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Don’t Fail to Prepare

By Blake Larson In a previous article I shared some best practices for SMEs as they look to grow in 2020. Since then the business outlook for many companies has been upended by the global COVID-19 pandemic. While it could take many months before we return to some form of...
As the principal investment promotion and industry development authority of Malaysia, the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) has been leading efforts to secure sustainable investments for both foreign and domestic that will strengthen the country’s business ecosystem. This effort is driven on the back of the nation’s investment agenda...
At this point, it's a given that most of us are working from home and practicing social distancing. Enabling these work-from-home arrangements is an array of digital connectivity solutions which we take for granted. However, hackers are also taking this opportunity to increase cyberattacks. In today’s climate of uncertainty, threat...
Unless you've been living under the proverbial rock, the news coverage of COVID-19 has been all but inescapable. The COVID-19 pandemic arrived at a unique juncture in how news is spread. Social media has spread news of the pandemic far and wide, much more virulently than COVID-19 itself. But just...
COVID-19 is wreaking havoc on every industry – but the industry most impacted is undoubtedly the travel industry. Travel restrictions and movement control orders are severely cutting into the once-thriving industry, as travellers stay home. With the travel industry accounting for 10 percent of the world’s GDP, the entire travel...
Across Asia, countries are going into lockdown, to attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19. Travel restrictions, internal movement controls, and closing non-essential businesses are part of government attempts to 'flatten the curve'. With consumers essentially under virtual house arrest, businesses are finding it extremely hard to realise revenue. In...
The face masks that we have to wear during the COVID-19 pandemic look deceptively simple. It looks like a simple fabric piece, with ear loops and sometimes a wire nose bridge. In fact, there was a rumour going around in the early days of the outbreak that tissue paper was...
By Bruce Richards The pressure is on for retail brands to connect with their customers in new ways. Shopper expectations are high. An overwhelming majority of consumers say they don’t just want, they expect personalized service, and they’re more likely to buy from a retailer that recognizes them by name...
By Sue Barrett Have you noticed how easy it is to get spooked in times of crisis and uncertainty what with COVID-19, bushfires, floods, panic buying and climate crisis? Given what we see on social media and in the news you’d be forgiven for asking ‘Is it all over?’ Well NO,...
The global economic outlook for 2020 is looking dismal, thanks in part to the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak which shows no signs of being resolved anytime soon. While larger businesses might be able to weather the storm, the SMEs of the world remain incredibly vulnerable to the disruption in...

SMEs: Why Adopt AI?

By Arlene Wherrett It has been verified that the benefits of AI for business is widespread – from enabling a higher level of customer service with real-time replies to customer queries, to improved marketing strategies for precise marketing results and providing low-cost and accessible ways to get faster insights thereby...
By Blake Larson Small and medium enterprises now play a key role in the business landscape of Asia Pacific. Accounting for over 96 percent of all Asian businesses, SMEs comprise a stunning two-thirds of all private sector jobs around the region. And yet, there are challenges; from talent shortages, to...

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