Changi’s Terminal 4: A Traveler’s Escapade

singapore airport restaurantsSingapore’s Changi Airport is building its fourth terminal which is scheduled to open in 2017. Terminal 4, now 70% complete, will see 16 million passengers through the year. That’s an estimated total of 82 million passengers once T4 operates in full swing. We are super excited to see what Changi has in store for us, considering Terminals 1-3 have movie theaters, a butterfly garden, a 4 storey tall slide (a.k.a the tallest slide in Singapore) and who knows what else.

T4 will be a two storey building and 190, 000 square meters: the size of around 27 football pitches. This S$1.82 billion project is not just exciting for passengers. It is a massive opportunity for retailers and F&B outlets as well. With 17,000 square meters floor space devoted solely towards retail, there is plenty to look forward to. Changi has announced that the retail space will offer the most innovative design, offering customers a differentiated shopping experience.

In fact, everything about Terminal 4 is about giving commuters an enhanced experience at the airport. It starts with increasing productivity through its FAST@Changi concept. Fast And Seamless Travel (FAST) will reduce the need for manpower and increase the speed of check-in and immigration procedures. To facilitate this, Changi will have self check-in, self baggage tagging and automated baggage drop terminals. Facial recognition and biometric technology will reduce the number of security guards employed for manual visual checks at multiple checkpoints. If we haven’t said it enough before, here is another example of how technology is reducing the need for labour, saving time and money, all in one go.

Imagine entering an airport and walking straight to your gate without having to constantly pull out your boarding pass and passport to clear security checkpoints. Or if you’re anything like me, imagine all the extra time you’ve now got at duty free stores because you took just a couple of minutes checking in!

This is exactly what retail and F&B outlets are looking forward to. The FAST concept gets 16 million passengers through the doors of Terminal 4. It also gives these passengers more time on the retail floor to shop and dine. While designing the new concept, Changi switched on its ridiculously client focused side and implemented recommendations from the public on the theme. The design shows off Singapore’s local culture and heritage. The Peranakan-inspired storefront facades are just an example of what the walk – through concept at T4 will look like.

With a year and a half left till T4 opens, we know the retail space is dedicated to 80 outlets. It is still too early to tell which brands will be occupying the space. The amount of traffic that these stores will face in the initial period depends on the number of airlines that T4 will service. Changi has announced 6 airlines that will have access to T4: Cathay Pacific, AirAsia Berhad, Thai AirAsia, Indonesia AirAsia, Vietnam Airlines and Korean Air. In the year 2014, these 6 airlines added a total of 7 million passengers to the airport. A few more airlines will join these 6, resulting in an estimated 10 million passengers in the first year of operations. We’re looking forward to more updates on T4 and will keep you updated about the retail and F&B world inside T4!

Walden Chu, President of The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Philippines

The President of The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Philippines, Walden Chu, was invited by the CBTL Group to speak at their global conference for all country franchisee owners in late 2013 in Los Angeles. At the conference he covered his experience with PayrollHero and how it has helped his 70 location coffee chain operate in the Philippines.  Here is the complete video as well as a shortened version just on his PayrollHero comments. Enjoy!

Did You Know Smiling Can Actually Improve Your Health?

PayrollHero Smile (yellow)Ever notice that moment when you smile at someone and they instantly smile back, almost unknowingly – why is that? The reason is because humans react biologically. When you see someone smile it triggers the same neurons in the brain that react if you were to smile yourself. Years of research have shown that the simple act of smiling elevates both your mood and that of those around you. Your stress levels are reduced just by having a grin on your face no matter who is around which also lowers your heart rate levels after daunting tasks. The most incredible part is that these results are not only caused by being emotionally happy, your mood will still be elevated to the same extent even if you are faking a smile! The motion of creating a smile a few times a day real or fake is by far the easiest way to help improve moral in an office and consequently your health as well.

When we first started creating the concept that is PayrollHero, we wanted to improve the experience someone has coming to work and knew that this idea of elevating mood was important. We can all agree using a punch clock or time card can likely have a negative impact on your mood as it stands as a reminder of just starting a long day. If you could start your day with a smile and a tone that sets the pace for the rest of the day for you and your employees wouldn’t you try to? Our software is designed so you see all your colleagues smiling faces and goofy grins everyday to help create that desired effect of uplifting your mood and experience. We want to help elevate the happiness in your organization, check out our site to see more about our TeamClock and MyTimeClock that allow employees to clock in and out with just a picture and a better start to their day.


PayrollHero’s Office iPad Setup

To make clocking in easy and breezy for our employees, we have our iPads placed on iPad stands that are plugged and charged day in and day out. This is to ensure that employees working in any shift will have the ease of clocking in any time of the day .

Our iPads are situated strategically right before our work area so that employees pass by them right before they start work and when they are about to leave.

Ipad Stands Ipad Stand Back

Check out the nifty and handy iPad stands the PayrollHero team uses to jazz up our clock in and clock out experiences.

Mophie Powerstand Ipad 2 and Ipad
M/N: PWRSTD-IPAD      Max 10.5wh
Input 5V = 2.1A  Output 5V = 2.1A

Ipad Mophie Power Stand

Apple Ipad Dock Model Number: A1352

Charger: Monoprice Model: Cube-2   AC 100V 50/60 Hz

Apple Ipad Dock

Hoverbar by Twelvesouth

Hoverbar Twelve SouthHoverbar Ipad

DEMO Party: San Francisco

I had the opportunity to attend the DEMO party in San Francisco a few days ago. It was an outstanding event that was over the top (in a good way). They went with an Austin Powers theme and did not hold back with the decorations, staff and extras. Here are a few pictures from the event:

(At the entrance to the event, there was a fog machine posted over the doorway with the DEMO logo shooting against it. To get in, you walked through the fog)

(There were quite a few companies showing up their new products)

(All of the waitresses were in this same costume)