April Wu

China Market Strategy

Retail News Roundup – Mar 31

The top 5 retail news clips in Asia this week.

1 – Convenience stores look at mobile app potential

Two major convenience store chains in Taiwan are trying to introduce mobile apps to give customers access to a greater range of services and boost sales as e-commerce could soon revolutionize the convenience store industry. >>

2 – WeChat Makes E-Commerce Push to Serve Growing Users in Indonesia

The developers of the popular multi-platform messaging app WeChat have rolled out an e-commerce offering through the app to tap the boom in the number of Indonesians using smartphones and engaging in online transactions. >>

3 – H&M to open 400 new stores in FY 2014-15

Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has said “strong” store and online expansion led to improved sales and profits in the first quarter. >>

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

Banking News This Week – Mar 25

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

1 – E. Sun Bank’s expansion to China and Vietnam given the green light

E. Sun Financial Holding Co., parent company of the bank, announced in a statement released on Friday that the China Banking Regulatory Commission has approved its plan to set up a subsidiary and a new branch in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province.  >>

2 – Vietnam Predicted to Be Next Asian Tiger

Perched along one of the world’s most crucial shipping routes, and with a young and growing population, Vietnam is — once again — being tipped for economic lift-off, after years of disappointment. >>

3 – Banks expand network reach

The number of banks in Philippines dropped last year but the lenders’ operating network continued to expand during the period, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas data showed. >>

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

Retail News Roundup – Mar 24

The top 5 retail news clips in Asia this week.

1 – Hon Hai Chinese retail unit builds ‘makers’ brand

A retail subsidiary of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer, plans to open 20 stores in China for technology innovators known as “makers,” by the end of the year. >>

2 -Hong Kong still key target market for global retailers

International expansion remains high on the agenda for retailers in 2015, despite uncertain economic prospects and cost escalation. Hong Kong follows mainland China as one of the most targeted markets in Asia-Pacific for global retailers considering expansion, according to a new report from CBRE How active are retailers globally. >>

3 – Luxury shoemaker Jimmy Choo to expand in China after earnings rise

Luxury shoemaker Jimmy Choo reported a 7.2 percent rise in annaul earnings and said it would continue to grow by expanding its store portfolio in China. >>

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

2015 Most Valuable Chinese Apparel Brands

Top 7 Local Apparel Brand Rankings

In late January, Millward Brown and WPP have published ” BrandZ ™ Top 100 Most Valuable Chinese Brands ” list.

For the local apparel brand owners, there are huge competition from international fast fashion brands, such as Zara, C&A, Uniqlo, H&M as well as the impact of economic slowdown regarding weaker purchasing power. They have optimized development strategy somehow in terms of business challenges. More and more continue to open new stores in tier2-3 cities. Outer growth of untapped area is one way to expand footprints and increase market share. Despite e-commerce booming, Chinese consumers are used buying clothes in physical stores. Store network planning will be a big concern for all market players in China.

Top Local Apparel Brands List

  •  Belle 百丽
    Belle is the top ladies’ shoes brand in China offering footwear products to the market. The target consumers are mainly the middle-class female which look for modern classic style.


  • Anta 安踏
    Anta is a sportswear brand covering products like sports footwear, apparel and accessory. Up to 2014, Anta’s market value was summed up to USD 3.87billion, which became the 5th biggest sporting goods company (market value) in the world after Nike, Adidas, Puma and Asics.


  • Metersbonwe 美特斯邦威
    Metersbonwe is leading casualwear retail brand in China. The company targets 18 to 25-year-old male and female consumers. The corporate slogan is “Be Different”.


  • Tata 他她
    Targeting city girls in 20-30s, Tata positon themselves a fashionable, trendy shoes brand which is young, stylish with attitude.


  • Youngor 雅戈尔
    Youngor is primarily engaged in manufacture of apparels and textile products, selling gentleman clothing.


  • Semir 森马
    Semir was created in 1998 and has since become a leading brand for casual clothing in youth market. Now it has over 3,000 shop outlets across China.


  • Septwolves 七匹狼
    Septwolves is one of the most famous men’s clothing makers in China. And it   and children’s wear.
April Wu

China Market Strategy

Banking News This Week – Mar 18

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

1 – Banking opportunities in Africa look less rosy

Low domestic growth prospects are prompting South African banks to look to the rest of Africa for growth opportunities, where weak commodity prices in certain key economies could also impact negatively on revenues.  >>

2 – Asia steps up efforts to reach the ‘unbanked’

Despite Asia’s economic rise, many of the globe’s “unbanked” citizens, residing in countries including India, China and Myanmar, make do without access to savings, insurance and pensions. >>

3 – Facebook rolling out payments to friends in Messenger

Facebook announced it was launching a system to send money to friends for US customers using its Messenger mobile app. >>

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