Joshua Roberts

Creative Director

June 25, 2013

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China’s Real Potential

Second-tier cities are really first-class opportunities.

When it comes to China, the commonly used term “second-tier cities” is a misnomer, says Robert Lawrence Kuhn, an investment banker and author of How China’s Leaders Think. The so-called “second-tier” cities should actually be called “first-class opportunities,” given that these cities have been growth engines of the Chinese economy, boosted by huge amounts of investment, new infrastructure and an influx of new talent.

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Joshua Roberts

Creative Director

March 6, 2013

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Tech Savvy Retail

Retailers must embrace technology to provide a richer experience for customers.

Today’s customers are getting increasingly connected and tech savvy. A Motorola study showed that around 64% of shoppers aged 13 to 34 and 52% of shoppers aged 35 to 49 worldwide use their personal mobile device for shopping related activities.

In addition, he said a Cisco Digital Networking survey projects that broadband consumption will increase 13 times in the next 4 years, from 2013 to 2017. Forty seven percent of that mobile data traffic will come from Asia-Pacific.

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Joshua Roberts

Creative Director

February 5, 2013

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Doors Wide Open

India's economic reforms open doors to retailers.

After two days of intense debate last September, Parliament voted down a measure prohibiting large foreign retailers who carry multiple brands, like Wal-Mart, from entering the country.

Well this is pretty great news for big box retailers that have long had their eyes on the Indian market.

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Joshua Roberts

Creative Director

January 15, 2013

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Eyes on Vietnam

Foreign & domestic investment is heating up in 2013.

2013 may be a landslide year for Vietnam’s retail market growth. With a population of 90 million people and growing, Vietnam shows clear signs that doors are open to multinational and domestic companies for investment and expansion opportunities.

Vietnam has seen 10 years of average annual growth of about 7 percent. This number is projected to grow in the coming years as infrastructure is strengthened and market entry becomes easier.

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Edward Eng

Business Development Manager

December 12, 2012

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Banks Tapping New Potential in Asia

Banks are investing heavily in data and IT to tap new potential.

Asia Pacific banks will intensify their efforts to tackle the largely unbanked segments of the population in China, India, Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines; create trade finance and cash management propositions for the Asia Pacific corporate and SME market; and build strengths in retail and cross-border payments.

“Global banks will also strive to be seen as ‘more Asian’, which can spur regionalization initiatives and engender a real pursuit of the Asia Pacific market,” says Michael Araneta, consulting and research director for IDC Asia Pacific.

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