Starbucks plans to make China its biggest market by 2019

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Starbucks announced plans yesterday to make China its biggest market by 2019, with almost 1,400 new shops set to open by 2019.

The world’s largest coffee chain appears to be shrugging off the slowdown that has hit global retailers in the world’s second-largest economy, financial commentators have said.

Starbucks executives want to increase the number of stores in China from 2,000 to 3,400 by 2019. They will be creating 10,000 jobs every year until then, making China its the largest market outside the United States, said a company statement released on Tuesday.

The Seattle-born coffee chain claimed they have not experienced the slump in China plaguing American eateries such as KFC and Pizza Hut.

About 500 Starbucks shops plan to open in China this year alone.

John Culver, Starbucks president of the China and Asia-Pacific region, said the company remains positive about growth opportunities in the country.

We have no intention of slowing down and we remain very optimistic and bullish on the opportunities that Starbucks has in China, both in the short-term as well as in the long-term,” he told Bloomberg.

He went on to say the company was seeing growth in new customers in China, as well as more frequent visits from existing ones.

Starbucks hopes to make China its biggest market.

This tells us that we are becoming part of their daily ritual,” he told Bloomberg.

New Starbucks stores that opened in fiscal year 2015 have outperformed the average sales of those opened in the last seven years.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said this week that China had the potential to become the company’s largest market.

Over time, it’s conceivable that China could become our largest market and I am grateful to our 30,000 dedicated China partners and their supportive families for the significant contributions they are making to Starbucks success,” he said.

We are deeply humbled by the enthusiasm with which Chinese people have embraced Starbucks as part of their daily ritual over the past 17 years.”

The continued investments we are making, coupled with the culture of innovation we have established, are elevating Starbucks partner and customer experience beyond that of any other retailer in China.

The company hopes to attract new staff with the offer of a monthly housing allowance subsidy, covering 50 per cent of an employee’s monthly housing expenditures.

Delta adds Ranjan Goswami as Vice President of Sales for West Coast Region

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Delta Air Lines continues to strengthen its West Coast network with the addition of a new Vice President, Sales – West based in Los Angeles. Ranjan Goswami, former Managing Director – West Region, will lead a commercial team of dedicated sellers with a focus on the western regions of the United States including sales professionals in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and Seattle

Delta Air Lines and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to nearly 370 destinations on six continents. For more information visit news.delta.co...

Ranjan and his team continues to drive growth and accelerate Delta’s presence on the West Coast with a strategic focus on key account growth and support for the highly influential entertainment and technology sectors,” said Ed Bastian, Delta’s President. “Having a strategic, innovative leader in Los Angeles is critical to continuing our momentum while we deliver great service and strengthen our roots in the community.”

In his previous role, Ranjan worked to deliver consistent corporate share growth in Los Angeles, Seattle and throughout the Western United States while keeping pace with Delta’s expanded network growth in the region. He expanded cross-functional commercial and operational collaboration within Delta and strengthened ties within the community, including with the Los Angeles World Airport (LAWA), Los Angeles city government, community partners and other key influencers.

Earlier in his career at Delta, Ranjan served as Director – eCommerce Commercial as well as Director – Customer Experience Planning and Development, where he helped deliver value-added products and programs to position Delta as an industry leader. He helped lead the alignment of Delta’s global product through the merger integration with Northwest Airlines and established Delta’s customer experience strategy, oversaw the launch of Sky Priority, shepherded its drive for flat-bed seats with direct aisle access, and executed the long-range plan for in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity.

Prior to joining Delta, Ranjan served as Director – Product Development and CRM as well as Manager – Asia Pacific Network at Northwest Airlines.

Ranjan earned his Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science from Yale University. He currently sits on the boards of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, Junior Achievement – Southern California and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.

Delta is Seattle’s fastest-growing airline offering 93 peak-day departures to 32 destinations. Delta has invested $15 million in its facilities at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, including its Delta Sky Club, recent lobby renovations and enhancements to the international arrivals area.

In Los Angeles, Delta already offers more than 142 peak-day departures with nonstop service to 48 destinations and is making a $229 million investment to overhaul Terminal 5 at Los Angeles International Airport, which is scheduled to be complete in 2015.

Timberland Mark Makers APAC: Jiawei from China

 

Following a brief stop in Taiwan, Timberland and its Asia Pacific Mark Makers campaign heads West to China where Jiawei offers a local’s perspective of the nation’s capital. When not hosting OST — his radio show devoted to film and film soundtracks — the DJ and Beijing native likes to let off steam by visiting the city’s hutongs otherwise known as traditional neighborhoods that help the city retain a timeless character.

This appreciation for classic aesthetics is likewise preserved with Jiawei’s style as his Skye Peak lambskin leather jacket, Clarendon River Plaid Shirt and Red Hill River Cardigan are paired with the city street-ready Classic 6″ Premium Boot, Zip Top and Roll Top. Together the outfit references a timeless style which retains the unbeatable attention to quality that Timberland has stood by.

Stay tuned for more news from the campaign and be sure to follow it through #MarkMakers and #InMyElement. For more on the Asia Pacific Mark Makers, check out Elmo from Taiwan and stay tuned for the final stop on Timberland’s tour of the region with Washizu from Tokyo.

 

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Japanese brands EVISU and DRESSCAMP collaborate for Fall 2014 with bold jungle prints and sporty couture

 

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Japanese heavyweights EVISU and DRESSCAMP recently teamed up to drop a limited-edition capsule, firmly cementing the brands’ bond through pop art and high-quality denim. Embodying a joint heritage of craftsmanship with a hint of playfulness, the mashup combines ’90s street Goth with a premium sportswear accented with the vibrant color strikes DRESSCAMP is known for.

Featured pieces include tailor-made denim, thermal tees, parkas, track pants, track jackets, shorts, leggings and baseball shirts boldly printed with patchwork animal patterns, jungle motifs and gold details.

Look for the collection now at select EVISU locations throughout the Asia Pacific regions, the UK, and the brand’s webstore on September 25.

 

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NEIGHBORHOOD (Japan) x Carhartt WIP 2014 Fall/Winter Editorial

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Following up from the NEIGHBORHOOD x Carhartt WIP 2014 fall lookbook (seen here), we present a comprehensive look at the highly-anticipated collaborative lineup. In addition to the flamboyant motifs applied to classic workwear silhouettes that we encountered a couple weeks ago, the familiar leopard print is given a twist of grey hues and reworked onto select tees. Another notable mention is the black cuffless beanie, which sees logo branding at the base to mark the collaborative effort from both parties.

The NEIGHBORHOOD x Carhartt WIP 2014 fall/winter collection launches today, August 24 at Carhartt WIP locations in the Asia-Pacific region, with its pending worldwide release to follow soon.

 

 

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TUMI launches its first Global Citizens event in Asia

TUMI, known for its premium travel lifestyle accessories, recently held its first ever Global Citizens event in Asia, inviting over 200 VIPs and media representatives from Hong Kong and across the Asia Pacific region. Hosted in Hong Kong, the event also introduced two new Global Citizens, Singapore-based TV personality Dominic Lau and Chinese industrial designer and founder of Yang Design, Jamy Yang.

Yang took the occasion to unveil an innovative travel-themed art installation, redesigning a TUMI travel case with a seat back and wheels to let travelers kick back and make their journey as smooth and effortless as possible. Dominic’s installation, on the other hand, highlighted his Ducati motorcycle and his TUMI Alpha Bravo Kingsville Backpack, his most faithful travel companions no matter the time, place or purpose.

According to TUMI, the Global Citizen marks honors the successful people who always take the road less traveled, the influential leaders in their respective industries that continue to find the passion within and push the boundaries.

In addition to these two newly-appointed Global Citizens, the event collaborated with over 100 TUMI Trailblazers of various streams. These creatives and pioneers were given a TUMI product and invited to record their unforgettable travel experiences with the brand in special journals. Of these, 12 Trailblazers were specially selected to create their own installations that connected art with travel while displaying their favorite TUMI piece. These installations will later make journeys of their own to be put on display Singapore, Malaysia and Mainland China.

For the latest on TUMI’s 2014 Summer “Global Citizens” campaign, visit TUMI.com.

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Art Basel Hong Kong 2014

 

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Following last year’s debut, Art Basel Hong Kong again took the city by storm, showcasing 245 galleries from 39 countries with 2,000 artists. Split between six sectors — Galleries, Insights, Discoveries, Encounters, Magazine and Film — the fair grew by 10% with 65,000 participants over four days. It united artists, collectors, and art aficionados at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Over half of the galleries came from the Asia Pacific, affirming an Asian sensibility compared to its other stops — Basel in Switzerland and Miami in the United States.
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Google Street View says Japan is top virtual tourism spot in Asia

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A view of Dotonburi Canal in Osaka, Japan via Google Street View.

The intimate looks at locations around the globe made possible by Google Street View has changed the way many of us look at the world. But according to a new piece of information revealed by Google, it turns out that our virtual tourism habits aren’t necessarily aligned with some of our real-world pursuits.

According to Street View program manager Ulf Spitzer, the top virtual tourism destination in Asia using Google Street View is Japan, with Mount Fuji at the head of the list. In fact, Japan occupies the top six most visited Street View location slots, followed by Taiwan and Singapore.

What’s surprising is how many sites that haven’t been popular offline became online hits,” said Spitzer in a statement on Google Asia Pacific blog.

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Spitzer’s observation is borne out by the 2013 MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index, which listed Bangkok, Thailand as the top Asia destination for real-world tourists, followed by Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai and, way down at number seven, Tokyo, Japan.

Perhaps even more interesting is the fact that the study found that, among all destinations around the world, Bangkok held the number one slot, followed by London, Paris, Singapore and New York. Globally, the MasterCard study ranked Japan (specifically, Tokyo) at a lowly 16th place.

Such a large disparity between the obvious online interest in Japan via virtual tourism versus travelers spending real world cash to explore other parts of Asia presents something of a conundrum that may be rooted in perception.

We don’t believe that Japan is more expensive than other locations, but we understand that some people might have the impression that it is because it’s so far away,” Nori Akashi, public relations manager for the Japan National Tourism Organization, told Mashable. “I don’t think a lot of people realize how manageable the flight is in terms of time.”

At just 13 hours flight time from New York to Tokyo, compared to 17 hours for the same trip to Bangkok, the difference between online interest in Japan and actual trips makes the disconnect even more stark.

However, a 2013 World Economic Forum Travel and Tourism Competitiveness report sheds some light on at least one of the reasons behind these seemingly incongruent data points.

Using figures culled from the United Nations World Tourism Organization, the report found that Thailand ranked 24th in terms of “tourism openness” as measured by tourism expenditure and receipts as a percentage of the country’s GDP. Japan’s rank? Only three slots from the bottom of the list at 137th .

And while the same report gives Japan overall higher marks within its competitive index, the report also ranks Thailand ahead of Japan with regards to the attitude of the local population toward foreign visitors (although Japan did rank ahead of the U.S. in that respect).

Despite these numbers, a recent local tourism traffic achievement, as well as Tokyo’s selection as the site of the 2020 summer Olympic games has given the country’s tourism officials cause for optimism.

We set a goal for 2013 to bring in 10 million travelers and we reached that goal,” says Akashi. “Our next goal, with the Olympics in sight, is probably 20 million.”

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The Countries With the Fastest Internet Are All in Asia

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Asia is solidifying its place as the world’s epicenter for top-speed Internet access, according to the latest research from Akamai Technologies.

The top four places, ranked by their average peak connection speeds, were in Asia. Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan and Singapore had the speediest broadband, in that order, according to the study that looked at traffic flowing through Akamai’s global network from July through September. With Taiwan ranking No. 8, regions or countries in Asia made up half of the top ten.

Nearly all of the major Asia-Pacific markets tracked by Akamai improved their peak connection speeds by at least 12% compared with the previous year. Indonesia was the only one that dropped — a 30% decrease year-over-year to 9.7 megabits per second, putting the country at 115th on the list. India is the only major market in Asia that came in behind Indonesia, with an average peak speed of 9 Mbps. China‘s 11.3 Mbps average wasn’t enough to break into the top 100, either.

People in Asia are certainly taking advantage of the fast connections. Singapore, Japan and South Korea were among the top five countries with the highest mobile-broadband penetration in 2012, according to a report from the International Telecommunication Union, an agency of the United Nations. Each of those countries exceeded 100 mobile-data connections per 100 inhabitants, which suggests people are using multiple connected devices.

The concentration of high-speed Internet in Asia could have positive economic effects that reverberate throughout the region.

Internet – and particularly broadband Internet – has become a key tool for social and economic development, and needs to be prioritized, even in the world’s poorest nations,” ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Toure said in a statement last year.

Israel, a fast-growing tech startup hub, jumped into fifth place in the Akamai ranking, thanks to a 55% improvement compared with the same period in 2012. The rest of the top 10 was comprised of smaller European countries.

Check out Bloomberg’s list of the top 20 places to find the world’s fastest Internet based on Akamai’s findings. To those in the U.S. and the U.K., don’t get your hopes up.

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The Vans Classics Sk8-Hi “Year of the Horse” Pack

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Check out this special four-piece capsule collection from Vans Classics in celebration of the Chinese Zodiac Year of the Horse. The “Year of the Horse” Sk8-Hi takes on a lavish faux horse hair upper with suede overlays in four dashing colors – chilli pepper red, cherry blossom pink, navy, and a limited edition black. The sneaker is peppered with an array of noteworthy details such as a tapered tan-colored leather heel counter that extends to the topline, matching tan waxed laces, and a special Year of the Horse label sewed onto the tongue and stamped onto the insert. The handsome upper rests atop a clean and familiar white rubber outsole with a subtle touch of detail at the tip of the waffle sole in the form of a horse shoe.
The Vans Classics Sk8-Hi “Year of the Horse” pack was released nationwide in China on December 20, however, the limited-edition black iteration is set to drop at all Vans Asia Pacific retail locations and other select stockists on January 1 for ¥695 RMB (approximately $115 USD).
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