asian consumer

What makes Asian consumers tick?

Much has been written about the pandemic’s impact on Asian consumers: how they embraced new ways of shopping, as well as how retailers and consumer goods companies were forced to quickly adapt their business models. Now, the focus has shifted to whether many of these patterns and preferences will endure once the pandemic abates, and…

SM’s strong recovery and retail growth, key support to MSMEs

SM Investments Corporation’s strong retail-led growth mirrors growing consumer spending despite lingering inflation risks. This growth in spending activity is sparking optimism in the overall economic outlook. Asian Development Bank, in a recent report, raised economic expectations, underpinned by rebounds in investment and household consumption. “Despite rising inflation, we are encouraged to see shoppers’ robust…

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Health experts call for review of pneumonia vaccination strategy

Medical experts led by researchers from the University of the Philippines-College of Public Health (UP-CPH), the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization-Tropical Medicine and Public Health Regional Centre for Public Health, Hospital Administration, Environmental and Occupational Health, called for a review of the 10-year-old pneumonia vaccine strategy in order to protect children against one of…

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Connecting the dots on COVID-19

There has been a sharp contrast between evidence and policies during the pandemic, but these actions will encourage evidence-informed policymaking as we move forward. Months into the pandemic, many governments continued to use the same approaches as they did at the beginning. Many did not adopt new evidence or applied lessons learned. There has been…

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Regenerate tourism: Do it like Masungi

MANILA, Philippines — The government aims to attract more tourists in destinations that promote “regenerative tourism,” its tourism chief said, describing that thrust as an endeavor “to leave a destination in a better state than it was before.” Speaking at the 21st World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit which ended on Friday, Tourism…