Malaysia's retail landscape is evolving rapidly. The universe of stores and channels are exploding driven by rapid urbanisation, the rise in connectivity and consumers’ increasing demand for convenience. Add the emergence of online grocery shopping into the mix, and pressure is mounting for FMCG manufacturers and distributors to remain competitive. The key to success is to know where exactly to place your product.
Malaysia’s Generation Z is the generation that grew up with the internet for all of their lives. They make up 26% of Malaysia’s population and have unique characteristics that set them apart from the Millenials and Baby Boomers, particularly in the way they consume content and relate to brands.
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.
The spread and influence of technology over the next five years will be a key driver of change across the globe. However, there will be regional differences and some countries will leapfrog traditional cycles of development.
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.