FREE WI-FI TO INDONESIA

FREE WI-FI TO INDONESIA

Google will extend its successful Google Station program to Indonesia. Google is partnering with internet service providers (ISPs), venue owners, and system integrators in Indonesia to provide consumers with free access to Wi-Fi at railway stations, universities, and other public areas. Google will start installing the free Wi-Fi this year, initially across Java and Bali, in partnership with local internet […]

No more high heels at work in the Philippines

No more high heels at work in the Philippines

Most women will agree with me, high heels looks great on you but are not the most comfortable shoes in the world… In the Philippines, the practice of ordering women to wear high heels is widespread, especially in industries such as retail, restaurants, airlines and hotels. However that is going to change, the Philippines’ labour […]

Fast fashion brands moving fast to Vietnam

Fast fashion brands moving fast to Vietnam

With a population of more than 95 million people, Vietnam is one of the fastest developing countries in the world and it’s middle class is growing  faster than anywhere else in Southeast Asia. It’s expected that by 2020 about one third of the country will be defined as middle class. The millennials, which now represent […]

IKEA keeps expanding in Asia

IKEA keeps expanding in Asia

IKEA has decided to establish its regional distribution and supply chain centre for ASEAN in Malaysia. The centre will be among the top 10 largest regional distribution centres of IKEA Group globally, Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), said. According to Malaysian media, the facility will cost about RM908 million (US$212 million), and will serve the […]

WAY TO GO, CASHLESS PAYMENT

WAY TO GO, CASHLESS PAYMENT

Singapore seeks to accelerate its growth as a cashless society, online-to-offline (O2O) mobile platform, Fave is supporting restaurants and offline retailers to offer convenient mobile payments that aim to help them grow their business by rewarding customers. Singapore must do more to avoid falling behind other cities in e-payments as signalled by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong […]

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 […]