A.S. Watson Group (ASW), the largest international health and beauty retailer in Asia and Europe, announced today a partnership with Toronto-based Rubikloud as part of its investment in big data capabilities. The Group will invest USD70 million (approximately HKD540 million) in the coming three years on big data, to further enhance customer experience and operational efficiencies using machine learning and data visualisation applications.
From a local dispensary to the largest international health and beauty retailer in Asia and Europe, A.S. Watson Group’s 175 years of global accomplishment was recognised by business leaders at the Hong Kong Business Awards 2016, by winning the “International Award”, proclaiming the Group’s achievement in successful international expansion and operations, and enhancing Hong Kong’s international reputation in the process.
PARKnSHOP Food Safety Laboratory received the Accreditation for Organochlorine Pesticides Residue Testing under the Hong Kong Laboratory Accreditation Scheme (HOKLAS), granted by the Hong Kong Accreditation Service under the Innovation and Technology Commission, recognising PARKnSHOP’s capabilities to conduct such professional tests. Reports issued by the PARKnSHOP Food Safety Laboratory are now internationally recognised.
A.S. Watson Group’s philanthropy programme Project LOL was recently recognised by leaders of the Public Relations and Human Resources professions, proudly winning three awards for the quality of our community services, innovative usage of digital technology and encouraging employees to be a part of CSR programme.
A.S. Watson Group is being recognised once again, for our commitment and concerted efforts in forging a sustainable business development, by winning the “Sustainable Business Award” for the second straight year.
A.S. Watson Group was recognised once again for our commitment and concerted efforts in forging a sustainable business development, by winning the “Sustainable Business Award” for the second straight year.
The “Sustainable Business Award 2016” was organised by World Green Organisation, which measured Hong Kong corporations’ achievements in building quality working environment, working towards environmental protection, conducting business responsibly and involving the community effectively.
There were eleven winners this year, with A.S. Watson being the only company from the health & beauty retail sector.
PARKnSHOP joined hands with Food Angel and launched the “City Food Drive” campaign. Six categories of food were donated by the public at 280 retail stores of the Hong Kong supermarket chain. PARKnSHOP collected and delivered the donated items to Food Angel, to be prepared into hot meals for those in need.
To elevate the impact of the charitable efforts, PARKnSHOP matched donations of SELECT brand items by the public.
Over 26,000 items were collected from the public. Together with PARKnSHOP’s matching donation and the funds raised in stores, the campaign collected nearly 40,000 food items and made a contribution of over HK$1 million to Food Angel.
Microplastic is a synthetic polymer (plastic) particle in solid form, insoluble in water and commonly used as exfoliants in rinse-off cosmetics/personal care products such as face/body scrubs.
Due to their small size (<5mm) they often pass through sewage water filtration systems and can pollute waterways. There are concerns on their environmental and safety impacts on the food chain as they can be ingested by fishes and marine organisms.
Taking positive steps ahead of legislations in their markets, A.S. Watson subsidiaries which carry Own Brand products have already banned the use of microplastic in rinse-off cosmetics/personal care scrub products since 2014, and they will be removed from shelf by 2017.
PARKnSHOP Hong Kong’s Food Safety Laboratory was recently granted the Accreditation for Organochlorine Pesticides Residue Testing under the Hong Kong Laboratory Accreditation Scheme (HOKLAS), recognising PARKnSHOP’s competency in conducting professional tests on food to ensure customers’ health and safety.
Currently, only seven laboratories were accredited by HOKLAS for testing organochlorine pesticides, and PARKnSHOP was the first supermarket chain in Hong Kong to be granted with this accreditation. Back in 2008, PARKnSHOP was also the first retailer in Hong Kong to earn the HOKLAS accreditation for microbiological testing of foods.