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Are luxury brand mark-ups unjustifiable?

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How much do luxury products cost to sell? I’ve noticed in the past 2-3 years a greater number of brands providing ‘luxury’ goods at more affordable prices. These brands claim that they can provide greater value for money by going direct to consumer, and stripping out the overheads that the major luxury brands incur. But just how overpriced are luxury …

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How loyalty marketing works in the fine jewellery industry

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Ahead of the upcoming Seamless Asia 2017 conference, we spoke to Wong Mei Wai, Business Director of Aspial (Aspial-Lee Hwa Jewellery) about a little-discussed but incredibly important topic: How loyalty programmes work in the fine jewellery industry. Wong says that in fine jewellery, traditional earn-and-burn, chop-and-stomp loyalty programmes don’t work, and that a less mainstream approach is required. Are customers …

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The great opportunity: a snapshot of Southeast Asian commerce

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With India on one side and China on the other, the Southeast Asian market has in the past often been overlooked by international brands as being too disparate, too diverse, and simply too challenging to take on. Those brands who have tried to enter the market have often been knocked back, or even knocked out entirely, due to a fundamental …

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How will we pay in 2020?

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The history of payments is best described as a search for simplicity, security and convenience. Coins, banknotes, cheques, payment cards have all been introduced with the aim of making paying for goods and services easier. Over the past few years, mobile payments technology has launched an assault on these traditional methods by offering consumers a convenient and streamlined payment experience. …

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What retail technology can save brick & mortar?

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In this post, Jaime Syjuco, Managing Partner of Moda Pacifica – licensee for Havaianas in Singapore – gives an overview of which retail technology can improve the performance of brick and mortar stores. This is re-posted with permission from LinkedIn. Last post, I spoke about how brick & mortar retail is in peril, and my quest to save it by …

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Would you stand in line to see a robot’s replica of the Mona Lisa?

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India’s iShippo, founded by serial entrepreneur Karma Bhutia, provides an online marketplace for handmade products. It aims to connect craftspeople from relatively remote parts of India who would not otherwise have access to a broad market for their wares. We spoke to Bhutia about the premium that handmade products command over machine-made products, and what would happen when robots become smarter …

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How retail tech can solve the tricky economics of falling mall traffic

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In this post, Jaime Syjuco, Managing Partner of Moda Pacifica – licensee for Havaianas in Singapore – explores the role retail tech will play in solving brick-and-mortar’s problem of falling foot traffic. This is re-posted with permission from LinkedIn. I am embarking on a Quest: To use technology to evolve my brick-and-mortar retail stores and adapt to the crushing forces …

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5 Observations about Mobile Payments in Asia

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Mobile payments continues its upward trajectory in Asia as consumers take on the convenience of buying good and services with a click of a single button. Hardly a week goes by without mobile payments news, whether it be the launch of, YES, yet another “Pay” or a new consumer report mentioning the potential for mega billions of future mobile transactions. …

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30 Asian leaders shaping the future of commerce

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Asian commerce is an incredibly exciting space to be working in right now. From the millions of people going online for the first time each year via mobile devices, to the growth of the aspirational middle class, the pie is without doubt getting bigger. At the same time there remain key challenges in place that all merchants, and the ecosystems …

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Digitising B2B Payments

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Banks, payment technology companies and fintechs today are increasingly working together to bring digital solutions to the market in-order to improve the whole payments ecosystem and streamline processes. Banks today are seeing a huge opportunity to improve and innovate B2B transactions and payments primarily to boost productivity, reduce costs, and strengthen commercial partnerships across Asia’s supply chain. While on one hand …