April Wu

China Market Strategy

June 10, 2015

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Banking News This Week – Jun 10

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

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1 – East Africa: Online Banking Still a Challenge to Many Kenyans – Study

Online banking still remains a challenge to many people even as the smart phone penetration in Kenya experiences substantial growth due to increase in internet and mobile connectivity which has seen many local banks introduce online banking services at low rates. >>

2 – Nigeria’s Diamond Bank Reaches the Underbanked

By focusing on improving the financial lives of the underbanked and capitalizing on the popularity of mobile apps and payments in the country, the $10 billion-asset Diamond Bank has achieved significant growth. >>

3 – 53% Indians worry over security in mobile financial services: Survey

Fifty-three per cent of Indian respondents to a recent survey conducted by a US-based company have cited security as a concern on the use of mobile financial services (MFS). >>

4 - ‘Land of no return’ becomes frontier for PHL mobile banking

It’s one of 604 municipalities in the Philippines that don’t have a bank, a deficit the monetary authority is trying to overcome by encouraging the adoption of mobile phone transactions. >>

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

June 9, 2015

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Retail News Roundup – Jun 9

The top 5 retail news clips in Asia this week.

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1 – US retailer Gap Inc looks at 40 India stores in four years

Gap Inc., the San Francisco-based, $16.4-billion clothing, accessories and personal care products major, will launch 10 new stores in Bangalore, Mumbai and New Delhi over the next one year, after it opened its first one here last week. >>

2 – Social media with retailers boosts purchasing

ALMOST 90 percent of Chinese consumers said they have bought more after interactions with retailers through social media, compared with 62 percent globally, as technology continues to drive China’s retail landscape. >>

3 – Ikea to make home deliveries in all countries with stores

Swedish furniture giant Ikea announced that it would expand its online sales service to include home deliveries in all countries where it has stores in Maylasia.>>

4 – Chow Tai Fook boosts network as sales slip

Chow Tai Fook added 180 new points of sale in the 2015 financial year and says it will continue to expand despite the slip in sales. The company now has 2257 points of sale, largely in Hong Kong, mainland China and Macau. >>

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Johnny Lin

Data Production Manager

June 8, 2015

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The coming era of flying commercial drones

Future uses of drones in research, rescue and security missions

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The use of flying drones has been increasing in popularity since 2014. Drones is designed to carry a high resolution camera to represent the eyes in the sky. However, drones’ capability will not only be able to capture beautiful aerial shots but also help human in many fields, involved into our daily life very often.

Drones carryon items might be flexible, such as HD camera, thermos-scan camera, night vision camera, x-ray scanner, GPS, buzzer, collection arm, flash light, metal detector, storage space for medicine, extinguisher, farm chemicals, cell internet tower or identifier.

As for the extended applications of commercial drones, there could be classified as 5 major areas.

<Research>

  • Nature Geography exploring/surveying – Get a drone shot of huge potholes, sinkholes and ancient monuments which might be potentially dangerous to explorers.
  • City Scan – With high resolution camera and software integrations, researchers can build 3D smart city models in a cost-effect way.
  • Observing– Whale watching, volcano monitor, and archeology research.

<Emergency Service/Rescue>

  • Remote assistance of medical services response to car accidents – Doctor can tell ambulance staff how to deal with serious conditions immediately to save lives.
  • Aircraft accident searching – Locate crash site day and night to facilitate following rescue mission.
  • Flooding rescue – Locate trapped people and get them out of high waters.
  • Missing people or lost pets search tracker
Air Ambulance Drones

Air Ambulance Drones

<Security>

  • School monitor –With thermos-scan camera, x-ray scanner, night vision camera and metal detector, flying drones can easily detect gun and find out intruder in the campus.
  • Prison monitor – Avoid prison break.
  • Vessel, Coast Guard, Border Guard security mission – Drones help to detect potential pirate, stowaways, smugglers, drug dealer, and criminal activities.
  • Airport bird management – Along with monitoring birds and wild lives activities, drones use carry-on buzzer loudspeaker to drive away birds to preserve the surrounding environment at airport.
  • Power lines, oil lines and construction work monitor– Identify the exact leak location while problem occurring for faster response times to save costs.
  • Police drones – Track theft, high speed chase, drug dealer/gang crime activity, neighborhood watch, parolee monitoring.

 

Resources

1. Featured image  DRONELIFE.com, The End of the Dronesless World As We Know It: Will We Feel Fine?, by Jason Reagan

2. Air ambulance drones  Air Ambulance Weekly, Will Air Ambulance Drones Ever Fly the US Skies?

 

April Wu

China Market Strategy

June 3, 2015

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Banking News This Week – Jun 3

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

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1 – Future of banking in Africa is mobile

“In the next three to five years the vast majority of our transactions will be performed on smart-mobile devices.” Retail banking is experiencing a seismic shift in customer behaviour thanks to the digital revolution that continues to effect fundamental changes in the way businesses and individuals transact. >>

2 – Nigeria: Banking in uncertain times

New capital requirements, electricity sector risks and the impacts of naira depreciation are hurdles banks face while adjusting to a new administration in Abuja. >>

3 – Viet Nam ministry backs wholly foreign-owned bank

The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) has recommended the Prime Minister to direct the State Bank of Viet Nam to issue a licence to Singapore’s United Overseas Bank (UOB).The move is aimed at facilitating the opening of a wholly foreign-owned bank in Viet Nam. >>

4 - Metrobank, Bank of Yokohama tie up to serve Japanese clients

Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. (Metrobank) and The Bank of Yokohama (BOY) have entered into an alliance to facilitate banking services for Japanese clients in the Philippines. >>

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

June 2, 2015

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Retail News Roundup – Jun 2

The top 5 retail news clips in Asia this week.

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1 – China seeks more duty-free shops

CHINA will build more duty-free shops at entry-exit ports and also expand the categories of imported duty-free products to “meet rising demand.” >>

2 – Walmart launches Hypermarket O2O platform “Walmart To Go” in China

Walmart launched its hypermarket O2O platform “Walmart To Go” in the Chinese city of Shenzhen on Tuesday. The platform consists of the newly launched “Walmart” mobile shopping APP, To Go Service Centre, in stores for self-pickup and multiple online & offline e-payment options. >>

3 – Markets losing lead over convenience stores

Wet markets and traditional stores remain the preferred retail channels for Vietnamese shoppers, though they are under threat as consumers shift away, according to a Nielsen report. >>

4 – Mister Donut set for major expansion

Central Restaurants Group (CRG) is boosting its investment budget by 30% to 210 million baht to expand its Mister Donut business this year. >>

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