Joshua Roberts

Creative Director

December 18, 2012

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Supermarkets Under Siege

Indonesia's mini-markets are eating up market share.

The shift of dominance between mini-markets and rival supermarkets has been tremendous throughout the Indonesia market. The number of supermarkets has fallen 17% over the past 3 years, while mini-markets have risen by 63%.

This shift has been causing larger format retailers to rethink their strategies and eye global partnerships to attack the $42 billion dollar sector.

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Edward Eng

Business Development Manager

December 12, 2012

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Banks Tapping New Potential in Asia

Banks are investing heavily in data and IT to tap new potential.

Asia Pacific banks will intensify their efforts to tackle the largely unbanked segments of the population in China, India, Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines; create trade finance and cash management propositions for the Asia Pacific corporate and SME market; and build strengths in retail and cross-border payments.

“Global banks will also strive to be seen as ‘more Asian’, which can spur regionalization initiatives and engender a real pursuit of the Asia Pacific market,” says Michael Araneta, consulting and research director for IDC Asia Pacific.

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Edward Eng

Business Development Manager

November 20, 2012

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Financial Dynamics Structurally Changing in Asia

Asia's balance of payments has undergone a structural shift over the past five years, with lower current-account surpluses.

“We have seen a shift in investment behavior in Asia where trade and investment flows were predominantly going from Asia to the West: The ‘traditional’ model was for Asian countries, led by Japan and followed by China, to export goods to the West. These Asian countries would accumulate reserve surpluses and invest their cash surplus back to the West by buying US Treasuries and, to a lesser extent, European assets,” said Gilles Plante, Asia-Pacific chief executive officer for ANZ.

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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

November 6, 2012

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Smart Shoppers in China

Shoppers are becoming smarter and more sophisticated.

Shops selling, renting, and repairing second-hand luxury goods are springing up across China. High-end consignment shops from Japan and Hong Kong that buy and sell second-hand goods are more common now too.

Milan Court was one of the first pre-owned luxury stores in Shanghai when it opened eight years ago. But its owner Liu Lian says she only recently started putting her logo on the store’s shopping bags because consumers used to be ashamed about being caught buying used goods.

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