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Postby fattyivy » Sun, 12 Sep 2010 1:43 am

Dear All,

Arrival here nearly one months, have question in belolw area, anyone know it, pls inform me?

1. Newspaper Delivery to our house, I lived at Sengkang area?

2. Free Newspaper will delivery to HDB flat or only target in private house?

3. How many Free Newspaper in Singapore?

4. Online shopping common for local market or not? product? similar as Gmarket?

5. Need job hunter or agency, pls reocmment to me?

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Re: Daily Life Question

Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sun, 12 Sep 2010 9:32 am

fattyivy wrote:Dear All,

Arrival here nearly one months, have question in belolw area, anyone know it, pls inform me?

1. Newspaper Delivery to our house, I lived at Sengkang area? Yes. Ask your neighbour who they use.

2. Free Newspaper will delivery to HDB flat or only target in private house? Maybe. You will have to call up the Newspapers to ask.

3. How many Free Newspaper in Singapore? 2 dailies (but the weekend ones are not free)

4. Online shopping common for local market or not? product? similar as Gmarket? Local market do not have online. Online a few majors. Google is your friend.

5. Need job hunter or agency, pls reocmment to me? I don't recommend any recruiters at all. Try using JobStreet, JobsDB, Monster, etc. The Jobs Classifieds on this site and the local daily papers. (paid one is better for classified than the freebies. Subscription to major daily inclusive on Sunday paper is around 30-32/mo. Again, Google is your friend.

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Postby BigSis » Sun, 12 Sep 2010 1:13 pm

The only online shopping I know of is Cold Storage and Fairprice, but Fairprice are not very good (everything is always out of stock!) and will only deliver non-perishable. I haven't used Cold Storage for a long time so I don't know how good they are now (they didn't used to be very good which is why I stopped using them).

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Postby Zeenit » Sun, 12 Sep 2010 3:57 pm

I use Fairprice for big bulky items. Only once did they not have one item in stock in 2 yrs.

Some supermakets will home deliver once you bought but you need to go in and shop.
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Postby BigSis » Mon, 13 Sep 2010 8:43 am

Zeenit wrote:I use Fairprice for big bulky items. Only once did they not have one item in stock in 2 yrs.

Some supermakets will home deliver once you bought but you need to go in and shop.


really, you must be luckier than me! For the past 4 or 5 times that I've ordered with Fairprice, I've had a phone call the day before the delivery is due to say that they haven't got quite a few of the items in stock and can they change the delivery to a different day - and it doesn't seem to make any difference what day I ask for my delivery. I've written to them to ask why it is that I can go in any Fairprice and get these items but their main warehouse doesn't have them, but I just get the old 'sorry ma'am' reply back.

It's a shame because they are useful for bulk buying and I don't have a car, so it's hard to lug heavy stuff back from the shops.

Fattyivy - Cold Storage and Carrefour do a thing where if you order over a certain amount they'll deliver the non-perishable stuff free and you take the perishable stuff home with you, but unfortunately neither of them are as cheap as Fairprice.

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Postby x9200 » Mon, 13 Sep 2010 9:00 am

BigSis wrote:really, you must be luckier than me! For the past 4 or 5 times that I've ordered with Fairprice, I've had a phone call the day before the delivery is due to say that they haven't got quite a few of the items in stock and can they change the delivery to a different day - and it doesn't seem to make any difference what day I ask for my delivery. I've written to them to ask why it is that I can go in any Fairprice and get these items but their main warehouse doesn't have them, but I just get the old 'sorry ma'am' reply back.

Exactly my experience with CS :) Typically 30% out of stock, especially if you buy a bit larger quantities - few bottles of the same wine, 2-3 dozens of soft, PET-bottled drinks. The drinks can be typically delivered later but looks like the immediate stock is always low.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 13 Sep 2010 10:06 am

The problem is created by the density of the population here in Singapore.

Let me try to explain. (I'm not a economic or whatever expert but just what I've learned over the years)

Square Footage costs a bomb in Singapore, be it for store frontage, or storage/warehousing. Most stores in Singapore do not have a "warehouse" or even a major distribution point. Fairprice & Cold Storage being exceptions but even they keep warehousing to a minimum and usually only stockpile "essentials" (Asian Essentials) like Rice, cooking oil and so forth. Otherwise, they follow the Dell example of just in time manufacturing/supplying. This is why, in Fairprice Supermarkets you find lots of boxes stacked on the tops of the display shelves. There is not a storeroom in the stores (there is a cold room and a staging area for fresh produce.

Almost all stores in Singapore display their whole stock with the storeroom being under or over the displays. This is why lots of chains here will "call their other stores" to see if they can procure what you are looking for as there is not a storeroom, per se. Storerooms don't sell, displays do and rental costs for retail premises are out of site. The problem occurs because they don't "reorder" until they are almost out of something and then, because they don't control the shipping, sure a dog made little green apples, they run out and are at the mercy of the shipping companies or customs or both. I've had a running war with the local NTUC for years about this to no avail.

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Postby x9200 » Mon, 13 Sep 2010 11:14 am

Very likely the case SMS. I even recall being told they had to get it from a different branch. On the other hand coke is an "Asian Essential" :)

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Postby carteki » Mon, 13 Sep 2010 11:36 am

There are individuals that offer a "home shopping service" - have no idea as to how to find them though as it just cropped up in conversation and I wasn't paying attention...

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Postby Strong Eagle » Mon, 13 Sep 2010 11:40 am

If you are near the Greenwood/Watten Estate area you might want to check into an outfit called Heng Heng in Greenwood Plaza. 98% of their business is home delivery.

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Postby BigSis » Mon, 13 Sep 2010 1:08 pm

carteki wrote:There are individuals that offer a "home shopping service" - have no idea as to how to find them though as it just cropped up in conversation and I wasn't paying attention...


Yes, I've heard rumours about this too - I wasn't paying close attention either :oops: but someone said something about a place you phone and tell them what you want and they'll go and buy it and deliver it (called The Grocer or something from what I remember). I've never tried it but it sounds expensive from what they were saying, so I didn't bother looking into it. I think I'll just start going to Carrefour and doing the shopping myself and getting them to deliver the heavy stuff - it's probably easier!

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Postby ksl » Mon, 13 Sep 2010 1:12 pm

x9200 wrote:Very likely the case SMS. I even recall being told they had to get it from a different branch. On the other hand coke is an "Asian Essential" :)
It wouldn't be if they knew the consequences, the risk is in later life as it takes years to deplete the calcium

http://www.medpagetoday.com/Endocrinolo ... rosis/4247

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=2536421&page=1

The information is strictly for awareness! That way we can all control what we consume if we want to. :wink:
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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 13 Sep 2010 5:06 pm

ksl, can you tell me any reason why I should not delete that post? It has absolutely nothing to do with the thread at all and borders dangerously close to the OB markers as well and you know it. I overlooked the other post but this one is not like you, smilies or not. :-|

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Postby Strong Eagle » Mon, 13 Sep 2010 5:32 pm

^^^^^^

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Postby Girl_Next_Door » Mon, 13 Sep 2010 5:53 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Fairprice & Cold Storage being exceptions but even they keep warehousing to a minimum and usually only stockpile "essentials" (Asian Essentials) like Rice, cooking oil and so forth.


Is washing detergent considered asian essentials? I have ordered 3 times from Cold Storage and they are out of stock all 3 times! :x


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