Distributors in China
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Coping With China’s Shifting Distributor Network

Distributing goods in China can be complicated and confusing. Although the China market is large, it is also highly fragmented. Achieving economies of scale can be elusive when distributors are […]

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China innovation
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Stepping Up Innovation in China

The pursuit of innovation is changing business models in China. MNCs are addressing competitive challenges by localising innovation efforts. At a recent IMA CEO Forum meeting China CEOs cited numerous […]

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ASEAN construction
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Infrastructure Spending Propping up ASEAN Construction

The IMA Asia ASEAN Demand Watch reports look at the latest trends in specific industrial sectors across ASEAN. Our reports combine insights from three sources: Interviews with IMA Asia Forum […]

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China's social credit system
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Beyond the Hype: Getting Ready for China’s Social Credit System

China’s Social Credit System (SCS) will fundamentally change the way business operations are regulated in China. It’s time to move past the dire warnings of a dystopian future and manage […]

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demographics
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Consumers Are Not of One Mind in Southeast Asia

This article is based on the findings of IMA’s Asia Demand Watch – ASEAN Consumers. Consumer demand remains a key driver of growth in Southeast Asia, but demand trends are diverging. The divergence […]

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Chinese consumers
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Cracks Appearing in China’s Consumer Confidence

This article is based on the findings of IMA’s China Demand Watch – Consumers. Cracks are starting to appear in China’s resilient consumer confidence and steady retail sales performance. Constraints […]

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digital transformation
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B2B Digital Distribution: Finding the Missing Customer

E-commerce has blazed like a wildfire through China’s consumer landscape, seeding digital-first enterprises and pushing legacy businesses to adapt or die. Chinese consumers’ fast adoption of all things digital, from […]

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compliance culture
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Compliance Redux: Vigilance is Essential in China

Seven years into China’s anti-corruption campaign, the pursuit of corporate malfeasance, conflicts of interest and fraud continues. After the 2014 GSK scandal, foreign firms were put on notice that a […]

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Market

MNCs are Restructuring Asia Pacific Operations (Again)

The push for innovation, the search for talent, and competitive pressures require that new entrants and long-established players rethink their Asia business strategies and organisation structure. Companies often restructure their […]

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AI-Powered Finance
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Powering Finance in China with Artificial Intelligence

In the next five years, experts predict CFOs in China will have a complete financial picture in real time on their phone. They will be able to scroll through the […]

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Industry 4.0
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Optimise or Transform with New Technologies?

It can be tempting to integrate new technologies such as AI, big data and blockchain in response to the relentless hype around them.  As one IMA Asia member put it, […]

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market segmentation
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Segmenting China’s Market to Increase Profits

Foreign firms in China are reining in efforts to grab market share at all costs and are taking a hard look at their bottom line. In the past, growth businesses […]

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China small business startup
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Capturing a Slice of Southeast Asia e-Commerce Growth

E-commerce in Southeast Asia is poised for a boom in sales over the next five years but companies capitalising on the growth face significant challenges. A recent report by Google […]

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integrated circuits
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B2B Distribution in China’s Digital World

The potential of digital technology to transform businesses is finally becoming a reality for B2B firms in China. Industrial players are increasingly entering the fray. They are testing new digital […]

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lift profits and grow
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Lifting Profits in China’s Ever More Demanding Market

When growth in China begins to sputter, executives often reflexively seek out new growth opportunities. For some premium industrial brands, this might mean making ‘good-enough’ products in order to chase […]

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innovation speed
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The Need for Innovation and Speed in China

China’s unique digital ecosystem is accelerating ‘the need for speed’, and the necessity to adapt to China’s environment of innovation. But HQ often clings to their own digital investments, even […]

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Singapore smart city
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Will Smart Cities drive Southeast Asia business?

Cities in Southeast Asia are getting ‘smarter’ and their higher IQ is driving new business for many companies in the region.  Adoption of smart cities technology will boost economic growth […]

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Key to innovation
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Unlocking Chinese Innovation and Speed-to-Market

Chinese companies have become known as masters of incremental innovations brought to market at blistering speed.  Alibaba, Tencent and Huawei have aptly demonstrated what Chinese entrepreneurship can accomplish. Every day, […]

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China gold mountain
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Accessing China’s Mountain of Gold Data

Personal data is equivalent to gold for brands seeking to reach China’s billion plus consumers. Two groups in China are accumulating mountains of data riches and they know the value […]

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Trade War
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Is It a Trade War or Compliance Blitz?

Foreign firms in China are navigating a new, uncertain landscape thanks to tariffs, increased red tape, and the possibility of consumers turning against the US. For global executives, responding to […]

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