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.
Multinationals should not turn their backs on emerging market consumers. Some rebalancing toward developed markets makes sense in the near term as their relative strength improves, but it must not come entirely at the expense of investment in emerging markets.
In 1990, 57% of Southeast Asia was in poverty and access to daily necessities one could afford was not to be taken for granted. Today, so much has changed that a new niche at the high end of the affordability spectrum has emerged to fan the aspirations of consumers – premiumization.
The slowing pace of Chinese economic growth underscores the country’s need to transition from an investment- and export-led growth model to one powered by consumption. But how long will that transition take? The answer is crucial to companies looking to ride what will eventually be the next extraordinary surge in consumer spending in China.
At Nielsen’s annual Consumer 360 Conference, Nielsen CEO Mitch Barns and Daniel Zhang, CEO of China-based Alibaba, sat down to discuss how global companies are leveraging digital and big data for commercial gains amid growing fragmentation, technological developments and evolving consumer demand.