always online digital
Market

China’s ‘Always-On’ Digital Disruptors

A new breed of Chinese consumer brands has hit the ground running with a digital-first, consumer-centric approach.  They hook consumers with always-on digital conversations, camera-ready packaging, and fast-paced product launches. […]

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coronavirus economy
Forecasts

Good News Spurs Revised Asia Forecast

Due to promising forward indicators, IMA Asia now expects a strong recovery in the global economy this year. The combination of good vaccines, strong private sector balance sheets, and strong […]

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B2B digital sales
Market

Leveraging Digital Tools in a China Go-To-Market Strategy

China has proven to be an ideal place to experiment with cutting-edge digital apps. Many Chinese companies are digital-first enterprises that tactically test and tweak digital applications. A China CEO […]

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supply chain
Strategy

Managing Supply Chains During and After the Pandemic

Covid-19 has put the strength and flexibility of supply chains to the test. Some industries, such as oil and gas, are used to managing volatility. Other industries have experienced disruptions […]

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Building resilience
Leadership

Securing China’s Talent After Covid

Companies in China weathered the pandemic storm better than expected by empowering their local teams. As a result, senior executives at global headquarters increasingly recognise the capabilities of China-based employees […]

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Forecasts

Asia’s 2021 Prospects Are Not Quite as Bright as Some Believe

Almost everyone in business is an optimist and in December we tend to look forward to a better year ahead. We also expect 2021 to be a bit better but […]

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strategic planning
Leadership

2021 Strategy Realignment: 10 Questions That Need Answers

Our view is that 2021 will be the bridge year from the 2020 pandemic to the beginning of the next normal in 2022. It will be a year for developing […]

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industrial engineering
Market

China to Push E-invoicing in 2021

The trend towards e-invoicing is slowly gathering momentum as China’s tax authorities move ahead on their much-anticipated plan to allow digitised invoicing for businesses. Soon, electronic special value-added tax (VAT) […]

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digital ringfencing
Market

Ringfencing China: Can The Digital Cord Be Cut?

China’s unique cybersecurity regulations, its separate digital ecosystem, and its digitally savvy consumers set it apart from the rest of the world. As a consequence, MNCs are looking to ringfence […]

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cybersecurity
Strategy

Ringfencing Digital Assets in China

Regulations governing the digital arena are rapidly changing the world over, and nowhere is this truer than in China. This presents a fresh set of challenges for MNCs. Global companies […]

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AI powered finance
Strategy

Cybersecurity – Navigating the Perfect Storm

The rapid adoption of eCommerce applications, videoconferencing and remote working coupled with a reconfiguring of supply chains has radically increased by online threats. Cybersecurity has become more important than ever, […]

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M&A
Market

Covid’s Impact Motivates China’s M&A Buyers and Sellers

MNCs partnering in China took only the briefest pause during the worst of Covid-19 and then bounced back in the second quarter. While organic growth is a top priority for […]

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Hong Kong skyline
Market

The Future of Hong Kong as a Regional Headquarters

International companies have long regarded Hong Kong highly for its skilled workforce, business-friendly legal system, robust regulatory regime, high corporate governance standards and generally free flow of capital, people and […]

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B2B digital sales
Market

Covid Accelerates China’s Digital B2B Transformation

B2B e-commerce and virtual selling were gaining traction well before the lockdown but the experience during the pandemic has accelerated the trend towards digital sales. At a recent IMA China […]

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business travel
Market

Business Travel’s Future is Uncertain

The dearth of business travel during 2020 has had an immediate and long-term impact on the travel industry ecosystem, businesses at large, and the entire global economy.  An executive at […]

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Strategy

Negotiating India’s Slump

COVID-19 hit India’s economy hard and its GDP will likely shrink by over 5% in this fiscal year. Furthermore, this disruption of economic activity will lower India’s medium-term economic outlook. […]

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China recovery
Market

China’s Recovery: The CFO View

The pandemic in China has given CFOs a wild ride on a ‘V’ shaped recovery rollercoaster. After a steep drop in revenues and expenses in the first quarter, there has […]

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platform and hand
Strategy

Restructuring for Post-Covid-19 Competition

MNCs across Asia are changing many of their management practices as they learn to adapt to the challenges of Covid. The lessons learned are likely to permanently alter the way […]

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Industry 4.0
Market

Bringing Big Data to China’s Big Machines

Not long after news of Covid’s spread in China hit papers around the world, so did photos of a remarkable feat: the building of a 1,000-bed hospital in a mere […]

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COVID-19
Market

Shifting from Recovery to Retooling in China

Companies in China are moving to the second phase of the Covid-19 crisis. During the first phase they focused on protecting their employees and their assets. The second recovery phase […]

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