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Monopolies in Singapore

Postby Wd40 » Fri, 12 Jul 2013 9:04 pm

Just wondering why Colgate has absolute monopoly in Singapore? Dont see much of pepsodent here.

Coke too seems to have absolute monopoly, no one even sniffs pepsi.

Pizza hut too same case. Hardly see any Dominos outlets with dine in.

What is it with such monopolies in Singapore?

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 12 Jul 2013 9:15 pm

Walk into KFC. All you can get is Pepsi. Walk into NTUC, you can buy Darlie and probably pepsodent as well. Go to Mustafa and you can buy all of them plus things like Vicco vajradanti. :-)

Sorry, no monopolies.

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Postby nakatago » Fri, 12 Jul 2013 9:36 pm

I like the Darlie toothbrushes. I like my toothbrush handles simple; none of those chubby, chunky handles that are too big to put in toothbrush cases. I can't find the simple Colgate toothbrushes in Singapore for some reason. And fyi, I floss.

And for pizza delivery, we go for Sarpinos because they have that buy one get one free pizza deal going on. Perfect fodder for parties.

And Pepsi is also available in NTUC. Also, I think Pizza Hut ony carries Pepsi products too for soft drinks.

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Postby Mi Amigo » Fri, 12 Jul 2013 10:16 pm

What I want to know is, why is there only one Competition Commission in Singapore? :P
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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 12 Jul 2013 10:26 pm

Fair go. It's still Friday! :cool:

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Re: Monopolies in Singapore

Postby Chantikki » Fri, 12 Jul 2013 10:36 pm

Wd40 wrote:Just wondering why Colgate has absolute monopoly in Singapore? Dont see much of pepsodent here.

Coke too seems to have absolute monopoly, no one even sniffs pepsi.

Pizza hut too same case. Hardly see any Dominos outlets with dine in.

What is it with such monopolies in Singapore?


I've never heard of pepsodent, am I missing something good? Might have to look that up on amazon.com

Not sure Pepsi really made it outside the US. If your gonna be unhealthy.... i choose coke.

For pizza i will vote for Pizza Capers or Spizza

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 12 Jul 2013 11:21 pm

Until I went on a diet 5.5 years ago, that was all I drank, Pepsi. After the diet I switched to Coke Zero, because Pepsi Max isn't all that good (and yes it it available in NTUC - both)

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Re: Monopolies in Singapore

Postby Wd40 » Fri, 12 Jul 2013 11:32 pm

Chantikki wrote:
Wd40 wrote:Just wondering why Colgate has absolute monopoly in Singapore? Dont see much of pepsodent here.

Coke too seems to have absolute monopoly, no one even sniffs pepsi.

Pizza hut too same case. Hardly see any Dominos outlets with dine in.

What is it with such monopolies in Singapore?


I've never heard of pepsodent, am I missing something good? Might have to look that up on amazon.com

Not sure Pepsi really made it outside the US. If your gonna be unhealthy.... i choose coke.

For pizza i will vote for Pizza Capers or Spizza


Pepsodent is a Unilever product, very popular in many countries, just like other Unilever products. But in Singapore, Darlie is the only generic brand, apart from colgate and that too is owned by colgate. Sensodyne is kind of niche brand.

The point I am trying to make is in many of the major markets you see very healthy cut throat competitions b/w the companies that I listed and heavy advertising to win over customers and the companies there are quite neck and neck.

In Singapore, though it seems in most areas there is a clear winner with a big lead. Pepsi is kind of forced upon you when you visit Pizza hut or KFC. But how many people in Singapore do you see buying Pepsi off the shelfs from supermarkets? In fact Pepsi is sold at a slight discount everywhere, where coke is also available.

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Re: Monopolies in Singapore

Postby zzm9980 » Sat, 13 Jul 2013 12:44 am

Wd40 wrote:Pepsi is kind of forced upon you when you visit Pizza hut or KFC.


That's because KFC, Pizzahut, and numerous other francise fast food chains unfortunately not in Singapore (my Kingdom for a Tacobell!) were previously owned by PepsiCo. They're still owned by YumCo, which was a subsidary (now spin off) from Pepsico.

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Re: Monopolies in Singapore

Postby Strong Eagle » Sat, 13 Jul 2013 1:24 am

Wd40 wrote:
Chantikki wrote:
Wd40 wrote:Just wondering why Colgate has absolute monopoly in Singapore? Dont see much of pepsodent here.

Coke too seems to have absolute monopoly, no one even sniffs pepsi.

Pizza hut too same case. Hardly see any Dominos outlets with dine in.

What is it with such monopolies in Singapore?


I've never heard of pepsodent, am I missing something good? Might have to look that up on amazon.com

Not sure Pepsi really made it outside the US. If your gonna be unhealthy.... i choose coke.

For pizza i will vote for Pizza Capers or Spizza


Pepsodent is a Unilever product, very popular in many countries, just like other Unilever products. But in Singapore, Darlie is the only generic brand, apart from colgate and that too is owned by colgate. Sensodyne is kind of niche brand.

The point I am trying to make is in many of the major markets you see very healthy cut throat competitions b/w the companies that I listed and heavy advertising to win over customers and the companies there are quite neck and neck.

In Singapore, though it seems in most areas there is a clear winner with a big lead. Pepsi is kind of forced upon you when you visit Pizza hut or KFC. But how many people in Singapore do you see buying Pepsi off the shelfs from supermarkets? In fact Pepsi is sold at a slight discount everywhere, where coke is also available.


Two things. There's no cost effective distribution system in Singapore. Warehouse space is expensive. Retail store inventory is limited. Small vans making deliveries cost more.

Second, there isn't enough shelf space to carry multiple brands. So, it costs a lot to get set up, then there is the problem of how to compete for shelf space and still make a profit.


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