Joshua Roberts

Creative Director

December 26, 2012

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If The Shoe Fits

US's largest shoe retailer has expansion plans for Asia.

Central Marketing Group (CMG) will spend 3 billion baht to open outlets of Payless ShoeSource, the largest U.S. shoe store chain, in Thailand and Vietnam over the next five years.

Thailand’s biggest fashion distributor has received a five-year license from Payless ShoeSource Inc., a business unit of Collective Brands Inc., the leading U.S. shoe company, to operate its multi-brand stores in Thailand and Southeast Asia.

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Joshua Roberts

Creative Director

November 28, 2012

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Online Strategies for Retailers in China

An online store may be essential for retailers in China.

Coach has been a rising star in the Chinese market. For the first half of this year, the affordable luxury brand has become the third best-selling brand with reported annual growth of 60%. The company has recently launched an online store on its Chinese website.

“The launch of our official online store is a major milestone in Coach’s history, underlining our confidence and unswerving commitment to this growing market,” said Jonathan Seliger, president and chief executive officer of Coach China. Coach expects the site will be more engaging with local consumers, and provide better brand image control and messaging.

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Edward Eng

Business Development Manager

November 6, 2012

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Smart Shoppers in China

Shoppers are becoming smarter and more sophisticated.

Shops selling, renting, and repairing second-hand luxury goods are springing up across China. High-end consignment shops from Japan and Hong Kong that buy and sell second-hand goods are more common now too.

Milan Court was one of the first pre-owned luxury stores in Shanghai when it opened eight years ago. But its owner Liu Lian says she only recently started putting her logo on the store’s shopping bags because consumers used to be ashamed about being caught buying used goods.

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Edward Eng

Business Development Manager

October 10, 2012

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Thailand’s Hot

The healthy growth of Asian economies including Thailand's has attracted the interest of international investors.

The developing economies of East Asia will grow less rapidly this year than previously expected, says the World Bank. But domestic demand and economic stimulus measures will allow growth to accelerate again next year. The euro zone crisis and a looming “fiscal cliff” in the United States continue to pose “considerable risks” to the global outlook, but in East Asia and the Pacific — a region that includes countries such as China, Thailand, and Indonesia but not Japan and India — robust domestic demand is helping growth remain well above that in other parts of the world.

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Edward Eng

Business Development Manager

October 2, 2012

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Online Retail Excels in China

Online retail apparel stores fueling growth in China.

More than a third of Inditex’s sales are in Asia and America, up from 29% a year earlier, while Spain generated 22%, down from 26% a year earlier. The emerging-market expansion has allowed Inditex to grow faster than H&M and Gap Inc. in recent years.

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