Making Every Good Count

FairPrice stretches consumer’s dollar with $3 million discount scheme for housebrand products

Published on
19 December 2007

Singapore family can cut their grocery bill by 23%!

Singapore, 19 December 2007 – In view of rising cost of goods and services in Singapore, NTUC FairPrice (“FairPrice”), Singapore’s largest supermarket chain initiates a “Stretch Your Dollar” scheme, whereby shoppers can save another 5% of their grocery bills by choosing FairPrice housebrand products, starting 20 December 2007. The discount scheme is expected to cost FairPrice $3 million.

The 5% discount scheme will apply to more than 500 FairPrice housebrand products, ranging from rice, bread, cooking oil to detergent and bathroom tissues. The extensive range covers most of the daily essentials, which a typical Singapore family will need.

The 5% discount will result in substantial savings for the consumer and help mitigate the impact of rising prices of goods in Singapore. It will be extended throughout Christmas and next year’s Lunar New Year period till end February 2008, so as to help Singaporeans tide over the coming festive seasons.

“As a social enterprise, NTUC FairPrice is mindful of its role in helping to moderate the cost of living in Singapore. From holding back price increases for as long as we can to offering alternatives through diverse product sourcing, FairPrice hopes to help Singaporeans stretch their dollar,” said Mr Ng Ser Miang, Chairman of NTUC FairPrice at the “Stretch Your Dollar” Learning Journey.

Held in AMK Hub, union leaders, together with Mr Lim Swee Say, Secretary-General of the National Trades Union Congress and Minister, Prime Minister’s Office, attended the Learning Journey organised by FairPrice, Ong Teng Cheong Institute of Labour Studies and NTUC Leadership Development Department.

During the Learning Journey, union leaders had a better understanding of the social role FairPrice played in helping to moderate the cost of living in Singapore. For example, the price of a jumbo loaf of FairPrice enriched white bread (500g) remains at a dollar since 1995 although bakeries and other brands of bread have increased their prices by as much as 20% within this year. The union leaders had the chance to sample some quality FairPrice housebrand products.

Mr Ng added, “FairPrice believes in providing good quality products at affordable prices to Singaporeans. On this aspect, our housebrand plays an important role as it allows us to provide consumers with alternatives that are of comparable quality as national brands but are priced lower. On average, our housebrand products are priced about 10% to 15% lower than national brands. With the 5% discount, consumers would be able to enjoy savings of 15% to 20% over national brands. This makes it more attractive for consumers to consider housebrand products.”

FairPrice scours the world for quality housebrand products. By going direct to the source, FairPrice is able to cut down on middleman handling and pass the cost savings to consumers. Bulk purchase has also helped FairPrice to achieve lower prices for its housebrand products, without compromising its quality. To ensure that all its housebrand food products meet stringent quality standards, FairPrice works closely with AVA on food safety, conducts factory audits and quality control measures and works with reputable factories from all over the world.

In addition, the union leaders also learnt about the many ways to enjoy greater savings through FairPrice’s various discount schemes and promotions. These dollar-stretching ways include FairPrice’s basket of Everyday Low Price items, must-buy and other advertised specials in the newspapers every week, Purchase with Purchase discounts, senior citizen discounts available to shoppers aged 60 and above, and rebates and Linkpoint rewards for union members. (See Annex 1)

These tips will be disseminated to all shoppers, as well as union members through the union network. To drive home the message, FairPrice has identified a family and helped them plan their grocery shopping to stretch their dollar.

Mr Chong Kiang Leong, a taxi driver and main breadwinner of a family of six, did their grocery shopping at various supermarkets and wet market. A typical week of grocery spending would have cost them about $159.00. Their shopping basket consists of items such as rice, cooking oil, meat, vegetables, milk, bread, etc. (See Annex 2). FairPrice reviewed their basket and substituted products which offered value for money.

To their pleasant surprise, they managed to reduce their weekly grocery bills by $25.37. FairPrice also computed the amount of savings derived from his union membership privileges such as rebates and linkpoints, and the discount schemes available when they shop at FairPrice. The total savings amount to almost $1,900 a year, which is equivalent to 23% reduction in their yearly grocery bills.

Said Mr Chong, “Grocery spending can be quite a sum for my family of six. With the recent price increases of some daily necessities, I am starting to feel the squeeze in my wallet. Hence, I decided to review my spending patterns and am glad to find my family saving more, with value for money alternatives and better utilisation of discounts and rebates provided by FairPrice.”


Annex 1

Eight Ways to Stretch Your Grocery Dollar 平价省钱妙点

Essential Savings 节省必需品的开销

FairPrice maintains a basket of 400 essential items which it pledges to keep prices low everyday. Take advantage of these savings on essentials to keep your grocery spending low.

Housebrands 选购平价自家品牌产品

Housebrands are good quality alternatives compared to the better known brands. They are generally priced about 10-15% lower than national brands, because of savings from advertising cost. And now over the coming festive period, you will be able to enjoy an additional 5% discount for over 500 items.

Try Frozen Foods 尝试冰冻产品

Frozen foods are just as nutritious as fresh foods, but they’re often easier on the pocket. Many frozen products go through high technology processing and retain their freshness and nutrition when cooked. Give it a try!

Advertised Specials 留意广告刊登的优惠特价

Take advantage of weekly promotions to stock up more. Weekly promotions advertised in the papers are a lot cheaper than their normal price. Buying more when the items are on offer will go a long way to cut your spending on groceries.

Purchase with Purchase 把握“购物再购物”优惠

Another smart tip when shopping in FairPrice is to look out for Purchase with Purchase items. You can buy selected products at very special prices with every $25* spent in FairPrice.

Discount For Elders 乐龄人士购物有折扣

Shoppers aged 60 and above enjoy 2% discount* on Tuesdays. So, bring your elderly along on Tuesdays to enjoy family shopping while saving on your grocery bills.

Rebate 回扣

FairPrice members receive attractive rebates for their purchases. Taking advantage of this loyalty programme, and your accumulated purchase will reward you with a generous rebate at the end of the year.

Earn Linkpoints 赚取宏惠积分

An extra perk that shoppers get when they shop in FairPrice is that they can accumulate LinkPoints to redeem FairPrice vouchers. Purchases above $20* are entitled to linkpoints which can be redeemed for vouchers or other products.

*Terms & conditions apply

Annex 2

Chong Family’s Shopping Basket in a Week

Typical grocery spending in a week = $159.00

Revised grocery spending in a week after substitution with products that offer value for money = $133.63

After additional savings with Rebates, LinkPoints, Senior Citizen discount, FairPrice Housebrands 5% discount, total savings in a year is about $1,900 or equivalent to a 23% reduction in grocery expenditure.

S/NItemsRecommended Housebrand Substitutes
1Rice 10kgFairPrice White Fragrant Rice 5 kg x 2     
2Sunflower Oil 2kgFairPrice Sunflower Oil 2kg
3Enriched Bread 400gFairPrice Enriched White bread 400g + 25% (500g)
4Sugar 2kgFairPrice Coarse Sugar 2kg
5Light Soya Sauce 640mlFairPrice Light Soy Sauce 640ml
6Dark Soya Sauce 640mlFairPrice Dark Soy Sauce 640ml
7Corn Flour 400gFairPrice Corn Flour 400g
8Chicken 900g to 1.2kgPasar Chicken 900g to 1.2kg
9Vegetable – Chye Sim 200gPasar Chye Sim 300g/per pack
10Pork Belly 1kgFrozen Pork Belly 500g x 2
11Fuji Apple 5’sPasar Fuji Apples 5’s
12Fresh Chilled Milk 1litreFairPrice Fresh Milk 1litre
13Spread 500gFairPrice Poly Margarine 500g
14Toilet roll 10’sFairPrice grade A bathroom tissue
15Toothbrush 1’sFairPrice Toothbrush 2+1 pack
16Washing powder 2.5kgFairPrice Detergent Powder 3.5kg
17Floor cleaner 2litresFairPrice Floor Cleaner 2litres
18Dishwashing Liquid 5litresBudget Dishwashing Liquid 5litres
19Brown rice 2.5kg
20Egg 30’s
21Luncheon Meat B2 397g
22Noodles 5’s
23Beverage 1.5kg
242-in-1 Coffee bags (Kopi O)
25Milk powder 700g
26Peanut butter 1kg
27Biscuits (40 pack)
28Toothpaste 250g
29Shampoo 700ml
30Body Foam (3 packs)

About the Family

1) Mr Chong Kiang Leong, 42 years old, taxi driver for 8 years

2) Mrs Chong, 39 years old, housewife

3) Mother of Mr Chong, 74 years old

4) Daughters aged 7, 11 and 13 years

5) Stay in 4-room flat in Bedok

6) Union member and member of NTUC FairPrice

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