April Wu

China Market Strategy

Banking News This Week – Jul 5

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

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1 – Korean banks seek new opportunities in Southeast Asia

Korean banks have been actively advancing into Southeast Asian countries, seeking new business opportunities in the blue ocean market. Amid toughening competition and regulation in some countries, however, experts advise that banks need consistency in their Southeast Asia strategy, based on a long term perspective. >> Read the rest of this entry »

April Wu

China Market Strategy

Retail News Roundup – Jul 4

The top 5 retail news clips in Asia this week.

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1 – Indonesia’s 7-Eleven operator to shut all stores

Modern Internasional, the parent company of Indonesia’s 7-Eleven franchise operator, said it would close all of the unit’s convenience stores by June 30 due to “limited resources to support operations.” >>

2 – H&M sales up by 9 per cent for first half

H&M attributes the increases to continued expansion and tight cost control, including continued rapid and profitable growth of its online sales, which in some established markets already account for 25 to 30 per cent of total sales. >>

3 – Watson group planning new shops

The A.S. Watson Group plans to open 1,400 new outlets globally this year – 60 shops will be in Hong Kong – but it will not expand the electricity group Fortress. >>

4 – Spar to open 300 convenience stores in Thailand with DHL

Spar International has announced that it is partnering with logistics company DHL to establish up to 300 new convenience stores in Thailand by the end of 2020. >>

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

Retail News Roundup – Jun 27

The top 5 retail news clips in Asia this week.

Newspaper

1 – Papa John’s pizza looking for Vietnam franchise

The world’s third largest pizza delivery chain – Papa John’s – is looking for franchisees to expand into Vietnam. >>

2 – Anytime Fitness gets the green light to franchise in China

Anytime Fitness is the first U.S. fitness franchise to be granted a license to franchise in China, a market where 99 percent of the population does not belong to a fitness facility. >>

3 – China’s JD Eyes Expansion To Thailand, Russia

Chinese B2C e-commerce group JD plans to make an investment in Thailand before the end of 2017 to further expand its overseas business. >>

4 – Food delivery and out-of-home dining are thriving in China, study finds

According to that 2017 China shopper report, dining out and food delivery are seeing robust growth with Chinese consumers, who have traditionally cooked at home. >>

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

Banking News This Week – Jun 7

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

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1 – Asia to be at the forefront of demand for app-banking

Financial inclusion remains low across most of Asia. However, it is predicted that placing onus on the financial-technology sector to enhance inclusion will boost growth further still, by between 9% and 14%, in locations such as the Philippines and Indonesia, and as much as 32% in Cambodia. >> Read the rest of this entry »

April Wu

China Market Strategy

Retail News Roundup – Jun 6

The top 5 retail news clips in Asia this week.

Newspaper

1 – Malaysia’s online sales set to quintuple by 2025, fashion leads

Online sales in Malaysia, which is currently just above 1 per cent of total retail market, is likely to quintuple by 2025, says a report. >>

2 – Luxury fashion brands start to sell on China’s WeChat messaging app

France’s Longchamp and the U.K.’s Burberry Group PLC have begun selling handbags and clothes on WeChat, China’s most popular messaging app. LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE’s Givenchy and Dior brands are testing demand for their goods through flash sales on the platform. >>

3 – Michael Kors to shut over 100 stores

Michael Kors, the once-popular retailer that has been trying to turn itself around, said it expected same-store sales to continue to fall in 2018, and that it would shut more than 100 full-price retail stores in the next two years. >>

4 – China 20 report: Shanghai, Beijing still retail beacons

While their economic lead has narrowed, Shanghai and Beijing are still way ahead of other cities in terms of retailer penetration, says the latest Savills retail cities report, China 20. >>

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