5 Things You Should Know This Week: 28 May 2018

Just the latest news in anything home and design to start your week off right

Updated on May 28, 2018 8:05 am

Cromly Editor

5 Things You Should Know This Week: 28 May 2018

These are some of the news you should know this week:

1. IUIGA opens first long-term pop-up store at SingPost Centre

Home-grown lifestyle brand IUIGA launched its first long-term pop-up store at SingPost Centre in Paya Lebar. The pop-up store will carry a wide range of products from the brand’s bestsellers to exclusive stationery items curated just for the store. Fans of the brand can also get a sneak peek of IUIGA’s soon-to-launch furniture range. The six-month store will be situated on level one of the mall from 10 am to 10 pm daily.

Jaslyn Chan, Co-Founder of IUIGA, says: “A storefront has always been in the pipeline for us as we want customers to have a platform to engage with our products before making a purchase. This six-month pop-up not only gives customers the chance to touch and feel our products, but also provides an avenue for our brand to interact with them on a deeper level and better understand their needs and feedback. SingPost Centre was chosen because our consumer data reflected that 63% of our customers reside in the East."

All products in-store are tagged with a unique QR code which leads to a product’s landing page. When scanned with a mobile device, customers will be presented with the option to add the item to cart or to save it to their wish lists.

2. Bosch launches R.I.C.E. campaign

Bosch Home Appliances launched the R.I.C.E. (Reach, Initiate, Care, Enable) campaign to support underprivileged families in Singapore with rice donations. The initiative will allow consumers to pledge a bag of rice through purchases made of Bosch home appliances. Despite Singaporeans being affluent, there is still a staggering number of low-income households that face difficulty in meeting daily basic necessities. This includes being able to have a whole some meal placed at their table for themselves and their loved ones.

To kick-off the campaign, Bosch organised a charity sale at the Robert Bosch Building last Saturday. For every purchase of $999 worth of Bosch home appliances, a 5kg bag of rice was donated to local charities Willing Hearts, Free Food For All, and Bo Tien Welfare Services Society. To further support the charities, Bosch has designed a limited edition “Have You Eaten?” laundry basket, which can be bought for $20. All proceeds from the sales of the laundry baskets will go toward additional rice donations to the sponsored charities. The R.I.C.E. campaign continues from 1 June until 31 July 2018 at the Bosch Experience Centre and all leading departmental and electronics retail stores island-wide.

3. ERA Realty Network's FindPropertyAgent: Match with a property agent in less than a minute

ERA Realty Network (ERA) has launched the phase two of its FindPropertyAgent.sg (FPA), a website that allows customers to find property agents based on the latter’s reviews and past transactions. With the rollout, the FPA now comes with an industry-first feature that allows users to match with their preferred property agents in under a minute. This works similar to a ride-hailing platform. Users can search on the service they require, be it buy, sell or rent, and they will be prompted with a database of agents who are online. Thereafter, they can choose the agents they feel can best address their needs, and connect with them in real time.

Marcus Chu, ERA Chief Operating Officer, says: “The phase two of FPA will heighten convenience for consumers as they search for property agents. Not only that, in the event that they have an urgent matter that requires immediate attention, they can find a suitable property agent who is available to help them in real time. For agents, this feature helps them to acquire more leads and encourage them to respond to consumers’ enquiries in a timelier fashion. We hope to aid our agents in embracing digital technology with solutions specifically developed to increase agent’s productivity though our mobile applications (i-ERA, ERA SG Projects), website (ERA.com.sg), customer relationship management system (24/7 PropWatch) and an internal portal (myERA)."

4. LG presents LG G7+ ThinQ Smart Phone

LG Electronics (LG) introduced its latest flagship smartphone, the LG G7+ ThinQ, which combines artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, super bright display, and surround sound features into one. Boasting the latest Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 845 Mobile Platform, it offers 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage to run demanding tasks and apps with ease. The polished metal rim gives the smartphone a premium and sleek look, complemented by Gorilla Glass 5 on both the front and the back for enhanced durability.

Retailing at $1,198 and available from June 2 at M1, Singtel, StarHub, and other LG authorized retailers, the LG G7+ ThinQ will come in New Platinum Grey, New Aurora Black, and New Moroccan Blue. Consumers may also register their interest early from May 22 to May 31, and receive premiums worth over $400, including a fast-charging wireless charger, a LG Tone Infinim Bluetooth headset and a BTS case, while stocks last. Know more about it here.

5. NAD introduces VISO HP70

NAD Electronics, a leading manufacturer of premium home audio and video products, announced their new VISO HP70. Initially previewed at CES, the HP70 is a wireless, full-size headphone with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), Tri-Mode operation and the company’s exclusive RoomFeel™ technology. It is also NAD’s first wireless headphone and the company’s most advanced design to date. A much-anticipated encore to the best-selling HP50 launched in 2013, the NAD HP70 is targeted for the performance-minded music lover on-the-go with an MSRP of $599.

The NAD HP70 employs Tri-Mode operation, which simply means the headphone can be operated in three different ways: Active with ANC, Active only, or Passive mode. In environments where noise is audible, Active with ANC is recommended while some may choose Active without ANC where ambient noise is not an issue. Passive mode is offered for those who have a dedicated amplifier or when the built-in power pack is running low.

"NAD has had great success with its previous headphone introductions. The HP50 for example was proclaimed by leading reviewers around the world as best-in-class and continues to be a very popular headphone," says Greg Stidsen, Chief Technology Officer for NAD. “However, as the audio market continues to go more and more portable, it was clear we needed a wireless, noise-cancelling version but not just a me-too product. The HP70 delivers remarkable sound quality, superb comfort and unique features, all at an affordable price and it is available now." Check it out here.

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