Shop, dine & order groceries – Alibaba’s new retail strategy

Shop, dine & order groceries – Alibaba’s new retail strategy

Alibaba Group unveiled 3 new Hema Supermarkets in Beijing and Shanghai as part of its “new retail” strategy. These Outlets are part of Alibaba’s new retail plan, which uses technology and data to merge online and offline shopping, offering consumers ‘a more efficient and more flexible shopping experience’. In Hema Stores-customers can shop, dine and […]

How do SEA countries rank in global innovation?

How do SEA countries rank in global innovation?

Every year a report on how countries rank by their capacity for, and success in innovation comes up. It’s called The Global Innovation Index (GII),  co-published by the World Intellectual Property Organization, Cornell University and the business school INSEAD. It provides detailed metrics about the innovation performance of 127 countries and economies around the world. […]

Pushing digitalisation of Malaysia’s retail

Pushing digitalisation of Malaysia’s retail

The Malaysia Retail Chain Association wants to drive the retail industry to go into the online arena, in line with the government’s aspirations, for better opportunities and to compete better. President Datuk Garry Chua said online adoption among Malaysian retailers is still relatively low, but the initiative to start thinking and adopting digital strategies is […]

Grab with fresh money

Grab with fresh money

Singaporean Grab is to receive a new round of funding to further strengthen its market position and fuel the development of GrabPay. Main investors are Japanese SoftBank as well as Chinese competitor Didi Chuxing who are expected to invest around $ 2 billion; an additional 500 million are expected to be raised from existing and […]

Harley Davidson to manufacture in South East Asia

Harley Davidson to manufacture in South East Asia

Thailand is moving fast to become the new automotive hub in Southeast Asia. It is already the manufacturer number 1 in the Southeast Asian region and the 9th in the world with a production of 2.65 million vehicles in 2016. Now, famous motorcycle manufacturer Harley Davidson has decided to build a new plant in the Rayong province, […]

Watson’s keeps growing

Watson’s keeps growing

The largest international health and beauty retailer A. S. Watson Group with over 13,300 outlets in 25 countries, keeps expanding with 1,400 new outlets opening globally this year – 60 of those will be in Hong Kong. This will increase the number of stores in HK by nearly 9 percent from currently 700. Further, Watson’s plans […]

Convenience stores in Vietnam, a fierce competition

Convenience stores in Vietnam, a fierce competition

During the past years, in Vietnam, convenience store landscape has attracted a lot of foreign players, which represent the 70% of the convenience store segment. The American Circle K is operating around 250 stores, mostly in Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi. The Southeast Asian chains Shop&Go and B’s mart are running another 300 stores. FamilyMart, […]

“It’s a pleasure to be at your assistance”

“It’s a pleasure to be at your assistance”

Singapore consumer electronics retailer, Newstead Technologies has launched a Robot designed as a Sales Assistant for the PC Show 2017. The robot was manufactured by Taiwanese tech firm New Kinpo Group. This robot can talk, guide shoppers and even receive credit card payments. A demonstration yesterday at Marina Mandarin Hotel saw the robot greeted a prospective […]