April Wu

China Market Strategy

July 6, 2016

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Banking News This Week – Jul 6

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

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1 – In race to be Asia’s fintech hub, Singapore leads Hong Kong

Singapore is rushing to reinvent itself as Asia’s financial technology, or fintech, hub to fend off a regulatory threat to its wealth management industry and revive a sluggish economy. >>

2 – A WhatsApp Moment for Asia’s Banks

Remember paying an arm and a leg for text messages? Now all the telcos in the world combined can’t match WhatsApp’s 30 billion pings a day. Financial transactions will go the same way, and Asia may lead the trend, rather than following it a decade later. >>

3 – Asia-Pacific rides fintech growth wave

Major banks in Thailand are increasingly investing in fintech companies to develop innovative and efficient digital banking solutions for better customer service. >>

4 – Myanmar ‘SMEs in desperate need of new financing options’

The Myanmar government has been urged to find new approaches to boost financing for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as successful SMEs could help lower poverty in the country. >>

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

July 5, 2016

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Retail News Roundup – Jul 5

The top 5 retail news clips in Asia this week.

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1 -Vietnam gears up for m-commerce

Companies can no longer ignore mobile e-commerce as a retail channel in Vietnam because more and more consumers are using their mobile devices to shop, according to a leading analyst at research firm Nielsen. >>

2 – Fast-fashion’s rapid growth starts to slow

The rocket ship that fast-fashion retailers have ridden during the past few years appears to be running out of fuel — at least if you rely on a recent court document. >>

3 -Adidas extends China sports push in agreement with billionaire

Adidas signed an agreement with billionaire Wang Jianlin’s Dalian Wanda Group to help develop soccer and basketball in China, as the German company seeks to capitalise on increasing interest in sports and fitness in the world’s most populous nation. >>

4 – Watson Indonesia launches store roll-out plan

Watson Indonesia plans to open up to 20 new stores this year. While there are more than 100 Watson stores in Singapore and more than 400 in the Philippines, the brand is under-represented in Indonesia, where to date just 47 have opened. >>

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

June 30, 2016

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Banking News This Week – Jun 30

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

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1 – Philippine:AUB to double branch network

REBISCO group-led ASIA United Bank seeks to become a more significant player in the banking system by doubling its branch network while maintaining its long-term profitability at around 10-15 percent return on equity. >>

2 – RHB Bank eyes the affluent

Bank sees huge potential in this under-serviced segment and hopes to leverage on its regional links and expertise to help grow their investments. >>

3 – Forbes announces Vietnam’s 40 most valuable company brands

In the banking and financial sector, besides the three banks in the top 10 brands are other names: MBBank ($61.7 million), Phu Nhuan Jewelry (PNJ – $53 million), Techcombank ($39.7 million), Sacombank ($47.6 million), VPBank ($37.7 million), and ACB ($25.3 million). >>

4 – Korean banks lagging behind Asian rivals

Korea stands at rock bottom in terms of bank profitability and efficiency among major Asian countries, according to McKinsey & Company. >>

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

June 28, 2016

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Retail News Roundup – Jun 28

The top 5 retail news clips in Asia this week.

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1 -McDonald’s gets first bids for 2,300 outlets in China and Hong Kong

McDonald’s has received more than half a dozen bids for its China and Hong Kong stores, including offers from Beijing Tourism Group, Sanpower and ChemChina, in an auction that could fetch up to US$3 billion. >>

2 – Japan’s Aeon to open 4th megastore, eyes expansion in Vietnam

Japanese retail giant Aeon has revealed an ambitious plan for Vietnam, where the retail market is forecast to grow nearly 12 percent a year to around US$179 billion in 2020. >>

3 -A Drastic Dearth of Mainland Chinese Visitors Hurts Hong Kong’s Retail Businesses

New Sa Sa stores are set to open in train stations and near the Mainland China border as the beauty retailer adapts to the changing demographic of Hong Kong shoppers. >>

4 – Tops Thailand parent plans aggressive expansion

Tops Thailand parent Central Food Retail has committed Bt6.5 billion (US$183 million) to open new stores during the next five years. >>

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

June 14, 2016

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Retail News Roundup – Jun 14

The top 5 retail news clips in Asia this week.

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1 -Bangkok’s pop-up restaurants are changing the retail landscape

The trend for pop-ups or “restaurants without tenants” in Thailand’s Bangkok is giving shopping malls in the central business district and main streets in the suburbs a new lease of life. >>

2 – Japanese Company to Build Three Shopping Centers in Greater-Jakarta

A Japanese company plans to invest around Rp 900 billion ($68 million) to build three shopping centers in the Greater-Jakarta area in the next two years, raising hopes that it would boost much-needed foreign investment in the country and spur the sluggish property market.>>

3 – Survey: 37% of China’s generation Z thinks money is key to happiness

A recent report by communications agency OMD China suggests China’s Generation Z cares less about money, but that hasn’t necessarily affected Chinese consumers’ overall outlook toward their peers who buy high-end products, especially in first-tier and second-tier cities. >>

4 – Robinsons Retail Philippines eyes 200 stores

Robinsons Retail Philippines has announced it will add 200 stores, mostly convenience stores and supermarkets. >>

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