Retail in Asia


The five most-read interviews of 2021

This year, we had the pleasure to interview many brand leaders, start-up founders and retail experts. Together we discussed digital transformation and omnichannel strategies, the future of brick and mortar, new product or service launches, store openings, how they navigated the “new normal” and their future projects. From fashion to lifestyle and retail gourmet personalities, we have rounded up the five most-read interviews of 2021. As 2022 is around the corner, stay tuned for more interviews!

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Source: Flash Coffee

Coffee culture in Asia has been living a booming moment, coffee being a small indulgence that people keep enjoying everywhere in the world. From coffee chains to boutique coffee shops Asia has been seeing coffee shops mushrooming around.

Flash Coffee, a tech-enabled coffee chain based in Singapore serving an award-winning menu of high-quality drinks at affordable prices has been expanding rapidly across Asia Pacific in 2021.

Retail in Asia had the pleasure to interview the Co-founder and CEO of Flash Coffee, David Jonathan Brunier, about his vision, mission and plans on expanding in the Asian market.

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with Maggie Liu, GM, Tmall Global
Maggie Liu Profile Photo 3
Source: Alibaba Group

Established in 2008, Tmall is one of the e-commerce giants in China, playing a leading role in the market. In March, to celebrate International Women’s Day, Retail in Asia had the pleasure to interview Maggie Liu, General Manager of Tmall Global. Together we discussed her journey at Alibaba Group, leadership, her achievements and being a working mother.

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with Decathlon Singapore
Source: Decathlon

During the pandemic, one of the sectors which remained relevant to customers was definitely sports, particularly, sports accessories for outdoor activities or anything useful to recreate a gym at home.

In cities, we have seen more stores popping up despite the decline in sales of traditional retailers, more accessories have been populating marketplaces, and specialised retailers have strengthened their omnichannel strategy to meet the needs of customers. Retail in Asia had the pleasure to interview Si Ting Wong, Affiliate Lead at Decathlon Singapore to learn more about how Decathlon has been adapting to this new reality and new activities in place in Singapore.

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with Peninsula Merchandising
Peninsula Merchandising Limited - Guy Riddell (vertical)
Source: The Peninsula

Since its inception in 2003, operating three retail outlets then, Peninsula Merchandising Limited now has over 17 retail outlets worldwide located at selected The Peninsula Hotels, airports and shopping destinations. Today, the company’s merchandise can be found in Hong Kong, China, Japan, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and the United States, with new boutiques scheduled to open in the coming years.

Retail in Asia had the pleasure to interview Guy Riddell, General Manager of Peninsula Merchandising Limited, about their retail concept and brand identity.

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with entertainment platform phenomenon TikTok
Source: TikTok

Founded in 2016 by ByteDance, TikTok saw exponential growth in recent years. App Annie predicts that the platform will surpass 1.5 billion active users in 2022. It is one of the fastest growing apps in the world and it has not gone unnoticed by the brands.

In partnership with FUTR Asia, Retail in Asia had the pleasure to interview Arjun Sarwal, Head of SEA Regional Business, Global Business Solutions, TikTok. Together we discussed the recent growth of the platform, Shoppertainment, working with influencers and shopping trends.

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