April Wu

China Market Strategy

November 26, 2014

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Banking News This Week – Nov 26

The top 5 banking news stories in emerging markets this week.

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1 – Nigeria: Diamond Bank in $147m boost

CARLYLE Group invested $147 million (R1.6 billion) in Diamond Bank as it seeks to expand in Africa’s largest economy. >>

2 -Battle looms over mobile pay systems

China’s thriving mobile payment market will witness a new battle for dominance between Apple Inc and its local smartphone rivals, with industry insiders anticipating a direct showdown between Apple Pay and a home-grown digital wallet service in late 2015. >>

3 - SCB to broaden overseas footprint through Mizuho partnership

Thailand’s third-largest bank by assets, Siam Commercial Bank, has formed a strategic partnership with Mizuho Bank, one of Japan’s mega-banks, to strengthen SCB’s overseas business. >>

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

November 25, 2014

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Retail News Roundup – Nov 25

The top 5 retail news clips in Asia this week.

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1 – Domino’s Pizza eyes aggressive expansion in Indonesia

Michigan-based pizza-delivery franchisor Domino’s Pizza is planning to open stores in an “aggressive phase” as it aims to make a bigger footprint in the growing Indonesian market. >>

2 – JD.com eyes sharper focus on mobile, lower-tier cities in China

Mainland e-commerce firm JD.com plans to boost its mobile initiatives and extend its reach in smaller cities, after posting stronger-than-expected sales in the third quarter. >>

3 -  Petit Bateau to Enter China’s Booming Children’s Wear Market

French children’s clothing brand Petit Bateau is the latest to enter the Mainland China market. Its first three stores, which are expected to open in 2015, will be located in Beijing, Shanghai, and Qingdao. >>

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Hubert Tsai

Business Analyst

November 24, 2014

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10 Reasons You Should Be Using A Business Intelligence Tool

Why BI tools are fast becoming companies most important business strategy.

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Large retailers receive mountains of transaction numbers daily, and they know there are insights to be found in these numbers, but they first need to be translated into useful information and knowledge so that managers can use this information to respond to markets immediately.

In the past, staff would use a variety of analytic tools and methods, and managers would often ask assistants to spend more time gathering vast arrays of additional information. This was both time consuming and costly. Now, Business Intelligence (BI) tools are becoming the go-to solution for processing, visualizing and utilizing spatial data.

Here are the top 10 benefits of using a BI tool that should compel you and your team to start looking for a BI tool today:

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

November 19, 2014

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Banking News This Week – Nov 19

The top 5 banking news stories in emerging markets this week.

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1 – Business leaders confident about growth in APEC economies

By surveying 635 CEOs and industry leaders across 39 nations with operations in APEC economies, the report shows that 46 percent of executives are ‘very confident’ in revenue growth over the next 12 months, up from 36 percent in 2012. >>

2 -Smaller markets sprout bank innovation

Banks in fast-growing and rapidly developing markets display higher levels of ambition for becoming innovation leaders in delivering superior customer value, primarily by investing more in research and development, compared to peers in mature markets. >>

3 - Internet banking a game changer in China

The Internet is transforming the way people do banking in China, according to a senior official from the People’s Bank of China, the central bank. >>

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

November 18, 2014

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Retail News Roundup – Nov 18

The top 5 retail news clips in Asia this week.

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1 – Alibaba sets record USD9.3b Singles’ Day sales

Alibaba Group’s Single’s Day sale (also known as 11.11 online shopping festival) set record breaking sales of USD9.3 billion, up from last year’s USD5.8 billion finish. >>

2 - Study: Multi-channel shoppers powering China’s e-commerce boom

Online sales in China are expected to jump from CNY1.84 trillion (USD303.3 billion) to CNY4 trillion (USD652.9 billion) in 2016-2017, powered mainly by urban multi-channel shoppers and the newly emerging middle class. >>

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