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SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 4 August 2020
To commemorate Singapore’s 55th
birthday, Amazon aims to recognize home-grown businesses and celebrate their
journeys by launching today dedicated “Shop
Local” storefront
on Amazon.sg. The
curated page features four local brands’ founding stories and a plethora of
products from local businesses in categories such as home and home improvement,
electronics, kitchen and dining, health and personal care, toys and games,
groceries and more.

Amazon Singapore Shines a Spotlight on Local Retailers this National Day

 

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“As Singaporeans come together to
celebrate the nation’s 55th birthday, we hope to help shoppers
discover and expand the support for local businesses through this new
initiative. We invite customers to learn more about the entrepreneurs behind
these homegrown businesses and check out their great products,” says Bernard
Tay, Country Leader, Amazon.sg Seller Services and Head of Amazon Global
Selling Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand
. “We are pleased to
welcome more local business onto Amazon.sg and look forward to helping them
expand their customer base and reach a global audience through our online
stores worldwide.”

Notable local brands featured on
“Shop Local” include: manufacturer of premium quality bedding with compostable
and bio-degradable fibers — EASVEN; local manufacturer of  plant-based products for babies with sensitive
skin — Happyganics; personal care brand for those aspiring to
enjoy clear and beautiful skin — Porcelain Skin; and non-medicated
solutions provider for menstrual cramps — Blood.

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Getting to know the local retailers on Amazon.sg

 

EASVEN

Singaporean founder Chen Yan
started her career with her family’s bedding and household goods business but
soon left to study Design in Arts in the UK before moving to Singapore in 2004.
In 2019, Yan returned to her passion and love for textile, fabric, and the
environment to start EASVEN, a purpose-built brand which
manufactures premium quality bedding using TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers that are
certified compostable and bio-degradable. Amidst COVID-19, Yan started selling
on Amazon to reach a global audience with low shipment costs.

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“With Amazon, we’re not only
selling products, but a service, building our brand reputation, growing our
community, and connecting with our customers. As a young brand dealing with the
pandemic, selling online has been essential. We’ve been able to continue the
business, adapt quickly, and maintain the high quality and service of our
products,” said Yan, founder of EASVEN.

 

Happyganics

Happyganics was founded in 2015 in Singapore by parents Dawn Teh and Leslie Wou after their
baby daughter started suffering from skin allergies. With pure plant-based
ingredients and natural products, ranging from detergent to hand sanitizer,
Happyganics manufactures locally and sells in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia,
Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.

 

Dawn from Happyganics said: “With
Amazon, we have been able to reach many more customers without increasing our
operations cost. The warehousing and logistical support has allowed us to
streamline operations and offer same-day delivery to meet customer expectations.
Furthermore, joining Amazon through the E-Commerce Booster Package has meant
that we can leverage its global footprint without having to rent retail space —
a huge cost saver to grow rapidly!”

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Porcelain Skin

Started by mother-daughter duo
Jenny Teng and Pauline Ng, Porcelain is a home-grown brand that
grew swiftly fueled by the mutual love for skincare and passion to correct, not
conceal, skin troubles. Over the last 10 years, since 2009, Porcelain Skin has
received more than 80 beauty awards for both service and products and has plans
to expand across Vietnam, Philippines and Malaysia.

 

Daughter and Managing Director
Pauline Ng said: “While we grow as a company, we are constantly looking for
ways to continue listening to customer feedback and improve our service to
build long-term relationships. We’ve just joined Amazon in June and are looking
forward to connecting with consumers domestically and internationally to
address their needs quickly.”

 

Blood

Frustrated by the lack of good
quality non-medicated solutions for menstrual cramps, Singaporeans Tan Peck
Ying and Caleb Leow developed MenstruHeat — the flagship product of Blood
— to help and support women across the world through their period cycles. They
started selling on Amazon in 2015 and have since grown their business on Amazon
across the US, UK, EU, Canada, Japan, Australia with plans to expand in India.

 

“Selling internationally with
Amazon has given us exposure beyond our shores — this has been really important
for our brand building and awareness. In fact, more than 50% of our online
sales come through Amazon today. Thanks to Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA), since
our initial days, we have not had to worry about distribution and shipment
costs and can focus on managing inventory and growing the business,” said Peck
Ying, co-founder of Blood.

 

Discover the wide range of
selection from local retailers on Amazon.sg here.

 

Beyond the “Shop Local” showcase,
Amazon has launched Seller University so local businesses in Singapore can
access complimentary online tools and personalized support to better operate on
Amazon’s store. This is in addition to the E-Commerce Booster Package
collaboration with Enterprise Singapore where local retailers who sign up to
sell on Amazon.sg can avail a one-time grant of up to S$9,000 to enhance their E-Commerce
capabilities and reach more customers. 
Interested local retailers can find out more information and sign up by
30 September 2020 here: https://services.amazon.sg/esg-e-commerce-booster-package.html

 

To find out more about selling on Amazon, visit: https://www.amazon.sg/sell.

About Amazon

Amazon is
guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus,
passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term
thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations,
Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle,
Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and
services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit Amazon.sg.

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Vivocom’s Group Game Changer – Multi-Billion Sand Project Secured

  • Initial contract worth RM3.79 billion for three years
  • Aspires to be a major industry player 'with exponential growth prospects'


KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Media OutReach - 26 February 2021 - In a filing to Bursa Malaysia this evening, Vivocom Intl Holdings Berhad ('Vivocom') announced that V Development Group via one of its subsidiaries has secured a 'massive win' worth approximately USD934.7 million or the equivalent of RM3.79 billion.

Rain International Sdn Bhd ('Rain International') is a 97% owned subsidiary under the V Development Group which was recently merged into the Vivocom Group. The Company's proposed acquisition of V Development Group had been recently approved by the relevant authorities.

Rain International is principally involved in the mineral trading and exportation business, supplying sand to its client mainly in Hong Kong and China for reclamation and construction works. The Company had recently signed a contract for the supply of marine sand for a minimum period of three years.

The contract is for the supply of sand to Zhen Hua Engineering Company Ltd-China Communications Construction Company Ltd-CCCC Dredging (Group) Company Ltd. (ZHEC-CCCC-CDC), a Joint Venture contractor appointed to undertake the main reclamation works for the Hong Kong International Airport Three Runway System Project.

Director Mr William Chan Ching-Kee said: "As the appointed agent for the ZHECC-CCCC-CDC Joint Venture, we are looking forward to the exportation of sand from Malaysia to our client in Hong Kong to commence without any further delay."

Dato Seri Chia is optimistic that the contract would be extended for another two to three years and could potentially generate revenue of up to RM6 billion.

"The sand business is a major boost because it gives us tremendous visibility. The potential revenue is huge, recurring and highly scalable," its jubilant CEO, Dato Seri Chia Kok Teong exclaimed.

"The potential for explosive growth in the sand business is real and tangible, and bodes well for the Group in the next few years."

"We are starting with 3 years but the contract can easily be increased to 5 years and beyond, with higher tonnage shipped every 6 months. The exportation of sand will increase sharply over time," he added.

Besides the reclamation works for the Hong Kong International Airport, the rapid pace of construction and reclamation works in China and Singapore also requires heavy demand for sand, which is a considerable boon to Malaysia.

"The market for sand export is extremely humongous and will fuel the Group's rapid growth for the next several years. The RM3.79 billion Win is the first of many more to come."

"I have in fact urged my team to secure up to RM10 billion worth of sand contracts by the end of 2021. This is part of our overall transformation strategy to become a multi billions conglomerate," declared Dato Seri Chia.

"It is our core strategy to strengthen and diversify the Group's revenues generation capabilities and capacities and not be too narrowly focussed."

"Presently, we are already in negotiations for another RM2 to RM3 billion sand contract. Once finalised, we will make the relevant announcement as per Bursa Malaysia's requirements," Dato Seri Chia elaborated.

The sand would be procured from an approved permit holder to export sand overseas, and sourced from concession areas in Sandakan and Sungai Beluran in Sabah and throughout Malaysia.

"Even with this massive sand contract already secured, we will not be complacent. I have earlier promised to transform Vivocom into a behemoth Conglomerate and I will work non-stop to deliver on the promise," Dato Seri assured.

Since Dato Seri Chia's entry into Vivocom in January 2020 when its price was at 15 cents, the share has climbed sharply and last closed at RM1.06 on Thursday, 25th February 2021.

"I am very optimistic that Vivocom shares will continue to grow strongly and be worth a lot more than presently over time. I'm proud to say that we are no longer a penny stock," he reflected.

"My team is totally committed to building Vivocom into a reputable and profitable public company, one with solid fundamentals, sustainable profits and healthy cashflows."

"As a priority, we will work towards getting the Group elevated to the Main Board of Bursa Malaysia and be a dividends-paying company soonest possible," quipped Dato Seri.

To show his commitment, Dato Seri Chia has undertaken a voluntary self--imposed moratorium (or SIM) in that he will not dispose his personal stakes in Vivocom for the next 3 years. This will ensure the company's long-term price stability and sustainability.

"We want a stable and strong share price so that the Company can use its shares with its high liquidity as a currency for M&A activities to fund and fast-track expansion and growth," he explained.

"A strong share with high liquidity is a most valuable and prized asset. We will use it to buy Companies with game-changing and disruptive strategies. To look for the Next Big Thing."

"The enormous followings in the Company are what is driving in tremendous liquidity and momentum giving our share price added impetus," Dato Seri proudly asserts.

"We aspire to emulate Berkshire Hathaway strategy started over 40 years ago by Mr Warren Buffet. Mr Masayoshi Son built SoftBank Group of Japan along the same philosophy and Alphabet in US adopted similar strategies."

"These three companies are presently amongst the most valuable and admired companies in the world. I have the same dream for Vivocom. I am determined to leave behind an enduring legacy for all our valued shareholders," concluded Dato Seri Chia.

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