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Chocolate war kicks off ahead of Valentine’s Day

WITH Valentine’s Day just around the corner, retailers have kicked off their chocolate offensives in earnest.

South Korea’s mobile payment market diversifies

SOUTH Korea is increasingly going walletless, as more people are opting to use services that allow payments to be made easily with just smartphones, both offline and online.

Quick uptake: Samsung Pay, introduced in 2015, grew quickly as the mobile payment model took root in Korea.

More small businesses enabled to go global

MORE than 80% of small- and medium-sized businesses reported maintaining or growing revenues in 2018 despite the challenges of having to compete against global rivals thanks to opportunities in e-commerce, says a recent report by cloud-based service provider TradeGecko.

Interior design platform gets a leg-up

ATAP.CO, an online marketplace to source and hire interior designers, will be getting a boost with the entry of private investment firm RHL Ventures.

Festive boost expected for retailers

DESPITE the sluggish market environment in 2018, retailers are optimistic that sales would pick up thanks to the Chinese New Year celebration.

Abundant supply: Prices of mandarin oranges have come down considerably thanks to good weather.

Local nanotech on display for global market

MALAYSIA made its debut at the recent Nano Tech 2019 Expo in Japan, showcasing local capabilities in the nanotechnology sector.

Windscreen repair platform raises funds

WINDSCREEN repair service provider Automoto Glass is raising RM100,000 in its first Equity Crowdfunding (ECF) campaign to expand its services across the country and eventually, into the Asean region.

Providing alternatives: The company plans to partner insurance companies to offer a cost-efficient alternative for windscreen coverage, says Tan.

Digital payments set to grow

THE future looks exciting for Chan Kok Long. He speaks animatedly about new technologies in the retail industry and of omnichannel strategies that will proliferate across companies.

Changing behaviour: Consumers have shown a willingness to adopt new technology and payment methods — Bloomberg

Proof of passion and grit

ROME wasn’t built in a day. The same can be said of businesses. Entrepreneurs are known to be on the ball day and night to make sure their companies are growing, their people motivated and their products and services selling.

Women power: Chow (second from left) won Female Entrepreneur of the Year in the up to RM25mil tier. She is joined by other finalists in the category Maxvue Vision Sdn Bhd director Viji Ramasamy Pillai (left), MYS Travel Sdn Bhd founder Chong Seow Chi (fifth from left) and Woman World Top Beauty (M) Sdn Bhd founder and CEO Chin Siew Keng (right) with Fu (third from left) and Isham (fourth from left) looking on.

Making data reachable for retailers

INCREASINGLY, businesses need to be able to read data more accurately and respond accordingly to ensure they are competitive, particularly so for brick-and-mortar retailers as more e-commerce players employ data analytics to scale and reach their customers.

Looking bright: Chan (left) and Chua expect strong growth as retailers look to utilise data for marketing strategies.