Singapore 

2-year-old girl left “screaming and crying for help” after being pinned down by boy at IKEA Tampines, Singapore News

IKEA is investigating an incident where a two-year-old girl was pinned down by a three-year-old boy in the play area of its Tampines outlet last Thursday (Feb 7). Stomp contributor Chanel, who is the aunt of the two-year-old girl, said she was with her brother and her sister-in-law when they witnessed the incident at around 3.45pm. Chanel told Stomp: “Adults are not allowed to accompany children into the Småland play area so we watched from the window. “My niece had gone in for only five minutes when I saw a…

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Vietnam 

Ikea to open retail centre in Hà Nội – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

Ikea’s retail centre and warehouse system in Hà Nội will become its main supply hub for the Southeast Asian market. — Photo cafef.vn Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Swedish home furnishings giant IKEA plans to build a retail centre and warehouse system in Hà Nội with an investment of US$450 million, said Nguyễn Đức Chung, chairman of the city’s People’s Committee.  Chung told a meeting in Hà Nội on Thursday the centre would be IKEA’s main supply hub for Southeast Asia as soon as it comes into…

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Ecommerce 

China’s Xiaomi teams up with furniture brand Ikea on smart home devices

Chinese smartphone and appliance maker Xiaomi has announced a partnership with Swedish home furniture giant Ikea to produce smart lighting devices. “AI plus IoT is Xiaomi’s core strategy,” Xiaomi founder and chief executive Lei Jun said at a press conference in Beijing on Wednesday. “To connect everything needs collaboration with others.” Through the collaboration, the lighting products can be controlled through smart speakers including Xiaomi’s voice assistant Xiao Ai, which is currently only available for Chinese Mandarin speakers. “We have expertise in home furniture and we hope to learn technology…

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Singapore 

Police, MSF probing alleged abuse of young girl forced to kneel while getting slapped in Ikea carpark, Singapore News

A video of a young girl, who is made to kneel in public before a man slaps her hard on the face, has sparked outrage. So much so that the alleged abuse has been reported to both the police and the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF), which are now investigating the incident. In the video, taken at about 9pm on Monday, the girl, who looks to be of primary school age, is seen kneeling next to a white car in the carpark of Ikea Tampines. A man, believed…

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