Category: Retail

Swedish MNCs continue to view Malaysia, Greater KL as ideal Asia investment place

Sweden and Malaysia’s ties as trade and investment partners go way back. In the 1960’s, the Swedish companies such as Volvo, Ericsson, Sandvik, Alfa Laval and Scania established themselves in Malaysia. The first car ever produced in Malaysia was a Volvo, made by Sweden at Volvo’s car producing plant in Shah Alam in 1967. In…

IKEA to open in the Philippines in “less than three years”

Citizens of the Philippines will still to wait a bit before they can shop the “do most of it yourself”-furniture in IKEA, according to Manila Times. The coming store is in the works, but it is far from ready to be established in the Philippines. “We are [still]looking for sites and partners,” IKEA Southeast Asia…

Ikea’s largest Southeast Asian store opens in Greater Bangkok

IKEA Southeast Asia’s largest store to date opened to great fanfare and enthusiasm on 15 March northwest of Bangkok, in the suburban province of Nonthaburi, with a very apparent celebration of Sweden and Thailand! There, Ikea Bang Yai is strategically located right next the Greater Bangkok’s ring road and next to end station of Purple…

Bo Lundqvist: NordCham President and Retail IT solutions specialist

The NordCham Philippines President himself possesses in-depth knowledge of setting up, running and growing a business out of the Philippines. Bo Lundqvist started Retail Associates 12 years ago, after a long background in doing implementations of ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems. “I felt at a point that it was time to start my own business…

Wine Bonanza Is Where The Wine Is

Wine Bonanza is passionate about their wines and culinary expertise to ensure customers have the most memorable dining experience. The new wine and gourmet food restaurant, located right in the Singapore’s bustling heart, is an excellent location for after-work and weekend hangouts. Set in the nostalgic, pre-war colonial heritage building at Albert Court, every piece…

H&M and Hong Kong textile institute in textile recycling breakthrough

Within a four-year innovative partnership the non-profit H&M Foundation and The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) has announced ground-breaking solutions to recycle blend textiles into new fabrics and yarns – without any quality loss – through a hydrothermal (chemical) process. The technology will be scaled up and made available to the…

E-Commerce seminar held in Hong Kong

On the 19 October, the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong together with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce hosted an E-Commerce seminar about doing E-Commerce in China. With speakers such as Swedcham HK member John Skalin (Sino E-tail), Arno Nieuuwland (e-Commerce Hong Kong), Boudewijn Feith (Esprit) and Nathan Jansen (1421 Consulting) the very broad…

NTU students on IKEA tour

“Where would you go to learn more about the Swedish identity? IKEA of course!” In late September Ikea Singapore opened the doors of one of their stores in Singapore to twenty-eight students from Nanyang Technological University. These students were given an exclusive tour around the facility where they learned about the history & success stories…

NTU students winners of IKEA Singapore Young Designer Award 2017

Students from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) won the ‘Climate Action Challenge’ as well as the People’s Choice Award at the Grand Finale on 22 September 2017. Back in its fourth year running, the Ikea Singapore’s Young Designer Award 2017 grand finals exhibition featured the top five designs based on the theme ‘The Climate Action Challenge‘.…

Ikano Southeast Asia’s shopping center expansion conquers Kuala Lumpur

In mid-March Ikano’s second in Malaysia, and in total its third shopping centre in Southeast Asia, opened to the public in downtown Kuala Lumpur – MyTOWN. Ikano has previously launched IPC Shopping Centre back in 2003, followed by Mega Bangna in Bangkok. Suitable MyTown is situated, but as a stand-alone building, right next to Malaysia’s…