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 8, 2013

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Fertile Retail Ground

Uniqlo finds incredible growth in Philippines.

Uniqlo opened its first store in the Philippines in June 2012 in SM Mall of Asia, a waterfront site on Manila Bay. The mall is one of the world’s largest, boasting a floor area of 407,000 square meters.

Going large, Uniqlo opened a massive flagship store with about 1,550 square meters, making it one of the mall’s largest tenants, and entering the market with a bang.

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Edward Eng

Business Development Manager

November 13, 2012

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Starbucks in India

What does Starbucks in India mean for Asia?

Starbucks’s recent store openings in India aren’t exactly up-to-the-minute news since their first store opened about a month ago. However, it took the world’s largest coffee chain to highlight a recent trend in Asia. Many companies might know this already, but surely there are many others that are just catching on. The trend revolves around social settings.

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Edward Eng

Business Development Manager

October 17, 2012

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Donut Wars

Donut wars over Asia's sweet tooth.

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp. has reached an agreement with Star360 Group to develop 15 franchised stores in Singapore over the next 5 years. “We are pleased to finally introduce Krispy Kreme, the brand that has won fans the world over, to Singapore,” said Andy Chaw, CEO of Star360 Group. “We expect that Krispy Kreme has the potential to take the local doughnut scene by storm.” Krispy Kreme said that the company has nearly 500 stores in international markets and this and other development agreements adds another 400 international sites to the queue.

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Edward Eng

Business Development Manager

August 14, 2012

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Building Your Brand in Asia

How do you build your brand and connect with sophisticated consumers in Asia?

It isn’t clear whether some U.S. lines will be well-received in China, where consumers favor luxury European brands and logos. The late entrance of U.S. retailers into China means they have to try harder to build brand recognition and loyalty. “It is easy for a Chinese consumer to understand Gucci, ‘It is expensive, so it must be good, and you must be someone if you have it.’ How does a Chinese consumer understand the history and lifestyle that [a U.S. brand] represents?” said Franklin Yao, chief executive of consultants SmithStreet Solutions.

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