The rise in internet connectivity is influencing how Filipino consumers in urban areas shop. Close to 80% of Filipino urban dwellers are now online, and more than 90% of them have bought two to three categories at an average in the past 6 months.
In today’s retail environment in the Philippines, going big doesn’t guarantee big growth anymore. Similar to many markets, small store formats like smaller supermarkets and convenience stores have expanded to move closer to residential areas and high traffic areas to cater to shoppers' busier lifestyles.
While sales of sugar-sweetened beverages have been weakening in the past years, the accelerated rate of decline in sales in February or a month after the implementation of excise taxes reflects consumers’ typical reaction after a price increase.
Consumers in Southeast Asia’s emerging markets are aspirational, future-oriented and confident. Its markets have young and confident populations with increasing spending capacity. For companies which are looking to expand thier business and to tap new opportunities, this is the place to make the next big bets.
While ASEAN has been enjoying economic recognition in recent years, many businesses approach the region as a single entity and surprisingly, little is known about the many cities and regions that make up the archipelago.
Any multinational looking for solid growth should be taking a hard look at India. In 2015, India’s economy will grow faster than China’s for the first time in 16 years. In fact, the IMF forecasts India’s GDP growth to expand by 7.5% this year and next.