April Wu

China Market Strategy

January 13, 2015

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Retail News Roundup – Jan 13

The top 5 retail news clips in Asia this week.

1 – Study: Chinese travellers to drive more growth in luxury markets

Despite the slowdown observed by many luxury brands in the China market, overall market dynamics are unchanged and consumer confidence remains high. >>

2 – Taking Stock: The way forward for omni-channel retail

Retailers have embraced omni-channel retailing as the new way to sell and engage with customers. But it looks like the industry is in for more disruptions and 2015 will be the watershed year when everything will take a step forward to a whole new level. >>

3 -A&F boosts Asian online presence

US fashion apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch has launched 10 new transactional websites in Asia as it banks on eCommerce to build its regional market share. >>

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

January 7, 2015

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Banking News This Week – Jan 7

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

1 – Making Change: Mobile Pay in Africa

Across Kenya, mobile money is breathing life into micro business. Companies whose business models are based on mobile payments have shown how targeting some of the world’s poorest customers can not only pay but also be a promising way to grow. >>

2 – 10 Big Trends Reshaping Financial Marketing Today

Financial marketing used to involve little more than brochures, print ads and a couple promotion per year. Now, it is about social media, shared experiences and interactive digital engagement. It’s time banks and credit unions get savvy about their use of mobile channels, content marketing and personalization. >>

3 – Banking the underbanked through mobile payments

A key reason for financial exclusion is typically the inaccessibility of the unbanked/underbanked, mostly people in the lower strata of the economy, by the financial services providers.  >>

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

January 6, 2015

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Retail News Roundup – Jan 6

The top 5 retail news clips in Asia this week.

1 – E-commerce has limited impact on HK brick and mortar retailing

The bricks and mortar experience is still the preferred shopping choice for Hong Kong consumers, according to the latest CBRE consumer survey. >>

2 – Expert Opinion: Digital meets physical: Re-invigorating online engagement

Commerce has gone digital. The online shopping experience is easily accessible for customers at any time, from anywhere, via any device. But the virtual experience too often is missing the human link. Customer service needs to keep pace with the online migration of commerce. >>

3 – More consumers use mobile payments

More consumers are using mobile payment channels to pay for their purchases and their awareness of security has also increased, according to a China UnionPay report released yesterday. >>

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

December 31, 2014

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Banking News This Week – Dec 31

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

1 – Tencent ready to launch China’s first private internet bank, WeBank

Chinese Internet giant Tencent on Monday launched the website for what will likely be the country’s first ever private internet bank. China began a trial programme early this year that would allow five new private banks to be set up. >>

2 – China’s traditional lenders meet their match in internet banking

Success of the traditional players in the online battle will hinge on their ability to exploit the power of big data to understand client needs. >>

3 – 10 Ways Technology Will Change Banking in 2015

Leading financial services and tech execs say that in 2015, technology will change many things, from the way they hire personnel to the way they make loans to the way they package products. >>

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

December 30, 2014

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Retail News Roundup – Dec 30

The top 5 retail news clips in Asia this week.

1 – Chinese luxury market trends for 2015

The Chinese luxury market has gone through changes in 2014 driven by changes in consumer behavior and the government crackdown. What can we expect in 2015? >>

2 – Puma eyes top spot in India through store expansion, new brands

The global sportswear company is making an aggressive pitch to overtake Adidas in the India market with differentiated products. >>

3 – Sheng Siong signs joint-venture deal to run supermarkets in China

SINGAPORE-LISTED Sheng Siong Group has signed a conditional joint-venture (JV) agreement with Kunming LuChen Group Co Ltd to operate supermarkets in China. >>

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