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Retail sector brings more joy to people than the Deputy PM

Retail sector brings more joy to people than the Deputy PM

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Shouldn’t we be celebrating the everyday workmen who keep Singapore’s economy humming instead?

In the latest brouhaha a few days ago, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean had to issue an apology and amendment to the Population White Paper in Parliament.

A segment of a footnote in the White Paper had classified nursing, together with retail, as a low-skilled job.

Footnote 12 on Page 40 of the White Paper to be deleted, originally read: “Certain low-skilled jobs like personal services, retail, and nursing are hard to offshore. They will still be needed even as the economy upgrades.”

DPM Teo’s apology: “This classification of low-skilled jobs is not correct. I would like to apologise to those whose professions have been unintentionally misrepresented”.

Well, there are certainly some civil servants out there who prepared the White Paper who think quite highly of themselves and what they do.

And aren’t the people in retail the ones who form the backbone of Singapore’s economy?

Take a look at this “low-skilled” ice cream retail man on the Orchard Road belt on the first day of a rainy Chinese New Year. He is bringing more joy to the people on the street than the Deputy Prime Minister for sure.

Ice cream man on the first day of Chinese New Year.

Ice cream man on the first day of Chinese New Year. Photo stolen from Agagooga http://twitpic.com/c2f5gk

Polytechnic students run fashion retail store as part of curriculum

Polytechnic students run fashion retail store as part of curriculum

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One student to spend 440 hours in one semester running store.

For academic grades, a pioneering batch of 100 Singapore Polytechnic students will assume different roles according to their diplomas in running a shop located at Changi Airport’s Terminal 3.

The fashion retail shop, called Spell (Singapore Polytechnic Entrepreneurship Living Lab), sells clothes and accessories.

Opened on Sept. 17, the 600 sq ft store is a collaboration between Singapore Polytechnic and Changi Airport Group, which took six months to go from concept to reality.

Students with different diplomas have different requirements for the time they need to spend at the store.

Some will need to spend 60 hours over 15 weeks, others twice that amount.

Items sold in the store were sourced from all over Asia by five students.

The items are sold under the store’s own brand, Verve Avenue.

Students involved in this initiative volunteered to take part and they were selected through interviews.

At least one of them plans to start her own business after this stint.

Says 18-year-old Kim Khai Woon, 18, who is doing an entrepreneurship module of her Diploma in Business and Information Technology: “I want to start my own business in the future. I am doing this to avoid making mistakes when I start my venture.”

She also plans to spend 440 hours at the store for the semester, outside of her curriculum time.

Read the original articles here and here.

Borders is dead

Borders is dead

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Four reasons why the mammoth book store went under.

Borders has confirmed that it is closing the remaining 399 stores and laying off more than 10,000 workers in the US by September, following news of its imminent bankruptcy that has been reported for at least one month now.

Locally, not as if there is smoke without a fire.

The Singapore flagship store at Wheelock Place has been closed for three days. Word on the street has it that the bookstore chain is two months behind on rental.

The latest turn of events sees the bookstore’s landlord, Wheelock Properties, taking over the retail space at Wheelock Place as the Borders’ flagship store is closing down. Read the full story