Retail Innovation Center in Singapore tackles Manpower Crunch


Published Date : Jun 17, 2014

The Singaporean retail training center will educate their knowledge on the latest technologies, such as mobile applications and payment solutions. 

RICE, also known as Retail Innovation Center for Enterprises (RICE) is a first-of-its-kind of a retail center introduced by the Singapore Institute Retail Studies (SIRS). It was launched on Monday (June 16) in the new campus at the Lifelong Learning Institute, and graced by the presence of Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State of Manpower and Health. 

RICE is established in the efforts to enhance the productivity in Singapore’s retail industry, offer one-stop service to the industry, and help the industry through the crunch in retailers. The center has planned on accomplishing these activities through educating retailers on the latest technologies in the market, such as mobile applications, payment solutions, and Enterprise Resource Planning Management Software. 

For instance, the mobile applications include Snap to Tell that enable the customers to interact and share product information efficiently. Consumers can scan their mobile phones on price tags or product tags in order to retrieve product demonstrations and instructions on the same. 

In order to help retailers with adopting certain modern technologies in RICE, SIRS has partnered with Singapore Productivity Center, both frontline and management staff – to launch training programmes and workshops for several retailers that are poised to come over the next few months.