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Businesses flock to digital platforms
A succession of sea changes – notably the COVID-19 pandemic and United States trade barriers – have abruptly overhauled the trading environment for Hong Kong exporters and importers over the past three years.
4 May 2021
Taiwan department stores on digital fast track
With online shopping becoming a way of life for many consumers across Taiwan, this – coupled with the global drop in footfall occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic – has made life tough for many of Taiwan’s conventional retailers, particularly those in the department-store sector.
27 April 2021
Hybrid expo model wins support
The COVID-19 pandemic abruptly dumped economies across the world into the digital deep end, taking offices, malls and conferences online.
20 April 2021
Marketing in a changed world
MarketingPulse Online, a two-day virtual conference organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), attracted an audience of more than 21,000 from over 50 countries and regions across the globe.
13 April 2021
Vietnam motors ahead
In terms of how countries have managed the Covid-19 pandemic, Vietnam has undoubtedly been among the most successful.
30 March 2021
Exporters look past COVID-19
Hong Kong exporters reported a sharply lower direct impact from the COVID-19 pandemic in the first quarter of this year but expressed anxiety over a possible resurgence, as well as knock-on effects such as softening global demand.
23 March 2021
Opportunity and danger in car chip drought
At the end of January, Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs convened a meeting of the territory’s big four wafer original equipment manufacturers – Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, United Microelectronics Corporation, World Vanguard International Semiconductor Corporation and the Powerchip Technology Corporation.
16 March 2021
Turbocharging digital business
Fast-developing markets in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) are renowned for leap-frog technological progress.
9 March 2021
5G accelerates industry shift
Many industries – from vehicles to power utilities – are fast becoming components of information and communications technology (ICT), which is now undergoing a revolution, jumping from 4G to 5G.
2 March 2021
Pharmaceutical pioneer seeks HK talent
Hong Kong is Asia’s biggest fund-raising hub for biotechnology, and the world’s second-largest, behind the United States’ Nasdaq. The city would become the world’s number one between 2025 and 2030, according to predictions made last September by the then Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEX), Charles Li.
23 Feb 2021
COVID windfall for Taiwan’s PC sector
The wholescale migration of business and leisure interests to the online realm driven by the protracted global COVID-19 lockdowns has seen rejuvenated sales in the personal-computer sector, a development that has proven a huge boon to many of Taiwan’s high-tech manufacturers.
17 Feb 2021
Vegan meat race is on
Rapid adoption of plant-based meat alternatives in Hong Kong has led one of the United States’ fastest-growing brands to stock its flagship product in supermarkets.
9 Feb 2021
Look east, look digital
Movers and shakers in the financial industry have strong consensus view – “look east, look digital” – seeing technology and the rise of Mainland China as sure bets for 2021 while the world recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.
2 Feb 2021
Art as information science
Digital assets such as brands and intellectual property (IP) compositions are even more portable than seeds – but can be equally fickle about where they will and will not take root and grow.
26 Jan 2021
Human element in virtual meetings
Offices and classrooms both abruptly moved home early in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic brought in social-distancing measures and lockdowns across the world.
19 Jan 2021
Animal-free meat on menu
The plant-based food movement is gaining momentum in Hong Kong but a local start-up is working on an ethical alternative for consumers who still demand animal protein.
12 Jan 2021
IP learning goes online
While the COVID-19 pandemic has put pressure on many firms, the intellectual property (IP) licensing business is thriving and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is showing enterprises how to acquire and leverage IPs.
5 Jan 2021
Hive of apps for that
Instant messenger (IM) apps are widely used across the world with clients of WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, WeChat, and others numbering in the billions.
29 Dec 2020
Adaptability rules
Mammals and dinosaurs appeared at much the same time, about 200 million years ago.
22 Dec 2020
Innovators lead green gold rush
The world is seeing a hydrogen rush, along the lines of the oil scramble early in the 20th century, as leaders across the globe vie to set “net zero carbon” dates and give vehicle producers no-more-fossil-fuel-internal-combustion-engine deadlines.
15 Dec 2020
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