MasterCard appoints new group head for Business expansion in Asia-Pacific

MasterCard announced on Friday the appointment of Julie Yang as Group Head, Business Expansion and Expert Sales, Asia-Pacific.

Yang will be responsible for growing MasterCard’s business with pan-regional corporate and government institutions. She will manage a team of experts focused on the business development of solutions, including prepaid, commercial payments, payment gateways, fraud management, processing and mobile solutions.

CBRE appoints global head of research

CBRE Group has announced that Nick Axford, PhD, has been named as Global Head of Research, a new position. Dr. Axford is currently Head of Research for CBRE’s Asia Pacific business, and will assume his new global responsibilities immediately. Mr Axford is currently based at CBRE’s regional head office in Kong Kong.

Why the Chinese buy what they buy

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Why is it that mid-range Western brands send Chinese shoppers clamoring for more? The answer isn’t simple, but Yao Shujie, head of the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies at Nottingham University, and Mike Bastin, a researcher at the school, recently reported their ideas to China Daily.

China's Tmall plans to introduce more US brands


Tmall shopping centre under Alibaba.com is planning to introduce more foreign retailers as there are increasing demands for US brands.

Janet Wang, head of international business development, said that she would meet with potential US partners during her visits to a series of meetings in Chicago, Detroit and Seattle.

Pork and chicken set to join luxury list


Pork and chicken will join beef on the menu of expensive meats as drought and US ethanol policy combine in a corn "disaster", the head of the world’s largest pork producer has said.

The cost of the main ingredients in animal feed, corn and soyameal, have set records this month as the worst drought in half a century and extreme heat damages crops in the US, the world’s main surplus producer.

M&S names new Per Una head of design

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Marks & Spencer has appointed Carole Boyes-Weston as head of design for its Per Una and Limited Collection womenswear brands.

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China's car sales set to stall amid rising wholesale deliveries


Prices of passenger vehicles in China fell the most in about two years because of a worsening glut at car dealerships, the top economic planning agency said.

Average retail prices last month fell 1.1 percent from April, the steepest sequential drop since June 2010, Cheng Xiaodong, head of car price monitoring at the National Development and Reform Commission, said last Tuesday. Carmakers were overstocking vehicles at a time when dealers were pessimistic about their sales prospects, he said.

Bill's passage moves debt-hit Japan closer to doubling sales tax


Japan's cabinet on Friday approved a bill to double the nation's sales tax to 10 percent, overcoming an earlier scare after the head of a coalition partner said it could leave the government over the issue.

CEO Talking Shop: Connecting consumers with electronic payments without a bank

While making payments for consumers in a developed market can be as easy as waving their mobile phones in front of a reader, thanks to the contactless payment solution, there seems to be a great number of people who haven't taken advantage of the latest technology of mobile commerce and banking – more than one billion consumers without a bank account have a mobile device in emerging economies. Realising the huge market opportunity, Visa in November launched a new mobile prepaid product for developing countries.

Chinese shoppers' luxury letdown


Although Chinese consumers are among the world's biggest spenders on luxury goods, they do not always get the treatment they deserve from top brands, an industry expert says.

Ouyang Kun, the head of the Beijing office of the World Luxury Association, an independent market research group, said Chinese consumers often paid "a luxury price" for international big brands but did not get "the luxury services" that the brands would offer in other markets.

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