at heart, the newly refurbished rooms are now equipped with upgraded amenities including Handy smartphone that offers unlimited mobile data to make local and select international calls; six USB ports and both wired and wireless high-speed internet to ensure 24/7 connectivity; and a Smart TV loaded with a variety of channels to keep them plugged into current affairs. Unwind after a long day of shopping along the famed Orchard Road in the modern comforts of the new Grand Deluxe room – put on a bath in the luxurious Japanese soaking tub (select room configurations), or call for one of 12 signature spice-based cocktails from Bar Intermezzo to be delivered right to your room.
Play is a Child’s Work and The Better Toy Store is a child’s workshop of award-winning toys carefully selected for excellence in safety, quality, play value, design, and impact on the environment.
Every toy at the store is evaluated for these qualities, together with age-appropriateness and open-endedness; allowing a different facet of play as the child grows and changes in ability and interest.
The Better Toy Store does not compromise because they believe that every child deserves the best - anything else is just not good enough.