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Integrated Tech and Interaction Breathe New Life Into UK Gift Sector
Despite the bewildering array of new products on show at this year's Pulse event, London's boutique gift expo, several clear trends emerged, including a craving for integrated technology and a love of both interactivity and Scandi-design.
Economists' Pick 15 Aug 2017
Vietnam Looks to Meet Global Demand for Sustainable Handicrafts
With consumers in the EU, in particular, demonstrating a clear and enduring appetite for sustainable artisan hand-crafted products, Vietnamese SMEs – many with government backing – have been swift to raise their export game.
Economists' Pick 7 Aug 2017
Global Support Booms for Vietnam Expo from Exporters and Importers
Growing awareness of the potential of Vietnam as both a viable production base and an affluent consumer market in its own right has seen the number of international exhibitors signing up for the Vietnam Expo soar over recent years.
Economists' Pick 26 July 2017
Beach Novelties and Festival-wear to the Forefront at ASD Market Week
While affordable items for the beach-bound and must-wear garments for the festival season dominated proceeding at this B2B trade show, there was also room for an array of Cuban-themed goods and a range of personal hydration products.
Economists' Pick 17 July 2017
March of the Millennials Drives Innovation in Greeting-Cards Sector
With Millennials having just overtaken the Baby Boomers as the primary purchasers of greeting cards, exhibitors at the National Stationery Show turned to high-tech innovation and conspicuous green credentials in a bid to win them over.
Economists' Pick 11 July 2017
Exquisite Design Shines
When global jewellery brand PANDORA set out to penetrate the Asian market with a bespoke giftware line, Hong Kong design company Thomas Crown & Associates was ready to deliver.
Economists' Pick 26 June 2017
Promotional Gifts Boost the Market: The 2017 Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair Survey
Buyers and exhibitors were generally positive as to the likely sales growth in the gifts and premiums market, according to a survey conducted during the HKTDC Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair held in April 2017. This saw largely optimistic sentiments expressed towards the major overseas markets, with the Asian countries remaining the primary drivers of growth and promotional gifts and premiums seen as the category most likely to perform well.
Economists' Pick 20 June 2017
Hong Kong in the Spotlight for London Traders Multimedia
As the United Kingdom seeks to strengthen trade relationships beyond Europe, Hong Kong’s role as Asia’s business hub has never been more important according to David Marsden, Director, UK, Benelux and Ireland for the HKTDC. In this podcast interview, he also shares insights on the upcoming Think Asia, Think Hong Kong event returning to London in September.
Multimedia 16 June 2017
Indian Buyers: The New Delhi Survey
HKTDC organised its inaugural Lifestyle Expo in New Delhi in December 2016. HKTDC Research used this opportunity to conduct survey and on-site interviews to gather more business intelligence on the Indian market. Survey results at HKTDC Lifestyle Expo in New Delhi show Indian buyers have strong interest in sourcing from Hong Kong.
Economists' Pick 19 May 2017
Gifting Goes Hi-Tech Multimedia
Adding tech elements to traditional gifts is an important trend, according to Christine Ma, Manager, Nu Design Ltd. In this podcast interview, Ms Ma introduces her latest travel gift innovation and discusses product trends at the April 2017 HKTDC Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair.
Multimedia 19 May 2017
Navigating India’s E-commerce Market Multimedia
Understanding India’s diverse consumer base is key for retailers looking to enter the local e-commerce market, according to Jagjeet Harode, Director & Business Head - Home, Flipkart. In this podcast interview, Mr Harode offers insights for selling to Indian online shoppers and highlights opportunities for Hong Kong companies to become online merchants. 
Multimedia 16 May 2017
Robin's Egg, Hydration and Smart Goods Centrestage at US Home Show
Along with colour predictions for the coming season, this year's Chicago-based International Home + Housewares Show also focussed on the current US-wide fad for drinking accessories and the growing array of smart-home must-haves.
Economists' Pick 12 May 2017
Smart Giving at Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair Multimedia
Hi-tech updates of classic gifts impressed at the 32nd edition of the Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair, the world’s largest such event. Also popular were the new hair ornament zone – and another for corporate gifts. The 27-30 April 2017 event featured 4300+ exhibitors from 31 countries and regions.
Multimedia 1 May 2017
Christmas Comes Early Courtesy of the Winter 2017 Las Vegas Market
One of the world's largest gift and home furnishings events, the recent Winter Las Vegas Market show saw buyers keen to secure on-trend items for the 2017 festive period, while handmade ornaments and retro items also proved popular.
Economists' Pick 27 April 2017
Personalised Promotions Rule in the Resurgent Corporate Gift Sector
Digital technology has seen the promotional sector go bespoke with a vengeance, with everything from footwear to electronics set to be individualised, according to exhibitors at The Promotional Products Association International Expo.
Economists' Pick 18 April 2017
HKTDC Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair
In its 32nd year, the fair brings together top-quality suppliers and buyers from around the world. More than 4,300 exhibitors from 31 countries and regions are expected at this year’s event.
Economists' Pick 5 April 2017
Compact, Disposable Items and Foodstuffs Top Japan's Gift-giving List
With space ever at a premium, exhibitors at the recent Tokyo International Gift Show were finding success with space-saving products, Korean style, retro designs, overly cute animal-themed dolls and somewhat garishly packaged green tea.
Economists' Pick 30 March 2017
Future’s Hong Kong Sourcing Connection Multimedia
Rakesh Biyani, Joint Managing Director of Future Retail Ltd, says Indian companies look to Hong Kong for sourcing value-added products, which will see greater demand from India’s growing aspirational consumers.
Multimedia 24 March 2017
Overseas Businesses Seek Vietnam Distributors as Market Appeal Soars
Buoyed by both a surge in the size and affluence of the country's high-spending middle class and a number of lucrative government incentives and concessions, Vietnam has become a key target for many expansion-hungry overseas firms.
Economists' Pick 17 March 2017
Court Rules on Classification of Items Used During Holidays
The CIT ruled on 1 March that certain dinnerware and other items with holiday themes or designed to be used during holidays are properly classified according to their constituent materials and dutiable at rates ranging from three to six percent.
Economists' Pick 17 March 2017
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