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Industries

Spire’s experience is largely skewed towards 12 key industry clusters in emerging markets. Within each of these clusters, Spire possesses a solid track record of projects spanning across product categories, countries and business scenarios. The Spire t...

Spire’s expertise in the automotive industry

The current climate challenges automotive assemblers and parts manufacturers to move beyond traditional business models. Now, they need to focus more on non-traditional segments and countries, non-core businesses as well as more cost-efficient paths...

Spire’s expertise in the building and construction industry

Spire has worked with clients in the construction and materials sector to support go-to-market plans in categories such as building materials, electrical distribution systems, surveillance and access control solutions, building transport solutions as...

Spire’s expertise in the chemicals and materials industry

Spire’s work in the chemicals and materials space has addressed subjects ranging from sales and marketing problems to competitor benchmarking and threat response. We are well versed in a broad spectrum of product categories. Our experience ranges a...

Spire’s expertise in the consumer products industry

Spire’s work in the consumer products space has addressed subjects ranging from understanding customer usage and attitude and mapping the customer purchase process, to introducing new channels and selling strategies. We are well-versed in products r...

Spire’s expertise in the energy industry

Spire has extensive experience in the energy industry. Our work in this space includes market feasibility studies, market opportunity analysis, channel studies and macro-environmental reports detailing entry barriers. The product categories we have...

Spire’s expertise in the financial services industry

Financial service providers need to compete in segments and niches that afford real growth in a difficult climate. Opportunities still abound in under-banked emerging markets, as well as in immature segments in more industrialized countries. Spire is...

Spire’s expertise in the food & beverages and agricultural commodities industry

Spire is proud to have delivered a substantial body of work in food & beverages products, ranging from market entry studies and market opportunity reports to full-blown marketing strategy audits for food export associations. Our work in the food...

Spire’s expertise in the public sector

Spire has a substantial track record in working with public sector agencies in both developed and emerging countries, to facilitate government strategies for export promotion, foreign direct investment attraction and overseas aid disbursement. Our work...

Spire’s expertise in the industrial products and services industry

Spire has worked with many of the world’s leading industrial vendors to develop country and product launch strategies, implement strategic reviews of sales and marketing, evaluate potential importers as well as benchmark competitor products and pricing. ...

Spire’s expertise in the information and communications technology industry

Spire has a substantial track record in working with information and communications technology (ICT) vendors on business problems such as new product introductions, strategic business planning reviews, market sizing/sales target setting, pricing adjustments,...

Spire’s expertise in the life sciences industry

Spire has assisted healthcare service providers as well as manufacturers and distributors of pharmaceuticals (both prescription and over-the-counter), health supplements, medical devices and medical disposables. Our work in the life sciences space has...

Spire’s expertise in the logistics industry

Spire has worked with manufacturing clients in the automotive and electronics sectors to implement strategic reviews of the supply chain function, including competitor benchmarking and distribution center site-selection. We have also worked with vendors...

Others

Spire has also completed projects in subject areas outside the listed industries. These include: For more information on our research and consulting services in other industries, please contact our country offices or drop us an...

Case studies

Spire Research and Consulting has undertaken over 1000 projects across 100 Asia Pacific countries as well as the emerging market regions of Russia, the Middle East and Latin America. Our experience spans over 12 industry sectors as well as a broad range...

Case study: Unsecured Consumer Credit – Strategic Business Review for Consumer Credit Product in Singapore

A leading global financial services provider planned to introduce a new consumer credit offering in Singapore aimed at middle-income consumers, by leveraging on its previous success with a similar product aimed at a lower-income bracket. The objective...

Case study: Air Cargo Hub - Market Entry Study for Air Cargo Hub in Malaysia

A private Malaysian port operator intended to launch an air cargo hub and logistics park adjacent to its passenger air hub to diversify its business. The objectives of the study were to develop a strategic business proposal through understanding...

Case study: Auto Assembly Line Tools – Market Validation Study in China

A leading auto assembly tool manufacturer faced a flat-line in sales. It sought to boost shipments and increase market share for hand-held tools used in automotive assembly in the China market – a critical geographic segment. The objectives of the st...

Case study: Automotive – Mystery shopping study to evaluate service quality of sales force

An American multinational automaker in Vietnam, which owned one of the largest investment capital projects in the country, viewed customer service quality as a key performance metric. The client considered its dealers’ sale force as a key success f...

Case study: Automotive parts logistics – Market entry study for ASEAN distribution centre

A leading global motorcycle manufacturer in Japan sought to grow its aftermarket parts business in ASEAN by establishing a distribution centre within the region. The objectives of the study were to: Spire conducted an analysis on legal, regulatory...

Case study: Automotive price tracking – Passenger car tire price tracking study in Singapore and Korea

A leading global manufacturer and distributor of rubber products saw a decline in sales of its passenger car tires in Singapore and Korea. An internal discussion led to the conclusion that pricing was the root of the problem – competitors were simply m...

Case study: Benchmarking Private Sector Best Practices – Regional Management Best Practices of MNCs in Asia-Pacific

A public sector agency in Asia sought to gain insights on how multi-national companies (MNCs) in the region structured their regional management functions. The research would be provided to its domestic companies to help them operate more efficiently...

Case study: Biscuits – Strategic Market Entry and Partner Selection Research in China

A leading Asian producer of sugar confectionery products had been exporting to the burgeoning China market and was considering launching biscuit products to expand its market presence. The objectives of the study were to: Spire undertook...

Case study: Business Opportunities in Strategic Sectors – Sector Trend Analysis in Emerging Asian Countries for Business Opportunity Realization

An European government agency facilitating the internationalization of its economy sought to promote the relevance of emerging Asian countries to local companies by providing information on future trends and opportunities in the region; be it from...

Case study: Car audio – Customer satisfaction study for standard car audio in Malaysia and Indonesia

A leading Japanese car audio manufacturer operating in Thailand sought to understand the satisfaction level of Malaysian and Indonesian car owners with their standard car audio products as well as consumer plans on car audio purchasing. The objectives...

Case study: Cement – Distribution network and channel development study in Indonesia

One of the largest cement manufacturers in Southeast Asia sought to develop and strengthen its distribution network to all customer segments in Indonesia. The objectives of the study were to: Spire conducted groundwork study to formulate...

Case study: Clean Room Engineering – Strategic Research for Clean Room Construction in Singapore

A Fortune 500 Japanese engineering and construction firm wanted to allocate sales and marketing resources to the Singapore clean room market for business expansion. However, it had to first secure internal support from its relevant departments. Spire...

Case study: Color Ultrasound Devices – Strategic Research for Ultrasound Devices in China

A leading global medical devices manufacturer was seeing slow growth in sales and sought to reposition its color ultrasound devices for the cardiology, obstetrics & gynecology (O&G) and neurology segments in China. The objectives of the study...

Case study: Commercial Credit Card Solutions – New Product Concept Evaluation in Hong Kong

A leading financial services provider intended to launch a novel commercial transaction card targeted at the logistics sector in Hong Kong. It sought to assess the likely scale of market demand and potential customers’ receptiveness towards the offering.  ...

Case study: Commodity plastics – Strategic research in Asia

A non-governmental organization based in Canada was seeking to promote products from its forestry sector to international markets. Significant volumes of Canadian Spruce-Pine-Fir (SPF) wood products were being imported into China to be used in non-appearance...

Case study: Contactless Micro-payment Card – Concept and Market of Micropayment for E-commerce in Indonesia

One of the largest private banks in Indonesia was interested in understanding the knowledge about micropayment for e-commerce within and beyond Indonesia. In addition, the client wanted to know more about their product acceptance from their customers...

Case study: Crane Industry Study – Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Study in Asia Pacific

A world leading crane manufacturer would like to evaluate the customer satisfaction Index (CSI) of their customers, after four weeks of using the crane. Through this project, the client hoped to gather insights and improve the quality as well as service...

Case study: Critical Power and Cooling Solutions – Holistic Market Environment Research on Uninterruptible Power supply and Data Center Air-Conditioning Markets in China

A Fortune 500 manufacturer of critical power and cooling solutions sought to grow its market share of its core product categories in China. The objective of the study was to conduct a holistic analysis on the entire market for uninterruptible power ...

Case study: Crystal market – Value Chain Research and Consumer FGD Study for the Crystal Market In Indonesia

The client was one of the famous companies known for its luxurious range of precision-cut lead crystal glass and related products. Its crystal component business was looking to expand its market, especially in the jewelry and Moslem wear segments ...

Case study: Diesel Generators – Market Environment Research in Malaysia and China

A leading manufacturer of industrial equipment sought to reposition its products in the diesel generator set markets in China and Malaysia to boost sales, market share and profitability. The objective of the study was to analyze the China and Malaysia...

Case study: Direct Selling Industry – Market Environment Research on Direct Selling Industry in Indonesia

A US-headquartered and major direct selling company (one of the top-three players in Indonesia) wanted to understand the overall market competition and trends in direct selling industry in Indonesia. The objectives of the study were to: ...

Case study: District Energy Systems – Study on Market Entry to District Energy Systems – Asia

A Japanese Fortune 500 company was interested in understanding the market landscape for district energy supply and cooling systems projects in Asia. The objectives of the study were to: Spire embarked on secondary research with...

Case study: Edible nuts - Market Environment Research and Strategy Development for Edible Nuts in Southeast Asia

After seeing consistent growth in the US and European markets, an American trade association supporting the nut industry turned its attention to the burgeoning markets in Southeast Asia (SEA).Spire was tasked to support its development of a business...

Case study: Education – Market Environment Research on the Australian Education Market in Singapore

A government-related organization involved in the promotion of Australian education in Singapore was seeking customer usage insights to help Australian educational institutes position themselves better. The objectives of the study were to: ...

Case Study: Electrical Discharge Machines (EDMs) – Holistic Market Environment Research in 5 Asia-Pacific countries

A global Japanese manufacturer sought to understand the market for Electrical Discharge Machines (EDMs) in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. The client wanted to restrategize for existing markets and identify niche areas for entry...

Case study: Electrical distribution products – Holistic market environment research in eight Australasian countries

A leading global supplier in the electrical solutions space sought to develop an aggressive new business plan for eight markets in the Asia-Pacific region. The objectives of the study were to understand the size and potential of each country market,...

Case Study: Energy Sector – Market Assessment for CNG usage in Indonesia

The largest state-owned enterprise for oil and gas in Indonesia intended to assess the feasibility to roll out Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) to public transport vehicles as an alternative to switch from subsidized petrol. The objectives of the study...

Case study: External Hard Disk Drives – Study of Consumer Buying Behavior for External Hard Disk Drive Launch in China

A global leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of storage products intended to expand its Asian footprint. It had plans to launch a new product in the China market. The objective of the study was to test customers’ usage and attitudes w...

Case study: Fashion Solution for International Express Courier Service – Market Study of Fashion Solution – Asia Pacific, EU, Japan and North America

A leading global logistics services provider seek to expand market penetration in express courier services through focusing on fashion apparel, footwear and accessories exported out of Asia Pacific region. The client wanted to achieve an optimal solution...

Case study: Food Exports – Food Export Promotion Strategy in Southeast Asia

The government of a Japanese prefecture sought to aggressively increase its processed food exports to Singapore and Southeast Asia. The objectives of the study were to: Spire applied a two-staged process for this engagement. Firstly, secondary...

Case study: Foreign Direct Investment – Inward Investment Strategy Formulation and Lead Generation in Asia

An agency of the UK government sought to attract companies in Australia, China, Malaysia, Singapore and other Asian countries to invest in its locality as a European market development hub. The objective of the engagement was to develop a comprehensive...

Case study: Forestry products – Market potential assessment for Spruce-Pine-Fir lumber in China

A non-governmental organization based in Canada was seeking to promote products from its forestry sector to international markets. Significant volumes of Canadian Spruce-Pine-Fir (SPF) wood products were being imported into China to be used in non-appearance...

Case Study: Fuel & Logistics market – Product Design Study on Road Port Users in China

One of the global leading companies in the energy industry wanted to review the potential of the fuel market and needs for cargo information service in two of China’s most prominent logistics hubs (road ports) in East China. Spire was tasked to m...

Case study: Hand-held power tools – Market environment research on power tools in Thailand and Indonesia

A leading global manufacturer of power tools was developing a business plan to boost sales and market share for power tools in Thailand and Indonesia. The objectives of the study were to analyze the market for power tools to enable our client to...

Case study: Import and Export Taxation – Trade Tax Analysis to Aid International Procurement Decisions

In light of the rising complexity of Free Trade Agreement (FTA) networks in Asia, a broad-based manufacturing multinational sought more clarity on import-export taxation regimes in the region to improve strategic procurement decision-making. The...

Case study: Industrial Weighing Systems – Holistic Market Environment Research in Australia and Thailand

A leading European manufacturer of industrial weighing and inspection systems intended to grow its existing business in Australia and Thailand. The objective of the study was to understand the size and nature of each country’s market, so as to formulate a ...

Case study: Infant nutrition – Competitor Benchmarking for Baby Food Products in Indonesia

A leading global baby food products manufacturer planned to restructure its sales force to compete more effectively, as well as increase its market share in Indonesia. The objective of the study was to determine direct competitors’ sales force s...

Case study: Jatropha Curcas Production – Strategic Research in Asia

A Japan-based Fortune Global 500 firm was interested to develop a business plan for entering the renewable energy market in Asia, beginning with Jatropha production. The objective of the study was to evaluate the investment potential of entering...

Case study: Laparoscopic and GI Endoscopic Equipment – Channel Research Study in ASEAN (specifically Singapore)

An Israel-based multinational medical devices manufacturer planned to enter the ASEAN market, with its focus on Singapore. The objectives of the study were to assess potential distribution network partners, as well as their abilities, experience...

Case study: Leasing – Strategic Research of Leasing Market In Aceh

The client is one of the largest multilateral sources of debt and equity financing companies for private enterprises in developing countries. It planned to promote private sector investment, so as to reduce poverty and recover the local economy in...

Case study: Light-emitting Diode (LED) industry – Value Chain Analysis, Customer Decision-making Dynamics Analysis and Customer Database Formation for LED Street Lighting Market

A Fortune 500 company specializing in the adhesive industry wanted to develop its adhesive business in the LED street light, LED bulb, LED tube and LED flexible tube industries in Taiwan and China. The objective of the study were to: ...

Case Study: Logistics Insurance – Market Potential Study for Logistics Insurance in Indonesia

A well-known insurance company in Indonesia planned to launch a new financial product for the local logistics industry. The objective of the study was to assess the potential of the Indonesian logistics market from the perspective of an insurer....

Case study: Material Handling Systems – Holistic Market Environment Research in South Korea

A leading global player dealing in material handling systems sought to understand current and future market opportunities in South Korea, so as to justify and strategize for the establishment of an office in South Korea. The objective of the study...

Case study: Medical garments – Market Sizing and Customer Dynamics Study on Disposable Surgical Gowns and Drapes

A Japanese medical disposables manufacturer planned to expand its medical garments and drapes business in the Asia-Pacific by entering the India, Australia and New Zealand markets. The objectives of the study were to assess the market size and potential...

Case study: Medical Reagents – Strategic Business Review for Diagnostic Reagents

A multinational chemical manufacturer planned to enter the diagnostics reagents market in India. The objectives of the study were to assess India’s market size for diagnostics reagents as well as understand purchasing practices and pricing schemes t...

Case study: Mixed Alcoholic Beverages – Market Entry Study for Premium Craft beer in China

A US association of craft beer producers sought to tap onto the growing westernization and affluence of the Chinese consumers and gain entry into the Chinese beer market. The objective of the study were to assess the current size and potential of...

Case study: Mobile Printing – Mobile Printing Market Evaluation in Singapore

A Fortune 500 ICT vendor was jointly developing a technology platform with a mobile phone vendor that allowed wireless printing through mobile phones. The pilot was planned to be launched in Singapore. The objective of the study was to evaluate the...

Case study: Office Automation Channels – Research to Support Major Channel Expansion in China

Facing relative saturation in traditional IT channels, a Fortune 500 IT products vendor sought to engage Office Automation (OA) channels (well-established for sales of fax and shredder machines), to expand its distribution reach and sales volume in...

Case Study: Oil & Gas Market – Downstream Oil and Gas Industry Research in China

One of the global leading research firms in the energy industry wanted to review the downstream oil and gas business in 13 provinces (23 cities) in China, and map the market entry strategy for an international oil company. The objectives of the study...

Case study: Organo-silanes – Partner Research in China

A US-based chemical producer sought to reduce global production costs by outsourcing organo-silanes manufacturing to China, where business costs, such as labor and land were relatively low. The objective of the study was to identify potential joint-venture...

Case study: Outboard motor – Market entry study in Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam

A Japan-based Global Fortune 500 manufacturer sought to launch a new outboard motor engine product to replace crude multi-purpose engines adapted for use in unorganized fishing and passenger transport boats. The objectives of the study was to develop...

Case study: Over-the-counter Medicine – Channel Research and Value Chain Analysis on Cold and Flu Medicine in Indonesia

An international pharmaceutical manufacturer sought to re-organize its Indonesian over-the-counter (OTC) flu medication channel function to achieve greater efficiency. The objectives of the study were to benchmark competitors and analyze our client’s o...

Case study: PC Channels – Consumer IT Retail Tracking Study in Asia-Pacific

A leading Fortune 500 ICT vendor sought to maximize its effectiveness in selling through major final-tier consumer IT channels in Asia, so as to increase mind-share and volume sales. The objective of the study was to measure the penetration of competitor...

Case study: Pharmaceuticals – Demand Dynamics and Market Sizing Study – Southeast Asia

A global pharmaceutical company that specialized in drugs for mental disorders, wanted to learn about the market demand for a particular group of drugs in five countries across Asia. It was also keen in gaining insights into the current treatment and...

Case study: Processed Foods – Market Environment Research and Strategy Consulting for a Japanese Prefecture Government Promoting Exports into Singapore

The government of a Japanese prefecture sought to increase processed food exports to Singapore and Southeast Asia. The objective of the study was to formulate strategies for promoting the prefecture’s food exports to Singapore and, by extension, S...

Case study: Raisins – Market Environment Research, Strategy Audit and Consulting in Asia

A Western trade association of raisin producers had been losing market share to suppliers from low-cost export locations in Asia. The objectives of the study were to: Spire conducted secondary research pertaining to the raisins market...

Case study: Rechargeable Batteries – Market Sizing Study – Singapore

The client is a global Fortune 500 company that specialized in consumer electronics ranging from projectors and digital cameras to consumer batteries. It wanted to increase its market share in Singapore and convert primary battery users to rechargeable...

Case study: Renovation Loans – Strategic Research in Singapore

A Global Fortune 500 company involved in financial services, personal credit and insurance sought to introduce a new renovation loan offering in Singapore. Spire was tasked to test its product concept prior to the official launch. The objectives...

Case study: Retail Entry and Acquisition – Market Study of the Retail Industry

A Middle-Eastern conglomerate specialized in retail, hospitality and mall management across 17 countries wanted to enter the Malaysian retail and hospitality market through either organic or acquisition growth. The objectives of the study were...

Case study: Sanitary Ware Products - Market Sizing, Market Segmentation & Customer U&A Study

A top global manufacturer of sanitary ware products was looking at viable expansion plans in Vietnam. The objectives of the study were to: Spire began the study by carrying out mystery shopping and retail checks. In-depth interviews...

Case study: Security fixtures – Customer and distributor research in six Asia-Pacific countries

A leading global manufacturer in the hardware and home improvement industry planned to introduce a new security fixture product in the Asia-Pacific. It sought to understand both customer and channel attitudes and behaviors, so as to develop the optimal...

Case study: Signage media – Strategic Research in Southeast Asia

A Fortune 500 chemical producer aimed to expand its outdoor signage media business to the burgeoning ASEAN markets – Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore. The objectives of the study were to provide an overview of the outdoor signage m...

Case study: Silicone sealants – Holistic Market Environment Research in Vietnam

A leading global manufacturer of construction chemicals wanted to understand current and future market opportunities in Vietnam so as to formulate a business expansion strategy. The objectives of the study were to: Spire began ...

Case study: Specialty Maltose Syrup – Holistic Market Environment Research in China

A leading global biotechnology company producing enzymes and micro-organisms had observed growth in the specialty syrup market. It sought to obtain a deeper understanding of the market and customer demand trends. The objectives of the study were...

Case study: Supply Chain Process Management (SCPM) Software – SCPM Software Market Entry Study in Thailand and Singapore

A leading Japanese ICT vendor planned to launch a holistic supply chain process management (SCPM) software application in Asia. It sought to understand potential customers’ attitudes and usage towards SCPM, beginning with Thailand and Singapore. ...

Case study: Surge Protection Devices – Holistic Market Environment Research in 8 Asia-Pacific Countries

A global Fortune 500 manufacturer of electrical and electronics products sought to develop business plans for new markets in the Asia-Pacific region. The objectives of the study were to: Spire conducted interviews with electrical and electronics...

Case study: Telecommunications Co-location – Market Entry and Feasibility Study in Indonesia

A leading company in Indonesia providing full telecommunication services throughout the archipelago intended to add co-location centers as one of its service offerings. It sought an in-depth understanding of the industry, competitors and best practices....

Case study: Water Filters Market – Market & Customer Insight Study for Water Filters in Malaysia

A global home products corporation sought to venture into the counter top water filters market in Malaysia. The objectives of the study were to: Spire conducted in-depth interviews with competitors in the counter top water filter industry...

Case study: Automotive parts logistics – Automotive supply chain management improvement consulting in Indonesia

A leading global motorcycle manufacturer in Japan intended to give a face-lift to its Indonesian arm’s supply chain management, so as to lower costs and increase customer satisfaction as well as scalability. The objectives of the study were to: ...

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China's booming beer market

www.spireresearch.com Channel News Asia Business Tonight 6 April 2011 Synopsis of television interview with Spire’s Chief Executive Officer, Leon Perera, Spire’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Leon Perera, commented on the booming beer market in Chin...

Counterfeits account for up to a quarter of unit sales and cause manufacturers to lose up to 28% of profit in Asia Media

Lian He Wan Bao 21 March 2007 Safest to shop in Singapore as the chance of buying fake goods is low Synopsis On page 6 of the evening Chinese paper, an article ran reports from Spire’s press release on counterfeits. In a survey conducted by S...

Counterfeits account for up to a quarter of unit sales and cause manufacturers to lose up to 28% of profit in Asia

PRESS RELEASE 21 March 2007 Counterfeits account for up to a quarter of unit sales and cause manufacturers to lose up to 28% of profit in Asia A study conducted by Spire Research and Consulting has revealed that counterfeit products make up between...

Expect to pay more for food from next month

The Straits Times 20 December 2007 Expect to pay more for food from next month Synopsis An article in The Straits Times on 20 Dec 2007 (pg 31) indicated that price increases will be passed on from wholesalers to clients. The increases are a direct...

Family businesses in Asia

Channel News Asia Business Tonight 15 June 2011 Synopsis of television interview with Spire’s Chief Executive Officer, Leon Perera Spire’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Leon Perera, commented on family businesses in Asia"   Channel News Asi...

Future Outlook for Security Alarms in Asia marketplace

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Healthy growth in loan markets boosts margins for Big Three local banks

Channel NewsAsia Online 13 December 2006 Healthy growth in loan markets boosts margins for Big Three local banks Synopsis It has generally been a good year for Singapore's three local banks - DBS, UOB and OCBC:  And there could be further ...

Housing loans grow along with the property market

+ Article on Marketing Magazine Marketing Magazine July 2007 Housing loans grow along with the property market Synopsis The property business is booming in Asia. And in Indonesia, the number of people applying for housing loans is increasing each...

ICT industry is surprising beneficiary of ageing population

www.spireresearch.comChannel News Asia Online 10 July 2007 ICT industry is surprising beneficiary of ageing population: survey Synopsis Channel NewsAsia reported that the infocomm and technology (ICT) industry may be a surprising beneficiary...

IMF-WB Annual Meetings to Generate S$200 million in spending media

The Straits Times 7 September 2006 Meet may generate $200m in spending Synopsis Page 6 of the Straits Times’ Home section on 7 Sep 2006 featured several articles on the upcoming International Monetary Fund-World Bank (IMF-WB) Annual Meetings t...

IMF-WB Annual Meetings to Generate S$200 million in Spending

PRESS RELEASE6 September 2006 IMF-WB Annual Meetings to Generate S$200 million in Spending Spire Research & Consulting estimates that the long-anticipated Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and...

Increase paper use in offices Media

Business Times 26 August 2005 Paper use up for 51% of firms in last 2 yrs: surve y Companies in Singapore appear to be paying lip service to going paperless, reports an article in the Business Times on 26 Aug 05 (pg 10). This comes from findings in...

Increase paper use in offices PressRelease

PRESS RELEASE 25 August 2005 A Paperless Society – A Distant Dream? Only 12 in 100 companies in Singapore says paper consumption dropping, almost 90% have no guidelines on paper use. Rising Paper Consumption among Singapore Companies Despite t...

Indonesia might become biofuel industrial leader in the Asia-Pacific region

e-Bursa.com 8 June 2007 Bisnis Indonesia – Lahan potensial pengembangan jarak 23 juta ha Article Indonesia memiliki potensi wilayah sekitar 23 juta hektar tanah untuk pengembangan pohon jarak (Jatropha Curcas) sebagai bahan baku biodiesel dengan k...

Japan earthquake and nuclear crisis- The business impact

Channel News Asia Business Tonight 18 March 2011 Interview with Spire’s Chief Executive Officer, Leon Perera Chief Executive Officer of Spire Research and Consulting, Mr. Leon Perera, commented on the business impact of the earthquake and nuclear c...

Mainland, Hong Kong lure multinational HQs

China Daily Online 7 December 2007 Mainland, Hong Kong lure multinational HQs Synopsis Companies based in the Asia-Pacific region are beginning to favor the mainland and Hong Kong as preferred locations for their regional headquarters (RHQs), however...

Book Reviews

The New Influencers: A Marketer's Guide to the New Social Media by Paul Gillin Publisher: Quill Driver Books/Word Dancer Press, Inc More information, click here .   Vietnam: The New Asian Dragon by Kenneth Pounds Publisher: Castlebury ...
An Inconvenient Truth (A Movie Review)

An Inconvenient Truth (A Movie Review)

“You look at that river gently flowing by. You notice the leaves rustling with the wind. You hear the birds; you hear the tree frogs. In the distance you hear a cow. You feel the grass. The mud gives a little bit on the river bank. It’s quiet; it’s peace...
The Changing Face of Multinationals in Southeast Asia

The Changing Face of Multinationals in Southeast Asia

This book seeks to assess the changing nature of western multinationals (MNCs) in Southeast Asia following the 1997 economic crisis. The crisis period marked a turning point in the way western MNCs approached emerging markets, and the authors have effectively...
The Korean Economy: The Challenges of FDI-led Globalization

The Korean Economy: The Challenges of FDI-led Globalization

Korea only realized the full importance of inward foreign investment after the economic crisis of 1997. This book seeks to offer a deeper understanding of Korean globalization efforts and how the government’s stance on foreign direct investment (FDI) h...
The New Asian Dragon

The New Asian Dragon

From the “Doi Moi” economic reforms initiated in 1986 to its accession to the WTO in 2007, Vietnam has transformed itself from an underdeveloped transitional economy to an attractive location for businesses. Yet, when compared to its giant neighbour Chi...
The New Influencers: A Marketer's Guide to the New Social Media

The New Influencers: A Marketer's Guide to the New Social Media

Paul Gillin, former editor-in-chief of Computerworld, begins this book with the basics of blogging. He defines and explores the concept of blogging and the issues that surround it, addressing a wide spectrum of social media, including podcasting, vlogging...
Turning Silver into Gold: How to Profit in the New Boomer Marketplace

Turning Silver into Gold: How to Profit in the New Boomer Marketplace

Could silver be the next gold? The baby boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, have been considered by many demographers to be a pig inside the python. It is an enormous, yet neglected, market that has slipped below the radar of most businesses worldwide.  ...
AEC set to boost lubricant demand

AEC set to boost lubricant demand

+ Official Coverage on Lube Report Asia’s website 30 December 2014 Lube Report Asia AEC set to boost lubricant demand With the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) coming into play, established lubricant suppliers expect a boost in the automotive s...
AmCham Singapore highlights Spire’s contribution to Corporate Community Day

AmCham Singapore highlights Spire’s contribution to Corporate Community Day

22 January 2016 The American Chamber of Commerce, Singapore AmCham Singapore highlights Spire’s contribution to Corporate Community Day Spire Singapore’s association with the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Corporate Community Day for eig...
China leads e-commerce growth through smartphones

China leads e-commerce growth through smartphones

10 June – 16 June 2016 China Daily – Asia Weekly China leads e-commerce growth through smartphones 400 million Chinese consumers make online purchases and China’s e-commerce market is set to reach USD1.57 trillion by 2018, making it the world’s largest...
Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. will impact Asia massively

Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. will impact Asia massively

5 December 2016 The Business Times – Views from the Top Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. will impact Asia massively As the year 2016 draws to an end, there have been many upsets and surprises. Leon Perera, CEO of Spire Research and Consulting sha...
Getting to a unified digital payment system for Singapore

Getting to a unified digital payment system for Singapore

12 September 2017 Today Online, Singapore Getting to a unified digital payment system for Singapore Nets – the leading payment solutions provider – recently announced that it would launch new payment modes across all of its 100,000 acceptance poi...
Global Halal cosmetics market continues to prosper

Global Halal cosmetics market continues to prosper

1 August 2017 Techno Business Insight Global Halal cosmetics market continues to prosper With the global Halal cosmetics market expected to reach USD55 billion in 2017, Spire Research and Consulting shared its views on the outlook for this category...
Halal food market poised for growth

Halal food market poised for growth

12 December 2016 Global Islamic Economy Gateway – Salaam Gateway + Official Coverage Halal food market poised for growth Halal food is estimated to be a USD415 billion global market. Leon Perera, CEO of Spire Research and Consulting shared his v...
Hong Kong maintains its global financial center tag

Hong Kong maintains its global financial center tag

10 July 2017 The Business Times – Views from the Top Hong Kong maintains its global financial center tag After 20 years of becoming an independent judiciary, does Hong Kong continue to remain a financial and business hub? Will this impact businesses i...
How will Brexit impact Asian markets?

How will Brexit impact Asian markets?

1 – 7 July 2016 China Daily – Asia Weekly How will Brexit impact Asian markets? Britain still attracts substantial investment from Asia. Many Asian firms have established European Head Quarters in the country. How hard will Brexit hit Asian mar...
Only 55% of students actively engaged in learning, say Indian teachers

Only 55% of students actively engaged in learning, say Indian teachers

+ Official Coverage on The Times of India website Business World (2 September 2016 The Hindu, Business Line (2 September 2016) Business Standard (3 September 2016) The Times of India (4 September 2016)Business Wire India (7 September 2016) Student engagement...
Singapore needs to harness entrepreneurship and older workers for success in the 21st century

Singapore needs to harness entrepreneurship and older workers for success in the 21st century

13 September 2017 Nikkei, Japan Singapore needs to harness entrepreneurship and older workers for success in the 21st century Singapore needs to harness its older workforce and instil confidence in the economy to survive the age of disruption....
Singapore turns 52 – what next for the national brand?

Singapore turns 52 – what next for the national brand?

7 August 2017 The Business Times – Views from the Top Singapore turns 52 – what next for the national brand? As Singapore turns 52 amidst global and domestic uncertainties, how should it evolve its global brand image? Leon Perera, CEO of Spire Res...
Spire enters merger agreement with Yamada Business Consulting, one of Japan’s largest consulting firms

Spire enters merger agreement with Yamada Business Consulting, one of Japan’s largest consulting firms

18 April 2016 Spire enters merger agreement with Yamada Business Consulting, one of Japan’s largest consulting firms The Spire Research and Consulting Group is proud to announce its merger with Yamada Business Consulting Co., Ltd. or YBC – one...
Spire kicks off major Customer Satisfaction Survey for edotco Bangladesh

Spire kicks off major Customer Satisfaction Survey for edotco Bangladesh

November 2015 TowerXchange Asia Dossier 2015 Spire kicks off major Customer Satisfaction Survey for edotco Bangladesh Malaysian telco edotco’s launch in Bangladesh underlines its seriousness in becoming a regional leader in telecom infrastructure. S...
Spire supports research on Indonesian low-cost housing program

Spire supports research on Indonesian low-cost housing program

20 March 2017 Jakarta Globe Spire supports research on Indonesian low-cost housing program With a USD450 million loan from World Bank, the Indonesian government's efforts to provide more affordable housing for low-income families has received a...
Spire teams up with Singapore’s Land Transport Authority for Taxi Customer Satisfaction Survey

Spire teams up with Singapore’s Land Transport Authority for Taxi Customer Satisfaction Survey

14 March 2016 Land Transport Authority – Singapore Spire teams up with Singapore’s Land Transport Authority for Taxi Customer Satisfaction Survey With an increased rating of overall quality of taxi services in Singapore up to 60.3% in 2015 fro...
Steady progress for AEC in first year

Steady progress for AEC in first year

13 – 19 January 2017 China Daily – Asia Weekly Steady progress for AEC in first year The establishment of ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015 was a major milestone in the region’s economic integration. With a GDP of USD2.6 trillion and 600 m...
The Great ‘Made in China’ brand revamp

The Great ‘Made in China’ brand revamp

+ Official Coverage on US Consumer Electronics Association's (CEA) Blog 16 January 2015 US Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) The Great ‘Made in China’ brand revamp As a global manufacturing hub, China is now trying to break out into new...
Vietnam automobile lubricant market beckons

Vietnam automobile lubricant market beckons

12 September 2017 Lube Report Asia Vietnam automobile lubricant market beckons With automotive lubricant demand rising from 2.6 million liters (in 2015) to 4.1 million liters (in 2021), global and regional manufacturers are taking notice of the...
What’s needed for Singapore to defend its electronics manufacturing hub status

What’s needed for Singapore to defend its electronics manufacturing hub status

2 October 2017 The Business Times – Views from the Top What’s needed for Singapore to defend its electronics manufacturing hub status How can Singapore defend its electronics manufacturing hub position in the face of stiff regional and global com...
Will lack of funding halt ASEAN rail projects on their tracks?

Will lack of funding halt ASEAN rail projects on their tracks?

15 – 21 April 2016 China Daily – Asia Weekly Will lack of funding halt ASEAN rail projects on their tracks? With ASEAN rail infrastructure expenditure projected at USD8 to10 trillion from 2010 to 2020, lack of funding could put the brakes on gro...
Indonesia: Demand for Branchless and Mobile Banking services emerges among MSEs

Indonesia: Demand for Branchless and Mobile Banking services emerges among MSEs

+ Official Coverage on Mobile Money Asia's website Mobile Money Asia 1 October 2014 Indonesia: Demand for Branchless and Mobile Banking services emerges among MSEs Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) in Indonesia make up much of the nation’s e...
Public Cloud adoption in Singapore’s Financial Services Industry: Lots of room to grow

Public Cloud adoption in Singapore’s Financial Services Industry: Lots of room to grow

+ Official Coverage on Data Centre World's website 29 October 2014 Opening Plenary, Cloud Expo Asia 2014 Public Cloud adoption in Singapore’s Financial Services Industry: Lots of room to grow Spire Research and Consulting’s CEO Leon Perera was...
100 days of Jokowi’s rule in Indonesia

100 days of Jokowi’s rule in Indonesia

4 February 2015 Bloomberg Businessweek Indonesia 100 days of Jokowi’s rule in Indonesia With 100 days in power for Joko Widodo – the newly elected President of Indonesia – what does the business community have to say about his leadership? Jeffr...

88% of companies surveyed do not have a Silver Hair strategy for the Singapore market

NEWS RELEASE 10 July 2007 88% of companies surveyed do not have a Silver Hair strategy for the Singapore market  • Only 12% take account of the Republic’s fast growing elderly population in their marketing strategies  ALTHOUGH Asia’s Silver-ha...
A centralized cybercrime institution for Asia?

A centralized cybercrime institution for Asia?

22 January 2013 ZDNet + Official Coverage on ZDNet A centralized cybercrime institution for Asia? A dedicated Pan-Asian online security agency will provide more effective protection for governments and companies, but the uneven legal landscape ...
AEC 2015: all set for manufacturing, lagging on services

AEC 2015: all set for manufacturing, lagging on services

1 January 2015 Nikkei, Japan AEC 2015: all set for manufacturing, lagging on services The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) aims for regional economic integration this year. What implications will it have on the burgeoning ASEAN business environment?...
ANZ’s foray into Thailand market a long-term bet

ANZ’s foray into Thailand market a long-term bet

+ Official Coverage on Financial Services Technology (FST) Media's website 28 May 2014 Financial Services Technology (FST) Media ANZ’s foray into Thailand market a long-term bet The banking landscape in Asia has seen more foreign banks expanding i...
Are QR codes losing charm?

Are QR codes losing charm?

+ Official Coverage on ZDNet 6 November 2012 ZDNet Are QR codes losing charm? In recent years, Quick Response (QR) codes are becoming common in consumer advertising and packaging, as they provide users quick access to the advertised brand's website...
As the Fed changes hands, whither the global economy?

As the Fed changes hands, whither the global economy?

22 November 2013 Channel NewsAsia - AM Live! As the Fed changes hands, whither the global economy? The US Federal Reserve is likely to keep the US on the path to recovery, with an increasing focus on reducing unemployment. On the other hand, while...
ASEAN region emerges as key market for automotive manufacturing

ASEAN region emerges as key market for automotive manufacturing

30 August 2013 China Daily - Asia Weekly ASEAN region emerges as key market for automotive manufacturing The ASEAN market is poised to become the next major hub for automotive manufacturing. Indonesia is fast catching up with Thailand as the region’s m...
ASEAN region fuels energy demand

ASEAN region fuels energy demand

29 August - 4 September 2014 China Daily - Asia Weekly ASEAN region fuels energy demand As the ASEAN region’s demand for coal surges, will the region be able to meet its future energy needs at a sustainable cost? Leon Perera , Chief Executive O...
ASEAN trade grows from strength to strength

ASEAN trade grows from strength to strength

26 June – 2 July 2015 China Daily – Asia Weekly ASEAN trade grows from strength to strength As ASEAN trade grows rapidly, so does its economic clout – the combined Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the region is set to reach USD3 trillion by 2024,...
Asia paves the way for cardless ATM withdrawals

Asia paves the way for cardless ATM withdrawals

+ Official Coverage on Financial Services Technology (FST) Media's website 20 May 2014 Financial Services Technology (FST) Media Asia paves the way for cardless ATM withdrawals Banks in Asia now offer cardless ATM withdrawals, enabling consumers...

Asia Security Market Forecast

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Asia-Pacific MNCs still see Singapore as a prime Regional Headquarters location, but China is fast closing the gap

PRESS RELEASE 9 November 2007  Asia-Pacific MNCs still see Singapore as a prime Regional Headquarters location, but China is fast closing the gap Survey findings from Spire Research & Consulting show that manufacturing companies based in ...
Asia’s booming technology hubs

Asia’s booming technology hubs

19 March 2015 US Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) Asia’s booming technology hubs The San Francisco Bay area has set the global benchmark as a successful tech innovation and start-up epicenter. Drawing inspiration from this, the Asia-Pacific r...
Asia’s embrace of 3D Printing

Asia’s embrace of 3D Printing

+ Official Coverage on 3D Printing Association's website 12 July 2014 The 3D Printing Association Asia's embrace of 3D Printing Japan and China are emerging as the leading Asian countries for 3D printing adoption, thanks to government initiatives...
Asia’s mobile market looks upbeat

Asia’s mobile market looks upbeat

+ Official Coverage on CEA's website 7 October 2014 US Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) Asia’s mobile market looks upbeat Asia’s mobile market is poised for growth. As competition intensifies, brands are increasingly customizing their app...
Asian economic outlook

Asian economic outlook

10 April 2013 Channel NewsAsia – Asia Connect Asian economic outlook China experienced its worst trade deficit in years, but its positive inflation figures may help to stabilize growth. Meanwhile, tensions in the Korean Peninsula may be no cause f...
Asian markets – Hotspots for social gifting

Asian markets – Hotspots for social gifting

+ Official Coverage at ZDNet website 3 August 2012 ZDNet Asian markets – Hotspots for social gifting The increasing usage and penetration of smartphones, social networking sites, e-commerce and mobile payment technologies have led to the popularity o...
Automotive Aftermarket segment lures ASEAN industry players

Automotive Aftermarket segment lures ASEAN industry players

+ Official Coverage on Lube Report Asia 24 March 2014 Lube Report Asia Automotive Aftermarket segment lures ASEAN industry players With Automotive Aftermarket demand expected to soar at 13% from 2010 to 2018, how can industry players cash in...
Boosting sales through social gifting

Boosting sales through social gifting

+ Official Coverage on Retail TouchPoints 25 June 2013 Retail TouchPoints Boosting sales through social gifting Social gifting is a fast-growing marketing tactic that allows consumers to instantly share gifts with friends via social media. With...
Bridging the expectation gaps in corporate giving

Bridging the expectation gaps in corporate giving

For immediate release Bridging the expectation gaps in corporate giving In support of the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) in nurturing corporate giving in Singapore, Spire Research and Consulting has undertaken a pro-bono study...

Business, fans poised for the big kick-off tonight

Business Times 9 June 2006 Business, fans poised for the big kick-off tonight Synopsis A front page article in the Business Times on 9 June 2006 (pg 1) splashed news on World Cup fever hitting businesses hard, with some support from Spire’s research. ...
Cambodia: An emerging ASEAN investment hub

Cambodia: An emerging ASEAN investment hub

+ Official Coverage on The Establishment Post 28 June 2013 The Establishment Post Cambodia: An emerging ASEAN investment hub Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has been re-shaping the economic and social landscape of Cambodia, thanks to years of...

Can we really have enough security An Asia Pacific perspective

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Careers in Information Technology and the Environment

  PRESS RELEASE 12 October 2007 Careers in Information Technology and the Environment are seen to be the jobs of the future in Korea According to a study conducted by Spire Research and Consulting Korea, Computer & Information Security...

China and Hong Kong compete for RHQ Hub status pressrelease

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China security outsourcing gains momentum

China security outsourcing gains momentum

31 January 2013 ZDNet + Official Coverage on ZDNet China security outsourcing gains momentum The recent case of a US IT security professional who outsourced his own job to China highlights how China’s IT security outsourcing industry is growing. Dr...
China’s outbound tourism looks upbeat with preference for DIY trips

China’s outbound tourism looks upbeat with preference for DIY trips

For immediate release China’s outbound tourism looks upbeat with preference for DIY trips In 2014, the total number of outbound trips organized for Chinese tourists rose to 114 million, overtaking the U.S. as the world’s largest outbound market. Do-...

China’s Parliament unveils environmental and energy-saving policies

Channel News Asia Prime Time Morning 6 March 2007 China’s Parliament unveils environmental and energy-saving policies Synopsis During the recent National People’s Congress, Beijing has announced plans of environmental and energy-saving policies, spe...
Christmas celebrations delight e-retailers and CEOs in Indonesia

Christmas celebrations delight e-retailers and CEOs in Indonesia

+ Official Coverage on Bloomberg Businessweek Indonesia’s website 11 December 2014 Bloomberg Businessweek Indonesia Christmas celebrations delight e-retailers and CEOs in Indonesia Christmas is a time for celebration and delivering joy through g...
Cloud customer experience management systems: the next big thing in Big Data

Cloud customer experience management systems: the next big thing in Big Data

+ Official Coverage on CiOL's website 20 November 2013 CiOL - Information Technology News Cloud customer experience management systems: the next big thing in Big Data Cloud Customer Experience Management (CEM) systems are on the rise in the battle...
CMC USA eyes India’s cranberry market

CMC USA eyes India’s cranberry market

+ Official Coverage on Fresh Plaza's website 7 August 2014 Fresh Plaza CMC USA eyes India’s cranberry market India’s emerging cranberry market has caught the eye of The Cranberry Marketing Association, USA . Spire Research and Consulting was...
Companies to establish BCP before embarking on SaaS

Companies to establish BCP before embarking on SaaS

4 March 2013ZDNet +Official Coverage on ZDNet Companies to establish BCP before embarking on SaaS Many companies are hesitant to move to a cloud model because of the difficulty of being constantly online. Companies operating in emerging markets ...
Competition in Indonesia telco industry heats up

Competition in Indonesia telco industry heats up

December 2013 Marketing Magazine Indonesia Competition in Indonesia telco industry heats up The telco industry in Indonesia is under pressure from ever more demanding smartphone customers to raise service quality and choice. Jeffrey Bahar, Deputy...
Congestion stops traffic in SEA’s megacities

Congestion stops traffic in SEA’s megacities

6 – 12 February 2015 China Daily – Asia Weekly Congestion stops traffic in SEA’s megacities 44 million people are being added to Southeast Asia’s urban population each year. As motor vehicle populations keep doubling every 5 to 7 years, what me...
Construction industry: The building blocks of India

Construction industry: The building blocks of India

November 2013 Construction Sphere Magazine Construction industry: The building blocks of India The construction industry, India’s second largest economic sector after agriculture, is a fast-growing opportunity for foreign direct investment (FDI). W...
Counterfeit goods – How to spot the not?

Counterfeit goods – How to spot the not?

+ Official Coverage on World Trademark Review's website August/September 2014 World Trademark Review, Issue 50 Counterfeit goods - How to spot the not? In spite of improving standards of rule of law globally, counterfeits remain a multi-billion...
Digital technology set to boost corporate productivity

Digital technology set to boost corporate productivity

5 March 2015 Kompas – Mega Bazaar Digital technology set to boost corporate productivity The demand for digital technology is on the rise. How are industry players catering to changing technology needs? Jeffrey Bahar, Deputy Chief Executive Officer o...
E-commerce on the rise in Indonesia

E-commerce on the rise in Indonesia

23 July 2013 Marketing Co Id - Research articles E-commerce on the rise in Indonesia With its fast-growing population of internet subscribers and smartphones users, many technology brands have set their sights on the Indonesian e-commerce market....
E-tailing set to grow in India

E-tailing set to grow in India

+ Official Coverage on Asahi Shimbun's website 7 November 2014 Asahi Shimbun E-tailing set to grow in India India’s e-commerce industry has recorded massive growth during the last five years. The factors contributing to this growth include i...
Ebola virus shows no signs of slowing down

Ebola virus shows no signs of slowing down

+ Official Coverage on The Business Times 27 October 2014 The Business Times Ebola virus shows no signs of slowing down West Africa’s Ebola outbreak is the largest in history, ravaging multiple countries. A glimmer of hope has emerged in the f...
Emergence of LTE leads to wider choice of VAS applications

Emergence of LTE leads to wider choice of VAS applications

+ BFM Radio (5 December 2012) + The Edge (10 December 2012) + The Edge Financial Daily (10 December 2012) Emergence of LTE leads to wider choice of VAS applications The whole Malaysian nation is raving about 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) with the...
Flexibility – The pathway to female advancement in the workplace

Flexibility – The pathway to female advancement in the workplace

+ Official Coverage on The Yahoo News Japan website Yomiuri News (1 December 2014); JChere News (1 December 2014); Yahoo News Japan (2 December 2014) Excite (2 December 2014); Livedoor (2 December 2014); Ameba News (2 December 2014)Myanvi News (2 December...
Gamification – Brand enhancement through customer engagement

Gamification – Brand enhancement through customer engagement

5 April 2013 AmCham Indonesia Newsletter +Spire's article contribution on AmCham Indonesia website Gamification – Brand enhancement through customer engagement Gamification is rapidly changing the way brands are being marketed. It is also taking c...
Gender parity crucial to unlock economic growth in Japan

Gender parity crucial to unlock economic growth in Japan

24 March 2015 Huffington Post, Japan Gender parity crucial to unlock economic growth in Japan Japanese women are increasingly pursuing professional aspirations but are being held back by rigid social norms that discourage mothers from working....
Global e-commerce: fuelled by the Asia-Pacific

Global e-commerce: fuelled by the Asia-Pacific

31 December 2013 MNC Business Channel - Economic Buzz Global e-commerce: fuelled by the Asia-Pacific With the Asia-Pacific’s e-commerce industry rapidly closing the gap with developed countries, Indonesia is evolving to be the next frontier. J...
Global economies – The fiscal year ahead

Global economies – The fiscal year ahead

14 February 2013 Channel NewsAsia – AM Live! Global economies - The fiscal year ahead Economies across the globe need to precariously do the balancing act as the coming fiscal year brings in new challenges for growth. Is the future outlook providing a...
Haggling over consumer electronics prices in China

Haggling over consumer electronics prices in China

+ Official Coverage on CEA's website 7 October 2014 US Consumer Electronics Association Haggling over consumer electronics prices in China In contrast with the US and Europe, bargaining over prices is the norm in China’s small consumer electronics r...
Harnessing social innovation for Malaysia’s progress

Harnessing social innovation for Malaysia’s progress

6 May 2015 BFM 89.9 – The Business Station Harnessing social innovation for Malaysia’s progress The Social Impact Innovation Challenge by Berbudi Berganda – driven by Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (National Innovation Agency) – brought together individ...
Has Europe emerged from recession?

Has Europe emerged from recession?

+ Official Coverage on Channel NewsAsia - Money Mind 1 September 2013Channel NewsAsia – Money Mind Has Europe emerged from recession? Europe can finally breathe a sigh of relief after years of recession. Market conditions are looking up, with 0...
Huge growth potential for price comparison websites in Asia

Huge growth potential for price comparison websites in Asia

+ Official Coverage on ZDNet 8 October 2012 ZDNet Huge growth potential for price comparison websites in Asia The pervasiveness of e-commerce has led to the rise of price comparison websites in Asia. However, the road ahead for first-movers is...
Increased healthcare spending will fuel a boom in med-tech sector

Increased healthcare spending will fuel a boom in med-tech sector

+ Official Coverage on Channel NewsAsia website 19 November 2012 Channel NewsAsia – Singapore Tonight Increased healthcare spending will fuel a boom in med-tech sector Med-tech firms in Singapore plan to ride the growth wave triggered by Asian h...
India set to become leading API manufacturer

India set to become leading API manufacturer

16 November 2013 Express Pharma Magazine India India set to become leading API manufacturer The Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) industry is growing due to increasing demand from emerging markets. Though India is currently a global API manufacturer...
India: Japanese companies’ favored investment destination

India: Japanese companies’ favored investment destination

March 2014 Thik Hai Magazine India: Japanese companies’ favored investment destination India remains a desirable investment destination for Japanese companies. Today, over a thousand Japanese companies operate in India, versus 550 in 2008. Despite t...
Indian teachers yearn to focus more on skill and personality development for their students

Indian teachers yearn to focus more on skill and personality development for their students

+ Official Coverage on The Times of India website Business Wire India (3 September 2014 IT News Online (3 September 2014) MoneyLife (3 September 2014) The Telegraph, Calcutta (4 September 2014)Times of India (4 September 2014) Indian teachers yearn...
Indians become Android-savvy

Indians become Android-savvy

+ Official Coverage on CXOToday's website 18 March 2014 CXOToday - IT Web Portal Indians become Android-savvy With a fast-growing population of internet subscribers and Android smartphone users, India is now seen as an Android country. Leading...
Indonesia measures success with market research

Indonesia measures success with market research

28 October 2013 MNC Business Channel and Starhub Asia Channel - Economic Buzz Indonesia measures success with market research How useful is market research in helping companies gain insights into Indonesian market trends and ensuring growth from...

Indonesia might become biofuel industrial leader in the Asia-Pacific region press release

PRESS RELEASE 4 June 2007 Jatropha curcas may help make Indonesia a global biofuel leader Jatropha oil, also known as castor oil, is being touted in Indonesia as an alternative source of fuel to overcome the country’s energy crisis. A study c...
Indonesia to benefit from AEC 2015

Indonesia to benefit from AEC 2015

+ Official Coverage on Koran Sindo’s website 27 October 2014 Koran Sindo Indonesia to benefit from AEC 2015 The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) aims to achieve regional economic integration by creating a single-market economy for freer movement o...
Indonesia: The next global M&A hotspot?

Indonesia: The next global M&A hotspot?

28 April 2014 MNC Business Channel – Economic Buzz Indonesia: The next global M&A hotspot? Inorganic growth through mergers and acquisitions (M&A) is high on the agenda in 2014, as the US, Europe and Japan move into growth territory while o...
Indonesia's E-commerce market - Challenges and opportunities

Indonesia's E-commerce market - Challenges and opportunities

15 March 2013 Podcast with University of Cambridge - MBA Programme Indonesia's E-commerce market - Challenges and opportunities With its booming mobile services market, Indonesia has become a big draw for global tech companies. What are the opportunities...
Indonesia’s aquaculture industry poised for take-off?

Indonesia’s aquaculture industry poised for take-off?

18 March 2014 MNC Business Channel – Economic Buzz Indonesia’s aquaculture industry poised for take-off? Indonesia’s aquaculture industry is ranked 4th globally in terms of production tons. Franklin Crum, Manager, Client Service of Spire Research and C...
Indonesia’s IT industry gears up for AEC 2015

Indonesia’s IT industry gears up for AEC 2015

4 March 2015 Kompas News Indonesia’s IT industry gears up for AEC 2015 With the implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) due this year, competition in the IT industry is set to intensify. Will Indonesia’s IT sector thrive under the...
Indonesian banks focusing on online shopping

Indonesian banks focusing on online shopping

8 March 2012 Business Week Indonesia Indonesian banks focusing on online shopping Rising numbers of internet users and merchants in Indonesia has led to the flourishing of e-commerce payment facilities from banks. Jeffrey Bahar, Deputy CEO of Spire...
Is Asia’s silver market still young?

Is Asia’s silver market still young?

+ Official Coverage on The Business Times' website 28 July 2014 The Business Times - Top Stories Is Asia’s silver market still young? Ageing populations remain a key trend in most East Asian countries. Many age-friendly and accessible products a...
Is it the end for Petronas in Indonesia

Is it the end for Petronas in Indonesia

8 - 14 November 2012 Bloomberg Businessweek Is it the end for Petronas in Indonesia The petroleum industry in Indonesia is no longer monopolized by Pertamina, the state-owned oil and natural gas corporation. Several foreign companies are entering...
Is Myanmar now a safe haven for investors?

Is Myanmar now a safe haven for investors?

23 November 2015 The Business Times – Views from the Top Is Myanmar now a safe haven for investors? With historic Myanmar elections ushering a new era of democratic rule, will foreign investors become bullish on the country? Leon Perera, Chief E...
Is Silver the color of the future?

Is Silver the color of the future?

14 June 2013 Focus Hong Kong Is Silver the color of the future? With rapidly aging populations in the Asia Pacific, the silver market is poised for take-off. Asia will be home to an estimated 1.2 billion seniors by 2050. But global companies still...
Is the ASEAN region China’s biggest competitor?

Is the ASEAN region China’s biggest competitor?

October 2013 JETRO magazine Is the ASEAN region China’s biggest competitor? The ASEAN region is on the radar of many companies as they consider shifting their manufacturing operations to gain quick access to the post-2015 ASEAN Economic Community m...
Iskandar - For the mutual benefit of Singapore and Malaysia

Iskandar - For the mutual benefit of Singapore and Malaysia

11 December 2012The Straits Times   Iskandar – For the mutual benefit of Singapore and Malaysia? Would the Iskandar Development Region in Johor Bahru enhance or compete with the Singapore economy? Were the IDR to take off, how would this impact th...

Jeffrey Bahar: Lessons from a “San”

Marketing Magazine December 2007 Jeffrey Bahar: Lessons from a “San” Synopsis According to the Managing Director of Spire Research and Consulting for

Jeffrey Bahar: Lessons from a San media article

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Kazakhstan – A diamond in the rough?

Kazakhstan – A diamond in the rough?

+ Official Coverage on Asia Research's website October 2013 Asia Research Journal 2013 Kazakhstan - A diamond in the rough? Kazakhstan has caught the attention of global investors as it evolves into a strong investment destination at the heart...
Korea needs to focus on developing service robots

Korea needs to focus on developing service robots

9 November 2015 Business Korea Korea needs to focus on developing service robots The Korean robotics industry grew by 60% a year between 2005 and 2011. Korea has a strong position in industrial robots. Now, the government’s focus should now be o...
Lipstick Chronicles

Lipstick Chronicles

+ Official Coverage on Business Times Business Times and New Straits Times (9 January 2012) Bernama Today (7 February 2012) The “lipstick effect” Spire Research and Consulting CEO Leon Perera appeared on Bernama Television in Malaysia (7 Feb...
Localization is key for mobile phone-makers to remain competitive

Localization is key for mobile phone-makers to remain competitive

+ Official Coverage on ZDNet 24 October 2012 ZDNet Localization is key for mobile phone-makers to remain competitive With increasing competition, it is vital for mobile phone-makers to differentiate themselves through innovative industrial design....
Men’s grooming industry gaining momentum in Asia

Men’s grooming industry gaining momentum in Asia

Bernama Today (17 June 2013) NTV7 (19 June 2013) BFM Radio (28 June 2013) Men’s grooming industry gaining momentum in Asia There is an increasing number of men who are paying closer attention to their looks and are now willing to splurge on personal g...
Mobile and digital banking to target the rural unbanked population

Mobile and digital banking to target the rural unbanked population

+ Official Coverage on FST Media's website 4 March 2014 Financial Services Technology (FST) Media Mobile and digital banking to target the rural unbanked population Mobile and digital banking are now the drivers of rural banking. Many banks in...
Mobile banking poised to take off in Vietnam’s rural areas

Mobile banking poised to take off in Vietnam’s rural areas

+ Official Coverage on The Saigon Times's website 10 July 2014 The Saigon Times Daily Mobile banking poised to take off in Vietnam’s rural areas Vietnam’s rural population is still struggling with access to basic financial services. With the...
Mobile payments taking off in China

Mobile payments taking off in China

3 March 2015 US Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) Mobile payments taking off in China Shopping carnivals initiated by Chinese e-tailers are generating massive sales. China’s famous Cyber Monday (11 November) registered record sales of USD10 b...
Myanmar opens up to foreign investment

Myanmar opens up to foreign investment

4 January 2013 Channel NewsAsia – Asia Business Tonight Myanmar opens up to foreign investment Infrastructure projects are mushrooming in Myanmar. To further improve the investment climate, its government had passed a foreign investment law removing s...
NCR continues to charm Japanese companies

NCR continues to charm Japanese companies

6 April 2014 Hindustan Times – Gurgaon Edition NCR continues to charm Japanese companies India is now among the top investment destinations for Japanese companies. The National Capital Region (NCR) has stood out as a magnet for Japanese investment. S...
Obesity gaining ground in Asia

Obesity gaining ground in Asia

18 - 24 July 2014 China Daily - Asia Weekly Obesity gaining ground in Asia Obesity is a growing threat to quality of life, healthcare systems and economies across Asia. Leon Perera, Chief Executive Officer of Spire Research and Consulting, shared...
Online degrees not making the grade in ASEAN

Online degrees not making the grade in ASEAN

+ Official Press Release by Spire Research and Consulting on "Online degrees yet to take off in ASEAN" + Official Coverage on Marketing Magazine Indonesia 14 April 2014 Marketing Magazine Indonesia Online degrees not making the grade in ASEAN...

Online degrees yet to take off in ASEAN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Online degrees yet to take off in ASEAN The education sector is becoming more diverse, with universities offering different paths to graduation. Strategic market research consultancy Spire Research and Consulting conducted...
Online revenue sales set the cash registers ringing for India’s e-tailers

Online revenue sales set the cash registers ringing for India’s e-tailers

+ Official Press Release by Spire Research and Consulting on "Online revenue sales set the cash registers ringing for India’s e-tailers" LiveMint (29 October 2014) Business Standard (29 October 2014)The Hindustan Times (29 October 2014) Deccan Chronicle (...
Online shopping to turn costly in Singapore

Online shopping to turn costly in Singapore

7 October 2015 Channel News Asia – Today Online Online shopping to turn costly in Singapore With e-commerce set for steady growth in Singapore, e-shoppers may have to shell out more to pay for taxes on goods ordered from overseas sites. Will o...
Out of sight, out of sales?

Out of sight, out of sales?

+ Official Coverage on Marketing Magazine Indonesia 22 April 2014 Marketing Magazine Indonesia Out of sight, out of sales? With intensifying levels of competition, there is a need for brands to have a strong recall factor, using effective messages...
Overcoming instability in times of product boycotts

Overcoming instability in times of product boycotts

10 April 2013 ZDNet + Official Coverage on ZDNet Overcoming instability in times of product boycotts Politically-driven boycotts are one of the most hostile situations a company may face. With various politically-driven product boycotts happening ...
Personal Cloud on the rise in China

Personal Cloud on the rise in China

+ Official Coverage on US Consumer Electronics Association's (CEA) Blog 18 February 2015 US Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) Personal Cloud on the rise in China Personal Cloud in China is expected to generate USD2.65 billion in revenues...

Pervasive internet access to impact on retail scene in Singapore experts

Channel NewsAsia Online 5 December 2006 Pervasive internet access to impact on retail scene in Singapore: experts Synopsis The popularity of internet is set to grow exponentially with the roll-out of Wireless@SG. Such rapid growth of broadband...
Power Banks for Smartphones taking off in Indonesia

Power Banks for Smartphones taking off in Indonesia

11 April 2013 Marketing Magazine Indonesia Power Banks for Smartphones taking off in Indonesia Crowds were seen flocking to Jakarta’s Mega Bazaar Computer 2013 event earlier this March. An emerging trend at the event was the increasing need for p...
Prepaid Mobile Payments Unlock Poor’s Buying Power

Prepaid Mobile Payments Unlock Poor’s Buying Power

+ Official Coverage at ZDNet website + Official Coverage at Majalah Marketing, Indonesia website ZDNet (28 February 2012) Majalah Marketing, Indonesia (3 August 2012) As mobile penetration rates rise in emerging countries, prepaid mobile commerce...
Prospects for the silver market

Prospects for the silver market

27 March 2013 NNA Prospects for the silver market How healthy is the silver market today? Research shows that the travel industry will benefit from the older generation’s spending patterns, but the outlook for product launches in Singapore is g...
QE program unveiled for Eurozone

QE program unveiled for Eurozone

2 February 2015 The Business Times – Views from the Top QE program unveiled for Eurozone The European Central Bank (ECB) recently took a policy leap by launching its own Quantitative Easing (QE) program – a bond purchasing policy to inject new mon...
Raising the bar for service standards in Singapore

Raising the bar for service standards in Singapore

1 June 2015 The Business Times – Views from the Top Raising the bar for service standards in Singapore Service standards in Singapore are still not at par with some Asian counterparts. Can Singapore build a strong service culture? Leon Perera, C...

Research In Motion’s commitment to the Indonesia market

13 January 2012 Research In Motion (RIM) has pledged its long-term commitment to the Indonesian market. Jeffrey Bahar, Deputy CEO of Spire Research and Consulting, was invited to comment on the economic and social significance of BlackBerry in Indonesia....
Right-sizing IT spending in Asian banks

Right-sizing IT spending in Asian banks

+ Official Coverage on Financial Services Technology (FST) Media's website 2 July 2014 Financial Services Technology (FST) Media Right-sizing IT spending in Asian banks Do Asia-Pacific financial services institutions need to spend more on IT...
Rise in Indonesia’s mobile phone market

Rise in Indonesia’s mobile phone market

7 February 2014 MNC Business Channel – Economic Buzz Rise in Indonesia’s mobile phone market Indonesia’s mobile phone market is poised for growth. With the advent of smartphones and 4G Technology, how will service operators continue to lure custo...
Rising affluence in Asia encourages growth of illegal wildlife trade

Rising affluence in Asia encourages growth of illegal wildlife trade

+ Official Coverage on Channel NewsAsia 1 November 2012 Channel NewsAsia – Asia Business Tonight Rising affluence in Asia encourages growth of illegal wildlife trade It was estimated that more than 400 rhinoceros were poached for their horns i...
Robotic companions for the elderly in Korea

Robotic companions for the elderly in Korea

+ Official Coverage on US Consumer Electronics Association's (CEA) Blog 18 February 2015 US Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) Robotic companions for the elderly in Korea Korea ranks fourth in the deployment of industrial robots across the...
Satellite technology on the rise in Asia

Satellite technology on the rise in Asia

+ Official Coverage on China Daily – Asia Weekly 6 March 2015 Channel News Asia – Today Online Satellite technology on the rise in Asia Satellite technology is gaining ground in Asia. Asia-Pacific satellite telecommunications revenues hit USD...
Shanghai catches the eye of global healthcare service providers

Shanghai catches the eye of global healthcare service providers

14 May 2015 Nikkei, Japan Shanghai catches the eye of global healthcare service providers Shanghai is set to become the next hub for quality healthcare services as new hospitals collaborate with established industry players. Will Chinese medical...
Singapore Airlines to be new title sponsor for F1 Singapore Grand Prix

Singapore Airlines to be new title sponsor for F1 Singapore Grand Prix

+ Official Coverage on xinmsn xinmsn Radio – Singapore News (15 April 2014) 938LIVE Bottomline (16 April 2014) Singapore Airlines to be new title sponsor for F1 Singapore Grand Prix   Singapore Airlines (SIA) was recently revealed a...
Singapore celebrates its golden jubilee

Singapore celebrates its golden jubilee

7 – 13 August 2015 China Daily – Asia Weekly Singapore celebrates its golden jubilee Singapore celebrated its golden jubilee as one of the world’s developed economies. Following the death of founding father Lee Kuan Yew and the current global econo...

Singapore sovereign fund less threatening analysts

Taipei Times 17 December 2007 Singapore sovereign fund 'less threatening': analysts Synopsis A recent UBS deal has brought to light the importance of SWFs in global markets and the wariness with which they are sometimes regarded. On page 11 of...

Singapore's economy in 2012

21 November 2011 Channel NewsAsia – AM Live Singapore's economy in 2012 Leon Perera, Chief Executive Officer of Spire, was interviewed on Channel NewsAsia - AM Live to discuss the prospects for Singapore's economy in 2011 and the coming year. ...
Singapore's export figures down but analysts not pessimistic

Singapore's export figures down but analysts not pessimistic

+ Official Coverage on Channel NewsAsia website 17 January 2013 Channel NewsAsia – Singapore Tonight Singapore's export figures down but analysts not pessimistic Singapore’s exports witnessed a sharp decline in December 2012. Spire Research and...
Singapore's group buying industry faces challenges

Singapore's group buying industry faces challenges

+ Official Coverage on Official Channel NewsAsia website + Official Coverage on TODAYonline website 21 September 2012 Channel NewsAsia – Singapore TonightChannelnewsasia.comTODAYonline Singapore’s group buying industry faces challenges Singapore’s group...
Singapore’s economy looks upbeat

Singapore’s economy looks upbeat

+ Official Coverage on Channel NewsAsia's website 21 February 2014 Channel NewsAsia - Business Central Singapore’s economy looks upbeat Singapore’s 2013 economic growth was revised upwards from 3.7% to 4.1%, thanks to a last-minute surge in ...
Singapore’s marginal growth in manufacturing

Singapore’s marginal growth in manufacturing

24 August 2012 Channel NewAsia – Asia Business Tonight Singapore’s marginal growth in manufacturing Singapore’s manufacturing output grew marginally by 1.9 per cent in July, a figure worse than expected. With this decline and a weak start to th...
Singaporeans keen on e-commerce

Singaporeans keen on e-commerce

+ Official Coverage on Channel News Asia – Today Online 21 March 2014 Channel News Asia – Today Online Singaporeans keen on e-commerce Singapore’s online retail market grew from SGD717 million in 2010 to about SGD1.08 billion in 2014, and is pr...
Smartphones predicted to drive mobile phone market in Vietnam

Smartphones predicted to drive mobile phone market in Vietnam

+ Official Coverage on The Saigon Times Daily's website 13 December 2013The Saigon Times Daily Smartphones predicted to drive mobile phone market in Vietnam Vietnam’s smartphone market is being buoyed by an expanding middle-class, and aggressive m...
SoftBank sets foot in India’s e-commerce sector

SoftBank sets foot in India’s e-commerce sector

+ Official Coverage on Diamond’s website 5 November 2014 Diamond Magazine SoftBank sets foot in India’s e-commerce sector Japan’s telecom giant SoftBank is eyeing opportunities to expand in South Asia. With its recent investment of USD627 milli...
South Korea's tech customers picky, prefer local brands

South Korea's tech customers picky, prefer local brands

11 January 2013 ZDNet + Official Coverage on ZDNet South Korea’s tech customers picky, prefer local brands South Korean consumers are now increasingly opting for local brands due to their more Korea-centric value proposition and domestic marketing mu...
Southeast Asian countries hopes to lure Japanese companies from China

Southeast Asian countries hopes to lure Japanese companies from China

24 September 2012 The Edge Southeast Asian countries hopes to lure Japanese companies from China The spat between China and Japan over the Senkaku-Diaoyu islands has led to strained economic relations. In the wake of this development, Southeast...
Spire comments on a looming Spanish bailout, Greek debt and global economic health

Spire comments on a looming Spanish bailout, Greek debt and global economic health

24 July 2012 Channel NewsAsia – AM Live Spire comments on a looming Spanish bailout, Greek debt and global economic health The possibility of a Spanish bailout by the Eurozone seems increasingly likely as the country’s crisis deepens. There are...
Spire comments on China’s dominance in IT manufacturing

Spire comments on China’s dominance in IT manufacturing

+ Official Coverage at ZDNet website 23 July 2012 ZDNet With rising costs and an appreciating yuan, it seems that China may be losing its edge as a low cost, labor intensive IT manufacturing destination, and transiting to a higher-end manufacturing...
Spire comments on escalating inflation rate in Singapore

Spire comments on escalating inflation rate in Singapore

+ Official Coverage on Channel NewsAsia 23 October 2012 Channel NewsAsia – amLIVE! MediaCorp Channel 5 – News 5 Tonight MediaCorp Suria – Berita Spire comments on escalating inflation rate in Singapore Singapore’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) i...
Spire comments on Europe’s debt crisis and the health of the global economy

Spire comments on Europe’s debt crisis and the health of the global economy

19 June 2012 Channel NewsAsia – AM Live Spire comments on Europe’s debt crisis and the health of the global economy The debt crisis in Greece has hit a new low, and Spain and Italy are under threat. The recent change in Greek leadership offers som...
Spire comments on global growth and central bank actions

Spire comments on global growth and central bank actions

18 September 2012 Channel NewAsia – AM Live Spire comments on global growth and central bank actions In the midst of a global economic slowdown, central banks have taken some steps to stimulate growth. Leon Perera, Chief Executive Officer of Spire R...
Spire comments on how Chinese counterfeiters still challenge US small businesses

Spire comments on how Chinese counterfeiters still challenge US small businesses

+ Official Coverage at USA Today website 18 March 2012 USA Today Spire comments on how Chinese counterfeiters still challenge US small businesses  U.S. small business SylvanSport recently learnt that their patented recreational camper trailer ...
Spire comments on Myanmar’s burgeoning investment climate

Spire comments on Myanmar’s burgeoning investment climate

22 June 2012 Channel NewAsia – Asia Business Tonight Spire comments on Myanmar’s burgeoning investment climate Myanmar has been in the spotlight recently as opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi made a high profile visit to Europe. Back home, President The...
Spire comments on the brewing battle for Asia-Pacific Breweries

Spire comments on the brewing battle for Asia-Pacific Breweries

27 July 2012 Channel NewsAsia – Singapore Tonight Spire comments on the brewing battle for Asia-Pacific Breweries The bidding battle for control of Singapore conglomerate Fraser and Neave’s (F&N) prized business unit, Asia-Pacific Breweries, too...
Spire comments on the easing of US sanctions on Myanmar

Spire comments on the easing of US sanctions on Myanmar

9 April 2012 Channel NewsAsia Spire comments on the easing of US sanctions on Myanmar The U.S. is beginning to ease sanctions on Myanmar. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the U.S. would consider further steps if the pace of reform...

Spire does a Nostradamus on marketing trends for ‘07 media

Marketing Magazine Online 4 January 2007 Spire does a Nostradamus on marketing trends for ‘07 Synopsis E-communities, team buying and ‘base of pyramid’ marketing strategies are the top three marketing trends for Asia for 2007, according to a ...
Spire holds Myanmar Seminar for Japanese Clients

Spire holds Myanmar Seminar for Japanese Clients

15 March 2013NNA Spire holds Myanmar Seminar for Japanese Clients  Local research and consulting firm Spire Research and Consulting conducted a breakfast seminar for its clients entitled “Myanmar – Seizing the Opportunities Amidst the Pitfalls” (ミャンマ ...
Spire joins list of sponsors for Phoenix Global Chamber

Spire joins list of sponsors for Phoenix Global Chamber

+ Official Coverage on Global Chamber’s website 6 November 2014 Global Chamber, Phoenix Spire joins list of sponsors for Phoenix Global Chamber The Phoenix Global Chamber aims to grow the number of people successfully engaged with cross-border t...
Spire releases study on Autism in Indonesian children

Spire releases study on Autism in Indonesian children

4 April 2015 The Jakarta Post Spire releases study on Autism in Indonesian children To commemorate World Autism Awareness Day, Spire released its pro-bono study focusing on Indonesia’s autistic children, working in collaboration with Rumah Autis (...
Spire shares insights on China’s economy under the new leadership

Spire shares insights on China’s economy under the new leadership

15 November 2012 Channel NewsAsia – amLIVE! Spire shares insights on China’s economy under the new leadership China’s leadership change in November 2012 had fuelled speculation about its impact on the Chinese economy. Spire Research and Consulting was i...
Spire’s insights on the global economic slowdown

Spire’s insights on the global economic slowdown

12 October 2012Channel NewAsia – Asia Business Tonight   Spire’s insights on the global economic slowdown Slow economic growth in Europe and the West is beginning to affect the Asia-Pacific region, resulting in sluggish growth in emerging markets. Spir...
Still room to grow for Singapore companies hiring Persons with Disabilities

Still room to grow for Singapore companies hiring Persons with Disabilities

+ Official Press Release by Spire Research and Consulting on "Are Singapore companies ready to hire people with disabilities?" + Official Coverage on Channel NewsAsia Channel NewsAsia - Business (16 May 2014) Warna FM - News (16 May 2014) Still...

Sustainable palm oil production remains hazy

+ Official Coverage on Channel NewsAsia's website 15 June 2014 Channel NewsAsia – Spotlight Sustainable palm oil production remains hazy Experts have commented that the annual fires in Sumatra and haze problem can be reduced through concerted e...
Teachers: Gratitude is rated higher than money

Teachers: Gratitude is rated higher than money

+ Official Coverage on The Times of India website Indian Education Reveiw (3 September 2013) Hindustan Times (4 September 2013) The Hindu (4 September 2013) Times of India (4 September 2013) Teachers: Gratitude is rated higher than money In collaboration...
Thai auto exports will counter sluggish domestic sales

Thai auto exports will counter sluggish domestic sales

25 September – 1 October 2015 China Daily – Asia Weekly Thai auto exports will counter sluggish domestic sales As Southeast-Asia’s leading car-manufacturing exporter, Thailand is all set to increase its production of cars and light commercial vehic...
Thailand unrest fails to deflate the Thai economy

Thailand unrest fails to deflate the Thai economy

17 January 2014 China Daily - Asia Weekly Thailand unrest fails to deflate the Thai economy Thailand has been beset by continuous political tension since 2008. And now, anti-government protestors vow to "shut down" Bangkok. But the protests have...
The bittersweet trend for sugar producers

The bittersweet trend for sugar producers

+ Official Coverage on Channel NewsAsia's website 16 March 2014 Channel NewsAsia – Money Mind The bittersweet trend for sugar producers Leon Perera, Chief Executive Officer of Spire Research and Consulting, was invited to share his views o...
The Earthquake in Nepal jolts the economy

The Earthquake in Nepal jolts the economy

1 – 7 May 2015 China Daily – Asia Weekly The Earthquake in Nepal jolts the economy Nepal – one of the poorest countries in the world – had a rude awakening when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck on 25 April 2015. The impact was tragic. Casualties continu...
The Heartbleed heartache

The Heartbleed heartache

+ Official Coverage on Financial Services Technology (FST) Media's website 15 April 2014 Financial Services Technology (FST) Media The Heartbleed heartache The Heartbleed vulnerability was a massive wake-up call to the entire business eco-system...
The India Budget 2013 - Austerity versus Growth?

The India Budget 2013 - Austerity versus Growth?

28 February 2013 Channel NewsAsia – AM Live! The India Budget 2013 - Austerity versus Growth? The India Budget 2013-14 was one of the most highly anticipated Indian budgets in recent years. It was expected to help pull India out of an economic s...
The Philippines blazing a trail with agri-tourism

The Philippines blazing a trail with agri-tourism

+ Official Coverage on Asia Research's website November 2013 Asia Research Journal 2013 The Philippines blazing a trail with agri-tourism Agri-tourism is an up-and-coming sector for the Philippine economy. Can the Philippines blaze a trail for...
Unified banking regulations for Asia?

Unified banking regulations for Asia?

+ Official Coverage on Financial Services Technology (FST) Media's website 2 April 2014 Financial Services Technology (FST) Media Unified banking regulations for Asia? As non-bank financial service activity expands in Asia, does the region need...
Vietnam hungry for more Voice-activated apps

Vietnam hungry for more Voice-activated apps

+ Official Coverage on US Consumer Electronics Association's (CEA) Blog 25 February 2015 US Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) Vietnam hungry for more Voice-activated apps Voice-activated applications continue to gain popularity in Vietnam...
Visualizing the future

Visualizing the future

10 February 2014 The Business Times - Views from the Top Visualizing the future Singapore will mark its 50th anniversary of independence in 2015. In conjunction with the country’s upcoming Golden Jubilee, Leon Perera, Chief Executive Officer of S...
When to avoid "shopping jams"?

When to avoid "shopping jams"?

16 February 2013 Channel NewsAsia – Focus Malaysia When to avoid "shopping jams?" The shopping season had kicked in with the year-end holidays and most recently, the Lunar New Year. Want to know when would be the best time to shop and beat the q...
Will China’s quest for clean air affect the economy?

Will China’s quest for clean air affect the economy?

27 November – 3 December 2015 China Daily – Asia Weekly Will China’s quest for clean air affect the economy? China emits about a third of global greenhouse gases. It is also home to 16 of the most polluted cities in the world. China’s Gross Domesti...
Withdraw cash at drive-through ATMs

Withdraw cash at drive-through ATMs

+ Official Coverage on Financial Services Technology (FST) Media's website 8 April 2014 Financial Services Technology (FST) Media Withdraw cash at drive-through ATMs Indonesian banks have launched a novel channel that allows customers to withdraw...
Women corporate leaders aspire to bigger roles, demand flexible working hours

Women corporate leaders aspire to bigger roles, demand flexible working hours

+ Official Press Release by Spire Research and Consulting on "Women corporate leaders aspire to bigger roles, demand flexible working hours" Women corporate leaders aspire to bigger roles, demand flexible working hours Women executives aspire to...

80% of companies in Singapore claim to be Green

PRESS RELEASE 30 September 2008 80% of companies in Singapore claim to be Green, though driven by business considerations Survey findings from Spire Research & Consulting show that 80% of companies in Singapore claim they are engaged in environmental...

A Blue Ocean Strategy for the Petrol Retail industry in China

Synopsis of article which appeared in Jiayouzhan magazine, China, May 2009 A Blue Ocean Strategy for the Petrol Retail industry in China Synopsis Non-fuel sales account for less than 1% of China’s petrol kiosk sales, but this proportion looks s...

A career in research requires Creativity, Connectivity, Integrity, Curiosity, Passion

The Straits Times Strait Times Recruit 23 July 2005 A career in research requires Creativity, Connectivity, Integrity, Curiosity, Passion As business becomes more competitive and investments in new ventures grow larger, many companies are relying...

Analysts see Singapore's long-term faith in UBS unshaken

AFP 2 April 2008 Analysts see Singapore's long-term faith in UBS unshaken Synopsis Switzerland's UBS on Tuesday revealed an additional 19 billion US dollars in writedowns, making it the bank worst-hit by a crisis that originated in the United States...

Baylor’s Executive MBA program provides academic research

PRESS RELEASE 11 May 2009 Baylor’s Executive MBA program provides academic research to Spire Research and Consulting in Vietnam A joint project to research the business impact of aging populations and the growing Asian middle-class saw Baylor U...

Business sectors poised to outperform in 2009

Channel News Asia MoneyMind 21 December 2008 Business sectors poised to outperform in 2009 Synopsis With the new US president bringing fresh ideas and the prospect of a massive fiscal stimulus package, Group Managing Director of Spire Research...

Changing Trends in Overseas Tertiary Education Choices for Malaysian and Indonesian Students & Senior Executives

2nd International Entrepreneur & Family BusinessAssociation World Conference 2009 / UIBL 2009Kuala Lumpur, October 2009Synopsis of Spire’s address to the conference Changing Trends in Overseas Tertiary Education Choices for Malaysian and Indonesian S...

EIA's exclusive APAC CEO and MD's summit

PRESS RELEASE 23 April 2009 Spire Research and Consulting appointed as Research Partner for EIA’s Exclusive APAC CEO and MD’s Summit, 22 May 09 Amidst the most challenging economic climate in half a century, CEOs of APAC organizations will be ...

Few among Singapore’s leading firms offer maximum website accessibility to users with special needs

30 December 2010 Few among Singapore’s leading firms offer maximum website accessibility to users with special needs Spire’s analysis of the websites of Singapore’s top 100 companies suggests that only 5% offer web accessibility to users with ...

General global economic outlook 2010

Channel News Asia Prime Time Morning5 January 2010Interview with Spire’s Group Managing Director Leon Perera General global economic outlook 2010 Synopsis of Interview Will 2010 see a global economic recovery? In a live television interview, G...

Green Initiative

Asia Business Tonight 23 December 2008 Green Initiative Synopsis Companies in the renewable energy sector can look forward to new opportunities with the incoming Obama administration next year. US Presidentelect Obama plans to spend US$150 billion...

Half the companies in Malaysia reduce electricity and paper wastage

PRESS RELEASE29 May 2008 Half the companies in Malaysia reduce electricity and paper wastage Survey findings from Spire Research & Consulting show that two-thirds of the companies in Malaysia are involved in environmental conservation activities,...

Health of the global economy in 2009

Channel News Asia Prime Time Morning 23 December 2008 Health of the global economy in 2009 Synopsis The world economic crisis could put 25 million people out of work and the recession is likely to continue for much of 2009. Group Managing Director...

Hotels slash rates

TODAY Online 27 December 2008 Hotels slash rates Synopsis Hotels in Singapore have slashed their room rates by 20 to 30 percent since the fourth quarter of this year. Last month’s average rate was 5.1 per cent lower than that of October, according t...

Indonesia paper consumption- paper consumption still costly

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Infrastructure in India

L’Anella, I’empresa en xarxa 28 October 2008 Infrastructure in India Synopsis The issue of infrastructure has been the biggest factor hindering the development of India. Will India ever overcome the difficulties they have in their manufacturing ind...

Marketing with PT Spire Indonesia

Radio PAS FM, Jakarta 25 November 2008 Marketing with PT Spire Indonesia Synopsis Radio PAS FM, Jakarta interviewed the ASEAN Director of PT Spire Indonesia, Jeffrey Bahar, and Managers Agus Hartono Wijaya and Ernawati, on market research and...

Political and Social Unrest and the Asia Economy

Channel News Asia Prime Time Morning 28 November 2008 Political and Social Unrest and the Asia Economy Synopsis The attacks in Mumbai and political unrest in Thailand have added to the concerns over an Asian economic slowdown. Group Managing...

Report for JETRO-APEC seminar

PRESS RELEASE 8 July 2009 Spire appointed to generate official report for JETRO-APEC seminar to be held in Singapore on 27 July 2009 Spire will be generating the official report containing key conclusions and highlights of proceedings for a seminar...

Spire comments on the Asia-Pacific outlook

Channel News Asia Prime Time Morning 27 August 2010 Interview with Spire’s Group Managing Director Leon Perera Spire comments on the Asia-Pacific outlook: Japan in danger, emerging Asia on track Synopsis Channel News Asia: This week, the yen h...

Spire comments on Vietnam’s retail industry outlook

Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Indonesia 23 December 2010 – 12 January 2011 Interview with Spire’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Jeffrey Bahar Spire comments on Vietnam’s retail industry outlook: Positive growth and deregulation will attract foreign retai...

Spire establishes Australia office

NEWS RELEASE 5 March 2008 Spire establishes Australia office Spire Research and Consulting expands its presence in Oceania with a new office in Sydney, Australia Spire Research and Consulting has appointed Peter Kelly as a Business Development...
Spire works with the Korea Employment Information Service  (KEIS) on Korea’s Dictionary of Occupations

Spire works with the Korea Employment Information Service (KEIS) on Korea’s Dictionary of Occupations

February 2010 Spire works with the Korea Employment Information Service (KEIS) on Korea’s Dictionary of Occupations A joint research project saw the Korea Employment Information Service (KEIS) collaborating with Spire Research and Consulting in K...

The Financial Crisis, One Year On

Channel News Asia Prime Time Morning15 September 2009Interview with Spire’s Group Managing Director Leon Perera The Financial Crisis, One Year On Synopsis As economies recover strongly from the recession, is Asian growth 'decoupling' from the West? I...

The US dollar, Inflation and the likelihood of a Commodities bubble

Channel News Asia Prime Time Morning 2 June 2008 The US dollar, Inflation and the likelihood of a Commodities bubble Synopsis Rising commodities prices, inflation and the downward spiral of the US dollar have weakened consumer confidence and raised...

US Fed brings up emergency rate cuts

Channel News Asia Prime Time Morning 23 January 2008 US Fed brings up emergency rate cuts Synopsis The US Federal Reserve slashed interest rates by 75 basis points in an attempt to stop the US economy from falling into recession. It is the first...

Vietnam’s banking and credit card industry

PRESS RELEASE 29 December 2009 Vietnam’s banking and credit card industry: a nascent growth story A recent study by Spire Research and Consulting revealed that Vietnam is beginning to develop into a cashless society. The Vietnam banking and c...
Asia's eco-lifestyle market

Asia's eco-lifestyle market

16 June 2011 Channel News Asia Business Tonight Asia's eco-lifestyle market Channel NewsAsia: When it comes to sustainability, cities in Asia seem to be playing catch up. According to research by PricewaterhouseCoopers, out of 26 top cities globally,...
China's booming beer market

China's booming beer market

6 April 2011 Channel NewsAsia - Business Tonight China's booming beer market China consumes 40 billion liters of beer annually or about ¼ of the global beer consumption and it is set to grow. Market research firm Spire says, China’s beer consumption wi...
Family business growing in Asia

Family business growing in Asia

15 June 2011 Channel News Asia Business Tonight Family business growing in Asia Channel NewsAsia: The listing gong in Singapore and other regional market could be chiming to the tune of more listings from family businesses. According to DBS, family...
Japan's earthquake and nuclear crisis - The business impact

Japan's earthquake and nuclear crisis - The business impact

18 March 2011 Channel NewsAsia - Business Tonight Japan's earthquake and nuclear crisis - The business impact Channel NewsAsia: With manufacturers in Japan forced to suspend production, supply chains are clearly at a standstill. That in turn is...
Banking on digital disruption

Banking on digital disruption

+ Official Coverage on Financial Services Technology (FST) Media's website 2014/2015 The Who's Who of Financial Services Asia Pacific 2014/15 Banking on digital disruption The future of financial services is all about digitalization. This much...
Educated Indian students not employment-ready, holistic learning is key say teachers

Educated Indian students not employment-ready, holistic learning is key say teachers

+ Official Coverage on The Financial Express website Business Wire India (4 September 2015)News Now (4 September 2015)The Telegraph, Calcutta (4 September 2015)Indo-Asian News Service – IANS (4 September 2015)The Financial Express (5 September 2014) ...
Taking the Haze out of palm oil

Taking the Haze out of palm oil

+ Official Coverage on Channel NewsAsia's website 15 June 2014 Channel NewsAsia - Spotlight Taking the Haze out of Palm Oil The haze from annual fires in Sumatra, which worsened disastrously in 2013, has focused regional and global attention...

Spire Highlights New Economic Trends for 2008

PRESS RELEASE 19 December 2007 Spire Highlights New Economic Trends for 2008 Asia’s leading strategic market intelligence consultancy predicts how competition for RHQ and manufacturing hubs as well as inflationary pressures will shape the business l...
‘Made-in-India’ handset market continues to grow

‘Made-in-India’ handset market continues to grow

Mobile business in India has never been better. According to studies, Micromax, Lava and Intex – prominent Indian smartphone brands – expect a whopping 100% year-on-year revenue growth from 2015 to March 2016 due to surge in smartphone sales and ris...
A room-sized 3D printer?

A room-sized 3D printer?

Torbjørn Ludvigsen is a Swedish inventor whose company - Replicating Rapid Prototyper (RepRap) - is busy raising funds to develop the Hangprinter. This suspended 3D printer uses the walls and ceiling of a room as its “frame” and can be used to prin...
Africa – the rising star in fashion?

Africa – the rising star in fashion?

Africa’s fashion industry is emerging as a serious global competitor and one that is known for its daring use of bright hues. Sub-Saharan Africa’s apparel and footwear market is now worth an estimated USD 31 billion. Singer Beyonce recently wore the...
African haircare industry surges ahead

African haircare industry surges ahead

The African hair care industry has been among the fastest growing across the content over the past few years. The market is expected to grow in value to USD761 million by the end of 2017. Various factors are responsible for this steady growth, such...
Are Bananas going extinct?

Are Bananas going extinct?

As one of the top five staple foods in the world, bananas might soon become extinct due to an advancing fungal disease known as the Sigatoka complex. Agronomists fear that this disease could wipe out the world’s banana supply in the next 5-10 years. T...
ASEAN gaming on the rise

ASEAN gaming on the rise

ASEAN’s gaming market is set for rapid growth. By 2017, there will be an estimated 80 million middle-income households, adding more consumers in the 20-50 years age bracket. This means gaming revenues will reach USD2.2 billion – double in value. Wha...
Asia goes 'online' for education

Asia goes 'online' for education

With an expected turnover of over USD12 billion by 2018, Asia is deemed the second largest e-learning market in the world. Accelerated growth is anticipated in countries such as Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar. Taiwan’s Overseas Community Affairs Council (...
Asia: The world's biggest plastic polluter

Asia: The world's biggest plastic polluter

About 8 million tons of plastic each year is leaked into our oceans. Asia is responsible for 80% of this, due to uneven collection infrastructure and lack of stringent regulations. To deal with this issue, the new ‘plastics economy’ could transform the...
Asian consumers embrace local brands

Asian consumers embrace local brands

With growing regional integration and rising incomes, more Asian consumers are choosing Asian brands against foreign brands. Xiaomi, an Asian brand, outsold Apple in China in 2014 for the first time. Brunei based brand – Brunei Halal – recently ope...
Blockchain technology is set to hit retail sector

Blockchain technology is set to hit retail sector

Blockchain is set to go beyond financial services and affect all sectors, especially retail. Blockchain enables a decentralized digital ledger to record information and transactions on a shared online network. In Australia, this technology will soon...
China opts for cloned cow meat

China opts for cloned cow meat

China is set to open a government-sponsored ‘cloning park’ in early 2016, with a goal to produce 100,000 cloned cattle annually. This is because Chinese farmers are not able to meet market demand for beef cattle. Clones ensure a reliable and regular sup...
China's ancient irrigation system under threat

China's ancient irrigation system under threat

One of China’s most recognized ancient oases – the Karez – is a construction marvel built by the Uyghur people. The water harvesting and underground transmission system called a Karez (which means well in the Uygur language) provides a sustainable water...
Cross-border e-commerce comes with safety risks

Cross-border e-commerce comes with safety risks

High volume online shopping makes it difficult for US regulators to keep track of overseas manufactured items, effectively putting customers at risk. E-commerce has enabled popular products such as fidget spinners and vaping machines to win huge numbers...
Demonetization In India

Demonetization In India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently moved ahead to demonetize high-value currencies in November 2016 in a calculated approach to eradicate black money from the country. INR500 and INR1,000 notes became invalid – these account for 86% of currency i...
Digital content in Hindi gaining momentum

Digital content in Hindi gaining momentum

To invest in Hindi content makes business sense. There are around 500 million Hindi speakers in India and across the globe. DB Corp Ltd. – India’s largest print media company – is pursuing this strategy. Internet users in Hindi are on the rise ...
Fabric cutting technology to help nab criminals

Fabric cutting technology to help nab criminals

Researchers at the University of Santa Cruz do Sul in Brazil and University of Technology Sydney have developed a stabbing machine to help forensic scientists study cuts in fabrics. Criminologists are often unable to recreate how stab wounds happened,...
Fancy a farm in a box?

Fancy a farm in a box?

Imagine running a farm – without any soil or use of a tractor. Hard to believe? A Boston-based startup, Freight Farms offers consumers’ high-tech hydroponic farms connected to the Cloud – built within a shipping container. Its vertical hydroponic growi...
Fighting food fraud in Asia

Fighting food fraud in Asia

What does the infamous (2008) case of fake Chinese milk powder and Malaysia’s fake Milo case in 2016 have in common? These are all noteworthy cases of food fraud that show the level of dilution, counterfeiting and mislabelling of food products that h...
Future of fresh in supermarkets

Future of fresh in supermarkets

Can you imagine a life minus the hassle of chopping vegetables for cooking? A new concept of vegetable butchers in supermarkets in the U.S. is gaining popularity, providing shoppers’ quick alternatives for fresh produces that include deli, bakery, m...
Google pushes paperless healthcare

Google pushes paperless healthcare

Despite the trend towards digitalized healthcare, there are many healthcare systems dependent upon paper records. This often results in issues with record retrieval and security. This is where DeepMind, Google’s artificial intelligence subsidiary, i...
Google sets up shop in Africa’s music market

Google sets up shop in Africa’s music market

Africa is becoming a new growth market for Google with Android-enabled devices – it launched services for Google Play Music in South Africa in December 2015 to enter the fiercely competitive market for on-demand music streaming services. Interestingly, A...
Google's Project Loon balloons to provide internet in India

Google's Project Loon balloons to provide internet in India

Can a network of floating balloons offer internet services? It seems to be a scene right from a science-fiction movie. Tech giant Google has launched a network of balloons that travel 20 km above ground level to deliver signals using LTE technology...
Healthy eating getting more expensive, junk food getting cheaper

Healthy eating getting more expensive, junk food getting cheaper

Healthy eating has emerged as something of a luxury in emerging markets. In contrast, the cost of junk food continues to decrease; encouraging consumers to binge more. According to a recent study, the cost of fruits and vegetables rose by 91% in...
Human waste to power fuel cell cars

Human waste to power fuel cell cars

Toyota has invented cars powered by human waste. In Fukuoka, Japan, a wastewater treatment plant converts human waste into hydrogen to fuel Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell car – the Mirai. The Fukuoka plant’s current capacity of 300 kg of hydrogen in a ...
India in dire need of agricultural infrastructure

India in dire need of agricultural infrastructure

Post-harvest losses amount to 10% in India – where the percentage might be higher for fruits and vegetables. To help, US-based impact investment firm, Creation Investments Capital Management led a USD15 million investment through private equity i...
India to witness hospital treatment – in style

India to witness hospital treatment – in style

The Dubai-based, ABV Group – a chain of luxury hospitals – has set its sights to establish luxury hospitals in India. These hospitals would offer personalized care and transportation in Rolls Royce for its patients – catering to the rich. . Wit...
India’s aviation industry takes off

India’s aviation industry takes off

India’s aviation industry is set for rapid growth. With an estimated 60 million international passengers by 2017, it boasts of hosting 85 international airlines across 40 countries (as of 2016). The transformation did not happen overnight – it was 20 ...
India’s first banking robot

India’s first banking robot

Taking a cue from a Japanese bank – Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ – Indian banks plan to use robots with artificial intelligence. Kumbakonam-based City Union Bank launched India’s first robot on-site assistant, known as Lakshmi. The robot imitates human...
India’s novel tea café industry

India’s novel tea café industry

Quirky chai cafés in India like Chaayos are now replacing the dominance of Coffee shops like Starbucks, Barista and most notably Café Coffee Day. Established in 2012, Chaayos boasts of close to 40 stores and hopes to expand to 75 outlets by mid-2018. ...
Indian pharma industry hit by ban on FDC drugs

Indian pharma industry hit by ban on FDC drugs

The Indian Pharmaceutical industry – with a market size of INR1 lakh crore (as of 2016) – faces a loss of approximately INR10,000 crore due to the unforeseen ban of 344 Fixed Dose Combination (FDC) Drugs by the government. The ban discontinues the...
Internables – Next big thing in wearable technology?

Internables – Next big thing in wearable technology?

As wearable technology grows, attention is shifting to internables. These are internal sensors in our bodies used to measure wellbeing. Internables may well become the new wearables. We are naturally looking for better ways of living, trying to minimize...
Iran nurturing its wind energy sector

Iran nurturing its wind energy sector

With the lifting of trade sanctions against Iran in July 2015, a surge in energy demand led to the development of the renewables sector. SUNA – the renewable energy organization of Iran – aims to attract private investment worth USD10 billion by 201...
Is wood stronger than concrete?

Is wood stronger than concrete?

The construction material that could define the 21st century might just be wood. As part of the United Kingdom’s prestigious design festival at the Chelsea College of Art and Design, a construction made entirely of tulipwood is the most complex structure p...
Japan and EU revive trade deal

Japan and EU revive trade deal

The Japan and the European Union (EU) have formally agreed on the outlines of a free trade deal. The two crucial sectors affected will be the automotive sector for the EU and the agri-food sector for Japan. The deal, which has already been agreed on...
London spearheads Europe’s largest infrastructure project

London spearheads Europe’s largest infrastructure project

Flagged off in 2012, the London cross rail project aims to achieve better connectivity within the UK. Deemed to be Europe’s largest infrastructure overhaul, the project aims to increase railway capacity by 10%. The project is expected to come o...
Mobile healthcare app launched in India

Mobile healthcare app launched in India

With the launch of Practo Ray – a customized mobile application for healthcare services – Asia’s leading healthcare platform, known as Practo, has expanded its service range in the Indian market. The app will provide specialty specific modules for d...
Mobile technology – A beacon of hope during natural calamities

Mobile technology – A beacon of hope during natural calamities

Natural calamities and war often cause chaos, where many people become homeless or displaced. That is when people often want to contact their loved ones to tell them they are safe. However at such times, the communications infrastructure often takes...
Next generation solar and wind power in India

Next generation solar and wind power in India

Imagine the Nevada desert with thousands of mirrors arranged in concentric circles facing the sky, all lit up by the sun. The reflected sunshine is concentrated towards the top of a tower in their midst, at a height of 640 feet. Does this seem like...
No more check-out lines at stores

No more check-out lines at stores

The future of retail seems to be here. E-commerce giant Amazon has launched Amazon Go – a new grocery store concept with no checkout process. The order is posted to the customer’s Amazon account address later via a mobile application. The store is ...
Painting with pollutants

Painting with pollutants

Can you imagine using paint made from recycled air pollutants? A novel concept from India-based Anirudh Sharma’s Graviky Labs in 2013, Air Ink uses polluted air to create paint and ink. Their first line of products includes spray paints, oil-based p...

Phone reading to drive books’ sales

The ability to read e-books through smartphones is soon catching on. With less time on their hands – consumers constantly look for convenience for size and screen clarity. Recent research findings indicate that the percentage of e-book buyers –...
Precious metal destroys cancer cells

Precious metal destroys cancer cells

University of Warwick researchers developed an organo-metal compound coded as FY26 to infiltrate cancer cells and activate cellular mitochondria to destroy cancer cells. To date, FY26 has been tested in ovarian cancer cells and has been deemed 50 times...
Putting electronic waste to good use

Putting electronic waste to good use

A pilot micro-factory has found a way to extract valuable metals from mobile phone devices. Developed by Professor Veena Sahajwalla at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia, this project aims to create a mobile and small-scale e-waste...
Self-driven ships make a wave

Self-driven ships make a wave

By 2018 there will be fewer container trucks plying Norwegian roads, as Norwegian shipping company Yara is planning to launch unmanned ships to transport cargo between the countries biggest ports. The first such vessel – Yara Brikeland – is set to ...
Skin pigments to strengthen sofas

Skin pigments to strengthen sofas

Chinese researchers from Jiangnan University (in November 2016) made a recent break through by adding melanin in small quantities to polyurethane (a polymer), making the material sturdier. Melanin is the natural protein found in the skin, hair and...
Space-mining for platinum on the cards

Space-mining for platinum on the cards

Platinum mining in space is getting cheaper and easier. Prospect probes can probably be built for tens of millions of dollars each. An asteroid-grabbing spacecraft could cost USD2.6 billion. Space mining seems more lucrative than initially thought....
Spyware tracking under the radar

Spyware tracking under the radar

The U.S. has seen a massive growth in sales of “off-the-shelf” software to trace an individual’s every move based on the microwaves emitted by their mobile phones. This opens the door to privacy and personal data security issues. The fear of being watch...
Take off with solar powered planes

Take off with solar powered planes

Solar powered planes are now a reality. Initiated by Bertrand Piccard – a Swiss psychiatrist and balloonist – Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) is the first solar powered plane due for manufacture at a commercial level. It took 13 years to develop (on March 201...
Thailand bets on biodegradable plastic

Thailand bets on biodegradable plastic

Thailand has adopted new methods in material sciences, by making biodegradable plastic with sugarcane feedstock at an investment of USD100 million. Thailand’s vast reserves of eco waste from its world-class agricultural industry are also being turned i...
The advent of the internet in Cuba kick starts online start-ups

The advent of the internet in Cuba kick starts online start-ups

Internet access among Cuba's 11.2 million people is growing. Between 2013 and 2015, the share of the Cuban population using the internet jumped from about a quarter to more than 35%. This growing market has drawn the attention of internet giants,...
The future of luxury consumerism

The future of luxury consumerism

The global luxury industry is in a slowdown, thanks to China’s weakening economy, instability in the Middle East and decreased tourism in Europe – meaning only 1 percent year-on-year real growth in May 2016. But the face of luxury consumerism is cha...
The nanotech disease detector

The nanotech disease detector

What if a scanner could detect diseases even before a patient shows symptoms? The revolutionary break-through by Nanobiosym – a company based in Cambridge – provides handheld diagnostic machines that use nanotechnology to identify a range of serious dis...
Virtual reality to replace medicinal painkillers

Virtual reality to replace medicinal painkillers

Virtual Reality (VR) technology may be a pathway to minimize chronic pain. The USA is facing its worst ever drug epidemic with more than 16, 000 deaths recorded in 2015, mainly due to opioid overdoses. US researchers are now exploring VR as an alternative...
WannaCry ransomware attack affects millions

WannaCry ransomware attack affects millions

The first ever global worm-based ransomware attack – WannaCry –crippled close to 150 countries in May 2017. Ransomware usually spreads via email, relying on human intervention to initiate infection. In a matter of hours, WannaCry spread to Internet-connected com...
Will China become the next football super-power?

Will China become the next football super-power?

Football has found yet another fan - this time in the form of Chinese President Xi Jinping, who hopes for China to lift the football World Cup in the future. Backing the growing interest in the sport, a real estate company – Evergrande – turned a r...
A sigh of relief for Japan's economy

A sigh of relief for Japan's economy

Japan’s economy seems to be looking up with the Upper House election win of The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). Shinzo Abe managed to bring the nation out of deflation with a 4% growth from the last two quarters. Exports have registered a 10.1% g...
A sunscreen pill to end sunburn?

A sunscreen pill to end sunburn?

Would you care to pop a pill instead of applying sunscreen? British researchers have discovered a new formula to shield humans from harmful ultraviolet sunrays – the same formula used by marine coral. The mutually dependent relationship between c...
Africa is attracting the world’s biggest luxury brands. Is the market too good to miss?

Africa is attracting the world’s biggest luxury brands. Is the market too good to miss?

Africa witnessed a sharp increase in the number of ‘high net worth individuals’ (HNIs) from 2009 to 2010; commonly referred to as ‘Black Diamonds’. These HNIs are key to attracting the interest of global luxury brands. The emergence of such HNIs an...
American food culture lures Iranian consumers

American food culture lures Iranian consumers

American food culture continues to grip Iran. Homegrown versions of many American food trendsetters can be seen – Mash Donald’s being a primary example. The U.S. and Iran share a complicated bond. As the Nuclear Deal worms its way to conclusion, the...
Are e-books taking over books and magazines?

Are e-books taking over books and magazines?

The publishing industry has always been bombarded with various challenges, including declining readership and irregular revenue streams. Many books and magazines are now available online to retain readership. The digital realm is also deemed to be...
Are you suffering from laundry woes?

Are you suffering from laundry woes?

You can now choose to not change or wash your shirt for days! A US-based company has come up with a shirt which does not require washing or ironing for up to 100 days, and would stay free of odor and wrinkles! This wool science is all about temperature...
Artificial intelligence makes its mark!

Artificial intelligence makes its mark!

The market for artificial intelligence is growing at a steady clip. The recent acquisition of the artificial intelligence start-up, DeepMind by Google for a reported USD400 million signals the commercial arrival of this technology. Moreover, with...
Asia emerging as largest energy market

Asia emerging as largest energy market

The clean-energy industry is slowly moving away from Europe, and is steering towards the “more developed” emerging nations. Industry players are on a lookout for new markets to increase power demands and tap on expanding economies. Plans underway are...
Asia: The new hotspot for probiotic drinks

Asia: The new hotspot for probiotic drinks

Asia-Pacific is the number 2 market for probiotic drinks after North America; generating about USD18 billion in sales annually. The main reason why probiotic drinks sell best in countries like India, China and Japan, is probably because the regulations...
Asia’s higher education sector creates opportunities!

Asia’s higher education sector creates opportunities!

Rising demand for higher education in Asia has led to the growth of private higher education institutes. Governments of ASEAN countries are also embarking on public private partnerships (PPP) to augment resources for the education industry. With the...
Augmented reality technology to change surgical procedures?

Augmented reality technology to change surgical procedures?

Augmented reality (AR) technology is about to change the dynamics of the user experience. Google Glass is now providing a technology with a new telepresence system, which permits two surgeons to cooperate on an operation together, regardless of...
Better healthcare access  for the rural poor in India

Better healthcare access for the rural poor in India

India is struggling to provide adequate healthcare to its rural citizens. However, necessity spawns innovation. Several Indian hospitals have taken the initiative to work with globally trained specialists to reform existing healthcare approaches....
Bitcoin builds momentum in emerging markets

Bitcoin builds momentum in emerging markets

The new kid on the block for digital currency – Bitcoin – is being widely used for electronic transactions across emerging markets. The rate of adoption is so fast that the number of merchants accepting bitcoin is growing close to 10% a day worldwide. F...
Bonhomie in East Asia: Emergence of a New Economic Block

Bonhomie in East Asia: Emergence of a New Economic Block

China, Japan and South Korea have started negotiations on Free Trade Agreements (FTA) along with talks with the ASEAN economies, on developing an emergency protection against financial shocks. Once the institutional and domestic political roadblocks...
Brazil bounces back with agriculture

Brazil bounces back with agriculture

Agriculture in Brazil has been an lucrative industry over the years. The current production is between 80 million and 160 million tons, and this figure could double in the coming years. Other than exporting sugar, orange juice and coffee globally,...
Cambodia’s tourism sector looks set to pull in foreign investment

Cambodia’s tourism sector looks set to pull in foreign investment

As foreign tourism booms in Cambodia, foreign-built resorts are on the rise due to amendments to the foreign ownership law that make provisions of up to 70% foreign ownership. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), Cambodia ranks...
Can Japan use the weaker Yen to gain market share in global railway projects?

Can Japan use the weaker Yen to gain market share in global railway projects?

European investors are showing keen interest in railway projects in the Middle East and North Africa – estimated to be worth USD300 billion. The Middle East’s market for railway equipment has been largely dominated by European producers of railway car...
Can the world feed itself?

Can the world feed itself?

This is a crucial question which lingers on disrupted food supply from causes such as severe floods, prolonged droughts and various food -borne diseases. Consumers are now consciously making changes to their eating habits to prevent future health...
Cardless withdrawals from ATM machines – Asia leading the way

Cardless withdrawals from ATM machines – Asia leading the way

Withdrawing money from automated teller machines (ATMs) using a mobile device is the latest milestone in the trend of more buying and usage behavior migrating to mobile devices. The Bank of India recently became the first state-run lender to allow...
China – Possibly the world’s investor now!

China – Possibly the world’s investor now!

Premier Wen Jiabao says, "The nation is at an important stage of accelerating the steps it has taken to make outbound investments." With China’s 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-15) supporting domestic companies to invest overseas, overseas direct i...
China leads on watershed protection investment

China leads on watershed protection investment

In 2011, USD8.17 billion was spent globally on 205 watershed projects. 91% of this investment was made by China – an attempt to protect and preserve the natural resources that were depleted to pave the way for China’s economic growth over the pas...
China leads the way with eco-innovation

China leads the way with eco-innovation

China is starting to take a leading position in eco-innovation. This has been driven by the country’s large-scale efforts to address pressing environmental challenges, such as in the areas of air pollution and flood control. Many companies are l...
China pledges support to private investors in logistics sector

China pledges support to private investors in logistics sector

In a bid to ensure fair competition, China’s top economic planner announced more support to private investors in the logistics sector. According to a statement issued by the National Development and Reform Commission, a guideline was published t...
China to invest in water-efficient farmlands

China to invest in water-efficient farmlands

The Chinese authorities will create a fund worth RMB38 billion (USD1.27 billion) by 2015 to develop water-efficient farmlands in four North-eastern regions, which produce one-fifth of the country's grain collectively. Over the next four years, the...
China's rising labor cost woes

China's rising labor cost woes

China’s position as the world’s biggest producer of low-cost goods is at stake. Its surging wages (and other costs), as well as rapidly aging population are showing signs of undermining the competitiveness of the nation’s economy and threatening its g...
China’s landfills: Can waste be turned into energy?

China’s landfills: Can waste be turned into energy?

260 million used tires are dumped in landfills all over the world. These tires contaminate groundwater and create clouds of black grime when they ignite, releasing toxins into the atmosphere. IFW Recycling Corporation based in the U.S. sees these...
China’s smartphone market reaches saturation mode

China’s smartphone market reaches saturation mode

Has China’s smartphone market reached its saturation point? As more consumers switch to touchscreen smartphones, growth in the market is becoming upgrade-oriented. Shipment volumes to China fell by 4% during the first quarter of 2015 with a total o...
Chinese paves way for more new-energy cars

Chinese paves way for more new-energy cars

The Chinese government has decided to halve vehicle taxes for clean-energy to boost the slow sales in the country. The Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, and the State Administration of Taxation had jointly a...
Chinese telecommunications industry opens up to private investments

Chinese telecommunications industry opens up to private investments

China’s telecommunications sector is currently dominated by state-owned companies. In a bid to stimulate the economy, the Chinese government is inviting private investments to boost competition and stop monopolistic and unfair competition. Private i...
Chocolate scent to increase book sales

Chocolate scent to increase book sales

Retailers might just use chocolate scent to induce shoppers to linger on in their bookstores to boost sales. Researchers in Belgium discovered that potential customers are more likely to end up with purchases if the store is filled with the scent...
Crime busting from space – No more a comic book fantasy

Crime busting from space – No more a comic book fantasy

Satellites are about to change how crimes are investigated. This is not completely new. The Australian authorities have used satellites for decades, especially for cases connected to illegal logging. Satellites ensure accurate and reliable imagery,...
Cutting food waste high on the global agenda

Cutting food waste high on the global agenda

food waste high on the global agenda" alt="" src="https://www.spireresearch.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Spirethoughts_140508.jpg" width="550" /> Food – once harvested, picked and packed for delivery – undergoes many processes before reaching our...
Digitalization - The future of healthcare

Digitalization - The future of healthcare

Doctors and physicians are turning to health apps and services to improve health outcomes. By sharing these services with consumers, they can constantly monitor their health; provide individuals a chance to improve their health, decrease chances of...
Discarded tires – The next big thing in footwear?

Discarded tires – The next big thing in footwear?

Care to buy shoes that are sturdy and have a quirky appeal? Entrepreneurs are now making shoes out of discarded tires. With approximately 1.5 billion tires being discarded annually across the world, there are few constraints on the “supply” of the...
Do you Weibo?

Do you Weibo?

Former Aussie PM and Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has joined Sina Weibo; attracting 100,000 followers within three days of joining the Chinese microblogging platform!. Weibo is the world’s largest online social network with over 300 million registered u...
Drones taking flight across many industries

Drones taking flight across many industries

As drone technology matures, the business applications continue to multiply – from logistics to security to agriculture. It is only a matter of time before drones overcome the remaining technical and legal barriers and become assimilated into most i...
Global weather extremes hit Australia’s agricultural sector

Global weather extremes hit Australia’s agricultural sector

The recent environmental calamities caused by global weather extremes has thrown Australia’s agricultural sector into the spotlight. Most recently, bushfires are pushing up the cost of doing business. Natural disasters destroy crops, farmland, a...
Hong Kong tops World Competitiveness rankings

Hong Kong tops World Competitiveness rankings

Hong Kong is named the champion in World Competitiveness rankings, as compiled by IMD World Competitiveness Center. Hong Kong was said to be able to retain its high ranking (it topped the charts last year with U.S.), due to the business reforms...
Hot commodity in Japan: Groundwater

Hot commodity in Japan: Groundwater

Japan’s flexible and relaxed rules on selling forestland along with groundwater rights are attracting many overseas investors, particularly the Chinese. Japan is the only country in Asia-Pacific that does not regulate property investment by foreigners. T...
Hotel check-ins made easier with digital keys

Hotel check-ins made easier with digital keys

Ever thought of unlocking your hotel room door using your mobile device? Starwood Hotels & Resorts in the US is trying to make this possible. It aims to send digital keys to their guests’ mobile devices via an application using Bluetooth technology; d...
In China for China

In China for China

The recent American Chamber of Commerce survey once again attested the trend of “in China for China”, as 58% of respondents’ primary goal was to produce in China for the growing China market. 51% of them also identified China as a top-three prior...
India places restrictions on gold

India places restrictions on gold

India is the biggest gold importer in the world, with import figures adding to 933 tonnes in 2011, and accounting for 32% of global demand. India is set to raise import tax on gold further to 6%, after doubling from 2% to 4% last year; a measure that...
India to welcome global brands

India to welcome global brands

India's decision to allow 51% FDI in multi-brand retail in the country was a huge mood-lifter for foreign retailers. This decision will enable global retail firms such as Walmart, Tesco and Carrefour to start businesses in India with a local partner....
India's generic drug industry heading for change

India's generic drug industry heading for change

The India Supreme Court recently rejected drug maker Novartis AG’s attempt to patent an updated version of a cancer drug. This would ensure patients across the globe would have access to cheaper versions of lifesaving medicines, such as Glivec, t...
India’s 'hairy' exports for Africa

India’s 'hairy' exports for Africa

Renowned for its beauty, texture and strength, the Indian hair export market is worth about USD393.5 million. With rising demand in the African subcontinent for extensions and wigs, Indian companies are now keen to invest into the hair business more...
India’s lifeline on wheels?

India’s lifeline on wheels?

The Lifeline Express is India’s first hospital train. It has been in service for over 23 years. Travelling across various cities, it aims to provide mobile medical aid – especially to those residing in rural areas with little access to healthcare ser...
Indians demand more public Wi-Fi hotspots

Indians demand more public Wi-Fi hotspots

As tech-savvy Indian tourists travel more, Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) connectivity has become a “must-have.” According to a global survey, 33% of Indian respondents want free Wi-Fi as a standard service across hotels. A majority of Indians are avi...
Indonesia focuses on R&D as a key economic driver

Indonesia focuses on R&D as a key economic driver

Indonesia has made strong commitments to focus on R&D and plans to increase investments to 3% of its GDP. Indonesia will also be providing tax incentives, trade incentives and technical assistance to private, state-owned companies and cooperatives...
Indoor farming – Is Japan pioneering the new face of agriculture?

Indoor farming – Is Japan pioneering the new face of agriculture?

Imagine a 25,000 square foot factory farm that produces 10,000 heads of lettuce per day. Shigeharu Shimamura’s indoor farm in Japan boasts of being the largest of its kind in the world. Indoor farms consume less water than outdoor farms as they d...
iPads for babysitting?

iPads for babysitting?

More young mothers are using iPads to babysit their toddlers, as more applications are targeted at toddlers. This trend has sparked a debate among child-development experts: Proposition Opposition   The growth and impact of...
Is China’s baby boom good for economy?

Is China’s baby boom good for economy?

China’s change in its one-child policy could change the state of the economy drastically. Allowing families to have more than one child indicates a definite boost in consumption, especially in the baby products sector such as food , clothing and i...
Japan converts offices to hotels as tourism surges

Japan converts offices to hotels as tourism surges

Japan has emerged as an attractive tourist destination. The weaker yen and hassle-free visa application from some countries continue to drive tourism. The country is even on track to surpass its record of 13.4 million tourist arrivals in 2014 this...
Loose money woes: China gears to create ‘Special Currency Test Zone’

Loose money woes: China gears to create ‘Special Currency Test Zone’

China has planned to create a “Special Currency Test Zone” in Shenzhen to counter loose money woes. With the introduction of this measure, Hong Kong banks would now be able to lend renminbi directly to companies in Qianhai Bay – a new economic zone ...
Measuring prosperity – The debate continues

Measuring prosperity – The debate continues

In its April 2012 outlook, the IMF noted that Asia’s Newly Industrialized Economies are steadily catching up with Japan in economic prowess. While Japan is still ahead of Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan in GDP figures, these countries have overtaken i...
Myanmar strives towards sustainable tourism

Myanmar strives towards sustainable tourism

Over the past decade, tourism in Myanmar has increased multifold, with 30% more tourists visiting the country in the first half of 2012, as compared to 2011. The government has responded to this huge influx with the ‘Responsible Tourism Policy’. Cen...
Net neutrality goes viral in India

Net neutrality goes viral in India

The Net neutrality bug is here in India. This refers to the notion of fair treatment of online traffic so as to encourage access to all websites at a constant speed and with the same cost. The bone of contention was Airtel – a leading Indian telecom c...
New essential technologies to write restaurant success story

New essential technologies to write restaurant success story

Customers have shown preference for placing orders and making payments using computer tablets, touch-screen kiosks and mobile applications. Additionally, customers between ages 18 and 44 have expressed their desire to stay connected with their favorite...
Nigeria’s booming wedding industry

Nigeria’s booming wedding industry

Weddings are becoming increasingly extravagant in Nigeria. In Lagos, Nigeria’s most populous city, around USD17 million was spent on parties over a 5-month period in 2013 alone – with one fifth of the sum on weddings! Consumer expenditures in the...
No show for Wal-Mart in India

No show for Wal-Mart in India

The highly anticipated re-entry of one of the biggest names in retail, Wal-Mart, into India was a huge disappointment. It has recently dissolved a six-year joint venture with Bharti Enterprises, and eagerly awaits the upcoming general elections; which...
Oil-free home cooking through air fryers

Oil-free home cooking through air fryers

How would you like to eat delicious fried food which contains less oil, calories and cholesterol? Oil-free air fryers offer this prospect – and are taking the cook-ware market by storm. For instance, Royal Philips – a consumer electronics company –la...

Philippines: Another Asian Tiger in the making?

The Philippines, the world’s 33rd largest economy, might be on a sustainable upward growth trajectory. Under the leadership of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, the country is fighting corruption as well as tax evasion and is investing heavi...
Power Distance in Asia – A thing of past!

Power Distance in Asia – A thing of past!

Top level executives in ASEAN countries are heading more towards social networking sites vis-à-vis global counterparts. A new study reveals that 25% of CEOs from the South East Asia region vis-à-vis 16% globally are using social networking sites. T...
Raising a glass to India’s wine market

Raising a glass to India’s wine market

India is not famous for its wine, but the nation does have a viticultural industry that has been producing wine for centuries. This industry suffered a major setback only in the 19th century when phylloxera – a wild pest – destroyed countless vin...
Rent-a-car market offers some respite in India

Rent-a-car market offers some respite in India

According to the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers, automotive sales in India are expected to rise by a mere minimal of three to five percent in the upcoming 12 months. This slowing growth is attributed to the on-going economic downturn...
Reverse engineering marries design and nature to create architectural marvels

Reverse engineering marries design and nature to create architectural marvels

Reverse engineering of nature has successfully paved the way for creative innovations. A new era of design is emerging where the built environment imitates nature’s processes. The concept is simple: Take natural objects apart to figure the functionality b...
Rural India shining: More women joining the workforce

Rural India shining: More women joining the workforce

The good news is in! According to India’s latest Economic Census, more rural women are becoming part of the workforce. More than 68% of India’s population lives in rural areas. Job creation in rural India is now rivalling that in the cities. This is ...
Saving India's farmers

Saving India's farmers

Rural farming in India could benefit immensely from solar energy , as farmers can use water pumps that are powered by solar panels to irrigate farms; balancing out the electricity provided for urban dwellers in the process. This is crucial as approximately...
Shock advertising for the conservative emerging markets?

Shock advertising for the conservative emerging markets?

Many companies and marketers have viewed emerging markets as traditional markets, and are adopting a more conservative approach in their marketing and advertising campaigns. However, there has been an increasing number of open-minded consumers who are...
Singapore hosts business BEST in Asia

Singapore hosts business BEST in Asia

Singapore is among the top five convention cities globally, and the only Asian city alongside Vienna, Barcelona, Paris and Berlin. Out of the estimated 13.2 million travellers to Singapore in 2012, 24% of them are business visitors. The underlying...
Social media takes a plunge

Social media takes a plunge

Hailed as the next best thing in marketing, social media has surprisingly taken a dip in terms of popularity ratings. The use of social bookmarking sites has gone down to 10% in 2013, as compared to 26% of respondents in 2011 in Western countries....
Solar energy gets a boost

Solar energy gets a boost

Did you know that solar power can be generated using a variety of materials including Perovskites? Perovskite – a growing class of photovoltaic material – is emerging as a good source of solar power, registering more than 20% conversion rate of ...
The de-nuclearization of power generation

The de-nuclearization of power generation

Since May 2012, Japan’s de-nuclearization of its power sector is a result of growing opposition from various citizen groups, especially after the Fukushima Daiichi incident. While measures have been initiated to seamlessly switch to alternate fuels, t...
The fall of Europe’s auto sector and the rise of China’s

The fall of Europe’s auto sector and the rise of China’s

European auto sales have seen a sharp decline for the past 16 months, and a 17-year low in sales was recorded in 2012. This is largely due to the financial crisis which resulted in rising taxes, cost-cutting, as well as slowing demand in automotive...
The internet of things is extending to the most mundane items, like cups and toothbrushes.

The internet of things is extending to the most mundane items, like cups and toothbrushes.

The much-vaunted internet of things is starting to take flight. Vendors are planning a network of “caring objects” created to assist and protect people in their daily lives. With the availability of cheaper and more efficient wireless connectivity chi...
The new face of the cosmetics industry

The new face of the cosmetics industry

Green cosmetics are becoming more prominent in the marketplace, with consumer demand growing by 13.9% in 2011. Increasingly, more leading cosmetic brands are gravitating towards the production of greener cosmetics. Companies are taking steps to...
The ultimate precious cargo – Human organs

The ultimate precious cargo – Human organs

The transportation of human organs – especially a donor’s heart – is usually done by packing it in ice inside a cooler box and getting it to the hospital as quickly as possible. Transporters have to race against time. The heart is only viable and c...
The up-and-coming Shanghai financial center

The up-and-coming Shanghai financial center

China’s current number one plan is to shift from a manufacturing-based export economy to one more driven by domestic consumption. It also aims to build its own world-class financial services market by 2020. However, two big hang-ups are holding t...
The world's largest cinema chain!

The world's largest cinema chain!

China's Dalian Wanda Group and AMC Entertainment announced a USD2.6 billion deal to take over the U.S. theater group. With this deal of linking the world's largest theater market with the world's fastest growing, the world's largest cinema chain has...
U.S. shale oil drillers lock horns with OPEC

U.S. shale oil drillers lock horns with OPEC

Oils prices are at a record low due to increased oil production in Saudi Arabia – the world’s largest oil producer. Nevertheless, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) refuses to budge on production cuts amidst falling oil prices. Thi...
Up, up and away?

Up, up and away?

The commercial space industry is soon emerging as a profitable business, in particular the satellite launch sector. Many nations are scrambling for a share in this lucrative sector that has an estimated value of USD300 billion. Eight countries have...
USAID helps African women improve rice farming skills

USAID helps African women improve rice farming skills

Women farmers in Africa are quietly learning new technologies to increase their crop yield. For this, training is being provided in different rice farming technologies targeting three groups from the Saakoba Gbugli, Kukuo and Yipelgu communities....
USD8.2 billion and counting: Value of Chinese counterfeits in Europe

USD8.2 billion and counting: Value of Chinese counterfeits in Europe

According to the latest UN Data, USD8.2 billion worth of counterfeit products are “exported” from China annually, and the trend continues to increase. The products were shipped to Europe from every direction along with a few major land routes through the...
Video marketing: The new mantra?

Video marketing: The new mantra?

According to CISCO, Internet video constitutes over 40% of consumer traffic on the web and is projected to increase to 62% by end-2015. As such, companies should direct marketing efforts with this focus in mind. Video marketing is driven by the growth...
Will crowd-funding energize Asia’s start-up landscape?

Will crowd-funding energize Asia’s start-up landscape?

Crowdfunding refers to using the internet to raise funds from a large number of people for a project or new venture. There have been numerous crowdfunding projects in Asia, such as Singapore’s Buccaneer 3D printer, which raised nearly USD1.5 million. ...
Will drought-resistant plants take agriculture by storm?

Will drought-resistant plants take agriculture by storm?

Water scarcity is a pressing issue in emerging markets. Droughts have affected parts of India and Australia in recent years, wreacking havoc on people’s lives and the economy. Can science help plants become more drought-tolerant? California’s dro...
Will India hold out the next olive branch?

Will India hold out the next olive branch?

India is set to commence production of olive oil for commercial use later this year in Rajasthan. With hopes to rival other leading international producers, the state offers the most favourable conditions with long, dry summers and short, cool winter....
Will the Consumption Tax hike in Japan throw the country off its growth path?

Will the Consumption Tax hike in Japan throw the country off its growth path?

Japan’s Goods and Services Tax – otherwise known as Consumption Tax – was raised from 5% in 1997 to 8% in April 2014. It is set to further increase to 10% in October 2015. This decision was taken to help support higher fiscal expenditures linked to Ja...
Will the new year see a rise in protectionism?

Will the new year see a rise in protectionism?

Studies show that every year, US bus and railway fleets are upgraded by spending close to USD5.4 billion. Much of the vehicle and carriage assembly takes place in cost-effective regions of Asia. To prevent this, the Obama administration has enforced...

Will Vietnam pull it off?

Nokia broke new ground with its manufacturing facility in Vietnam in April 2012. Spread over 17 hectares and employing 10,000 people, the new facility will serve the company’s global market for mobile phones. Nokia isn’t alone – there is a growing list ...
Worldreader phone app aims to widen access to books in Africa

Worldreader phone app aims to widen access to books in Africa

The African division of the Cambridge University Press recently partnered with NGO digital book provider Worldreader to showcase a fresh approach to reducing illiteracy across the African continent. Technology adoption has made education more accessible...
Xiamen: The new business destination for Taiwanese companies

Xiamen: The new business destination for Taiwanese companies

Taiwanese companies have embraced Xiamen as the new destination to expand their businesses. Companies engaged in sectors such as biomedicine, photo electricity, new materials, service outsourcing and software have set up their operations in the region...
Zapping away viruses

Zapping away viruses

A new germ-zapping robot manufactured by Xenex in the U.S. could emerge as a saviour against deadly viruses like Ebola. It uses pulses of high-intensity, high-energy ultra-violet rays to crack bacterial cell walls and kill virus-afflicting pathogens....
ZTE: Shooting for Apple’s Pie

ZTE: Shooting for Apple’s Pie

ZTE, the leading Chinese provider of telecommunications solutions, has started manufacturing smartphones in Argentina together with BGH, a white goods manufacturer. The company has also announced plans to produce computer tablets in Brazil, and invest...
Asian consumers are turning back to natural and ancient ingredients

Asian consumers are turning back to natural and ancient ingredients

The recent spate of health scandals is encouraging Asian consumers to turn to natural, organic and herbal remedies in health and beauty. In 2013, 90% of urban female consumers in China preferred products made with natural ingredients. Furthermore,...
Coffee Flour can be used as a cooking ingredient – good news for coffee exporting countries like Vietnam and Indonesia

Coffee Flour can be used as a cooking ingredient – good news for coffee exporting countries like Vietnam and Indonesia

The coffee we drink is produced by processing coffee "cherries"; extracting the beans from the pulp, drying then roasting. But what if flour can be produced from the discarded coffee cherries? A start-up based in Seattle called CF Global did just...
Dandelion tires for you?

Dandelion tires for you?

Global demand for natural rubber is expected to exceed supply by 20 percent by 2020. However, Keygene, a biotechnology firm based in Holland, believes that the latex in dandelion roots can be developed into tires. Tire manufacturer Apollo Vredestein...

Videos

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Spire research and Consulting's comprehensive study on Vietnam's retail industry

Vietnam Retail - Logistics - Distribution Summit 2010 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 30 June 2010 Synopsis of Spire’s address to the conference Synopsis “Vietnam's retail industry is set for double digit growth in 2011-13, with retail sales expected to s...
Is China still an attractive investment destination?

Is China still an attractive investment destination?

    // Tweet // 2 January 2007 BBC World – Asia Business Report China has been the most attractive foreign investment location in the last 20 years. But competition from other nations, India and Vietnam in particular, is intensifying. How...
Lipstick sales: A good barometer for the Economy?

Lipstick sales: A good barometer for the Economy?

    // Tweet // 7 February 2012 Bernama Today Consumers world-wide tend to react to economic crises by purchasing small-ticket “feel-good” items like lipstick. Spire discusses this trend in the context of world history and Malay...
Singapore's Economy in 2012

Singapore's Economy in 2012

    // Tweet // 21 November 2011 Channel NewsAsia – AM Live Singapore’s economy is forecasted to grow by a modest 3 percent. Much of the slow growth is attributed to the global export market while financial and business services are f...

Events

Singapore Spire-LogicMills Seminar: Cultural Theory for Business Partner Selection Vietnam Vietnam Logistics Summit Singapore Supply Chain and Logistics SEA Singapore Silver Industry Conference & Exhibition (SICEX) 2008 Australia Korea-Australia...
Spire celebrates fourth year of success at Telkom Supplier Award 2014

Spire celebrates fourth year of success at Telkom Supplier Award 2014

20 November 2014 Spire celebrates fourth year of success at Telkom Supplier Award 2014 Telkom Indonesia – one of the largest telecommunications services company in Indonesia – hosted its annual Telkom Supplier Award on 20th November 2014 at ...
Spire joins “Mobile Banking and Payments for Emerging Asia Summit 2012” as workshop leader

Spire joins “Mobile Banking and Payments for Emerging Asia Summit 2012” as workshop leader

10 October 2012 Spire joins “Mobile Banking and Payments for Emerging Asia Summit 2012” as workshop leader Held in Bali, Indonesia, the “Mobile Banking and Payments for Emerging Asia Summit 2012” gathered many thought leaders from the telecommunications and ban...
2012 BMW Malaysian Open

2012 BMW Malaysian Open

27 February 2012 Spire – Official Research Partner at Southeast Asia’s top tennis event Spire was selected to be the official Research Partner for the renowned 2012 BMW Malaysian Open – the region’s leading tennis event. The tournament typically enjoys ...
Australia’s food and beverage industry looks upbeat

Australia’s food and beverage industry looks upbeat

21– 23 August 2015 Australia’s food and beverage industry looks upbeat One out of every three manufacturing jobs in Australia is in the food and grocery sector, which directly employs around 300,000 people. The food and beverage market in Australia is ...
Bali Technology Conference 2014 explores Indonesia’s hospitality sector

Bali Technology Conference 2014 explores Indonesia’s hospitality sector

4 May 2014 Bali Technology Conference 2014 explores Indonesia’s hospitality sector In spite of attracting 8.8 million international tourists in 2013, Indonesia has the lowest tourism rating in the region – 17th in Asia and 70th worldwide. As ...
Bullish outlook for e-commerce in Indonesia

Bullish outlook for e-commerce in Indonesia

21-22 October 2015 Bullish outlook for e-commerce in Indonesia The ASEAN region will see double-digit growth for e-commerce. Indonesia has the highest retail sales in ASEAN at USD469 billion and is expected to see robust e-commerce growth. Jeffrey Bahar,...
Courier giants to benefit from Indonesia’s e-commerce boom

Courier giants to benefit from Indonesia’s e-commerce boom

19 May 2015 Courier giants to benefit from Indonesia’s e-commerce boom Indonesia boasts 90 million internet users with online retail sales of USD2.6 billion in 2014. The e-commerce boom has fed robust growth in express courier services. Recognizing t...
Increase collection of recyclables for a greener Singapore

Increase collection of recyclables for a greener Singapore

24 April 2017 The Business Times – Views from the Top Increase collection of recyclables for a greener Singapore How can Singapore become more eco-friendly? Leon Perera, CEO of Spire Research and Consulting, shared his insights in The Business T...
Indonesia’s National Health Insurance (JKN) program to boost economy

Indonesia’s National Health Insurance (JKN) program to boost economy

25 August 2015 Indonesia’s National Health Insurance (JKN) program to boost economy Spire Research and Consulting collaborated with the Indonesian Business Data Center (PDBI) to study the direct economic impact of Indonesia’s National Health Ins...
Indonesia’s tourism industry set to grow

Indonesia’s tourism industry set to grow

29 October 2014 Indonesia’s tourism industry set to grow Indonesia is now poised to become a popular holiday destination for national and international tourists. The growing tourism sector is becoming economically significant. Against that b...
Indonesians at ease with e-money services

Indonesians at ease with e-money services

18 – 21 August 2015 Indonesians at ease with e-money services With Indonesian consumers increasingly using mobile wallets for payments, E-money transactions have ballooned from 2.6 million in 2008 to a record 203.4 million in 2014. Recognizing t...
Joint seminar held by Spire and YBC on India’s business landscape in 2017

Joint seminar held by Spire and YBC on India’s business landscape in 2017

15 June 2017 Joint seminar held by Spire and YBC on India’s business landscape in 2017 On 15 June, Spire and Yamada Business Consulting (YBC) jointly held a seminar at The Japanese Association in Singapore to give insights on emerging trends f...
Spire addresses sustainable project financing at 4th SEA Port Expansion Summit 2017

Spire addresses sustainable project financing at 4th SEA Port Expansion Summit 2017

25 – 26 October 2017 Spire addresses sustainable project financing at 4th SEA Port Expansion Summit 2017
Spire and YBC host breakfast seminar on business opportunities in dynamic Japan

Spire and YBC host breakfast seminar on business opportunities in dynamic Japan

23 September 2016 Spire and YBC host breakfast seminar on business opportunities in dynamic Japan On 23 September, Spire and Yamada Business Consulting (YBC) jointly held a breakfast seminar in Singapore to shed light on business opportunities in...
Spire and YBC host breakfast seminar on effective channel and sales force management in Asia

Spire and YBC host breakfast seminar on effective channel and sales force management in Asia

16 December 2016 Spire and YBC host breakfast seminar on effective channel and sales force management in Asia On 16 December 2016, Spire and Yamada Business Consulting (YBC) jointly held a seminar on Go-To-Market strategies for effective channel management....
Spire and YBC host breakfast seminar on emerging business opportunities in Asia

Spire and YBC host breakfast seminar on emerging business opportunities in Asia

28 September 2016 Spire and YBC host breakfast seminar on emerging business opportunities in Asia On 28 September, Spire and Yamada Business Consulting (YBC) jointly held a breakfast seminar in Singapore to discuss emerging business opportunities...
Spire and YBC host breakfast seminar on smart use of market and industry research to drive SME growth

Spire and YBC host breakfast seminar on smart use of market and industry research to drive SME growth

4 May 2017 Spire and YBC host breakfast seminar on smart use of market and industry research to drive SME growth On 4 May, Spire and Yamada Business Consulting (YBC) jointly held a breakfast seminar in Singapore to share ideas on how Small and...
Spire and YBC host breakfast seminar on the impact of demonetization in India

Spire and YBC host breakfast seminar on the impact of demonetization in India

20 January 2017 Spire and YBC host breakfast seminar on the impact of demonetization in India On 20 January, Spire and Yamada Business Consulting (YBC) jointly held a breakfast seminar in Singapore to explore the impact on India’s economy of the r...
Spire appointed as Official Research Partner to the BMW Malaysian Open for the fourth consecutive year

Spire appointed as Official Research Partner to the BMW Malaysian Open for the fourth consecutive year

28 February – 8 March 2015 Spire appointed as Official Research Partner to the BMW Malaysian Open for the fourth consecutive year Spire was honored to be appointed as the Official Research Partner of the BMW Malaysian Open for the fourth c...
Spire appointed as research partner for National Team for Accelerating Poverty Reduction

Spire appointed as research partner for National Team for Accelerating Poverty Reduction

10 December 2013Dissemination of market research study on demand for mobile money and branchless banking among micro and small enterprises in Indonesia 22 January 2014Spire speaks at the Mobile Money and Digital Payments Asia 2014 In collaboration...
Spire celebrates another accolade at Telkom Supplier Award 2013

Spire celebrates another accolade at Telkom Supplier Award 2013

19 December 2013 Spire celebrates another accolade at Telkom Supplier Award 2013 Telkom Indonesia – one of the biggest names in Asia’s telecommunications industry – held its annual Telkom Supplier Award in December 2013 in appreciation of its b...
Spire celebrates its 15th anniversary

Spire celebrates its 15th anniversary

15 – 17 April 2015 Spire celebrates its 15th anniversary Spire Research and Consulting celebrated its 15th anniversary in April at The Imperial Hotel in Hua Hin, Thailand. The celebration of 15 years of success brought together all employees a...
Spire chosen as Official Research Partner to the ALYA WTA Malaysian Open for sixth year in a row

Spire chosen as Official Research Partner to the ALYA WTA Malaysian Open for sixth year in a row

27 February – 5 March 2017 Spire chosen as Official Research Partner to the ALYA WTA Malaysian Open for sixth year in a row Spire was honored to be appointed as the Official Research Partner for the sixth consecutive year for the ALYA WTA M...
Spire chosen as Official Research Partner to the BMW Malaysian Open for fifth year in a row

Spire chosen as Official Research Partner to the BMW Malaysian Open for fifth year in a row

29 February – 6 March 2016 Spire chosen as Official Research Partner to the BMW Malaysian Open for fifth year in a row Spire was honored to be appointed as the Official Research Partner for the fifth consecutive year for the BMW Malaysian O...
Spire chosen as Official Research Partner to the Challenge Iskandar Puteri triathlon

Spire chosen as Official Research Partner to the Challenge Iskandar Puteri triathlon

13 August 2016 Spire chosen as Official Research Partner to the Challenge Iskandar Puteri triathlon Spire Research and Consulting was honored to be appointed as the Official Research Partner for the Challenge Iskandar Puteri triathlon – a s...
Spire chosen as Official Research Partner to the Challenge Iskandar Puteri triathlon once more

Spire chosen as Official Research Partner to the Challenge Iskandar Puteri triathlon once more

23 September 2017 Spire chosen as Official Research Partner to the Challenge Iskandar Puteri triathlon once more Spire Research and Consulting was honored to be appointed as the Official Research Partner for the Challenge Iskandar Puteri triathlon...
Spire Client Entertainment Night April 2015

Spire Client Entertainment Night April 2015

28 April 2015 Spire Client Entertainment Night April 2015 Spire Singapore hosted its first Client Entertainment Night of the year. Our business associates and partners joined us for a dinner reception followed by the movie screening of “Marvel’s Ave...
Spire Client Entertainment Night April 2016

Spire Client Entertainment Night April 2016

1 April 2016 Spire Client Entertainment Night April 2016 Spire Singapore hosted its first Client Entertainment Night of the year. Our business associates and partners joined us for a dinner reception followed by the movie screening of “Batman vs S...
Spire Client Entertainment Night May 2017

Spire Client Entertainment Night May 2017

26 May 2017 Spire Client Entertainment Night May 2017 Spire Singapore hosted its first Client Entertainment Night of the year. Our business associates and partners joined us for a dinner reception followed by the movie screening of “Pirates of the C...
Spire Client Entertainment Night November 2016

Spire Client Entertainment Night November 2016

17 November 2016 Spire Client Entertainment Night November 2016 Spire Singapore hosted its second Client Entertainment Night of the year. Our business associates and partners joined us for a dinner reception followed by the movie screening of “Fantastic B...
Spire engaged as Knowledge Partner for Global Summit on cryptocurrency in India

Spire engaged as Knowledge Partner for Global Summit on cryptocurrency in India

3 March 2017 Spire engaged as Knowledge Partner for Global Summit on cryptocurrency in India Spire Research and Consulting was honored to be appointed as the Official Knowledge Partner at the Global Summit on Bitcoin & Blockchain: The State of Cryptocurrency...
Spire invited to speak at  “Best of” – Vietnam 2012 – ESOMAR

Spire invited to speak at “Best of” – Vietnam 2012 – ESOMAR

23 April 2012 Spire invited to speak at “Best of” – Vietnam 2012 – ESOMAR “Best of” – Vietnam 2012 – ESOMAR was an event to educate marketers about social media monitoring, research methodologies and key trends across Asia Pacific countries. Held at Ho Chi ...
Spire joins AmCham Corporate Community Day for eighth consecutive year

Spire joins AmCham Corporate Community Day for eighth consecutive year

17 October 2015 Spire joins AmCham Corporate Community Day for eigth consecutive year Spire Singapore collaborated with the Singapore Children’s Society for the fifth consecutive year, in support of AmCham Singapore’s Corporate Community Day...
Spire joins AmCham Corporate Community Day for ninth consecutive year

Spire joins AmCham Corporate Community Day for ninth consecutive year

22 October 2016 Spire joins AmCham Corporate Community Day for ninth consecutive year Spire Singapore collaborated with the Singapore Children’s Society (SCS) for the sixth consecutive year, in support of AmCham Singapore’s Corporate Community Day...
Spire joins AmCham Corporate Community Day for seventh consecutive year

Spire joins AmCham Corporate Community Day for seventh consecutive year

27 September 2014 Spire joins AmCham Corporate Community Day for seventh consecutive year Spire Singapore collaborated with the Singapore Children’s Society for the fourth consecutive year, in support of AmCham Singapore’s Corporate Community Day...
Spire joins AmCham Corporate Community Day for tenth consecutive year

Spire joins AmCham Corporate Community Day for tenth consecutive year

4 November 2017 Spire joins AmCham Corporate Community Day for tenth consecutive year Spire Singapore collaborated with the Singapore Children’s Society (SCS) for the seventh consecutive year, in support of AmCham Singapore’s Corporate Community Day...
Spire joins Trade Winds Asia as Marketing Partner

Spire joins Trade Winds Asia as Marketing Partner

16 - 18 May 2012 Spire joins Trade Winds Asia as Marketing Partner The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Service organized Trade Winds Asia, a mission of American companies to several Asian companies. Spire joined the mission as a Marketing P...
Spire lends its expertise to  the Vietnam Supply Chain Congress 2012

Spire lends its expertise to the Vietnam Supply Chain Congress 2012

1 October 2012 Spire lends its expertise to the Vietnam Supply Chain Congress 2012 “Vietnam Supply Chain Congress 2012” was a platform for supply chain industry marketers and retailers to network, share insights and discuss best practices in the sou...
Spire Malaysia hosts students from University of Malaya for business consulting session once more

Spire Malaysia hosts students from University of Malaya for business consulting session once more

17 March 2017 Spire Malaysia hosts students from University of Malaya for business consulting session once more Economics students from the University of Malaya visited Spire Malaysia for an interactive business consulting session on 17 March....
Spire Malaysia hosts students from University of Malaya for business consulting session

Spire Malaysia hosts students from University of Malaya for business consulting session

30 October 2015 Spire Malaysia hosts students from University of Malaya for business consulting session Economics students from the University of Malaya visited Spire Malaysia for an interactive business consulting session on 30 October. Yap...
Spire Malaysia invited as guest panellist to assess students at Universiti Kuala Lumpur Business School

Spire Malaysia invited as guest panellist to assess students at Universiti Kuala Lumpur Business School

8 December 2015 Spire Malaysia invited as guest panellist to assess students at Universiti Kuala Lumpur Business School Spire Malaysia was invited to Universiti Kuala Lumpur Business School – one of Malaysia’s leading technical universities – a...
Spire organizes Oman – Singapore Business Meet 2016

Spire organizes Oman – Singapore Business Meet 2016

20 July 2016 Spire organizes Oman – Singapore Business Meet 2016 Spire Research and Consulting was honored to participate at the Oman – Singapore Business Meet 2016 as one of the event organizers. The event was held in Singapore on 20 July, 2016. The...
Spire presents Go-To-Market Optimization ideas in Bangkok

Spire presents Go-To-Market Optimization ideas in Bangkok

19 August 2015 Spire presents Go-To-Market Optimization ideas in Bangkok Spire Research and Consulting and ABL Consulting of Thailand co-organized an expert seminar on Building Operational Excellence through Go-To-Market (GTM) Optimization....
Spire Seminar: Cloud Computing –  Peer into the thoughts of your customers

Spire Seminar: Cloud Computing – Peer into the thoughts of your customers

14 November 2013 Spire Seminar: Cloud Computing – Peer into the thoughts of your customers Cloud computing is already an established buzzword in the ICT space. With the advent of the cloud, businesses need not be bogged down by high set-up as w...
Spire shares its love with the Singapore Children’s Society for third consecutive year

Spire shares its love with the Singapore Children’s Society for third consecutive year

19 October 2013 Spire shares its love with the Singapore Children's Society for third consecutive year Spire Singapore has collaborated with the Singapore Children’s Society for the third consecutive year, in support of AmCham Corporate Community D...
Spire shares views of India’s ICT vendors’ and customers’ at the GATES ICT Summit 2016

Spire shares views of India’s ICT vendors’ and customers’ at the GATES ICT Summit 2016

4-6 October 2016 Spire shares views of India’s ICT vendors’ and customers’ at the GATES ICT Summit 2016 Spire Research and Consulting was honored to participate in the GATES India ICT Reseller Summit 2016 as the content and research partner. The...
Spire shares views of India’s online shoppers at the GATES ICT Summit 2016

Spire shares views of India’s online shoppers at the GATES ICT Summit 2016

16-18 February 2016 Spire shares views of India’s online shoppers at the GATES ICT Summit 2016 Spire Research and Consulting was honored to participate at the GATES India ICT Reseller Summit 2016 as the content and research partner. The event w...
Spire Singapore joins AmCham Corporate Community Day for fifth consecutive year

Spire Singapore joins AmCham Corporate Community Day for fifth consecutive year

13 October 2012 Spire Singapore joins AmCham Corporate Community Day for fifth consecutive year Spire Singapore collaborated with the Singapore Children’s Society for the second consecutive year to reach out to beneficiaries in need, in conjunction w...
Spire speaks at International Finance Corporation workshops on e-commerce trends & retail banking

Spire speaks at International Finance Corporation workshops on e-commerce trends & retail banking

13 November 2013 (E-commerce trends)15 November 2013 (Retail Banking) Spire speaks at International Finance Corporation workshops on e-commerce trends & retail banking Cashless payment is gaining popularity amongst retailers in Indonesia....
Spire speaks on Digital Financial Services in Indonesia at the ITU Workshop in Geneva

Spire speaks on Digital Financial Services in Indonesia at the ITU Workshop in Geneva

15 December 2015 Spire speaks on Digital Financial Services in Indonesia at the ITU Workshop in Geneva As payment transactions become digitalized, it is crucial to ensure digital financial services are accessible to the poor at affordable rates...
Spire speaks on E-payments at the International Finance Corporation Inter-Industry Workshop

Spire speaks on E-payments at the International Finance Corporation Inter-Industry Workshop

16 September 2013 Spire speaks on E-payments at the International Finance Corporation Inter-Industry Workshop More traditional retailers in Indonesia are experimenting with cashless payments. Recognizing the potential of e-payment solutions in...
Spire speaks on e-shopping prospects in Indonesia

Spire speaks on e-shopping prospects in Indonesia

3 May 2017 Spire speaks on e-shopping prospects in Indonesia As more users explore e-shopping and e-payment options, retailers are transforming the online e-shopping experience in Indonesia. Jeffrey Bahar, Group Deputy Chief Executive Officer...
Spire speaks on growth prospects for VARs and SIs in India’s SME market

Spire speaks on growth prospects for VARs and SIs in India’s SME market

12 - 14 September 2017 Spire speaks on growth prospects for VARs and SIs in India’s SME market Spire Research and Consulting was honored to participate in the GATES India ICT Reseller Channel Summit 2017 as the official research partner. T...
Spire speaks on rise in mobile wallets across Asia

Spire speaks on rise in mobile wallets across Asia

27 September 2016 Spire speaks on rise in mobile wallets across Asia As use of mobile wallets grows across Asia, digitalized financial services are transforming consumer behavior. In this context, Informa Business (IBC) organized the 4th Annual Mobile...
Spire takes part in Korea’s World Franchise Expo

Spire takes part in Korea’s World Franchise Expo

30 July – 1 August 2015 Spire takes part in Korea’s World Franchise Expo Spire Korea attended the 40th World Franchise Expo 2015, held in Seoul, Korea from 30 July to 1 August 2015. Our participation was in support our client – Chili’s Grill and Bar...
Spire’s story shared at the CEO-series talk in at Singapore Management University

Spire’s story shared at the CEO-series talk in at Singapore Management University

22 September 2016 Spire’s story shared at the CEO-series talk in at Singapore Management University To share the lessons from Spire’s journey from start-up 16 years ago to an international boutique consultancy today, Spire’s CEO Leon Perera delivered a pre...
YBC hosts major seminar in Tokyo on cross-border Mergers & Acquisitions

YBC hosts major seminar in Tokyo on cross-border Mergers & Acquisitions

5 September 2017 YBC hosts major seminar in Tokyo on cross-border Mergers & Acquisitions On 5 September, Yamada Business Consulting (YBC) organized a seminar in Tokyo, attended by close to 300 Japan-based executives, to discuss the potential...
Cybersecurity: The corporate sector’s hidden war

Cybersecurity: The corporate sector’s hidden war

22 July 2015 Cybersecurity: The corporate sector’s hidden war With 42.8 million cyber-attacks recorded in 2014, Cybercrime is becoming the key security issue facing companies. Initially, antiviruses were the main weapon of defense and hacking w...
Korea emerges as a global player in robotics

Korea emerges as a global player in robotics

11 June 2015 IT Times – Korea Korea emerges as a global player in robotics As Korea races to lead the global robotics industry, the Korean robotics market continues to grow at an annual average of 22% a year. Is Korea ready to rub shoulders with g...
Spire appointed Official Research Partner to the BMW Malaysian Open once more

Spire appointed Official Research Partner to the BMW Malaysian Open once more

14 – 20 April 2014 Spire appointed Official Research Partner to the BMW Malaysian Open once more The BMW Malaysian Open has carved a place in the tennis world’s calendar of key events. This year, it was held from 14 to 20 April 2014 at the Roy...
Spire Client Entertainment Night May 2013

Spire Client Entertainment Night May 2013

22 May 2013 Spire Client Entertainment Night May 2013 Spire Singapore hosted the Client Entertainment Night once again, where our clients and business partners joined us for a dinner reception followed by the movie screening of “The Great Gatsby”. The...
Spire Client Entertainment Night November 2015

Spire Client Entertainment Night November 2015

6 November 2015 Spire Client Entertainment Night November 2015 Spire Singapore hosted its second Client Entertainment Night of the year. Our business associates and partners joined us for a dinner reception followed by the movie screening of...
Spire Client Entertainment Night September 2014

Spire Client Entertainment Night September 2014

25 September 2014 Spire Client Entertainment Night September 2014 Spire Singapore hosted its Client Entertainment Night once again in September. Our clients and business partners joined us for a dinner reception followed by the movie screening...
Spire speaks at Indonesia Ocean Investment Summit 2014 on aquaculture opportunities

Spire speaks at Indonesia Ocean Investment Summit 2014 on aquaculture opportunities

1 October 2014 Spire speaks at Indonesia Ocean Investment Summit 2014 on aquaculture opportunities Indonesia is the world’s ninth largest aquaculture producer. What business prospects lie in Indonesia’s aqua farming industry? Spire Research and...
Spire sponsors INBC Salmon Evening to explore business opportunities in aqua farming

Spire sponsors INBC Salmon Evening to explore business opportunities in aqua farming

6 May 2014 Spire sponsors INBC Salmon Evening to explore business opportunities in aqua farming Indonesia is the world’s third largest aquaculture producer. What business prospects lie in Indonesia’s aqua farming industry? Spire Research and Con...
Spire’s very own breakfast seminar: Myanmar – Seizing the Opportunities Amidst the Pitfalls

Spire’s very own breakfast seminar: Myanmar – Seizing the Opportunities Amidst the Pitfalls

25 January 2013 Spire's very own breakfast seminar: Myanmar - Seizing the Opportunities Amidst the Pitfalls “Myanmar – Seizing the Opportunities Amidst the Pitfalls” was a breakfast seminar organized by Spire on 25 January 2013. Held at the Tower...
ASEAN – The hotspot for global automotive manufacturing in 2014

ASEAN – The hotspot for global automotive manufacturing in 2014

2 April 2014 ASEAN – The hotspot for global automotive manufacturing in 2014 ASEAN is now poised to be the hotspot for global automotive manufacturing. The increasing number of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) operating in ASEAN has played a...
Competition in Indonesia’s automotive sector revs up

Competition in Indonesia’s automotive sector revs up

8 April 2015 Competition in Indonesia’s automotive sector revs up South East Asia’s automotive sector has recorded impressive growth over the last decade. With 1.2 million vehicles sold in 2013, Indonesia is spearheading this phenomenal growth sto...
Cultural Theory for Business Partner Selection

Cultural Theory for Business Partner Selection

Spire Research and Consulting and the LogicMills School of Thinking are collaborating to develop a new tool that leverages the anthropological paradigm of Cultural Theory to measure culture compatibility between business partners. This is believed to...

Hong Kong Spire Research official research partner Computer Associates' Hong Kong Expo Tradeshow

13 - 14 August 2002 The Marketing Intelligence Behind Effective Decisions (Presented by Mr Leon Perera, Chief Executive Officer, Spire Research and Consulting Pte. Ltd during CA EXPO HK 2002) Speech on Wireless WAN to CA Expo Hong Kong 2002 A...
Indonesia’s healthcare sector ripe for investments

Indonesia’s healthcare sector ripe for investments

27 May 2015 Indonesia’s healthcare sector ripe for investments Indonesia has emerged as an attractive healthcare market. The industry has surged by 300% since 2005, with national healthcare expenditure reaching USD26 billion in 2014. Recognizing t...
Korea-Australia E-Commerce Partnership

Korea-Australia E-Commerce Partnership

Spire Research and Consulting is proud to be providing market intelligence and consulting services to Korea Post and Australia Post to support the successful launch of their internet shopping mall. Australia Post, Korea Post and Austrade invited Spire...
Seminar explores Digital Financial Services (DFS) for Indonesia’s poor

Seminar explores Digital Financial Services (DFS) for Indonesia’s poor

24 June 2014 Seminar explores Digital Financial Services (DFS) for Indonesia's poor Spire Research and Consulting conducted a study to explore the prevalence of Digital Financial Services (DFS) across various Indonesian...

Singapore International Quality and Productivity Centre: Insight Asia 2005

Address to Insight Asia Conference 2005 24 - 26 August 2005 Non-Traditional Tools for Understanding Consumers Thursday 25 August, 3.45pm, Swissotel Merchant Court Hotel, Singapore Speaker: Leon Perera, Chief Executive Officer, Spire Research &...
Singapore Silver Industry Conference & Exhibition (SICEX) 2008

Singapore Silver Industry Conference & Exhibition (SICEX) 2008

Silver Marketing: The State of Play in Asia   10 - 13 January 2008 SICEX 2008  Spire Research and Consulting B2B Customer decision dynamics Country economic, political and social analysis Price Analysis ...
Singapore Supply Chain and Logistics Asia

Singapore Supply Chain and Logistics Asia

Economic and Market Analysis 27 August 2008 Supply Chain & Logistics Asia Global Outlook US Economic woes will hurt but not derail Asia Has Asia decoupled from the US? Demand Outlook Asia is so far holding steady,...
Spire appointed as Official Research Partner for BMW Malaysian Open 2013 for the second consecutive year

Spire appointed as Official Research Partner for BMW Malaysian Open 2013 for the second consecutive year

25 February - 3 March 2013 Spire appointed as Official Research Partner for BMW Malaysian Open 2013 for the second consecutive year For the second year running, Spire was the Official Research Partner for the BMW Malaysian Open 2013 – South East A...
Spire briefs Anderson Junior College students on Halal product market trends

Spire briefs Anderson Junior College students on Halal product market trends

24 March 2017 Spire briefs Anderson Junior College students on Halal product market trends Spire Research and Consulting was honored to be invited as a speaker at Anderson Junior College in Singapore. Spire’s CEO Leon Perera spoke on entrepreneurial o...
Spire Client Entertainment Night January 2013

Spire Client Entertainment Night January 2013

10 January 2013 Spire Client Entertainment Night January 2013 Spire Singapore hosted our annual Client Entertainment Night, where our business associates and partners joined us for a dinner reception followed by the premiere screening of “Gangster S...
Spire does an encore at the Vietnam Supply Chain Congress 2013

Spire does an encore at the Vietnam Supply Chain Congress 2013

2 October 2013 Spire does an encore at the Vietnam Supply Chain Congress 2013 Asia has long been an established hub for business outsourcing and re-location of manufacturing operations. To factors like low labour costs, abundant access to skills...
Spire joins ASEAN Bank Forum 2012 as keynote speaker

Spire joins ASEAN Bank Forum 2012 as keynote speaker

4 December 2012 Spire joins ASEAN Bank Forum 2012 as keynote speaker Held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, the ASEAN Bank Forum 2012 aimed to provide market insights on how retail banks can engage and retain customers. The forum is an annual event that...
Spire speaks at the South East Asia Automotive Summit 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia

Spire speaks at the South East Asia Automotive Summit 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia

26 - 27 June 2013 Spire speaks at the South East Asia Automotive Summit 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia South East Asia is one of the bright spots in the global automotive industry. The three largest auto manufacturing countries (Malaysia, Indonesia...
Spire-LogicMills Seminar: Cultural Theory for Business Partner Selection

Spire-LogicMills Seminar: Cultural Theory for Business Partner Selection

Singapore Spire-LogicMills Seminar: Cultural Theory for Business Partner Selection 18 March 2009 Spire Research and Consulting and the LogicMills School of Thinking are collaborating to develop a new tool that leverages the anthropological paradigm...
Spire’s breakfast seminar in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: “Myanmar – Seizing the Opportunities Amidst the Pitfalls”

Spire’s breakfast seminar in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: “Myanmar – Seizing the Opportunities Amidst the Pitfalls”

30 May 2013 Spire’s breakfast seminar in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: “Myanmar – Seizing the Opportunities Amidst the Pitfalls” Following the success of previous breakfast seminars “Myanmar – Seizing the Opportunities Amidst the Pitfalls” held in Singa...
The Conference Board’s Global Marketing and Communications Conference

The Conference Board’s Global Marketing and Communications Conference

Mr Leon Perera, Spire's Chief Executive Officer, shared thoughts on successful strategies to crack the China market, based on past research experience and practice. The address gives an overview of the population, cultural and political landscapes, as...
The Franchise International Malaysia 2014 conference explores Malaysia’s retail market

The Franchise International Malaysia 2014 conference explores Malaysia’s retail market

14 June 2014 The Franchise International Malaysia 2014 conference explores Malaysia’s retail market The retail and food & beverage (F&B) sectors contributed MYR 434 billion to Malaysia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2013. In a bid...
Vietnam Logistics Summit

Vietnam Logistics Summit

Vietnam Logistics in Motion Global Outlook & Demand Drivers Growth to continue but at a slower rate in 2008 & 2009 World growth will slow to ~4% in 2008, with emerging markets remaining as lead growth drivers US GDP growth will likely...

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Austrade: Korean Automotive Market Report 2010

Austrade: Korean Automotive Market Report 2010

A research project to help Australian exporters in the Korean market saw the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) working with Spire Research and Consulting in Korea to develop a report on opportunities and trends in the Korean Automotive Market 2010....
BCFII: Market study on business potential of Indonesia’s softwood export industry

BCFII: Market study on business potential of Indonesia’s softwood export industry

+ Official report on British Colombia Forestry Innovation Investment Canada corporate website 2007 The rising demand for timber over the years had posed a challenge for many Indonesian companies as they struggle to keep up with the demand. Seeing...
Global Entrepreneurship Monitoring: Boosting Entrepreneurship and SME sustainability in Indonesia

Global Entrepreneurship Monitoring: Boosting Entrepreneurship and SME sustainability in Indonesia

+ Official report on Global Entrepreneurship Monitoring corporate website 5 June 2014 Spire Indonesia was privileged to work with Global Entrepreneurship Monitoring (GEM) to support the fieldwork project for the Centre of Excellence for SME Development...
International Copper Association: Harmonization of energy efficiency standards in South East Asia

International Copper Association: Harmonization of energy efficiency standards in South East Asia

+ Official Report at UNEP website   15 November 2010 Energy efficiency standards governing the rating of household air-conditioners and refrigerators vary from country to country in ASEAN. These standards are important guides to product...
IPO Prospectus market report for herbal product industry in Malaysia

IPO Prospectus market report for herbal product industry in Malaysia

2003 Spire’s executive summary market report was submitted to the Securities Commission and published in the prospectus of DXN Holdings’ IPO listing on the Kuala Lumpur Exchange. For more information, please download the pdf version to view the pub...
JETRO-APEC: Spire appointed to generate official report for seminar

JETRO-APEC: Spire appointed to generate official report for seminar

+ Official Report at APEC website 8 July 2009 Spire appointed to generate official report for JETRO-APEC seminar to be held in Singapore on 27 July 2009 Spire will be generating the official report containing key conclusions and highlights ...
JETRO: Market study on solar and wind equipment manufacturing in major Asian countries

JETRO: Market study on solar and wind equipment manufacturing in major Asian countries

+ Official report on JETRO corporate website 15 August 2012 Spire Research and Consulting was appointed by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) to define the market opportunities for Japanese companies in the solar and wind energy equipment...
Korea Employment Information Service: Dictionary of Occupations

Korea Employment Information Service: Dictionary of Occupations

Press Release 1 February 2010 A joint research project saw the Korea Employment Information Service (KEIS) collaborating with Spire Research and Consulting in Korea to update findings in the Korea Dictionary of Occupations....
Mercy Corps: Market assessment for mobile payments in agriculture

Mercy Corps: Market assessment for mobile payments in agriculture

+ Official report on Mercy Corps' website   Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation - CTA (May 2015) 11 March 2014 Spire Research and Consulting was appointed by Mercy Corps – a global aid agency – to assess the potential for ...
NVPC: Spire Singapore conducts pro-bono study on corporate giving

NVPC: Spire Singapore conducts pro-bono study on corporate giving

+ Official report on NVPC corporate website 4 June 2014 Do corporations and not-for-profit organizations (NPOs) have different objectives when engaging in corporate giving? According to a pro-bono study conducted by Spire Research and Consulting...

Spire works with Austrade on Korean Automotive Market Report 2010

22 December 2010 Spire works with Austrade on Korean Automotive Market Report 2010 – Opportunities and Trends A research project to help Australian exporters in the Korean market saw the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) working with Spire R...
TNP2K: Spire Indonesia studies Mobile Money and Branchless Banking for MSEs

TNP2K: Spire Indonesia studies Mobile Money and Branchless Banking for MSEs

+ Official report on TNP2K 30 September 2014 Spire Indonesia was privileged to work with The National Team for the Acceleration of Poverty Reduction (TNP2K) to assess the potential demand for Mobile Money and Branchless Banking services (MM &...
Victoria State Government Business Office: Export market opportunities for healthcare services in Indonesia

Victoria State Government Business Office: Export market opportunities for healthcare services in Indonesia

+ Official report November 2010 The government of Victoria state in Australia engaged Spire Research and Consulting in Malaysia to define market opportunities for Victorian companies in providing healthcare facilities, construction and management...

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The next stage for Asia’s mobile internet

The next stage for Asia’s mobile internet

As mobile data pipes get bigger and smarter, what new applications will take off? Asia leads the world in mobile internet access. The region’s mobile data pipes are getting not just bigger but “smarter”, so as to keep pace with growing smartphone and t...
Comparative Analysis for R&D in Malaysia

Comparative Analysis for R&D in Malaysia

  Malaysia’s overall manufacturing sector grew at an average annual growth of 9% from 1993 to 2000. Electrical and electronic products accounted for 21% of Malaysia’s total manufacturing assets in 1998. This was followed by the petroleum, coal, basi...
Sun Tzu's Art of War Vs Modern Market Research

Sun Tzu's Art of War Vs Modern Market Research

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb i...

Paper use on the rise in the workplace here

2 June 2007The Straits Times   Paper use on the rise in the workplace here The dawn of the IT age has done little to reverse the trend of paper usage in Singapore-based offices, reports an article in the Business Times on 2 Jun 07 (pg 13). This ...

PR Marketing to Youth

PRESS RELEASE January 2007 Marketing to Indonesian Youths Today A study conducted by Spire Research and Consulting has revealed that the youth market in Indonesia today have more potential than before. Teenagers are widely considered as easily-influenced...

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The highly anticipated re-entry of one of the biggest names in retail, Wal-Mart, into India was a huge disappointment. It has recently dissolved a six-year joint venture with Bharti Enterprises, and eagerly awaits the upcoming general elections; which...

S'pore lags in design work, says survey

Business Times 23 December 2005 S'pore lags in design work, says survey Synopsis An article in the Business Times on 23 Dec 05 ( pg 8 ) reported that Singapore needs to catch up to competitors in the design field, with statistics from Spire’s s...

S’pore firms ignoring elderly market poll media

Business Times 13 February 2006 S’pore firms ignoring elderly market: poll Synopsis Not many companies are excited about catering to the senior citizen’s market despite its rapid growth, as discussed in an article published in the Business Tim...

Singapore faces stiff competition from regional biofuel refining hubs

PRESS RELEASE 31 August 2007 Singapore faces stiff competition from regional biofuel refining hubs As the region ramps up biofuel production, Singapore will be well-placed to compete for refinery contracts, but will face competition from producer...

Singapore firms ignoring elderly market poll Pressrelease

PRESS RELEASE10 Feb 06 Are local firms neglecting the Silver-haired market? A survey shows Singapore firms are not well-placed to ride the Silverhaired wave. Only 17 per cent of companies say Singapore’s Silver-haired market is expanding and only 4...

Singapore’s biomedical efforts enjoy another win

30 March 2007  TODAY  Singapore’s biomedical efforts enjoy another win Synopsis Biologics firm Lonza broke ground at its second biologics manufacturing plant in Singapore yesterday, the latest in a string of announcements regarding the local bio...

Spire establishes Vietnam office

NEWS RELEASE7 December 2007 Spire establishes Vietnam office Spire Research and Consulting makes its presence felt in Vietnam with a new office in Ho Chi Minh city Spire Research and Consulting has appointed Do Thi Kim Linh as a Country Manager...

Spire Forecasts the Next Big Things

PRESS RELEASE 19 December 2007 Spire Forecasts the Next Big Things to Watch for in 2008 Spire Research & Consulting predicts key trends that will dominate Asian business news in 2008. They include the rise of environmental industries in China,...

Spire Highlights New Economic Trends for 2007

PRESS RELEASE 15 December 2006 Spire Highlights New Economic Trends for 2007 Asia’s leading strategic market intelligence consultancy looks into its crystal ball and predicts new trends in investment and energy that could change the economic l...

Spire Spots the Top Three Emerging Marketing Trends for 2007

PRESS RELEASE 29 December 2006 Spire Spots the Top Three Emerging Marketing Trends for 2007 The Asian marketing arena is being transformed – the explosive growth

Survey shows Singapore lags Japan and Hong Kong as design hub

PRESS RELEASE22 December 2005 Survey shows Singapore lags Japan and Hong Kong as design hub A recent survey has shown that while local design professionals and experts rate Singapore’s design hub status as fair, most cite Japan and Hong Kong as b...

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Telcos introduce new technologies, price packages to win market share

Channel NewsAsia Online 15 December 2006 Telcos introduce new technologies, price packages to win market share Synopsis Nearly every person living in Singapore has a mobile phone. Despite the mobile penetration rate hitting 98.4 per cent, analysts...

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The Paperless Society: Myth or Reality?

NEWS RELEASE 24 April 2007 The Paperless Society: Myth or Reality? Paper use in Singapore is still the same or rising among more than 80% of companies surveyed compared to 2005, but more companies are pushing paper-saving efforts. High Paper...

The Rise of E-Commerce in Indonesia

February 2007 Marketing Magazine  The Rise of E-Commerce in Indonesia Synopsis E-commerce in Indonesia has been steadily rising in popularity during the recent years. This growth has greatly changed the face of marketing. According to a year-end ...

Tiger waiting to pounce

The Edge 12 December 2005 Tiger waiting to pounce Synopsis Spire’s research was cited in The Edge on the 12 Dec 2005 (pg 20) on an article that detailed how Asia Pacific Breweries wants to make Tiger beer a pan-Asian brand. For the fiscal y...

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Winners in the World Cup kick off

NEWS RELEASE07 June 2005 Winners in the World Cup kick off  Major sporting event sets cash registers ringing for sale of products and services  With the FIFA World Cup around the corner, consumers and sellers alike are in a football frenzy. The ex...

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Spire has had the privilege of working with over 50 Global Fortune 1000 firms, as well as government agencies, large local enterprises and other leading organizations. Our clients trust us with their unique research challenges, relying on our expertise...

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Senior Management Team International Advisors Local Research Associates Leon Perera is the co-founder of the Spire Group and is currently serving as its Chief Executive Officer. In this capacity, he has overseen the delivery of over...

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Senior Management Team International Advisors Local Research Associates Alec Lee Alec Lee has held senior positions in Hewlett-Packard, Getronics, AT&T and Gartner Consulting. Alec shares with Spire his immense experience...

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Senior Management Team International Advisors Local Research Associates Alvin Lee Alvin is the Deputy Head for Strategy & Planning at Fuji Xerox Innovation Office. He is responsible for delivering strategic plans and new business...

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Senior Management Team International Advisors Local Research Associates アンソニー・コー Anthony Koh has over ten years of experience in the strategic market research and consulting field. Anthony began his career at Philips Hong...

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Senior Management Team International Advisors Local Research Associates Dr Norintan Zainal Dr Norintan Zainal provides expert advice to Spire on healthcare and life sciences projects, deepening our understanding of clinical prescription...

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Senior Management Team International Advisors Local Research Associates Dr You-il Lee Dr You-il Lee is the Director of the Master of International Business Program (MIB) at the International Graduate School of Business, University...

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Senior Management Team International Advisors Local Research Associates Gary Wong is the founder and director of G&S Entertainment Agency, a Hong Kong-based service provider to the marketing and public relations industry, offering...

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Senior Management Team International Advisors Local Research Associates Samuel Chiang Samuel Chiang has worked with the Dow Corning Corporation in Asia for 25 years. He is currently Managing Director of Aegis Intelligent Chemicals,...

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Senior Management Team International Advisors Local Research Associates Alvin is the Deputy Head for Strategy & Planning at Fuji Xerox Innovation Office. He is responsible for delivering strategic plans and new business proposals....

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Senior Management Team International Advisors Local Research Associates Spire has developed a network of over 1,000 research associates located in 18 countries throughout the Asia-Pacific as well as emerging market regions of Russia,...

Dr Herbert Siagian

Senior Management Team International Advisors Local Research Associates Dr Herbert Siagian Dr Herbert Siagian has a background in agricultural economics, but also holds a post-graduate degree from Germany with a specialization...

Dr Justin Hanse Lee (South Korea)

Senior Management Team International Advisors Local Research Associates Dr Justin Hanse Lee (South Korea) As the Managing Director of Spire Korea, Dr Lee has overseen the delivery of over 100 projects in Korea, including a number...

Japnit Singh

Senior Management Team International Advisors Local Research Associates Japnit Singh; Deputy Chief Executive Officer Japnit Singh is Spire’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer overseeing the firm’s Singapore and India offices. He h...

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Spire is proud to announce its merger with YAMADA Business Consulting Co., Ltd. (YBC) – a subsidiary of JASDAQ – listed under YAMADA Consulting Group, a leading independent consulting group in Japan. The merger, effective from 15 April 2016, mak...

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Anti-Counterfeit Consulting

Counterfeit and "copy-cat brand" products continue to pose a real threat to international brands operating in emerging market regions, where law enforcement and a culture of respect for Intellectual Property is still weak. This is particularly so in...

Business Partner Selection

Forging sustainable "business marriages" is the aim of Spire's business partner evaluation service. We shortlist and evaluate firms that can truly add value to your company. Candidates are rigorously assessed through company interviews and on-site observations,...

Channel Health Management

With vast geographies and diverse retail environments to manage, companies are facing an increasing challenge to monitor the customer experience as well as the adjust pricing at the retail front. Retail managers need to have ready access to real-time...

Competitor Analysis

We believe that if you know your enemies and yourself well, half the battle is already won. Hence, Spire's competitive intelligence service avoids generic company profiles, in order to focus only on actionable aspects of competitor strategies and capabilities....

Consumer Research

Consumer research forms the foundation of many marketing departments. Spire offers both quantitative and qualitative research techniques across all emerging market countries, which we cover. Going beyond mere fieldwork capabilities, Spire's consultants...

Corporate Social Responsibility Consulting

The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) movement has resulted in many large firms including CSR as a permanent corporate function. At its best, CSR is a long-term strategy aimed at achieving positive and sustainable outcomes for its stakeholders, including...

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Customer Decision Dynamics Analysis

Customer purchase decisions are complex. Spire assists companies in deciphering business-to-business (B2B) and consumer purchase decision dynamics. We take all aspects of the business decision cycle into consideration. We believe that this would allow...

Ethnography

Ethnography is an off-shoot of the social science discipline of anthropology. It refers to the study of naturally occurring social interactions, behaviors and perceptions. Unlike other research methodologies, the role of the observer/interviewer is...

Geo-Marketing

Geo-marketing is the integration of geographic parameters into market research. It enhances conventional market research in contexts where location is a key determinant of success. In spite of infrastructural immaturity, Spire believes that there is...

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Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) refers to the outsourcing of a company's knowledge-intensive processes to third parties. KPO often involves advanced information search, analysis, interpretation and technical skills as well as a good deal of judgment....

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Outsourcing Customer Enquiry Handling & Screening to Spire in any country or region. Many companies lack local teams in Asia, Africa, MENA and Latin America to screen inbound enquiries, where local language ability and presence are key. Spire offers...

Supply Chain Management Consulting

In a climate with increasingly globalized competition and thinning margins, the speed and efficiency of getting products to market has emerged as a critical competitive success factor (CSF). Spire has extensive experience in researching the logistics...

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Today's business climate rewards companies that value stake-holders in the wider society. Most global companies have programs for Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability and Government Relations. Doing this helps companies to build their brands,...

Value Chain Analysis

Channel relationships and supply chain management are crucial components in all successful business strategies. Spire's value chain analysis enables you to plan the optimal value chain architecture for your business, while recruiting, retaining and...

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Go-To-Market Playbooks provide customized solutions that help to optimize and improve business outcomes. They ensure profitable growth and market share gains. In spite of an increasingly unpredictable and challenging environment, Spire believes that...

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Go-To-Market Playbooks provide customized solutions that help to optimize and improve business outcomes. They ensure profitable growth and market share gains. In spite of an increasingly unpredictable and challenging environment, Spire believes that...

Go to Market Playbooks

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SpirE-Journal

Focused on the Asia-Pacific, the Spire E-Journal addresses current issues of strategic interest to professionals in sales, marketing and business development while providing the latest statistical indicators and commentary on business trends across the...

Asia-Pacific Economic Report – Fourth Quarter 2004 Update

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Crystal Ball Gazing: Asia-Pacific in 2005 and beyond

  In this inaugural, January 2005 edition of the E-quarterly, we interview Spire’s Group Managing Director Leon Perera for his views on trends making an impact in the Asia Pacific’s sales and marketing landscape in 2005 and beyond. ...
India: E-tailing on the path to success

India: E-tailing on the path to success

India’s e-tailing industry has the potential to grow from USD0.6 billion in 2012 to USD76 billion by 2021 – more than a hundredfold in 10 years. What do firms need to know about e-tailing in India to ride this wave of growth? India’s e-com...

Asia-Pacific Economic Report – Fourth Quarter 2005 Update

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Auto Industry - A Changed World

  In this second edition of Spire E-quarterly, we take a look at how the automotive industry is on the verge of a dramatic change as the Internet plays a key role in the marketing of automobiles. Automotive manufacturing is now one of the world’s mo...

The Digital Home Network - The Next Frontier for Consumer Electronics in Asia

The home network is poised to become the next big bet for the consumer electronics business. The common platform in the home, which inter-connects digital appliances and external networks, provides huge opportunities for bundling and partnerships with...
Digitization of finance: The Fintech boom

Digitization of finance: The Fintech boom

The Fintech or financial technology industry is booming. Banks, insurance companies, telecommunications carriers and financial corporates are being urged to embrace the digital wave. There has been a 60 per cent rise in global Fintech investment in...
India’s GST Bill: A small step forward for business-friendliness

India’s GST Bill: A small step forward for business-friendliness

India’s government hopes that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be a game changing reform for the Indian economy, creating a common Indian market and reducing confusing multiple taxes . It is forecasted to raise India’s GDP growth rate by ove...
Spire E-Newsletter Q4 2016

Spire E-Newsletter Q4 2016

16 December 2016 Spire Singapore hosted its second Client Entertainment Night of the year. Our business associates and partners joined us for a dinner reception followed by the movie screening of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find T...
The ASEAN logistics industry: A growing connectivity hub

The ASEAN logistics industry: A growing connectivity hub

The ASEAN nations collectively – if considered a nation – would be the seventh largest economy in the world. Their combined Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is about USD2.4 trillion (as of 2015). ASEAN has a consumer base of more than 600 million, an ...

Asia-Pacific Economic Report – 2nd Quarter 2005 Update

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More Than Just China: The European Challenge To Asian Foreign Direct Investment

  Contrary to popular belief, the current biggest destination for global foreign direct investment (FDI) is not China but Europe. Data from the United Nations World Investment Report (UNWIR) 2004 showed that the level of FDI flowing into Europe has ...

The Security Industry Today And Tomorrow: An Asia Pacific Perspective

From low-intensity conflicts in Southern Thailand and the Southern Philippines, to bombings in London and the Beslan hostage tragedy in Russia – sudden crises are making governments and private companies redefine “security” in their decision-making proce...
Spire E-Newsletter Q2 2017

Spire E-Newsletter Q2 2017

24 March 2017 Economics students from the University of Malaya visited Spire Malaysia for an interactive business consulting session on 17 March. Yap Far Loon, Business Development Director, Telecommunications of Spire Research and Consulting...

Asia-Pacific Economic Report – 1st Quarter 2006 Update

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RFID: China’s Next Supply Chain Revolution

  RFID, or Radio Frequency Identification, has quietly been a part of our daily lives for a long time. Advancements in this technology, however, are set to unleash its true potential and bring its benefits to many more components of the industrial...

Survey of industry shows Japan and Hong Kong’s image as Design Hub ahead of Singapore

Survey of industry shows Japan and Hong Kong’s image as Design Hub ahead of Singapore Singapore’s government has spelt out its aim to position the city-state as a global and regional hub for design work. A few years into this program, how does Sin...

Asia-Pacific Economic Report – 2nd Quarter 2006 Update

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The Great Leap Forward: ASEAN’s Telecoms market is set to boom as mobile overtakes fixed lines

  The huge mobile telecommunications potential within Asian emerging markets has begun to materialize in the past decade. This article discusses the rise of mobile phone usage in the region, the challenges facing service providers, as well as how...

Made in India – the next big thing? The Rise of Export-oriented Manufacturing in India’s Special Economic Zones

“Made In India” – the next big thing? While China has been trying to follow India’s success in IT, India now hopes to emulate China’s achievements in export-oriented manufacturing. As China did in the late 1970s, India is now unleashing its speci...

Asia-Pacific Economic Report – 3rd Quarter 2006 Update

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Recycling for the Next Generation: How impending recycling legislation will change the way businesses work

  “Recycle, reduce and re-use” – these words are the mantra in the now universal drive to fend off global environmental crisis. But in spite of the hype, recycling has yet to make a big impact on the way companies do business. Governments, on th...

Asia Pacific Outlook 2007

  In this edition, we interview Spire’s Group Managing Director Leon Perera for his views on trends that will impact Asia Pacific’s marketing and economic landscape in 2007 and beyond. Spire E-Journal: China, India and other developing econ...

Asia-Pacific Economic Report – Mar 2007 Update

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The Rising Tide of Asian Investment in Asia

The role of Asian economies in global foreign direct investment (FDI) is changing. Asia is attracting a larger share of global FDI while at the same time accounting for a larger share of FDI outflows to other countries. More of Asia’s inward FDI is o...

Expats’ Asian Home - The New Breed of Expatriates in Asia

  As Asia grows its share of the global economy, the movement of expatriates to the region is rising. A new breed of Asian expatriates is offering their professional services to multinationals chasing the Asian dollar. This article examines the...

Asia-Pacific Economic Report – June 2007 Update

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Air Pollution - China’s public health danger

  The rapid pace of economic growth in the Asia Pacific region has been accompanied by resource depletion and environmental degradation. Air is the first element to get tainted by industrialization, with air quality becoming an increasingly important...

Biofuels - Fuel for thought

  Now that scientific opinion has firmed on the question of the link between human activity and global warming, environmental concerns have been elevated to the top of the agenda. Governments and big businesses the world over have begun to sit...

Asia-Pacific Economic Report – Sep 2007 Update

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OhmyNews

  The first of its kind in the world to accept, edit and publish articles from its readers, South Korean online site OhmyNews has taken the nation by storm. Using an open-source style of news reporting, the majority of articles are written ...

The Paradigm Shift in Online Communications

  Since the birth of the Internet, the Web has been a platform for relaying and obtaining information. However, the emergence of second generation Web-based communities and hosted services are increasing dramatically. This article looks at the...

The rise of E-communities – Online Marketing goes Interactive

  The Internet has increasingly become a participatory social network where user-generated content is just as important as traditional advertisements. Thanks to social media ranging from social networking sites and interactive blogs to reader-driven...

Asia-Pacific Economic Report – Dec 2007 Update

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Asia-Pacific Outlook 2008

  In this edition, Spire’s Group Managing Director Leon Perera shares his views on trends that will impact the Asia-Pacific’s marketing and economic landscape in 2008 and beyond. Spire E-Journal (SEJ): Although economic growth has been robust acr...

China’s online headaches as 2008 Beijing Olympic looms

  Internet scams have been erupting in China more and more frequently in the months leading up to the Summer Olympics to be held in Beijing in 2008. Since early 2007, Beijing police have seized nearly 30,000 fake Olympic products, mainly the...

The Beijing 2008 Olympics - China’s hope and pride

  Excitement has been mounting since the countdown to the Beijing 2008 Olympics began when China won the bid seven years ago. The 2008 Games represent more than just a sporting event. The Games will provide a significant boost to business and consumer...

Asia-Pacific Economic Report – March 2008 Update

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Emerging Threats to MNCs

  IBM’s sale of its PC division to Chinese maker Lenovo in late 2004 was a wake-up call to global brands about the threat from low-cost competitors from emerging markets. In the last decade, many low-cost businesses with global ambitions have e...

Bipolar Marketing - The highs and lows of marketing to an unequal Asia

  While economic growth has brought millions of Asians into the consumer marketplace, fuelling talk of “base of pyramid” marketing, rising inflation is creating price-sensitivity at the mid-end of the marketing spectrum. At the high end, Asia’s wealt...

Spire establishes Australia office

  Spire Research and Consulting expands its presence in Oceania with a new office in Sydney, Australia Spire Research and Consulting has appointed Peter Kelly as a Business Development Director to head up its newly established full-service...

The world’s cheapest car by India’s very own Tata

  In this year-end edition of the Spire E-Journal, Spire’s Group Managing Director, Leon Perera, shares his views on trends that will impact the business and marketing landscape in 2011 and beyond. The Tata Group unveiled their revolutionary N...
Halal cosmetics – The appeal of an ethical lifestyle

Halal cosmetics – The appeal of an ethical lifestyle

Eco-friendly, organic and vegan are now common themes in the cosmetics industry – but Halal products are the latest trend . Halal cosmetics sales are estimated at over USD 50 billion globally and forecasted to grow at 14.6 per cent a year from 2...
The race to invest in Vietnam - How FDI is changing Vietnam’s economy and society

The race to invest in Vietnam - How FDI is changing Vietnam’s economy and society

Vietnam’s economy has been among the fastest growing in Southeast Asia. Today, it is a key destination for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the region. In 2016, FDI climbed to USD24.4 billion, a 9 per cent growth compared to 2015. This is despite V...

Recent Research Survey-The paperwork never ends

  Paper consumption growth in Indonesia is one of the highest in the region, with each employee using an average of 300 sheets of paper a month. Corporate use of paper in the country is rising among 40% of companies surveyed, despite paper-saving...

Asia-Pacific Economic Report – June 2008 Update

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Food for Thought

  The surge in food prices over the past year has been as historically unprecedented as it has been sudden. Millions of poor people around the world are struggling to cope, prompting urgent appeals from charities and multi-lateral bodies like the...

Oil at Boiling Point

  With oil prices hitting an all-time high of more than USD 135 a barrel from merely USD 54 in early 2007, businesses are facing tremendous pressures to pass higher costs onto customers while minimizing loss of volumes and market share. The extent...

Recent Research Survey-Half the companies in Malaysia reduce electricity and paper wastage

  Survey findings from Spire Research & Consulting show that two-thirds of the companies in Malaysia are involved in environmental conservation activities, slightly lower than the regional average of three quarters. Of those with internal policies,...

International Year of The Potato 2008

  The United Nations (UN) has declared 2008 to be the International Year of The Potato (IYP) to recognize the humble spud’s contribution to the global food system as the world’s number one non-grain food commodity and fourth most important foo...

ASEAN: Asia’s under-hyped region

  In the early 1990s Southeast Asia was a more attractive market for international firms than either China or India. But over the past two decades, China and India have closed the gap or surpassed ASEAN on most economic and business indicators....

Asia-Pacific Economic Report – Sep 2008 Update

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Freeing up trade in Asia

  The financial crisis of 1997 demonstrated the interconnectedness of Asian financial flows. Against the backdrop of the breakdown of the Doha talks and a slowdown in the US, EU and Japan, emerging Asian countries are acting quickly to forge regional...

The Battle in Seattle

  In the annals of trade history, the events in Seattle in November 1999 hold a special place. “The Battle in Seattle”, as these events have come to be called, reminded governments and companies world-wide of the hugely important political dim...

Vietnam Logistics in Motion

  - US GDP growth will likely be zero-tonegative in Q208-Q308 - But China, India & Russia made up almost half of global GDP growth in 2007 and will help cushion the slowdown. - China FDI will probably exceed US$70b for 2008...

Asia-Pacific Economic Report – Dec 2008 Update

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Recent research survey-80% of companies in Singapore claim to be Green

  Survey findings from Spire Research & Consulting show that 80% of companies in Singapore claim they are engaged in environmental conservation activities, higher than the regional average of 67%. Most Green activities were motivated by cost...

The Obama Administration — Bringing change to business & what it means for Asia

  Barack Obama’s campaign used the theme of “Change” to win the Presidency. While most analysts say he is unlikely to change US policy towards Asia dramatically, some Asian companies are uneasy over Obama’s trade stance, which they say spells ...

Asia-Pacific Outlook 2009

  Spire E-Journal (SEJ): The world is in the grip of what has been termed the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Blue-chip names in the financial services industry have fallen, such as Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch, or...

Indonesia’s love affair with Obama

Indonesia is reveling in its special relationship with newly-appointed US president Barack Obama. Even before the results of the election were announced on November 5 this year, fans in Jakarta had already prepared a celebration in anticipation of an...

Asia-Pacific Economic Report – March 2009 Update

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Thriving in the eye of the storm - Gearing up in a downturn

  The financial meltdown of late 2008 has morphed into a full-blown global economic downturn – causing business failures, layoffs and, consequently, shrinking demand. As governments worldwide battle the crisis, businesses are bracing themselves f...

Bargain Hunting - Good prices for bad times

  Amidst the economic gloom, both consumers and businesses are reviving the ancient art of haggling to get what they want at the price they can afford. Businesses are jumping on the bandwagon to quietly offer better prices and freebies to customers...

A Green “New Deal” for Asia?

  Amidst the economic gloom, governments world-wide are pursing fiscal stimulus measures, recalling President Roosevelt’s “New Deal” fiscal programs which helped America recover from the Great Depression of the 1930s. One of the main avenues for t...

Are Asian Governments playing Cupid?

While rapid economic growth has brought untold benefits to Asian economies, it has also brought one unintended side-effect – declining fertility rates. As income levels rise, a general rule is that more affluent families choose to have fewer or no children, w...

Fiscal Stimulus means Business

  The world’s governments have responded to the current crisis by dramatically increasing spending so as to stimulate their economies. Massive fiscal stimulus packages have been announced for infrastructure, education, healthcare and other sectors. A...

Spire appointed to generate official report for JETRO-APEC seminar to be held in Singapore on 27 July 2009

   Spire will be generating the official report containing key conclusions and highlights of proceedings for a seminar being held in conjunction with the APEC Senior Officials Meeting 2 in Singapore. The seminar, entitled “Capacity Building fo...

Spire Research and Consulting appointed as Research Partner for EIA’s Exclusive APAC CEO and MD’s Summit

  Amidst the most challenging economic climate in half a century, CEOs of APAC organizations will be meeting in Singapore to brainstorm on solutions to the challenges they face. Spire has been appointed as Research Partner for this path-breaking...

Asia-Pacific Economic Report – Oct 2009 Update

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Chicks in the Nest

  “Homebodies” drive online shopping Amidst the recession of late 2008, pundits in Japan began using the term sugomori (“chicks in the nest”) to describe consumers who stay at home to keep outside expenses to a minimum. In stark contrast to the ...

China's One-Child Policy in the 21st century

  Mao Zedong proclaimed in 1949. “Of all things in the world, people are the most precious.” But, amidst explosive population growth and a weak economy, the so-called “one-child policy” was introduced in 1979. However the policy never really restric...

Good news from India and South Korea

  The Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between two of Asia’s top five economies, signed in August 2009, is bound to have a significant impact on regional business. For a start it may open up the Korean market to Made in India p...

Green cars on the rise in Asia

  Just as the early 20th century saw the rise of vehicles running on internal combustion engines, the 21st century will undoubtedly be the era of the eco-car. By the year 2014, it is forecast that 60% of garages in the United States will house...

Indonesia: Asia’s mobile internet success story

  Mobile internet is a product most closely associated with Japan and South Korea. But one of the biggest success stories for the category in recent years has been Indonesia. Thanks to the world’s fourth largest population base and booming consumer s...

Spire E-Newsletter Q4 2009

  In Partnership with The American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (AmCham), Spire Research and Consulting volunteers spent their afternoon with 130 elderly residents at the Thye Hua Kwan Moral Welfare Home to celebrate the mid-autumn festival...

Emerging Markets in 2010

  In this edition of the Spire E-Journal, Spire’s Group Managing Director, Leon Perera, shares his views on trends that will impact the business and marketing landscape in 2010 and beyond – with a focus on the Asia-Pacific as well as other glo...

Africa: the emerging world’s final frontier?

  With key economies in Africa averaging 5% to 6% economic growth, the continent is starting to grab the attention of international firms seeking new markets to compensate for lack-luster growth in the OECD. While the global recession affected...

Asia-Pacific Economic Bulletin Q2 2010

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Scoring Goals Through Sports Marketing

  Sports marketing has long been a part of mainstream marketing activity in the OECD. Sports marketing is now coming into its own in emerging countries. The influence of sports and athletes, traditionally high in some countries like India and Australia,...

Side Click: National happiness level

  The investigation of public happiness is a growth industry. There is a growing chorus of opinion among experts calling for happiness and well-being measures to be used alongside more conventional economic indicators such as GDP per capita...

Spire E-Newsletter Q2 2010

  Spire Research and Consulting celebrated its 10th anniversary in April. A cocktail reception was held at the Esplanade rooftop bar, Orgo, to commemorate the milestone. Moving away from the conventional speech giving, lucky draws and sit-down...

The Re-emergence of Snail Mail

  Most readers of the Spire E-Journal would receive Direct Marketing messages via at least five distinct platforms – phone calls, email, short messages via mobile phone, street intercepts and physically mailed items, playfully dubbed “Snail Mai...

Brave New World: The Changing Landscape of Education and Technology

  In the era of Facebook and Youtube, not only are people doing business differently and interacting differently. People are learning differently. The rise of technology in education is driven by new modes of education. The rise of e-learning centers,...

Gaming in the Asia-Pacific: What’s at stake

  The recent opening of Singapore’s two casinos has raised the stakes in Asia’s lucrative gaming market. Macau has already surpassed Las Vegas in gaming revenues. However controversy continues to dog the industry, as seen in voters rejecting a c...

Asia-Pacific Economic Report – Q3 2010 Update

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Can Social Enterprises thrive in a Market Economy?

  A decade ago, the term Social Enterprise was virtually unknown. Today, in a world where being Green and ethical is becoming downright fashionable, social enterprises are attracting immense interest. Spire examines the rise of social enterprises,...

Does the iPhone change everything?

  The incredible hype surrounding the launch of successive versions of the iPhone has inspired not only counter-campaigns from vendors like Blackberry and Nokia. It has also drawn attention to the usage of mobile phones as lifestyle enhancement...

Side Click: World Cup 2010: Beyond winning and losing

  Since the Brazilian Finance Minister Guido Mantega used the term “currency war”, the world has been spooked by the prospect of a vicious cycle of competitive devaluations among the countries of the Group of 20 (G20)1. Of particular concern is ...

Spire E-Newsletter Q3 2010

  Spire’s ASEAN Managing Director Jeffrey Bahar addressed the 2nd Vietnam Retail - Logistics - Distribution Summit in Ho Chi Minh City on 30 June 2010. He painted a picture of rapid growth and evolution towards modern retail concepts in 2011-2013 i...

Surfing for “Silverware” : How Seniors are increasingly shopping and networking Online

It is well-known that senior citizens and retired people are a segment with clear market potential. In emerging markets, the internet is attracting silver consumers in greater numbers, enabling them to network with one another and to shop for goods...

The Next Frontier in Asia: How Asia’s second-tier cities are the world’s new marketing arena

  Asia’s first-tier cities are rapidly taking on some of the attributes of developed markets. The classic emerging market growth curve is now more evident in lower–tier cities, where growth potential in almost every product category is now far...

Weathering the storm: Thailand’s economy after the clashes in Bangkok

  The old adage that with rising affluence comes rising politicization has never been more true than in today’s emerging economies. As incomes and urbanization have grown, citizens have become more active in expressing their political views, b...

Asia-Pacific Economic Report – Q4 2010 Update

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Cities – the Economic Actors of the future

  2008 marked the first year when the world’s urban population outnumbered its rural population1. Emerging countries are seeing explosive growth in cities, which are propelling the growth of market potential and productivity, which translates i...

Side Click: What Companies are doing (and not doing) on Facebook

  Most major companies have created a presence on leading socal media sites and linked that presence to their core marketing programs. However, on the flip side, eighty-six percent of business owners have not used social networking sites to...

Spire E-Newsletter Q4 2010

  Spire Indonesia has been awarded PT Telkom’s Supplier Award 2010 in the best consultant category. The award was given to Spire’s Managing Director for ASEAN, Jeffrey Bahar, during its annual appreciation event on 9 November 2010, which PT ...

The End of the Plastic Bag?

  While plastic bag use is being rolled back in much of the OECD, they remain pervasive in most emerging countries. But many have started to phase out this sea of disposable plastic, with China and India having banned some types of plastic bags...

The Global Currency Wars

  Since the Brazilian Finance Minister Guido Mantega used the term “currency war”, the world has been spooked by the prospect of a vicious cycle of competitive devaluations among the countries of the Group of 20 (G20)1. Of particular concern is ...

Emerging World Outlook 2011

  In this year-end edition of the Spire E-Journal, Spire’s Group Managing Director, Leon Perera, shares his views on trends that will impact the business and marketing landscape in 2011 and beyond. Spire E-Journal (SEJ): When we look at the w...

Generation Y and Z: Is marketing to the young all about technology?

  More than half of the world’s population today was born at the height of the digital technology boom – making technology not a want but a need. However the world’s younger generations – Y, Z and the emerging Alpha Generation – tend to embrac...

Spire E-Newsletter Q1 2011

  On 12th December 2010, Spire joined the Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (HOME’s) 6th Anniversary Gala Dinner at CHIJMES, to raise funds of $10,000 for the welfare of migrant domestic workers in Singapore. Spire sponsored a...

Black Swan Events: What does 2011 hold?

  To the casual observer, the world nowadays is seeing freakish events happening in freakish proportions – from destructive weather phenomena to political revolutions to dramatic terrorist attacks. In truth, history is littered with events of a...

China’s Construction Industry: A Global Game-Changer?

  From a meager one percent share in the world construction market in 1990 to almost 15 percent share in 2010, China has emerged as the biggest player in the global construction sector in recent years. Armed with the latest technology and some...

Innovation – Lifeline of the Market Research Industry

  The traditional market research industry has come to be seen in many quarters as being primarily useful for risk mitigation – confirming and tweaking big decisions and making tactical, small decisions. Its role in helping companies to innovate i...

Marketing to Customers with Disabilities

  The “special needs” community refers to individuals who require assistance for their disabilities. This may refer to disabilities that are physical, cognitive, sensory, emotional or developmental. Special needs consumers are a significant seg...

Side Click: Is there a backlash against Social Media?

  Facebook, Twitter, YouTube…we have seen and probably used them all. While social media has become commonplace, the freedom it provides for the expression of views and thoughts, and lurking concerns about privacy, may be provoking something o...

What’s New in E-commerce

  In the early stages of online shopping in the 1990s, online shoppers were primarily young men with a high level of income and a university education. Within a few years, all that changed drastically. 92% of UK female Internet users now buy...

Spire E-Newsletter Q2 2011

  In March 2011, Spire Indonesia visited an orphanage for children with autism. In commemoration of Autism Day, the orphanage held a talk show on the issue of sex education for children with autism. Twenty Spire team members participated...

Cloud Computing: Revolution or Buzzword?

  Global organizations started adopting Cloud Computing as a tool to reduce costs, enhance scalability and improve business process efficiency. Many multinationals, including Starbucks and Citigroup, are already using it to analyze data, provide...

Disasters in Asian Marketing

  Just as a great marketing campaign can make a brand, a marketing disaster can break it. The recent ban of a McDonald’s television advertisement in the Philippines and the controversy around the Facebook “love story” ad in Singapore has posed...

Japan’s Triple Disaster: All is Not Lost

  The March 11, 2011 earthquake was the biggest to hit Japan since the late 1800s, triggering a 30 foot tsunami wave and a nuclear crisis. The death toll was estimated at 20,000 and the immediate economic loss exceeded USD 300 billion. The long...

Mexico: Giving China and India a run for their money?

  Mexico, viewed in the 1980s as an economic failure, is now emerging as a global economic power. Among global emerging markets, Mexico has been one of the largest FDI recipients, while its exports are increasingly high-tech. It may soon have the...

Side Click: Mobile Advertising – Worth Betting On?

  Virtually every passing year has seen new technologies being tested in the advertising industry. In recent years, the concept of mobile marketing has come to the fore. Its growth has been driven by the perception of superior return on marketing...

What's Next in Multi-level Marketing

  In line with global economic trends, Multi-level Marketing (MLM) companies have shifted their focus from the West towards Asia and Emerging Markets. Asia’s MLM market is estimated to be the world’s largest. With Green and “healthy-lifestyle” product...

Spire E-Newsletter Q3 2011

Spire E-newsletter Reader's Ratings: Business Times – Views from the Top  12 September 2011 Spire’s Chief Executive Officer, Leon Perera, commented on the impact of the 9/11 attacks. Leon Perera, Chief Executive Officer  “The September 11 atta...

Market Research: Adapting to Emerging Countries

Customer behavior in emerging economies poses a challenge to the established paradigms of market research – which is, after all, a discipline which originated in the West. Should the same traditional research models be applied world-wide because h...

Medical Tourism in Emerging Markets

Medical tourism as an industry has come into its own. With escalating healthcare costs and long waiting times from strained public health systems in many countries, the Asian value proposition of high quality, safe, fast and cheap healthcare is irresistible....

Private Education in Asia

Now Viewing   Mobile money for the poor Now Viewing   Russia: A sustainable sucess story? Now Viewing   Japan's triple disaster: All is not lost   Growing demand for internationally branded education is dra...

Russia: A sustainable success story?

Russia is sometimes seen as the weakest member of the BRIIC grouping of emerging market powers, with many pointing to its shrinking population as a sign of future decline. However, the Russian economy has been buoyed by high energy prices in the past...

Side Click: Mommy Bloggers

Side Click: Mommy Bloggers  Parenting in the 21st century is replete with challenges. Parents in today’s fast growing economies struggle to find the best approaches to parenting, the best products and services for their children and the best commercial de...

The West’s fiscal debt crisis

The European Union remains mired in crisis, lurching from one near-meltdown of confidence to the next. Across the Atlantic, Standard & Poor’s downgraded the quality of US sovereign debt in the wake of political gridlock in Washington. Will this b...

Emerging world outlook 2012

Emerging world outlook 2012 Leon Perera

Healthy Foods

It is well-known that the desire for a healthy lifestyle tends to rise with disposable incomes, and that it affects purchasing decisions. A rising tendency to consider health implications is a well-established fact among the emerging more affluent market...

India's unfinished retail revolution

India has transformed its approach towards foreign direct investment (FDI), from the overwhelming hostility following the end of colonial rule in 19

Mobile money for the poor

Billions of people worldwide still lack bank accounts, let alone credit cards. Increasingly, they are able to visit websites but are unable to buy from them. However, new developments in mobile-commerce are creating the means for the world’s poorest c...

Myanmar: A new beginning?

Myanmar has been largely excluded from the global economy since a military coup thwarted an elected government from taking office in 1989. However, in recent weeks, the country has seen dramatic changes, from the political Opposition’s decision to c...

Side click: QR codes - Are they here to stay?

Are QR codes merely a passing fad? With more smartphone users and increasing efforts targeted at mobile marketing, the Quick Response code (also commonly known as QR code) is becoming a common offline marketing tool for many organizations....

Brazil – Will sports lift business

Playing host to the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 summer Olympics will place Brazil firmly in the global limelight. Hosting the world’s two most prestigious international sporting events comes at a time when Brazil is drawing global admiration f...

Durban: The Next Phase for Climate Change

In the early hours of 11 December 2011, 194 countries agreed to a new climate change deal in Durban, South Africa. The ‘Durban Platform’ builds on previous partial deals over the past two decades. It commits both developed and developing countries to ...

Second brands and brand extensions

With the Asia-Pacific poised to dominate the global consumer landscape in the 21st century, the idea of second brands, “Asianized” brands and brand extensions tailored to the region is being taken more seriously. This is not a new phenomenon – think...

Side Click: Nurturing your brand advocates

Why is there an increasing importance on nurturing brand advocates? In an age where traditional mass-marketing models are being challenged by social media, organizations are starting to realize the huge importance of cultivating a strong pool...

Spire E-Newsletter Q1 2012

6-10 February 2012 The annual Corporate Affairs (CA) retreat Spire held its annual Corporate Affairs (CA) retreat in Singapore from 6 to 10 February. It was, by far, the best represented session that we had, attended by CA team members...

Entertainment marketing - Tapping on the thirst for entertainment in emerging markets

The entertainment market is poised to explode in Asia and emerging economies globally. Categories like concerts, gaming and sporting events will gain more viewership and sponsorship dollars. But brand owners will need to engage with entertainment...

Side Click: Is microblogging a blessing or a curse?

Microblogging is well-established globally as a way of keeping in touch with others about events occurring in their lives in real-time. Popular microblogging sites include Twitter in the U.S., Tencent QQ in China and Me2day in South Korea. Twitter...

Social gifting: The new buzz in internet shopping

Social networks have integrated the world into one big family. With so many forms of personal interaction happening online, it was inevitable that gift-giving would go the same way. It now has. As with internet coupons, the social gifting phenomenon...

Spire E-Newsletter Q2 2012

16 – 18 May 2012 Spire joins Trade Winds Asia as Marketing Partner The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Service organized Trade Winds Asia, a mission of American companies to several Asian companies. Spire joined the mission as ...

Vietnam: Asia’s investment and market hotspot

Investors were rattled by Vietnam’s volatile currency and inflation risks in 2009. But against a backdrop of global economic uncertainty, rising costs in China and the fall-out from the Bangkok floods in 2011, investors are taking a fresh look at V...
Are you invested in China’s sunrise industries?

Are you invested in China’s sunrise industries?

China’s GDP, in terms of purchasing power parity (PPP), has increased from USD350 billion in 1980 to nearly USD8 trillion today. Millions of new consumers have been lifted out of poverty and up into the growing middle class. Mindful of the “middle inc...
The computer tablet industry: Overflowing with opportunities

The computer tablet industry: Overflowing with opportunities

The tablet industry is changing the face of internet access world-wide. Over 40 different tablets are on offer, but the category is expected to grow even more. This will be driven mainly by demand in populous emerging markets. What will the growing...
Why localization doesn't always work

Why localization doesn't always work

Outbound tourism from emerging countries is surging. So is a thirst for international forms of entertainment, from American movies and K-pop to Brazilian soap operas. The aspirational middle-class has cultivated an appetite for the cosmopolitan. This...
Side Click: The problem with passwords

Side Click: The problem with passwords

The hacker attack on LinkedIn has highlighted a burning issue which marketers should respond to when designing online platforms, such as loyalty accounts – the need to balance security against the danger of password fatigue. Professional s...
Gamification: Using gaming to popularize brands

Gamification: Using gaming to popularize brands

Console, PC and internet games are a lucrative industry, with global revenues exceeding that of the movie industry. Can marketers leverage technology to develop gaming applications to engage consumers while promoting their brands and products? Recent...
Indonesia: The Next Big Thing in the global technology market

Indonesia: The Next Big Thing in the global technology market

With an economic growth of 6% a year and a high consumption share of GDP, Indonesia has been one of the emerging world’s top economic performers since the financial crisis of 2008. As its politics becomes increasingly stable and progressive, and w...
Men’s grooming industry: Time for emerging markets to steal the show

Men’s grooming industry: Time for emerging markets to steal the show

The male grooming habit is rooted in changing norms of masculinity. Metrosexual – a term derived from metropolitan and heterosexual – refers to an urban man who pays attention to his grooming and appearance. This article explores why the male gro...
Side Click: Marketing to women – How to make women-centric marketing campaigns successful

Side Click: Marketing to women – How to make women-centric marketing campaigns successful

Women are gaining ever-increasing control over household purchases. But the old notion of having a separate brand to reach out to women is passé. What strategies work in reaching out to female customers? With increasing affluence, women ...

Spire E-Newsletter Q4 2011

Leon Perera, Chief Executive Officer of Spire, was invited to discuss the prospects for Singapore’s economy in 2011 and the coming year 21 November 2011 Channel NewsAsia – AM Live Leon Perera commented that the manufacturing sector is the...

Spire E-Newsletter Q4 2012

1 October 2012Spire lends its expertise to the Vietnam Supply Chain Congress 2012  “Vietnam Supply Chain Congress 2012” was a platform for supply chain industry marketers and retailers to network, share insights and discuss best prac...
Cambodia – An emerging business opportunity

Cambodia – An emerging business opportunity

Cambodia has changed radically from a centrally planned economy to a market economy over the past ten years. Moving away from the earlier one-party state, it now has a democratic system of governance and sustainable peace after decades of civil war....
CSR Communication - Is social media an enabler of CSR?

CSR Communication - Is social media an enabler of CSR?

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a key ingredient of business in the 21st century, bringing vital benefits to brand building, employee retention and government relations. Organizations are starting to integrate CSR with social media to propel...
Pop-up stores: Taking the retail world by storm

Pop-up stores: Taking the retail world by storm

Amidst global economic uncertainty and consumers’ insatiable appetite for novelty, the retail industry has seen multiple retail trends come and go. One of the most noteworthy has been pop-up retail stores. Are they set to take emerging markets by s...
Side Click: Chinese consumers – The sunrise market for global luxury brands

Side Click: Chinese consumers – The sunrise market for global luxury brands

With Chinese consumers becoming an important driver for business growth in the luxury goods industry globally, how should global brand owners react? What is the future outlook for a China-fuelled global luxury market?  Chinese consumers are ...

Spire E-Newsletter Q1 2013

4 December 2012Spire joins ASEAN Bank Forum 2012 as keynote speaker Held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, the ASEAN Bank Forum 2012 aimed to provide market insights on how retail banks can engage and retain customers. The forum is an annual...
Food Safety – Can marketing concepts help food manufacturers regain consumer trust?

Food Safety – Can marketing concepts help food manufacturers regain consumer trust?

The recent horsemeat scandal in Europe has exposed the ugly side of the food supply chain and highlighted the dangers of cheap processed food. China has been rocked by a series of food and water safety scandals. How can the food industry win back...
Mobile Advertising: Will mobile advertisements leave online advertising in the dust?

Mobile Advertising: Will mobile advertisements leave online advertising in the dust?

Mobile advertising, the only medium that offers real-time ad content based on location, is poised to take the advertising world by storm. Marketers are now spending more advertising dollars on interactive mobile advertisements than on traditional...
Side Click: Family-friendly business models

Side Click: Family-friendly business models

Family-friendly business models are all the rage. Helping employees to balance work and family responsibilities are known to improve employee relations and enhance productivity. What does the future hold for family-friendly business models in Asia?...

Spire E-Newsletter Q2 2013

22 May 2013 Spire Client Entertainment Night May 2013 Spire Singapore hosted the Client Entertainment Night once again, where our clients and business partners joined us for a dinner reception followed by the movie screening of...
The Silver Dragon - How to succeed in China's Silver market

The Silver Dragon - How to succeed in China's Silver market

As their populations aged, Japan and Korea nurtured globally competitive “Silver industries” and technologies, from mobile phones to telemedicine. What may be the greatest market opportunity yet for these industries now beckons – China, the most ...
Ethnography – Using anthropology to help brands

Ethnography – Using anthropology to help brands

Ethnography has emerged as a market research technique used by businesses across the globe to identify customers’ unmet needs. Ethnography’s roots lie in anthropology – the immersive and observational study of human behavior and human societies. In th...
Kazakhstan: A hidden gem in Central Asia

Kazakhstan: A hidden gem in Central Asia

In medieval times, central Asia lay at the heart of Asia’s economy. Its states grew rich from being at the intersection of trade routes connecting China, India, the Middle East and Europe. The rise of sea trade in the 20th century robbed it of this s...
Side Click: Is vintage the new trend?

Side Click: Is vintage the new trend?

Why are we seeing more polka-dot dresses, retro furniture and movies dating back to the 1960s? The answer is the latest consumer phenomenon: the vintage trend. Nostalgic themes seem to be taking the worlds of fashion-wear, interior design and media...

Spire E-Newsletter Q3 2013

4 September 2013 (Hindustan Times) 4 September 2013 (The Hindu) 4 September 2013 (Times of India) Have you thanked your teacher yet? Spire Research and Consulting partnered with global education service provider Pearson to conduct...

The rise of agri-tourism in the Philippines

The Philippines is a growing tourist hotspot, with world-class beach, diving and shopping destinations. The country is now exploring another fast growing segment – agri-tourism – and has recently joined the ranks of the world’s top eight agri-tourism desti...
Africa’s middle-class powers ahead

Africa’s middle-class powers ahead

A continent once shunned as an economic basket-case is now back with a vengeance. Africa is well-established as the last emerging market frontier on the world map. Marketers are now speaking of Africa’s rising middle-class in the same way that they s...
ASEAN Economic Community 2015: A real opportunity that should not be over-hyped

ASEAN Economic Community 2015: A real opportunity that should not be over-hyped

In 2003, leaders from the ASEAN bloc of nations agreed to establish an ASEAN Community by 2020, comprising three pillars, namely the ASEAN Political-Security Community, the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community, and the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). Subsequently,...

Side Click: Are eco-friendly products worth the money?

With consumers becoming increasingly aware of Green issues, eco-friendly products are flooding the market. But are all of these products as Green as they are touted to be? And will consumer skepticism throw up road-blocks to the consumer Green revolution...
Social media marketing strategies – Time for a reboot?

Social media marketing strategies – Time for a reboot?

In the past decade, the marketing landscape has been drastically transformed by consumers’ burgeoning engagement with social media. But the writing is on the wall – there are signs of consumer fatigue with the torrent of social media marketing ini...

Spire E-Newsletter Q4 2013

2 October 2013 Asia has long been an established hub for business outsourcing and re-location of manufacturing operations. To factors like low labor costs, abundant access to skills and fast-growing domestic markets, one more advantage...
Do your customers truly remember your brand?

Do your customers truly remember your brand?

No marketer wants their brand message to be out of sight and out of mind. But with multiple media platforms and so many upstart brands crowding alongside old, established ones, what elements work best to ensure successful brand recall? And how important...
Side Click: Are you under the surveillance camera?

Side Click: Are you under the surveillance camera?

Identifying VIPs with strong purchasing power is crucial to retail success. More often than not, retail staff fail to do this in time. Facial recognition technology can help prevent this. But does it put our privacy at risk? With high-spending...

Spire E-Newsletter Q1 2014

19 December 2013 Spire wins for the third time at the Telkom Supplier Award 2013 Telkom Indonesia – one of the biggest names in Asia’s telecommunications industry – held its annual Telkom Supplier Award in December 2013 to recog...
The Indonesian Elections – Will it change the business landscape?

The Indonesian Elections – Will it change the business landscape?

Since 1998, Indonesia has become one of the most dynamic and successful democracies in Southeast Asia today. Though it has navigated the global financial crises of the past five years relatively unscathed, infrastructure bottlenecks and regulatory...
Wearable technology – Tomorrow’s dress code?

Wearable technology – Tomorrow’s dress code?

Wearable technology may be quietly engineering a revolution in our lives. The full commercialization of wearable technology may liberate people from being tied to the home or office, increasing the importance of public spaces. And the merging of electronics...

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3D Printing - Asia’s untapped potential

3D Printing - Asia’s untapped potential

In what some have dubbed the Third Industrial Revolution, 3D printing is now allowing consumers to be masters of their own manufactured durable goods. But Asian countries will need to work a lot harder to avoid becoming laggards in this transformative...
Healthcare Information Technology: Big data in the hands of doctors

Healthcare Information Technology: Big data in the hands of doctors

The movement to digitize healthcare information promises to deliver massive gains in efficiency, effectiveness and patient access to personal data. The next steps in this revolution involve making health data accessible via mobile devices and applying...
Side Click: Selling to the subconscious mind

Side Click: Selling to the subconscious mind

The mind has been compared to an iceberg. Many decisions are made in its unconscious recesses, beyond the reach of reason and consciousness. Will neuroscience help marketers and businesses connect with the subconscious mind of their audience? Should...

Spire E-newsletter Q2 2014

6 May 2014 Indonesia is the world's third largest aquaculture producer. What business prospects lie in Indonesia's aqua farming industry? Spire Research and Consulting was honored to be a sponsor and speaker at the Indonesia Norway B...
The Arctic – Emerging opportunities beneath the ice

The Arctic – Emerging opportunities beneath the ice

With global warming gradually melting away polar ice caps, new opportunities are slowly, but surprisingly, emerging for trade, tourism and natural resource extraction in the Arctic Circle. But is developing such opportunities at odds with environmental...
India’s new CSR law – Will mandating corporate charity work?

India’s new CSR law – Will mandating corporate charity work?

With the implementation of the Companies Act 2013 earlier this year, the Indian government has made history by requiring eligible Indian businesses to “turn CSR from voluntary activities to mandated responsibilities”. Will this succeed in boosting the...
IT Security – The changing face of risks and opportunities

IT Security – The changing face of risks and opportunities

As dependence on big data and analytics grows, so does the risk of IT security breaches. The imperative for companies and governments to protect their IT systems has never been stronger. IT security today is a USD60 billion industry with the U.S....
Nigeria – West Africa’s rising investment hub

Nigeria – West Africa’s rising investment hub

Nigeria’s economy was worth over USD400 billion in 2013 – ahead of South Africa’s GDP of USD355 billion . Nigeria is becoming Africa’s largest oil exporter. But amidst the opportunities, challenges remain – chiefly political instability, theft of ...
Side Click: Tapping into real-time reactions from consumers

Side Click: Tapping into real-time reactions from consumers

Consumers today are spoilt for choice. To win them over, brands need to deliver real-time customized experiences. New technologies and techniques are allowing them to do just that. Consumers today are extremely brand savvy. With access to various...

Spire E-newsletter Q3 2014

27 September 2014 Spire Singapore collaborated with the Singapore Children’s Society for the fourth consecutive year, in support of AmCham Singapore’s Corporate Community Day (CCD) 2014. This is the seventh year in which Spire has...

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Destination Asia-Pacific - The 21st century's tourism hub

Destination Asia-Pacific - The 21st century's tourism hub

Right now, five out of the world’s top 10 travel destinations are cities in the Asia Pacific. But it is widely acknowledged that the region punches well below its weight in tourism, which is why there is plenty of room for growth. How will Asia’s tou...
India: Are Indian consumers living the 'luxe' life?

India: Are Indian consumers living the 'luxe' life?

What do you do if you are an Indian who fancies a Gucci bag or eyes those red Jimmy Choo shoes? A trip abroad is not necessary when all these luxury brands are now accessible in India. Now that luxury spending in China and Japan is slowing down, big...
Robots : Changing industries, expanding possibilities

Robots : Changing industries, expanding possibilities

Robots are now prevalent across many industries, not only heavy manufacturing. Today’s robots are more precise and can be controlled remotely, which is why there is a preference for them over error-prone humans in some parts of the services industry. W...
Side Click: When rebranding takes a U-turn

Side Click: When rebranding takes a U-turn

Successful rebranding involves restoring a brand’s overall goal, message and culture – not just a logo or name change. It means connecting with consumers. But do all rebranding exercises bring the desired results? Or can they go horribly wrong? ...

Spire E-newsletter Q4 2014

20 November 2014 Telkom Indonesia – one of the largest telecommunications services company in Indonesia – hosted its annual Telkom Supplier Award on 20th November 2014 at Bandung, Indonesia. The award ceremony gathered Telkom’s subsi...
Augmented Reality – Bridging the gap between the real and virtual consumer experience

Augmented Reality – Bridging the gap between the real and virtual consumer experience

Video games and movies have long been entertaining us with ever-more sophisticated and realistic computer-generated special effects. The latest trend in computer-generated experiences is Augmented Reality (AR), which is pulling graphics out of computer...
Side Click: Recognizing the taste of carbohydrates

Side Click: Recognizing the taste of carbohydrates

The tongue is capable of discerning the taste of carbohydrates. Diet foods – containing artificial sweeteners but few carbs – are thus unsatisfying to many consumers. How can food manufacturers cash in on the ‘carbohydrate taste’? Simpl...

Spire E-Newsletter Q1 2015

28 February – 8 March 2015 Spire was honored to be appointed as the Official Research Partner of the BMW Malaysian Open for the fourth consecutive year. The 2015 BMW Malaysian Open – the sixth edition of the Malaysian Open – was h...
The Global Halal Food Market - Riding a wave of growth

The Global Halal Food Market - Riding a wave of growth

Among global food product categories, Halal food is one of the few that is in the fast-growth stage. The global Halal food market is currently worth nearly USD700 billion – with 65 per cent of the demand coming from Asia. Opportunities abound – but...
China: The quest for clean air

China: The quest for clean air

Global air pollution costs add up to more than USD160 billion in lost productivity every year, China is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases and the cost to China of carbon emissions is estimated at USD7.6 billion. As China implements c...
Germany: The Eurozone’s economic powerhouse

Germany: The Eurozone’s economic powerhouse

Germany is the fourth largest global economy today. Its exports amounted to EUR107 billion in March 2015 – an all-time high since the 1950’s. Despite being the only European nation with a strong manufacturing base and rising employment rate, will Ger...

Spire E-Newsletter Q3 2015

30 July – 1 August 2015 Spire Korea attended the 40th World Franchise Expo 2015, held in Seoul, Korea from 30 July to 1 August 2015. Our participation was in support our client – Chili’s Grill and Bar – as they seek partners in Kore...
Indoor Agriculture: Feeding the future

Indoor Agriculture: Feeding the future

With rapid urbanization and a rising global population – expected to hit 8.5 billion by 2030 – it is crucial to find innovative agricultural methods to sustain food supply. Touted as the future of food and agriculture, can indoor farming change the...

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Pokémon Go - A game changer for marketers?

Pokémon Go - A game changer for marketers?

Have you caught your Pokémon yet? Pokémon Go – the mobile application-based game – is immensely popular. The game uniquely uses Augmented Reality technology. It has succeeded in growing its user base beyond just fans of the Pokémon comic. With the ab...
Education: Will the internet transform the way we learn?

Education: Will the internet transform the way we learn?

With the global e-learning market expected to reach revenues of USD107 billion by 2015, education over the internet has become easily accessible. Demand for e-learning is growing rapidly, as a function of changes in the skills mix needed for cutting...
Nepal earthquake: Can a shattered economy be rebuilt?

Nepal earthquake: Can a shattered economy be rebuilt?

On the morning of 24 April, 2015 a powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.8 on the Richter scale rocked Nepal. With 8 million people affected and more than 4,000 feared dead, the estimated cost of reconstruction is more than USD5 billion. The scale of...

Spire E-Newsletter Q2 2015

27 May 2015 Indonesia has emerged as an attractive healthcare market. The industry has surged by 300% since 2005, with national healthcare expenditure reaching USD26 billion in 2014. Recognizing the investment potential, the South...
Turkey: A rising economic power

Turkey: A rising economic power

The Middle East is sometimes viewed as an economic failure story. But at the Western fringe of that region, a new global economic powerhouse is rising – Turkey, the transcontinental country positioned strategically between Asia and Europe. With a...

Asia-Pacific Economic Report – June 2009 Update

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