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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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How Lenovo.com uses Marketing Mix Modelling

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Marketing mix modelling (MMM) is supposed to have fallen out of favour a long time ago. Starcom’s Laura Desmond wanted to nix the practice entirely back in 2011, when she went as far as to say “it will become obsolete”. The problem? Backward-looking data isn’t an accurate predictor of future performance of an ad, and the explosion of data points …

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Marketplaces let brands control distribution

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Condé Nast recently launched a marketplace for luxury brands, revamping its Style.com site for an eCommerce initiative that it is reportedly backing with $100million. Though a seemingly natural fit for Condé Nast (which owns numerous luxury magazine titles, including Vogue and GQ) the venture is reportedly proving a tough nut to crack, with entrenched competitors including Yoox, Net-A-Porter and Farfetch dominating …

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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 …

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BLUEBELL’s Group Digital Director on price transparency

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BLUEBELL, the 60 year old distributor of brands such as Moschino, Jimmy Choo and Davidoff, amongst others, was one of the first investors in the eCommerce apparel retailer GRANA. GRANA has been in the headlines recently because of the $10million funding that eCommerce behemoth Alibaba pumped into it. Its value proposition is two-fold: Premium quality, at affordable prices. They’re also completely …

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Streamlining the e-commerce channel with Jualo at Seamless

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Good news for those who like to trade on e-commerce sites. One of Indonesia’s hottest online marketplaces, Jualo.com has waived all transaction fees on its platform,  making it virtually free for users to transact and pay for purchases. This service, according to COO Pedro Principe, are part of his efforts to provide convenience, comfort, and safety for both the buyers and …