Sherry Shi

Project Specialist

March 19, 2014

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3 Ways To Evaluate Trade Zones For Extraordinary Business Insight

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The concept of the retail trade zones has been used by analysts and practitioners in retail site evaluation and other market studies for a long time. In fact, retail trade zones correlate to urban commercial centers. Retail trade zone analysis and evaluation almost always focuses on locating and describing target markets, an essential action of virtually all business, but there are different ways to do this. Here are 3 ways to evaluate trade zones for extraordinary business insights:

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Paula Idec

Market Researcher

August 29, 2013

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Should retailers worry about blogshops?

The online retailing phenomenon in Southeast Asia.

You may have come across many mini online shops hosted via free platforms such as blogs and social networking sites. These online stores have even gained their own name, ‘blogshops’, as shop owners have leveraged them to increase profit. We’ve seen this trend in the U.S. and Europe, but blogshops have surprisingly emerged as a significant ecommerce platform in Southeast Asia in markets such as Malaysia and Singapore.

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Chris Hubbard

@chriswhubbard Market Strategy

May 24, 2013

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8 Ways Apparel Retailers Can Embrace Localization Trends in Asia

The keys to looking local in Asian emerging markets.

In a previous post we talked about 3 Trends Driving Localization in Asia. Maturing emerging markets, local flavor appeal, and hometown advantage are all motivating locals to spend more of their dollars on local products that might seem to better suit their needs. For some brands, understanding how to leverage these trends might be obvious, but what can apparel retailers in Asia specifically do with these trends? The answer isn’t always clear, so this week we’re giving you 8 ways apparel retailers in Asia can embrace the localization trend.

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James Grigsby

SVP, Delivery Office

April 26, 2013

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4 Trends Reshaping China’s Retail Sector

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Last year was a rough year for many high profile retailers in China. Luxury brands saw a slower growth rate as did iconic brands such as Nike and Levi’s. Although still firmly in double-digit territory, anything less than 15% annual growth in retail makes China watchers sit up and listen. The signs for 2013 thus far are not looking much better. Sales during the Chinese New Year in holiday in mid-February rose at the slowest pace in 4 years. And just in the past week, another retailer, Daphne Shoes, reported a same-store sales decline in the first quarter of 2013.

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