April Wu

China Market Strategy

January 28, 2015

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Banking News This Week – Jan 28

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

1 – Africa: Mobile Banking Will the Help the Poor Transform Their Lives

The key to this will be mobile phones. Already, in the developing countries with the right regulatory framework, people are storing money digitally on their phones and using their phones to make purchases, as if they were debit cards. >>

2 – Insiders Call for Integration between Internet Financing and Banks

Chinese financial industry observers are calling for an integration of the country’s traditional financial institutions and the emerging internet financing market. >>

3 – Banks taking over financial firms shapes a growing trend

VietNamNet Bridge – Marriages between banks and financial firms are forecast to be vibrant this year, but industry experts assume such deals could bring banks both advantages and disadvantages. >>

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

January 27, 2015

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Retail News Roundup – Jan 27

The top 5 retail news clips in Asia this week.

1 – Aeon plans 500 Thai stores

Japanese retailer Aeon is planning to increase its supermarket network in Thailand to 500 outlets by 2020. >>

2 – Apple opens newest China store

Apple has opened another giant retail store in China – West Lake in the Shangcheng District of Hangzhou, the capital city of Zheijang province in eastern China. >>

3 – HTC wants to boost retail network

HTC will boost its retail store network in its home market of Taiwan this year as it expands its handset range. >>

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

January 21, 2015

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Banking News This Week – Jan 21

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

1 – How One Woman Is Changing Business Lending In Africa

A vast majority — 85% — of micro through medium size enterprises in emerging markets suffer from a lack of access to credit, according to the International Finance Corporation and McKinsey. >>

2 – KTB keen on expansion of GMS business

State-owned Krungthai Bank (KTB), the country’s largest bank by assets, is placing importance on payments, product development and partnership in its drive towards inclusive business development in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). >>

3 – China Boots Up an Internet Banking Industry

Cyberspace borrowing is coming of age thanks to financial reforms and the arrival of online-only WeBank and ZBIC. >>

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

January 20, 2015

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Retail News Roundup – Jan 20

The top 5 retail news clips in Asia this week.

1 – 5 key areas retailers must think about in 2015

Soaring consumer expectations in 2015 will drive some of the biggest change in the retail industry since e-commerce took off in the early noughties, predicts Manhattan Associates. >>

2 – External investors to finance Wanda Plazas

China’s Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties Co yesterday said four investors have agreed to contribute 24 billion yuan (US$3.9 billion) over the coming two years as the first tranche of funding to build around 20 shopping malls. >>

3 – 12 Tips for Foreign Retailers Looking to Enter China

It’s no secret that China has become a “must” market for retailers. But successful expansion into this market presents some serious challenges for foreign brands, and establishing a Chinese presence can be a big undertaking. >>

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

January 14, 2015

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Banking News This Week – Jan 14

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

1 – How Omni-Channel Banking Fuels the Rise of China’s Middle Class

Banking is on the move. While the in-branch visit remains a pillar of the banking experience, more and more customers now choose to interact with their financial institutions via online and mobile banking, ATMs or phone chats with call center agents. >>

2 – Vietnam Joint Stock Commercial Bank : considers major mergers in 2015 to clean up its banks

Some of Vietnam’s lenders may merge with each other this year as part of efforts to help to clean up the country’s fragmented banking sector, which is weighed down with bad loans after a decade of rapid expansion. >>

3 – Big foreign banks seen entering PH this year

Foreign banks are preparing their entry into the Philippines following the lifting of ownership restrictions last year, which now opens up the financial system to more global players. >>

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