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July 23, 2014

Open-Loop Pre-Paid Cards: The Fastest Growing Card Function

Kendrick SandsWith Kendrick Sands, Analyst - Consumer Finance

Open-loop pre-paid cards, which are network branded payment cards that do not have a limited pre-defined acceptance network, are the fastest growing card type in the world. These cards have proved their ability to replace cash and electronic transfer channels in several instances including government benefits and traveller’s cheques. Open-loop pre-paid cards can also help the unbanked and financially underserved by offering an alternative to traditional financial services and as a stepping-stone to other products and services.  

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July 21, 2014

What’s Next for Malaysia Airlines?

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With Nadejda Popova - Senoir Analyst, Travel and Tourism

The tragedies of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and the crash of Flight 17 are having a severe impact on Malaysia Airlines. Investor confidence is low, shares are plummeting and many are wondering why the airline chose a flight pattern over a conflict zone. With the airline already performing at sub-par levels, the next step may be filing for bankruptcy.

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July 20, 2014

Fashion Speaks: The Growth Potential for Wearable Digital Electronics

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Euroasia_yvonne kok_LThumbWith Wee Tek Loo, Head of Consumer Electronics and May Ling Tham - Head of Personal Accessories and Eyewear 

Moderated by Yvonne Kok, Head of Industry Research


Wearable devices, such as the Nike Fuel Band and the Samsung Galaxy Gear are manufacturer driven products that do not yet address any major functions better than a smartphone. So far, only fitness tracking devices are driving sales in the category as they serve a practical and motivational purpose. Other devices such as the Galaxy Gear suffer from poor aesthetics and bulky design. Until Apple releases its highly anticipated watch, which has the potential to disrupt the industry in the same way that the iPhone did, many manufacturers of electronics and watches are adapting a wait-and-see approach to wearable devices.

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July 17, 2014

Prospects for Fish Oils and Omega Fatty Acids in China

Mark StrobelWith Mark Strobel, Consumer Health Analyst

China is a promising market for the consumer health industry, with consumer expenditure on health goods and medical services expected to grow by 56 percent between 2013 and 2018. Vitamins and dietary supplements, especially fish oils and omega fatty acids are among the strongest prospects for the country. The average adult in China consumes only one-quarter of the recommended daily intake of DHA and EPA which is found in these supplements.  Although the regulatory infrastructure for dietary supplements in China is notoriously strict, proposals are in place to change the process.

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July 16, 2014

Michael Kors’ Marketing Strategy Pays Off

Euroasia_Chloe.Wu_LThumbWith Chloe Wu, Personal Accessories & Eyewear Industry Analyst

Michael Kors is investing heavily in marketing its new diffusion line and as a result, consumers are associating the company as a lifestyle brand in line with Coach and Tory Birch. The company is also using social media as a way to use consumers to market its brands. It has a blog site called MK Timeless where consumers can upload pictures of their Michael Kors watches and a campaign called Watch Hunger Stop where the company donates money to the World Food Program for every 100 series timepiece purchased. These marketing strategies have paid off for the company with strong brand equity.

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July 13, 2014

Sound Bite: Expansion Strategies for Private Label Manufacturers

6a01310f54565d970c01a73de96494970d-120wiPinar HosafciWith Lianne van den Bos - Food Analyst and Pinar Hosafci - Food Analyst

Private label manufacturers need to establish various strategies when targeting different areas of the world. For example, in areas such as Western Europe and North America where private label is well established, manufacturers can add products at different price points to attract consumers. In areas where private label is less established, companies can export their private label brands or expand their chains. UK-based Waitrose has established both of these strategies, exporting its private label goods as far as Chile and Japan and expanding its physical outlets outside the UK.

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July 9, 2014

The Importance of Tracking Consumer Spending on Education for Businesses

An Hodgson

With An Hodgson, Income and Expenditure Manager

Tracking a country’s consumer spending on education can shed light on the labor force and productivity and gives insight on the spending patterns and priorities of consumers in a country, both of which are important factors to consider for businesses planning expansion. A key trend in consumer education is that when the lowest 10 percent of the population of a country spends significantly on education, that country tends to have a better-trained workforce overall – an attracting factor for foreign investment. 

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July 8, 2014

Strategies for Growth in the Japanese Beer Market

With Hiromi Yamaguchi, Research Analyst

 Beer in Japan has been on a steady decline in volume terms for the past ten years, and beer manufacturers in the country are working against this trend with several strategies. Focusing on the premium beer segment is one successful strategy as Japanese consumers are choosing quality over quantity. Beer manufacturers are also using convenience stores such as 7-Eleven and Lawson as test markets for different promotions and flavors. Finally, the craft beer market in Japan is small but growing, mirroring the expansion of the craft beer market in the US.

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国内ビール市場動向とメーカーの取り組み

 国内ビール市場はビール人口減少、消費者の健康志向により、年々減少傾向にあります。メーカーはプレミアムビール市場への集中、特定の小売業者への限定製品の販売など、数々の取り組みを通して減少を最小限に抑え、成長につなげていく努力をしています。また規模は小さいですが、クラフトビールの発展は減少傾向にあるビール市場に、新たな刺激を与えています。

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July 7, 2014

Nutrition Podcast Series: Attention Turning Away from Fat as an Ingredient

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Lauren Bandy with Diana Cowland - Health and Wellness Analyst and Lauren Bandy - Packaged Food Analyst

A study by the University of Cambridge in April 2014 has put fat as an ingredient back in the media spotlight. The study shows that total saturated fat has no association with heart disease. While the scientific community has criticized the study, many consumers are now focusing on limiting sugar and increasing protein in their diet rather than focusing on fat consumption. This trend is leading to small growth in foods such as butter and reduced sugar packaged food and a small decline in reduced fat packaged food.

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Listen to other podcasts in the Nutrtion Podcast Series

Sugar Reduction in Food and Beverages

High-Protein Market Booming Globally, Creating Risk for Oversaturation

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Open-Loop Pre-Paid Cards: The Fastest Growing Card Function

What’s Next for Malaysia Airlines?

Fashion Speaks: The Growth Potential for Wearable Digital Electronics

Prospects for Fish Oils and Omega Fatty Acids in China

Michael Kors’ Marketing Strategy Pays Off

Sound Bite: Expansion Strategies for Private Label Manufacturers

The Importance of Tracking Consumer Spending on Education for Businesses

Strategies for Growth in the Japanese Beer Market

国内ビール市場動向とメーカーの取り組み

Nutrition Podcast Series: Attention Turning Away from Fat as an Ingredient