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    Best of both worlds

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 30/10/2017

    » Smart manufacturing does not always involve robots replacing people. Instead, robots should be viewed as enablers instead of disruptors, with productivity and efficiency enhanced by automation, artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT).

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    E-commerce forces brick-and-mortar stores to innovate

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 24/04/2017

    » With e-commerce being fitted into their arsenals, retailers are now aiming to provide new experiences and greater convenience for shoppers. And while bricks-and-mortar stores will continue to exist, they are no longer places exclusively for shopping, but also must function as showrooms and fitting rooms.

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    Agent of change

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 30/01/2017

    » Back when Vietnam's international profile was just slightly better than North Korea's, only a few outsiders considered working in a country ruled by a monolithic Communist party, but that didn't stop John Ditty, who has been making a living in a decidedly capitalist field there since 1993.

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    Work in progress

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 30/01/2017

    » Merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions have been surging in Vietnam, as steady economic growth and an expanding middle class draw interest from companies in Thailand, Japan and South Korea among others.

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    Words of Inspiration

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 30/03/2015

    » One may find it difficult to believe that the youthful-looking man across the table has entered his seventh decade. His smile gently flexes faint wrinkles at the corners of his eyes beneath greyish hair that is neatly combed and aligned incongruously with his glowing skin. It's a face that seems free of worry, not one you'd associate with someone in charge of a multinational business.

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