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Inaugural National Productivity Month launched to encourage businesses to boost productivity

  • 15 productivity-themed sector-level events showcasing best practice in manufacturing, healthcare, retail, food services, hospitality, accountancy and hospitality, culminating in the inaugural Singapore Productivity Awards
  • Launch Conference explores how enterprises can improve productivity through technology and innovation, improving employee’s personal mastery, changing customer mindset and industry transformation
  • Experiential zones feature innovation and technology showcases to catalyse adoption across Retail, F&B Logistics and Business Services sectors

7 October 2014 [Singapore] – The Singapore Business Federation (SBF) and Singapore National Employers’ Federation (SNEF) jointly launched the inaugural National Productivity Month today. This is a national-level initiative that showcases and shares ideas, methods and perspectives on how local companies can improve their productivity. The event was graced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, where he discussed the importance of raising productivity for Singapore’s continued economic progress.

In his welcome address, Mr S.S. Teo, Chairman of SBF said “Many SME owners now realise that they need to significantly transform themselves in order to overcome the challenges posed by the way they currently operate. The workforce also has to play its part, especially in terms of their attitude towards work. Higher productivity can only be achieved if there is a collective change in mindsets by businesses, employees and customers. Only then can our economy truly transform successfully to ensure that Singapore continues to be an attractive place to do and start a business.”

The launch of National Productivity Month was attended by some 800 C-level executives and industry experts, who explored various facets of productivity issues.

There were four parallel tracks discussing how SMEs can leverage technology and innovation to grow their business, how improving personal mastery helps employees improve their competitive edge, how shaping customer mindset can enhance enterprise efficiency and leveraging industry platforms for sectoral transformation.

National Productivity Experiential Zones

Alongside the conference, the organisers also put together experiential zones focusing on ready-for-adoption technologies targeting at Retail, F&B, Logistics and Business Services sectors.

For example, the F&B experiential zone featured homegrown companies with a host-less reservation system, drones that can deliver dishes to the dining table, a robotic wok with 100 programmable menu options and automatic dishwashers to alleviate the tight manpower constraints faced by the industry. The retail experiential zone featured an augmented virtual reality system for promotional product tags, and a dresser mirror which leverages on virtual reality technology to automatically detect the clothing size of the customers and varies accessories and colors without a sales assistant.

Held from 7 to 30 October 2014, National Productivity Month consists of 15 events that fall under seven industry categories: manufacturing, healthcare, retail, food services, accounting, hospitality and construction. The closing of National Productivity Month will be on 30 October, culminating with the Singapore Productivity Awards. This is a new award programme to recognise and reward highly productive Singapore-based companies. The award winners will be revealed at an awards dinner, graced by Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam.

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