Turning knowledge into action – the 12 Zodiacs Seminar

On 17 January 2018, honestbee was treated to a lunch-time learning session courtesy of Standard Chartered Bank Singapore. This was the first Zodiac talk in our office and was led by celebrity speaker, Master Jacelyn Phang, from Feng Shui consultancy, Yuan Zhong Siu. Continue reading

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Meet Lily, our operations executive with the heart of gold

Lily Wang has been in honestbee since August 2015. She’s a passionate advocate of the power of social work and tirelessly applies herself to being a change-maker, providing positive social impact upon all the lives she touches. 

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Prometheus Meetup in Singapore

On Thursday 23 November 2017 we held the inaugural Prometheus Meetup in Singapore at honestbee in our Delta House office. It was an introductory session on Prometheus, an open source systems monitoring and alerting toolkit, the first session for the Prometheus meetup community in Singapore which will focus on the topic of monitoring modern cloud native infrastructure. The event was attended by about thirty individuals from the software engineering sector and hosted by Cloudflare Site Reliability Engineers together with honestbee DevOps Engineer, Vincent De Smet. Continue reading

Meet Ankita, our engineering lead who does it all

Ankita, or “Anki”, as she’s known to her family, has been in honestbee since July 2015. Besides being a passionate software engineer, she’s also a compassionate individual using her talents for good. 

What brought you to honestbee?

I was looking for a company with growth opportunities in technology. At that point, in the quaint honestbee office in Niven road, the small team was developing exciting things. I was actually sceptical but I felt that it would be a good move because it promised an exciting journey and I was interested to be a part of the company’s launch preparations. I actually felt like I had joined too late. The people who had joined before me had so much more context and seemed to know everything that was going on. After six months though, I felt like I had been here forever.

How would you describe honestbee?

It’s a company with some of the warmest and kindest people I’ve met. It has a very appreciative culture, giving credit where its due.  Obviously things have changed since the beginning when it was much smaller but the fast pace of the company has remained, although I like this speed in which we move.   Continue reading

The latest buzz from the hive

Let’s get to chatting!

We’ve been busy bees and are happy to announce a new feature that you all will enjoy. This week we are launching live chat for groceries on our app and web! 👏🏼

Now you can strike up a conversation with our customer service team without ever leaving the app.

Our customer service warriors are on the frontlines and want to be more accessible to you, every step of the way, on your quest for the freshest groceries.

When is this happening?

It was just launched today for groceries!

Can I use it on the app or web?

Both. Live chat is available on iOS, Android and web!

What are the working hours?

Get to chatting from 9 am – 9 pm, 7 days a week.

How do I start a live chat?

For iOS, tap the top right corner to start chatting.
For Android, tap the bottom right corner to start chatting.

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Here’s a sneak peak at the live chat experience in iOS:

We are all ears.

What are your best customer service experiences? Please share with us in the comments below and let us know how you think we could do better too.

Here are some awesome examples from customer service oracles whom are moving mountains:

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Let’s show some love for our friendly and reliable customer service team!

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Wherever you go, honestbee is there.

Doing Our Best For Everyone

honestbee is Asia’s leading and trusted online concierge and delivery service. We add value to our customers’ lives by bringing them convenience. Quality is paramount to us. Our dedicated team of trained shoppers and speedy delivery bees work hard to bring the best products to our customers.

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… doing our best to serve you better

Just like when you are shopping for yourself, some products may inevitably run out of stock for the day. We do our best to work closely with our partners to resolve this challenge, and we seek to provide the best replacement suggestions to our customers.

… doing our best to provide value

honestbee is a social impact business and we are committed to providing value to our bees in meaningful ways. This comes in different forms, including flexible work opportunities and fair compensation, as well as performance incentives based on demand and availability.

… doing our best to be transparent

Our compensation structure is simple and transparent. On average, a bee’s compensation is higher than the $7.00 per hour benchmark for standard part-time work. Every bee gets a variable hourly performance incentive. This resulted in 86% of our bees earning an average hourly compensation higher than the industry average.

… doing our best for our bees

We will continue to do our best to evaluate our compensation scheme regularly based on order volume, efficiency, and delivery costs. Our pay structure aims to strike a balance between rewarding the bees fairly, delighting our customers, and building a sustainable business.

 

Feed your family Farm to Table goodness!

Farm to Table

Eat better – direct from the farm

Ever wonder why some foods just taste better than others? Your eyes may only see what lies on the surface of a rosy apple or a sprightly stalk, but there are a lot more nutrients in every fruit and vegetable that is grown fresh and delivered direct to you – from farm to table.

Fresher from source, better in nutrition

Locally grown or directly imported produce do not have to travel long distances to reach consumers, so they can picked at optimum ripeness. Hence, they are able to fully develop and retain rich vitamins and minerals, and thus maximise their nutritional potential.

More value in every bite

The buck doesn’t stop at health benefits alone. The direct effect of buying straight from the source also means more savings – up to 30% as a matter of fact. How? Well, you won’t have to pay additional distribution, collecting, sorting and packing fees now!

Exotic varieties for adventurous palates

Your local supermarket may carry all the usual varieties of fruit, but if you’re looking for something healthier and more exciting, you’re more likely to find it at our Farm to Table stores. Choose from fresh herbs and spices like sage or thyme, to South Africa Abate Fetel (a kind of pear), locally grown kale and more.

 

Visit our Farm to Table partners—Sustenir, Thygrace and Pasir Panjang Fruits—to order online conveniently and enjoy FREE delivery to your door when you purchase over $30!

 

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Wholesome recipes for your family

Try out these recipes, made fresh from our Farm to Table partners! 

Hearty Salad

This salad is filled with delicious greens to please every fussy family member.

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Ingredients

500g beetroot, cut into wedges
500g butterhead lettuce
300-400g fennel, thinly sliced
½ teaspoon salt and pepper
4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons olive oil

Directions

Heat oven to 200ºC. Bake beetroot in oil for 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Toss lettuce, fennel and balsamic vinegar together. Serves 3-4 pax. 

 

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Sweet Smoothie

Enjoy more family bliss with this nutrient-filled smoothie treat that’s high in antioxidants.

Sweet Smoothie

Ingredients

900g strawberries
2 x 125g blueberries
1-1½ bananas, chopped
1 cup orange juice (900g oranges)
2-3 cups ice

Directions

Juice oranges to make the  juice base. Blend strawberries, blueberries and bananas until pureed, then add in the juice and ice. Serves 3-4 pax.

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Kale Chips

Love snacking? Switch to a healthier alternative that’s just as delicious as potato chips.

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Ingredients

300g curly kale
1½ tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt

Directions

Heat oven to 200ºC. Separate kale leaves from stem. Drizzle oil over kale and sprinkle salt to season. Bake for 15 minutes. Serves 5-6 pax.

 

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Looking for farm fresh ingredients?

Shop now at our Farm to Table stores, curated to deliver all the goodness of the fruits and veggies you love – directly to you. Enjoy direct savings of as much as 30%*, greater selections, from regular to exotic produce, and more freshness straight from the suppliers to you.

Visit honestbee.com today. Delivery is free over $30!

Diversity In Tech: It Starts With Respect

When it comes to diversity in tech, #TheStruggleIsReal. In an industry dominated by males spotting a couple of stereotypes, industry-leading organisations are calling for a larger focus on diversity and multiculturalism. Where recruiting any top talent has proved to be a major challenge any start-up founders would face, diversity has proved to be needful.

Facebook hired Maxine Williams as its global director of diversity in 2013. One of her most notable efforts was overhauling the Managing Bias training course to help individuals understand their possible biasness. Through real-world examples, employees were taught to work on pre-emptive solutions. Google, the first tech giant to publicly release its diversity numbers, has also pledged to “unite this dialogue around diversity in the tech industry”, its director of diversity and inclusion Yolanda Mangolini said.

You might be thinking, “Why the hoo-hah over diversity and multiculturalism? We are a small team and not all tech companies have access to resources like Facebook and Google.” You might also be thinking, “How can a small startup foster an environment conducive for minorities?” For us at honestbee, it starts with respect. Our experience in having a diverse team also bought about a positive impact on our business and the culture we are building. Here are some tips on how you can build a team that is diverse and multicultural based on our experience.

Respect Different Perspectives Diversity Brings 

Working with a team of individuals from different backgrounds, culture and education is great. This means that a broader range of insights and ideas will be brought to the table. For the team to work efficiently together though, mutual respect is key.

It is important that team members keep an open mind and open communication channel. Remember, different departments have to work together quite closely. It’s best that the working relationship is kept at optimum to be able to solve things more creatively as a team.

Integrating People from Different Backgrounds into the Local Culture

Starting a new job is difficult enough, let alone starting a new job in a new city and a new culture. You can imagine how nerve-wrecking or frustrating it must be when you step into an office where no one understands you. Think about this: no one knows what you’re saying and what you’re trying to achieve.

Here at honestbee, our social committee ensures that team members integrate well with each other. We encourage informal engagement sessions during lunch or after work so as to learn more about each other. We also take them out during the weekends for them to experience the fun side of Singapore, such as cycling, paintball and soccer sessions. Just a few weekends ago, we even had a little tour at Gardens by the Bay for the new joiners!

Talent Scouting in Different Places

Instead of going to the same universities for new talents, honestbee works with different colleges. We strive for gender balance and having a global team. We also hold culture interviews to ensure that potential employees have aligned cultural beliefs.

To date, we have dedicated employees from 29 countries across the globe, including Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, France, Germany, Romania. Close to half of our employees are females.

Diversity and multiculturalism in tech is not a new conversation. It’s been talked about, and some companies have even been working on it for years. As a young company that’s barely a year old, we are definitely proud of our small gains. But at the same time, we are committed to improving and fostering a better work environment. Diversity brings so much more to our products and services. It adds so much colour, passion and nuances, which in return, benefits our customers.

We‘d be happy to engage in a diversity discussion. Hit us up if you want to speak!

Save time and bee joyful this June

We’re sorry but this sale is over. Visit honestbee.com for other offers.

Joyful June Sale - 2 Days Only

Enjoy June and leave the shopping to us

June only comes once in 12 months, so savour the last few days with savings that will make you and your loved ones happy! 

 

Shop for groceries and more from the comfort of home and let our concierge shoppers handpick only the freshest items for your family.  Then sit back and enjoy FREE delivery to your door.

  

Shop away with these smart savings! Valid till 23:59 on 29 June 2016.

 

New Sign-up Offer: $50 OFF $200 / Code BEE50

Existing Customer Offer: $12 OFF $100 / Code BEE12

Store Special Offer: $10 OFF $80 / Code STORE10

 

Need help? Learn how to redeem your promo code here.

   

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Prepare a fresher meal.

Enjoy more value, variety and freshness with our new Farm to Table partners SustenirThygrace or Pasir Panjang Fruits serving fresh greens and juicy fruits. Savour succulent cuts from ZAC Butchery(halal), Mmmm! or The Butcher’s Dog.

Enjoy more treats.

Be spoilt for choice with the fine range of wines, beers and spirits from Wine Connection, Fine Brands, THIRSTY and Wein & Vin. Fancy dessert? Order the best only from Ben & Jerry’s, Anjalichocolat and Laurent Bernard. And if you’re feeling peckish, enjoy the fine taste of products from Gastronomia or Jones the Grocer.

Stock up and let us do the lifting.

Order your daily supplies from Cold Storage or Fairprice. We also do the heavy lifting for you from Pet Lovers Centre and GNC.

Visit us now to shop from the brands you love!

 

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  1. Orders must be placed from 00:00 28th June 2016 to 23:59 29th June 2016 with specified minimum spend amounts.
  2. Promo Code: STORE10 excludes FairPrice, Cold Storage, Thirsty, Fine Brands, Wine Connection and Wein & Vin stores.
  3. Delivery slots are subject to availability.
  4. Coupons will be limited to the first 5000 orders and will be unavailable once the quota has been reached.
  5. Only one coupon per account and household (as in Terms of Use, clause 5.5)
  6. Coupon code is applicable for single use only and cannot be combined with other codes and promotions.
  7. honestbee reserves the right to change these T&C’s without prior notice.