posts from Asia Pacific

Alibaba, the e-commerce giant that has driven the concept of Singles Day as an online shopping fest in China, recorded more than $9 billion in sales on Nov. 11. Shoppers at sites run by Alibaba spent almost three times as much as American online shoppers spent last year on Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined, […]

Read our roundups in magazine form on Flipboard, via the iOS and Android app or online; click here to find our magazine collection. -The New York Times reports on a new study that finds average American household wealth has dropped by one-third during the past 10 years. -Mobile e-commerce is on the rise in India, […]

China’s ecommerce market is exploding. It has surpassed the U.S. as the largest ecommerce market, and according to new research from Exane BMP Paribas, “The percentage of consumers preferring to buy online is growing by leaps and bounds.” The investment company expects 9 percent of all Chinese purchases to be made online this year, up […]

In collaboration with JWT SONAR™, today JWTIntelligence launched Personality Atlas: The World Map Redrawn, a report and interactive website that envisions a world map redrawn according to personality type. Which countries would share borders? In which hemisphere would each reside? And what can multinational marketers learn from this reimagined map, especially as they look to […]

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Our 2012 report “Remaking ‘Made in China’” examines how Chinese companies are putting a new focus on developing strong brands that can hold their own both at home and on the world stage. As we noted recently, a number of Chinese tech brands have been making headway in international markets. While these companies are focusing on innovation, a […]

During much of the 20th century, China served as a manufacturing center for international brands, developing few of its own for export markets. The moniker “Made in China” became synonymous with basic, cheap, mass-produced, low-quality goods, as well as counterfeits. With Fast Company recently proclaiming that “‘Made in China’ is a compliment,” there are signs […]

As we outline in one of our 10 Trends for 2014, entertainment, narratives and brand experiences will become more immersive and altogether more enveloping in a bid to capture consumers’ imagination and attention. Lately we’re seeing automakers turning to high-tech Immersive Experiences in a bid to catch the attention of Millennials, a generation that’s proving […]

Millennials are the first global generation, sharing more values and traits than any cohort before them, thanks to a globalized economy and digital connectivity. Our recent research on BRIC Millennials confirmed that this cohort feels a strong connection with peers across borders and cultures. For our recent trend report “Meet the BRIC Millennials,” we surveyed […]

As outlined in our recent trend report, “Meet the BRIC Millennials,” the Millennial generation is the most global yet, embracing a more international orientation and sharing more commonalities than any before them. (And as we’ve noted, many look abroad for both education and work.) At the same time, according to our research, this group retains […]

During the decade-plus since the BRIC moniker was coined, Brazil, Russia, India and China have become more powerful players on the geopolitical stage, disrupting traditional centers of power. A March trade accord between Brazil and China, for example, moved significant amounts of money out of the U.S. dollar zone. Our recent study on Millennials in […]


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  • MyIdol
    April 27, 2015 | 4:55 pm

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    Social media is abuzz with tiny pole dancers. And rock stars. And pandas. All thanks to an app that takes the humble selfie to new heights of playful absurdity—and in 3D, no less.

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  • Tindergram
    April 17, 2015 | 11:03 am

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    Swiping just got more interesting—with its latest update, Tinder lets users browse the Instagram feeds of their potential matches. The pairing (which, Adweek notes, seemed inevitable) offers “a sort of social diary, co-written by your friends and family” to help people better stalk their dates.

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  • Everlane’s Transparent City series
    April 8, 2015 | 2:33 pm

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    “We call it Radical Transparency,” says e-tail startup Everlane. The company, known for its luxe basics, was built on the principle of disclosing production costs and keeping markups as low as possible. Now, Everlane has launched the Transparent City tour, a first-of-its-kind look at the inner workings of like-minded local companies. The kickoff event in LA brought guests behind the scenes with local bloggers, designers and chefs to learn about their creative inspiration. And, perhaps the culmination of the week — Everlane invited a select few on a tour of their factory, sharing the garment construction process from start to finish. The tour had a 300-person waitlist.

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  • Crossing ‘the digital divide’
    March 19, 2015 | 4:24 pm

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    In a piece on an 82-year-old going online for the first time, The Washington Post called attention to a rising issue—the divide between those who use the Internet and those who don’t (13% in the U.S., and 41% among senior citizens).

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  • Incremental saving and giving
    March 11, 2015 | 1:51 pm

    Call it progress or just laziness—apps are popping up that harness our small change and put it to better use. Acorns, dubbed “the Tinder of investing,” links to a user’s debit or credit card and rounds up to the nearest dollar on every purchase. The app then takes that spare change and invests it in a portfolio of the user’s choice—portfolios range from low to high risk (and reward). Or users can opt to let Acorns choose for them based on their age, goals, income and other factors. Meanwhile, apps like Qapital and Digit facilitate regular small transfers from checking to savings, and banks themselves are getting on the incremental savings bandwagon. (See: Bank of America’s Keep the Change and Wells Fargo’s Way2Save.)

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  • Augmenting sleep
    March 9, 2015 | 12:02 pm

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    Digital platforms are already integrated into our every waking minute—now they’re moving into our sleep. A spate of apps and devices aim to aid and facilitate better sleep, from ambient lamps to a lucid dreaming sleep mask to an app that wakes you up with a phone call from a stranger.

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  • The sharing economy grows up
    March 3, 2015 | 3:30 pm

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    Hotel giant Starwood has bought in to the sharing economy. The group, which owns W Hotels, St. Regis and Sheraton, has announced a partnership with car service Uber in which every dollar spent by a guest on an Uber car earns points toward free rooms and other perks.

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  • Digital immersive exercise
    February 25, 2015 | 4:04 pm

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    Equinox’s new revved-up cycle class speaks to a growing exercise trend—digital immersion. This month the gym brand unveiled Pursuit, an immersive cycling concept, to limited U.S. gyms. Equinox describes the program as “an immersive studio cycling experience that uses groundbreaking gaming and data visualization to drive competition and inspire peak performance.”

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  • Science fare
    February 20, 2015 | 2:07 pm

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    The worlds of science, gastronomy and art are continuing to cross-pollinate—from edible conceptual art to molecular gastronomy “lab cafés” to synesthetic dining events. Café ArtScience in Cambridge, Mass., is a recent example. Opened late last year by David Edwards, a Harvard engineering professor, the café serves whiskey “fogs” through a special carafe that turns the liquor into vapor (which means consumers don’t take in any of the calories and feel none of the intoxicating effects).

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  • Aman’s authentic-luxe travel
    February 11, 2015 | 1:06 pm

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    As travelers continue to seek out authentic and unique experiences, hospitality brands keep raising the bar on hyper-localized offerings and exceptional access. Aman, for instance, is introducing a phinisi-style sailing ship in Indonesia, marrying the brand’s ultra-luxe sensibility with regional tradition. With an outdoor lounge and bar, the option to travel by motor, and air-conditioned cabins, the ship brings every modern comfort to an age-old means of navigating the Indonesian archipelago. Another Aman property, meanwhile, offers a dip into paleontology: Guests at Amangiri in southern Utah can join an official dig at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, working alongside fossil experts for a half-day. The cost of getting one’s hands dirty starts at $600. (Resulting Instagram images: priceless.) —Marian Berelowitz

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