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OCBC’s Open Vault – transforming the ways the bank works

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Unlike traditional business units, OCBC’s Open Vault functions like a startup. The idea is to sprint like a startup and work in an environment that thrives on adrenaline. OCBC has been running constant experiments which has proven profitable together with counting failure as learning points for their success. OCBC is constantly striving to innovate and improve organisational agility. In this …

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Differentiation in eCommerce: Just how difficult is it?

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Differentiation in eCommerce seems particularly difficult to accomplish. I still can’t tell the difference between Qoo10 and Lazada and, well, I don’t really care so long as they have what I want to buy. I spoke to Chain Vayakornchivit (pictured), spokesperson for Thai apparel eTailer Zilingo, about whether or not my impression is correct, and which eCommerce companies are actually doing a …

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Microsoft and AMIS launch Asia’s first blockchain consortium

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Guest post by Banking Technology, a media partner of Seamless Asia 2017 Microsoft has teamed with AMIS and the Industrial Technology Research Institute of Taiwan (ITRI) to form Asia’s “first” consortium blockchain network on Azure. They will use AMIS’s blockchain solutions with Azure as the cloud platform – “the only platform with BaaS” (Banking-as-a-Service). Azure will provide public, private and hybrid …

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Move over, London and Berlin, Singapore’s fintech ecosystem is surging ahead

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Guest post by Banking Technology, the media partner of Seamless Asia 2017 There are several studies at the moment analysing and ranking a number of the fintech ecosystems, but at the end of the day, I believe it is a matter of personal opinion. Some start-ups and skills will thrive within one ecosystem, whereas they may struggle in another. In my …

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Good store experience is not just about store design

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Ahead of the Seamless Asia conference, I spoke with Jaime Syjuco, MD of Havaianas Singapore and Malaysia, about how retailers can experiment with technology to create the right Store Experience. (Syjuco is a speaker at the Seamless Asia conference, happening 19-20 April in Singapore.) I’ve been hearing a lot of offline retailers talking about creating the right Store Experience. Why …

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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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Why everything may depend on Mobile Offline-to-Online

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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. In my last post, I promised to explain how we plan to implement 17 projects rapidly, cheaply and with minimal …

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5 E-commerce Business Models Destined to Rule Thailand in 2017

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Guest Post: 2016 predicted Thailand’s e-commerce boom and it has been forecasted that in 2017, internet users in Thailand will make up 50 percent of the population compared to last year’s 43 percent. Once plagued by a shaky foundation of uncertain payment settlement systems and a faltering mobile infrastructure, it seems Thailand has overcome that hurdle and in 2016 became Southeast …

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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 …