5 Things You Should Know This Week: 31 May 2017

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

Updated on June 06, 2017 20:06 pm

Cromly Editor

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1. Apple’s first store in Southeast Asia opens in Singapore. Thousands of customers queued to be able to get a first glimpse of the newly-opened Apple store on Orchard Road. The doors opened at 10 am on 27 May 2017, with Apple’s Angela Ahrendts and Apple Singapore’s 237 employees greeting them. Check out this link for more information on the launch.

Photos courtesy of Apple

2. SilkAir to fly non-stop between Singapore and Hiroshima, Japan beginning 30 October. You can now fly direct to Hiroshima, Japan, thanks to SilkAir’s return flight service that will run three times a week (Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays). This significant milestone for the airline demonstrates its continuous commitment to bringing customers to new and exciting destinations. The new service to Hiroshima will be operated with SilkAir’s fleet of Boeing 737-800 aircraft, which features both Business and Economy class cabins. Customers can look forward to a full-service experience, including in-flight meals; wireless in-flight entertainment on SilkAir Studio; baggage allowance of 40kg and 30kg for Business and Economy class passengers respectively; as well as through check-in if they are connecting to, or from, another SilkAir or Singapore Airlines point via Singapore.

3. W. Atelier introduces German kitchen designs by next125. With the launch of their biggest and newest showroom, W. Atelier is bringing in several new brands—including next125, a premium German designer kitchen by Schüller and is the latest to join SieMatic and TOTO Kitchen in W. Atelier’s list of kitchen offerings. Bringing together the values of Bauhaus, next125 encompasses the finest craftsmanship, technology and architecture resulting in exceptionally elegant kitchens that are suited for quality and design-conscious customers. The unique design features of next125 products strive to meet the constantly growing expectations of the end consumer in terms of functionality, ergonomics, quality and design, giving next125 an edge against its competitors in the industry. Read more about it here.

4. Singtel partners polytechnics to help heritage-brand SMEs with digital solutions. Singtel is collaborating with Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with heritage to adopt digital technology. The collaborations are part of the 99%SME initiative to help SMEs use digital tools to get online, reach out to a wider customer base, and develop e-commerce capabilities. Singtel and Ngee Ann Polytechnic will focus on helping multi-generational family-owned SMEs, including those managed by the polytechnic’s alumni members, to digitalise their operations using business analytics solutions and improve their efficiency and competitiveness. Meanwhile, Singtel and Temasek Polytechnic will engage SMEs in traditional businesses such as provision shops, watch shops, tailors and tea-leaf merchants to provide ideas to keep their heritage brands alive. By leveraging digital technology, students from the polytechnic’s School of Business will guide SMEs on using the 99%SME website to market themselves online without cost.

5. Bosch launches OptiMUM kitchen machine with built-in weighing scale. This kitchen tool impresses in all aspects. Whatever is on your personal culinary wish list—delicate treats, delicious breads, crispy potato cakes, or even smoothies—the OptiMUM will mix, grate, hash and kneed at full power non-stop. With a built-in weighing function and updated sensor technology, it is capable of more tasks than any other Bosch kitchen machine that has gone before it. Furthermore, its extensive range of accessories adds to the machine's versatility. The OptiMUM kitchen machine is available at TANGS from 1 June, and the Bosch Experience Centre and major electronic stores from 19 June.


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