Karl Lai

Solutions Manager

September 11, 2017

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Case Study – Uniqlo Expansion Path Review, 2013-2017

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The fast fashion industry in China has grown rapidly for last decade, yet now slows pace down. Taking a look at recent trends in the number of Uniqlo stores from 2013 to 2017, we found out that there was an expansion speed peak in 2015. In this research we try to track changes of Uniqlo store growth within recent four years. The figures reported here are based on store counts of every two year.

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

July 5, 2017

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Banking News This Week – Jul 5

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

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1 – Korean banks seek new opportunities in Southeast Asia

Korean banks have been actively advancing into Southeast Asian countries, seeking new business opportunities in the blue ocean market. Amid toughening competition and regulation in some countries, however, experts advise that banks need consistency in their Southeast Asia strategy, based on a long term perspective. >> Read the rest of this entry »

April Wu

China Market Strategy

June 7, 2017

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Banking News This Week – Jun 7

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

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1 – Asia to be at the forefront of demand for app-banking

Financial inclusion remains low across most of Asia. However, it is predicted that placing onus on the financial-technology sector to enhance inclusion will boost growth further still, by between 9% and 14%, in locations such as the Philippines and Indonesia, and as much as 32% in Cambodia. >> Read the rest of this entry »

April Wu

China Market Strategy

June 1, 2017

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Banking News This Week – Jun 1

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

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1 – Indonesia’s Salim Group re-enters banking with local takeover

Indonesia’s largest conglomerate, Salim Group, has acquired a majority stake in a local bank, marking its first return to the banking business since the 1998 Asian financial crisis. >> Read the rest of this entry »

April Wu

China Market Strategy

May 3, 2017

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Banking News This Week – May 3

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

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1 – Digital focus pays off for DBS

Focusing on digital is paying off for DBS Bank with new opportunities opening up in several areas and more business coming in. >>

2 – StanChart rolls out apps to expand banking services

Standard Chartered Bangladesh has launched two mobile phone applications to expand its retail banking services across the country. >>

3 – Philippines : Small rural banks may still merge

Small banks who wanted to merge under the central bank’s Consolidation Program for Rural Banks (CPRB) but did not meet the prescribed number of members per group may still be allowed to consolidate, provided their capital reaches the required minimum amount of P100 million. >>

4 – Vietnam : The big players in the fintech market

Vietnam’s fintech market has attracted many investors, both foreign and domestic. Chinese Gobi Partners invested in OnOnPay, South Korean UTC Investment in VNPTPay, while funds of Exprerian, Kusto Tiger and Unitus Impact and the bank of Sumitomo invested in Mobivi. Meanwhile, Viettel injected money into BankPlus and MobiFone into Vimo. >>

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