Amazon Prime launch in Singapore

If you are an avid online shopper, this giant brand name Amazon is no stranger to you. Amazon Prime is now available in Singapore today on Wednesday 6th December 2017, with Amazon announcing the launch of Amazon Prime in Singapore. Prime is Amazon’s popular membership program that provides exclusive access to benefits such as fast shipping, streaming and gaming.

While I am not an avid online shopper, I do visit Amazon once a while for “window shopping”, keeping a lookout for good deals. With Amazon Prime now available in Singapore, it gives me the opportunity to enjoy Amazon Prime and its services.

What are the benefits of Amazon Prime membership in Singapore? Here are some information on the Prime membership benefits:

  • Free Two-Hour Delivery with Prime Now: Following the introduction of Prime Now earlier this year, customers began enjoying exclusive access to Prime Now benefits and can continue to enjoy those benefits as part of their Prime membership, getting ultra-fast delivery on tens of thousands of items with free two-hour delivery on orders over S$40, between 10am and 10pm daily. Items range from groceries to electronics, including a variety of new brands added to Prime Now since the launch such as Sunshine, Bebe Bamboo, Archipelago Beer, Kat Food, Razer and more.
  • Free International Shipping on over 5 Million Items: Unlimited free shipping in 7 to 9 business days on orders over S$60 from the Prime Now App on more than 5 million international products shipped from Amazon US. Products include a wide selection of top brands such as Leap Frog, Rubbermaid, Zojirushi, BCB Generation, The Children’s Space, Pet Safe, Rebecca Minkoff, and Melissa and Doug.
  • Amazon Prime Video: Members can stream or download popular and award-winning Amazon Prime Originals like the highly anticipated second season of The Grand Tour premiering December 8, starring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, Golden Globe-winner Mozart in the Jungle, Emmy-winner The Man in the High Castle, comedy series The Tick, Bosch, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan coming in 2018, and more, as well as other popular movies and TV shows like Fear the Walking Dead, Seinfeld, Justified, The Transformers franchise and Mission Impossible franchise. Prime members can watch anytime, anywhere through the Amazon Prime Video app on Android and iOS phones and tablets, select smart TVs, game consoles or online at PrimeVideo.com.
  • Twitch Prime: Free in-game loot, like exclusive characters, boosts, and skins, in games including Blizzard Entertainment’s Hearthstone, Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Origins, and Digital Extreme’s Warframe, plus full games from indie developers. Members also receive a Twitch channel subscription every 30 days, as well as ad-free viewing, an expanded set of chat emotes and colors, and an exclusive chat badge, all available at amazon.com/prime.

If you are keen in Amazon, you can try all of the benefits of Amazon Prime for 30 days. There is an introductory promotional price of S$2.99 per month  for a limited time, ahead of the S$8.99 monthly price.

Customers can visit www.amazon.com.sg to sign up for a free 30 day trial and to learn more about Amazon.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Amazon Prime and Ogilvy Public Relations *

Singtel partners Telkomsel to expand mobile money services

Singtel and Telkomsel recently announced that they are partnering to launch a new service, a real-time mobile remittance service to Indonesia.

In this current era of smartphone and mobile data usage, smartphone apps can be very handy to handle some of the daily routine or monthly routine matters at your finger tips with your smartphone and app, without having to be physically there in person to do the things.

Do spread this news on the real-time mobile remittance service by Singtel and Telkomsel and pass it on to your family, relatives, friends and colleagues if they need to remit cash back to Indonesia.

Let me share with you more information and details of the Singtel and Telkomsel partnership in real-time mobile remittance service to Indonesia –

Singtel and Telkomsel launched a real-time mobile remittance service to Indonesia. Offered by SingCash under the Singtel Dash brand, this service allows customers in Singapore to send money to PT Pos Indonesia’s 4,500 cash-out points (1) across the country via Weselpos Instan (2). This is an enhancement to the current facility that lets customers send money to Indonesian bank accounts.

The service was launched at Festival Rising50, the first concert event celebrating 50 years of Singapore and Indonesia bilateral ties. It marks the first time that Singtel and Telkomsel are collaborating on mobile money initiatives to drive innovation in both their markets.

According to the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Singapore, there are 200,000 Indonesians living and working in Singapore. Outward remittance from Singapore to Indonesia totals more than US$ 409 million yearly (3).

Mr Yuen Kuan Moon, Chief Executive Officer, Consumer Singapore, Singtel, said, “Indonesia is one of our main remittance corridors and we are pleased to partner Telkomsel to offer convenient and secure mobile remittance cash pick-up service for our Indonesian friends. Singtel Dash will continue to enhance the mobile payments experience for our customers and enable their digital lifestyles. We are also excited to contribute to Singapore’s journey to a Smart Nation by developing the mobile payments ecosystem in Singapore.”

Mr Ririek Adriansyah, Chief Executive Officer, Telkomsel, said, “Telkomsel’s partnership in Singtel’s remittance service is one effort to support our government in promoting financial inclusion for Indonesian people, especially the unbanked segment. Foreign remittance enables them to improve their quality of life as well as provide an opportunity to begin saving for the future. We believe every little effort to promote financial inclusion will also accelerate the growth of Indonesia’s economy.”

In line with their commitment to work together on smart money initiatives, the two leading telcos also announced future plans to offer mobile remittance to Telkomsel’s TCash, offering a complete mobile wallet-to-mobile wallet experience. They also plan to expand the number of cash pick-up points to GraPARI Telkomsel service centres, as well as PT Bank BRI branches in the second half of this year.

Singtel Dash is Singapore’s first all-in-one mobile payments solution that is available to everyone. It is the only mobile payments app that offers fast, secure and real-time mobile remittance services, supports in-store and online retail payments, as well as transit payments. Customers can enjoy paying with Singtel Dash for their taxi, bus and train rides, as well as at supermarkets, convenience stores and food courts.

Since its re-launch in May 2016, the number of Singtel Dash customers has grown to almost 500,000. The volume of monthly transactions has also doubled over the last six months.

Notes

(1) Kantor Pos (post office) branches operated by PT Pos Indonesia

(2) Weselpos Instan is a remittance product of PT Pos Indonesia

(3) Source: World Bank Bilateral Remittance Matrix 2015

* Information and details courtesy of Singtel Corporate Communications *

Shopee Pioneers Largest Mobile Shopping Festival on 9.9 Mobile Shopping Day

Shopee, the number 1 mobile marketplace in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, recently pioneered largest mobile shopping festival on 9th September 2016. Prior to the 9.9 Mobile Shopping Day, I shared with my readers on their upcoming 9.9 Mobile Shopping Day on 31st August 2016, giving them the heads up for this mobile shopping festival that will take place on 9th September.

9.9 Mobile Shopping Day took place and it was pretty interesting to look at the statistics, figures and thoughts from people involved in it. Let me share with you more information and details on Shopee largest mobile shopping festival on 9.9 Mobile Shopping Day from the press release information below –

Shopee, the number one mobile marketplace in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, successfully launched its inaugural Mobile Shopping Day on September 9, 2016. During the biggest mobile shopping sale in the region, consumers received 24 hours of non-stop deals and promotions, including discounts of up to 90%.

Across the region, 25,000 Shopee sellers participated in the festival and the platform saw a fivefold increase in orders and three times jump in traffic. In total, over four million chats were initiated between buyers and sellers and over the course of the day, top sellers saw an increase in orders of up to 200 times their daily average.

“We are thrilled and humbled by the success of our first ever 9.9 Mobile Shopping Day,”said Chris Feng, Chief Executive Officer of Shopee. “The amazing feedback we have received from our buyers and sellers affirms our belief that Shopee is leading the region’s mobile shopping revolution.”

Vera Ong, owner of Lovera Collections, saw a 600% surge in orders on 9.9. Vera shared, “Shopee’s campaigns and flash sales have always helped to boost my sales, but what we saw on Shopee 9.9 Mobile Shopping Day was unprecedented. We smashed our record for number of items sold in one day.”

Sesilia Moeis, Marketing Manager of BestBuyWorldSG, shared a similar experience, “Our orders grew by 10 times our usual sales on Shopee 9.9 Mobile Shopping Day. Thanks to Shopee’s tech and customer support team, order processing and shipments went very smoothly, allowing us to focus on providing great customer support on the day.”

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Following the positive reception of Shopee’s inaugural 9.9 Mobile Shopping Day, buyers and sellers can expect to find more deals in the coming year. With ongoing promotions and sales, consumers can stay updated through the Shopee App, available on the App Store and Google Play.

* Information and infographic courtesy of Shopee Singapore and Cohn & Wolfe Singapore *

Shopee announced inaugural 9.9 Mobile Shopping Day

Online shoppers alert! Shopee by Garena is launching their inaugural 9.9 mobile shopping day on the 9th of September. Shopee 9.9 mobile shopping day will kick off on 1st September with a 9 day countdown!

If you would like to know more about Shopee, this infographic would be useful to know more about Shopee and some interesting key insights!

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Here are more details and information from the press release information below –

Shopee, the leading mobile-first social marketplace by Garena1, today announced its inaugural 9.9 Mobile Shopping Day, an upcoming one-day only mobile shopping extravaganza happening on 9 September. Slated to be the biggest mobile shopping sale in the region, consumers in Singapore can expect 24 hours of non-stop deals and promotions, including discounts of up to 90%, selected picks under $0.99 and a chance to win Samsung Galaxy phones.

Chris Feng, Chief Executive Officer of Shopee, said, “Among all the markets that we are present in, Singapore has truly proven to be mobile-first, ranking number one globally for smartphone adoption. Shopee 9.9 Mobile Shopping Day signifies the start of a new era for shopping, where everybody is free to shop online anywhere and anytime on mobile, and we’d like to invite everyone to celebrate this day with us.”

Since officially launching across Southeast Asia and Taiwan in December 2015, Shopee has experienced significant growth in all countries. Across all markets, Shopee has over 20 million installs, 250,000 daily orders and an annualised gross merchandise value (GMV) of USD 1.3 billion, making it the fastest growing marketplace in the region. To date, Shopee Singapore alone has amassed over 1 million installs.

According to a Google study, Singapore has the highest smartphone penetration in the world at 85%2. While eCommerce is expected to grow 13% year on year, expected growth for mCommerce is at 15%3. Based on a report by Mastercard in 2015, 49% of Singaporeans have made a purchase using their mobile phones and this number continues to grow4.

Feng explained, “It is clear that Singapore, much like other countries in the region, is undergoing a mobile transformation. Our mobile-first approach has helped Shopee become one of the leading marketplaces in the region, and we would like to mark September 9 as a milestone to celebrate this.”

He added, “One interesting effect of the mobile revolution is that buyers and sellers are increasingly dealing over live chat. Buyers prefer to chat directly with sellers for multiple reasons, such as to find out more about the products, or seek after-sales support. Shopee has since facilitated 430 million chats across the region, with 30 new chats every second.”

Shopee 9.9 Mobile Shopping Day will kick off on 1 September with a 9-day countdown featuring deals under $9.99 and daily giveaways. On 9 September, shoppers can enjoy many promotions, including selected products at up to 90% off. Shopee has also enlisted OCBC as a partner for FRANK Credit Card holders to enjoy further discounts.

Shopee Singapore can be downloaded for free on all mobile platforms via Apple App Store and Google Play Store. For more information on Shopee 9.9 – Mobile Shopping Day, visit http://shopee.sg/shopee99

* Information and infographic courtesy of Shopee and cohn&wolfe *

Dash transforms every mobile phone into an ATM

SingTel and Standard Chartered Bank recently launched Dash, a ground-breaking mobile money service that revolutionises mobile commerce and banking. In a first-of-its-kind collaboration between a telco and a bank, Dash offers innovative solutions that update the way customers access, save or borrow money, make payments, and purchase insurance.

At launch, Dash offers three innovative mobile money solutions:

  • Dash Easy– a bundle of two accounts in one solution – a savings account seamlessly linked to a mobile cash account. Customers can download cash into their mobile phones to pay friends and businesses without the need to access an ATM.
  • Dash Advance – a personal loan facility which customers can apply through their mobile phones, any time.
  • Dash Abroad– a customisable mobile travel insurance service which offers customers the flexibility to pick and choose coverage options to meet their needs while on the go.

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At the heart of the service is the user-friendly Dash mobile app for Apple and Android smartphones that allows customers to sign up and access these solutions seamlessly.

Mr Allen Lew, SingTel’s CEO Group Digital Life, said: “Dash is centred round the lifestyle needs and habits of a mobile Internet generation who are used to downloading information and content on the go.  With Dash, we are offering them an unprecedented experience by allowing cash to be downloaded into their phones as well.

“But Dash is more than that; it is a suite of mobile money services which integrates three important components – mobile banking, mobile payments and mobile shopping.By bringing together players in the banking, telecommunications and retail sectors, we are able to deliver a differentiating experience for consumers in terms of convenience, ease of use and accessibility. We are pleased to partner Standard Chartered, as well as the myriad of partners on our platform, to make Dash available to every mobile user.”

Mr Som Subroto, Standard Chartered’s Regional Head of Retail Clients, ASEAN, said: “At Standard Chartered, we have three guiding principles when we develop a new product: It has to be relevant to the customer; it has to be secure and it has to be innovative. Dash is a great example. We are always seeking ways to make banking simpler and more convenient for them. As device sophistication and network speed have increased over the years, so have consumers’ expectations of usability and service. We are delighted to have this opportunity to collaborate with SingTel, to conceptualise Dash and make banking even more convenient and relevant for everyone.

“Dash harnesses the power of technology and analytics to make the customer experience more intuitive, seamless and delightful, while ensuring that transactions remain safe, secure and confidential. This is just the beginning and I am excited to see how Dash will evolve.”

Dash updates the way you access money

Available to subscribers of all local mobile operators, Dash Easy is the first solution of its kind in Singapore that allows customers to download cash from a savings account directly into their mobile phones to pay friends and businesses. Customers no longer have to queue at ATMs to withdraw money.

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Dash updates the way you pay friends

Dash Easy reinvents the way person-to-person payments are made, through a unique, patent-pending technology that mimicks physical cash transfer. With a swipe, customers can instantly transfer money from their phone to their friends’ phones, making it as reassuring as handing over cash itself. Alternatively, transfers can be made to anyone in their contact list.

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Dash updates the way you pay for goods and services

Dash has partnered retail industry leaders to create a vibrant, next-generation mobile commerce community. With Dash Easy, customers can make secure payments at more than 20,000 acceptance points islandwide, including retail outlets, convenience stores, food courts and cafes, progressively rolled out in 2014. Customers will also be able to pay for their Comfort, SMRT and Prime taxi fares, without the usual administrative fees. To ensure that payments are secure, seamless and fast, Dash uses a patent-pending technology that integrates the mobile device with the merchants’ point of sale systems.

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Dash updates the way you save
Dash is the first mobile financial service in Singapore where customers are invited to be co-creators. For example, customers play an active role in determining the interest rate of Dash Easy Savings Account by participating in a unique social media promotion. By including the #needsanupdate hashtag on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram posts, customers can bump up the interest rate on their account to one per cent per annum.

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Dash updates the way you borrow money and buy travel insurance
With Dash Advance, customers can use the Dash app to apply for personal loans without having to visit a branch or speak to a bank officer. Dash Abroad offers a unique customisable travel insurance plan that gives customers the flexilibity to pick-and-choose coverage options to meet their needs.

Many more updates to come
Dash features will be regularly updated and enhanced, and customers can look forward to more exciting products, features and payment acceptance points in the coming months. They can submit their suggestions on new app features and enhancements via the Dash website, as well as recommend the businesses to be added to the list of supported partners.

Signing up is easy
Customers do not need to visit a bank branch or print copies of their NRIC, as all necessary personal details and documentation can be uploaded through the app.  For a limited time, customers will receive a complimentary S$10 welcome bonus, ready to be used, upon the successful sign up and opening of the Dash mobile cash account.

For more information, please visit www.dash.com.sg

* Information and Pictures Courtesy of SingTel *