The Big Story: DFS to close duty-free stores in Changi Airport; Decathlon takes over Metro at The Centrepoint

SINGAPORE - Catch up with the hottest topics on The Straits Times’ new weekday talk show.
The Big Story, broadcast every weekday at 5.30pm on Facebook and YouTube, has reporters and senior editors discussing the top stories of the day, in the heart of the newsroom.

In Wednesday’s (Aug 28) episode, journalist Melissa Heng will talk about how the changing travel retail scene has led the DFS Group to close its liquor and tobacco arm at Changi Airport.

This will be followed by journalists Tiffany Fumiko Tay and Timothy Goh, who will talk about The Centrepoint’s main anchor Metro being replaced by French sporting goods giant Decathlon, and what shopping malls are doing right - or wrong - in today’s competitive retail landscape.

Lastly, environment correspondent Audrey Tan will share the need and ways to cut down on food waste, and about the Government’s new Zero Waste Masterplan which will launch later this week.

Topics covered in previous episodes include how a phenomenon known as the Indian Ocean Dipole is likely causing the dry spell in Singapore; whether Singapore should impose a minimum age restriction for private-hire car drivers; the instances where people have to give their NRIC details under stricter rules from Sept 1; and how the growing presence of virtual restaurants and ghost kitchens by food delivery apps disrupt the food and beverage scene here.