Amazon is building its presence in Singapore with a new office at Asia Square. Named SIN16, the new office is designed to optimize agile working, learning, and collaboration as Amazon continues to grow its business, operations, and investments in Singapore.
As an anchor tenant at Asia Square, Amazon will occupy over 100,000 sqft and accommodate up to 700 employees from their Consumer business and Corporate functions in the new office. The company plans to expand its local workforce across its Consumer business and Corporate functions with over 110 job openings currently available in Singapore. Amazon also aims to add more than 200 new jobs to these departments in Singapore by end-2022, to expand its range of offerings in Singapore as well as include more support for local businesses to go global.
In Singapore, they've created more than 1,000 direct jobs since 2019 and today have approximately 2,000 full- time and part-time employees.
"Our new office at Asia Square demonstrates our ongoing commitment to invest in Singapore, and the long- term potential for the country to be a leader in the global digital economy," said Henry Low, Country Manager, Amazon Singapore. “The way we work has been changed by the pandemic forever so as our teams continue to grow here, the new space will ensure they have the flexibility and ample space to collaborate, co-create, and continue to innovate on our customers' behalf.”
Minister of Trade and Industry Gan Kim Yong said Amazon's announcement to expand its presence in Singapore once again highlights that global companies are looking to Singapore as a destination for innovation, reinforcing the country's position as a regional technology hub.
Ang Chin Tah, Senior Vice President, Digital Industry Singapore also commented: "Amazon's office move marks a key milestone in the company's growth journey in Singapore. Amazon has been a trusted partner in our tech ecosystem, driving innovation and creating pathways for local businesses to go global. We are excited to continue our partnership with Amazon and for the new opportunities it will bring for Singapore and Singaporeans.”
The new office, spanning across three floors, will house more than 30 teams, including employees supporting Amazon.sg and Amazon Fresh, Amazon Advertising, Prime Video, seller enablement, and other regional corporate functions. Highlights of the new office include:
- Showcases of Amazon’s history and leadership principles: The office space features a milestone wall of key events in Amazon’s journey in Singapore, along with prominent wall panels highlighting core company values known as leadership principles such as “Customer Obsession”, “Learn and Be Curious”, “Best Employer” and more.
- Features of the vibrant culture of Singapore: Rooms across the office are named after local streets and landmarks, including a wall featuring iconic Singlish phrases.
- Spaces for creativity and inspiration: Employees can unwind at the pantry and mini café, equipped with Nespresso coffee machines and game tables, including amenities to play billiards, foosball, and electronic darts. Employees can also enjoy interactive game board walls for friendly competitions of Scrabble and Chess.
- Collaboration spaces: The office includes a product showcase area for teams to highlight the latest and greatest products and services they develop, as well as 50 breakout areas for informal discussions and brainstorms. The office also has five (5) large meeting rooms with a capacity of up to 14 pax each. All meeting rooms and training rooms are AV/VC capable and are equipped with video-conferencing capabilities.
- Facilities for work and learning: Employees can enjoy height-adjustable desks as well as individual lockers to safekeep their personal items. Teams and employees who require more privacy and focus can access 33 quiet rooms and 12 phone booths spread across 3 floors. There are two (2) training rooms that can double up as physical townhall event spaces.
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Amazon strives to be Earth’s Most Customer- Centric Company, Earth’s Best Employer, and Earth’s Safest Place to Work. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle, and The Climate Pledge are some of the things pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit Amazon.sg.
The Cheese Trap imports artisanal, farmhouse and organic cheeses to this sunny island.
They go the extra mile to bring truly unique cheeses to your dining table.
With the aim of having the widest selection of cheese, they've recently welcomed their first shipment from the Netherlands. A very diverse selection of semi-hard cheese made from cow, sheep, goat and buffalo milk and some with particular ingredients such as truffle, nettle, garlic and cumin.
During the year their offering will expand to include cheese from France, Italy and Spain. Be sure to check out their website for updates.
Singapore Distillery offers a range of unique gins which are distilled locally – 6 for now. So everyone will be able to find the right gin for them. It took the Singapore Distillery team many batches, over 100 test batches to get each gin to where they want them.
All of Singapore Distillery's gins are diluted to 42.5% ABV, or alcoholic strength. In their experience and the findings of many distillers worldwide, this brings out the best flavour of botanicals without having a sort of raw alcohol taste which is the case when the alcohol strength is higher. Many Gin connoisseurs say that gins with less than 42.5% ABV don’t have the flavour to stand up to tonic water or other ingredients in cocktails.
Style Theory is a popular online subscription-based fashion rental service and their very first flagship store is now open for business at 313@Somerset!
For many of their subscribers and non-subscribers alike, the opening of their flagship store creates the perfect opportunity to see and try their collection in person, and rent them on the spot.
Wardrobe full of clothes, yet nothing to wear? Welcome to a new way of life.
With Style Theory, you have the freedom to wear unlimited designer styles without the commitment of owning them. Discover new favourites and surprise yourself. It's as easy as Rent, Wear, Swap.
1. Rent 3 styles at a time.
2. They’ll arrive dry-cleaned, pressed and ready to wear!
3. Ready for the next 3 styles? Schedule a pick-up.
The 313@Somerset space will serve as a collection and return point, reducing processing time between each box as subscribers can enjoy new outfits and bags right away, or choose their next selection on the app immediately upon return. Find out more from their official website here or visit their concept store today.
Taobao's new offline outlet in Singapore provides local consumers with an integrated online-and-offline Taobao shopping experience. Operated by Virmall Pte Ltd, the store offers a wide range of products available from Taobao that are specially curated for Singapore users, covering categories including furniture, household items, textiles, fashion and more.
Another online e-tailer who has jumped on the brick + mortar physical store wagon; Topazette at Orchard Gateway offers modern feminine fashion pieces to add to your wardrobe.
Topazette was founded in 2009 by Josefyn and revamped in 2013 to provide a more professional online shopping experience. They strongly believe that looking good does not have to come with a heavy price tag so it is the perfect place for shopaholics looking to fill their wardrobes with fashion forward apparels for both work and play!
Shopee is the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. In just four years, Shopee has grown from just 10 employees to more than 1,500. Shopee's new 6-storey regional headquarters at Kent Ridge spans 244,000 sg ft and can accomodate up to 3,000 employees.
The new headquarters is designed with the main overarching concepts of promoting connectivity, collaboration and community.
Shopee is a platform tailored for the region, providing both buyers and sellers with an easy, secure and fast online shopping experience through strong payment and logistical support.
With a wide selection of product categories ranging from consumer electronics to home & living, health & beauty, baby & toys, fashion and fitness equipment, Shopee aims to continually enhance its platform and become the region’s e-commerce destination of choice.
Thailand-based omni-channel fashion brand Pomelo has opened its first standalone store outside Thailand at 313@Somerset.
The 6,000 sq ft store offers innovative tech-enabled features including a virtual system for customers to pick up their orders and book fitting rooms.
Launched in 2013, Pomelo is a modern fashion brand born in Asia with a global mindset: on-trend, online, on-the-go. With an undisputable sense of style at an unparalleled price, Pomelo aims to offer women everywhere their best look to become their best selves.
Online lingerie retailer, Perk by Kate, has opened their multi-label lingerie studio at 134A Telok Ayer Street.
Perk by Kate was conceived in 2012 by Kate Low, a digital marketing professional who spent a good part of her youth honing her skills in both the technology and luxury fashion retail industries. She often spends on lingerie but not on clothing, and often laments the lack of lingerie choices out there, which are either too expensive or too impractical. With her never-try-never-know attitude, Kate started perk by kate from home, and first retailed small-scale lingerie brands from the US and UK, the most notable of which were Eberjey and Honeydew Intimates.
Niku Kin is a modern Japanese restaurant that specializes in yakiniku and wagyu bowl dishes, which use 100% Hokkaido Wagyu.
The newest addition to the Craig Road neighbourhood, the restaurant blends the freshest and highest quality food and drinks with top level service in a fun and casual environment.
The menu, which changes daily, is created by Chef Tsubo from Hokkaido and focuses on all 32 parts of a Hokkaido bred Wagyu Cow, from rib to rump. Enjoy the marbled meat, cooked on traditional charcoal grills.
Niku Kin is also proud to be a farm-to-table restaurant. You can shop for their wagyu cuts via their online store and enjoy the quality meat in your own home.
Local lifestyle e-commerce brand IUIGA will celebrate the grand opening of its first permanent Retail+ store at Causeway Point on 1 December, Saturday.
Following the success of its pop-up outlets, this opening is IUIGA’s foray into a permanent store and marks the first of its ten retail outlets to open islandwide. Upcoming Retail+ stores will include locations such as Tampines One, Paya Lebar Quarter and Funan Mall.
Customers at IUIGA’s Retail+ stores are required to pre-register to unlock the full digital shopping experience, which allows them easy access to product information using radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology, cashless payment options and location-based store recommendations from the IUIGA app. Products added to a customers’ e-cart can be checked out without the need to key in home delivery details as the system already has the purchasers’home address on record. E-receipts are also emailed upon order completion, allowing IUIGA to go completely paperless. These features of the store effectively render unsustainable paper waste, heavy shopping baskets and payment queues a thing of the past.
According to research conducted by Euromonitor, Singaporean consumers' eager adoption and use of technology have resulted in the development of new consumer habits such as "showrooming", whereby customers visit retail stores to try out products before making their purchaes online. To address such shifts in retailing in Singapore, IUIGA has capitalised on smart techonologies for an innovative and smartphone-powered retail exeprience where customers can put IUIGA's products to test.
Design your own Hoola Hoola modular bag at their flagship store, now open at 112 Katong!
Pop by and visit them to view the full range, including a sneak preview of their latest collection, not yet available on their website! Create the one handbag which you can truly call your own.
Hoola Hoola makes luxurious modular handbags for the chic, modern woman in luscious gelato shades and pretty springtime pastels. Every bag is a canvas for your stylish self-expression. Simply start with a base and build an icon!
Designed in Venice, Italy, in a beautiful town near “the city of love”, Hoola Hoola handbags are crafted from a special resin and can easily be modified with a range of adornments. From luxe leathers and fabulous furs to glittering metallics, every bag becomes an extension of you and your wild imagination.
It is Singapore’s first specialty coffee bean-only retail store which allows coffee lovers to shop curated selection of freshly roasted coffee beans from over 20 top cafes and roasters around the world.
Here is a list of the curated coffee beans which shoppers can find at The Bean Shop by CafeBond.com:
Melbourne’s Seven Seeds Coffee, Market Lane Coffee, Padre Coffee and more
Canberra’s Ona Coffee
Taipei’s Simple Kaffa Coffee
Tokyo’s Fuglen Coffee
Kuala Lumpur’s VCR Coffee, Artisan Roastery and also Cloud Catcher Roastery
Cafebond.com customers will also be able to enjoy the newly introduced “Click and Collect” service when they buy coffee on the platform and collect their order offline at The Bean Shop by Cafebond.com. This will allow customers to save on shipping costs and this gives them more reason to buy freshly roasted coffee beans online.
Carrying versatile pieces that take your child from party to playground to playpen, online kids shop Le Petit Society, has set up their first bricks-and-mortar concept store at the new Downtown Gallery.
They want to offer that exceptional convenience to however their customers want to shop. With their new physical shop, customers can buy online and choose if they want to pick up their items in their physical store.
Le Petit Society - the little society was founded upon the desire to create versatile, well-crafted clothing for children that will journey with them from the moment they arrive into this world, as precious little newborns, to the time they step out as spirited young individuals. With the founding principle that great style should be for everyone, Le Petit Society was formed in 2012 by an inspired Singaporean couple, Robyn Liang and Dylan Ong with the desire to fill a gap in the kids garment world. Through developing an Asia-made line that delivers top quality and design, the collections boast of the most comfortable and stylish pieces befitting for all occasions, across all ages.
As parents to two delightful little girls, the founders of Le Petit Society continue to seek only the best in their creations. With their experience as parents strengthening their resolve to create safe and comfortable products with every collection, Le Petit Society believes in using only choice fabrics that children will want to wear daily, and last generations. They place great thought and care in crafting their designs and their most important purpose is, and always has been, to give your children comfort and joy through their charming collections for a long time to come. Join their journey as they take small steps to bigness making clothing that caters from newborn to 12 years old.
Homegrown e-retailer, Reebonz, has opened an 8-storey S$40m e-commerce hub in Tampines on Tuesday 30 May.
The building will house the luxury fashion e-commerce company’s management as well as its warehousing and distribution services.
The 200,000-square-foot space is four times larger than Reebonz's previous office and distribution centre and now stock more than 500,000 types of products - which is more than 11 times its previous capacity.
The new hub will be a platform for Reebonz to scale across the region in terms of having a centralised distribution centre that will distribute their products across 17 countries around the world.
75CL.sg, Singapore’s leading e-commerce destination for wines and spirits, has launched Singapore’s largest wine tasting lab. Designed to fulfil the customer’s tasting needs, 75CL’s tasting lab provides a platform for customers to taste wines before purchasing them online. Resembling a Western vineyard’s elegant tasting room, it features over 56 international wines for tasting, including labels from France, Italy and Spain.
From $3 per tasting portion, walk-in-customers can taste premium wines – valued between $80 - $100 per bottle – from key regions like Bordeaux, Burgundy and more. Featured Bordeaux wineries include 2nd Growth Chateau Gruaud-Larose, and 3rd Growth Chateau Cantenac-Brown, from St-Julien and Margaux respectively.
As customers get a taste of different wine regions from around the world, a 75CL consultant will be on hand to guide them through a casual tasting session. All are welcome here, from the social drinker to the serious wine enthusiast.
75CL’s wine tasting lab was founded with one ambition – to factor in the wine tasting experience; an important component of wine buying. Wine, as we all know, is subjective. A customer has to depend on the recommendations of friends or experts if he wants to buy a wine label which he has never tasted before. As each individual has his own personal taste preferences. One’s taste buds may not always agree with the recommendations of others.
After a bunch of pop-up stores last year, multi-label boutique OCDEMPIRE.COM, known for its contemporary, curated street wear pieces, has just launched its first offline store at Orchard Gateway, a minimalist, industrial-looking affair with lots of unfinished wood and concrete.
The inventory covers a range of prominent international brands such as YG and Samsung’s co-produced Nonagon from South Korea, high-profile street wear by Represent and Boy London.
It also also promises options by French luxury brand Les Artists and Billionaire Boys Club, a collaboration with Japan's Nigo, aka founder of the Bathing Ape, and Pharrell William.
Previously only available online and at department stores Tangs and Robinsons, e-commerce home and decor brand Scene Shang opens its first boutique at Kampong Glam's Beach Road.
The 1,000 sq ft boutique is located in an airy shophouse, with a mini courtyard inspired by traditional Chinese gardens. Owners Pamela Ting and Jessica Wong take inspiration from Asian heritage, and their designs feature the label's signature chinoiserie elements. Some of the store's most-featured items include the President's Design Award nominated Shang multi-storage drawer system that has brightly-colored and stackable compartments, and the Art Deco cushions with prints of iconic heritage buildings in Singapore. Besides being a retail space, Scene Shang also plans to host workshops, exhibitions and art installations.
The Singapore Auction House community is set for a shake up with the launch of HotLotz, an innovative new Auction House that offers Singaporeans an exciting new way to buy, sell and collect premium furniture and interior decorative items.
This new on- and off-line experience makes an eclectic range of internationally and locally-sourced items accessible to the broadest possible audience and offers a fun, fresh, buyer-friendly way to discover, browse and buy premium pieces in Singapore.
Re-engineering the traditional Auction House experience for the 21st Century, buyers can enjoy the excitement of the bidding process in the comfort of HotLotz’s beautiful air-conditioned saleroom in Tiong Bahru, whilst indulging in artisan coffee, smoothies and snacks served in the ‘secret’ canteen.
For the first time in Singapore, buyers can also browse the online HotLotz catalogue, access reserves and place bids on the www.hotlotz.com platform until one hour before the auction.
Singapore Post Centre (SPC) will be redeveloped into the first retail mall here to combine brick-and-mortar shops and online shopping - all under one roof.
The new mall will revolutionize retail concepts for consumers and retailers alike.
Consumers will be able to browse in-store, purchase the product and arrange for delivery of the product directly to their home. The consumer could then continue shopping, watch a movie or have a meal in the mall without having to carry bulky shopping bags. The retailer, on the other hand, will be able to save on storage space in the store as fulfillment would be done at the back-end of the warehouse.
The new retail mall at SPC will consist of four above ground levels and one basement, an eight-hall Golden Village cineplex, SingPost's flagship post office, retail shops, Kopitiam food court as well as other food and beverage outlets.
Megafash is a creative marketplace based in Singapore.
They currently work with over 1000 local brands from Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and The Philippines by growing their brand name and distribution channels in Singapore. They let indie brands, makers and craftsmen tell their stories in an authentic way. They believe that people seek for meaningful products and the stories that come along with them – their products are not just things. They have personality that brings a little more colour into your life.