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FairPrice, Singapore

May 6, 2010

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A friend of mine has been working on the FairPrice account, and told me about its Facebook presence.

I visited the page out of curiosity, and was pleasantly surprised to see a question regarding FairPrice’s electricity usage, and the response.

Hmm…does 24-hour Fairprice Extra hypermarts = eco-unfriendly waste of electricity? Is it worth powering up the entire hypermart for the handful of shoppers from 2am-7am? What do you think?

The response:
Hi Adrian,

We would like to assure you that FairPrice is committed to being eco-friendly.
At our Jurong Point 24-hr hypermarket, we consciously reduce our electricity consumption at non-essential areas after midnight as much as we can, while not compromising our product quality and customers’ shopping experience.

For example, one third of the lights at the sales floor are switched off. Lights and electricity at non-operating service counters are also turned off. While we try to conserve energy on one hand, we also try to maximize our resources during this period on the other hand by performing night replenishment and other operational activities.

We welcome your thoughts and feedback.
FairPrice team

Nice one. The FairPrice outlet in my area has just made the transition to a 24-hours outlet, so I’d be keeping an eye out for such nocturnal practices!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Cat Ho-Shull permalink
    May 6, 2010 2:18 pm

    hi, speaking of Fairprice being eco-friendly, it still confounds me why Singapore is so laggardly with regards to the giving of plastic shopping bags? Why don’t we bite the bullet, pick a date and just go with “bring your own bags”just like many Asian nations have done – including China (2 years ago) and Taiwan?

  2. May 6, 2010 5:39 pm


    I wish I had a reply for that too (will check with my friend who works on the FairPrice account, although he may not have the answer since he doesn’t work in FairPrice).

    What I do know, is that the various supermarkets in Singapore have each carried out their own ‘Bring Your Own Bag’ campaigns on a certain day of each month / week, although I think that’s not currently implemented anymore.

    I chatted with one of the cashiers during that period about the use of plastic bags, and apparently the response wasn’t too fantastic. Charging S$0.05 for plastic bags didn’t deter many, and many complained about the inconvenience when they forgot to bring their own bags. I’m guessing the competition is also another deterring factor.

    Singapore doesn’t have much of an environmentally-friendly culture, unfortunately, and that makes me think that much of such ‘green’ activities are mere facades of sustainable practices.

  3. venu permalink
    August 29, 2010 2:27 pm


    With fairprice every thing is good, but i noticed one worst thing at fairprice if you buy differnt kind of goods generally after billing they keep in multiple plastic bags if you forget any bag at counter with in 5 mins they will remove and even if you ask them they won’t return. it’s not fair at all, it seems they are well planned for such a practices.

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