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Price War Breaks out in ASEAN Household Electrical Appliance Market

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2011-08-19 15:11 


Chinese Enterprises Lead with High Performance Price Ratio

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, Aug. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia-AsiaNet/ — Attacked by Japanese brands in the “price war”, Chinese brands are enhancing their brands publicity to win the edge in “performance price ratio” in the ASEAN market.

The largest electrical shop of Ho Chi Minh City has stocked up on all kinds of household electrical appliance from China, Japan, and South Korea. It is not hard to find that the price of Chinese brands is 15-20% lower than similar products from Japan and South Korea.

Several years ago, the price gap between Japanese and South Korean brands and Chinese brands was about 20-30%. The high performance price ratio in recent years has changed the low quality image of “Made in China” in the heart of Vietnamese since major Chinese brands like Midea, Haier, and TCL set up branches in Vietnam, which exerted great pressure on Japanese and South Korean brands, lowering the price of their products continuously. The closest price gap was merely 5%, and sometimes their actual price after promotion activities was almost the same to that of Chinese brands during festivals and holidays.

There are various indications that Chinese brands will adopt the magic weapon of “performance price ratio” again by lowering costs after expanding their production base, augmenting the size, enhancing their brand publicizing, and the integration of channel, storage, and distribution etc. They will also increase their support for the local supplier of raw materials to accelerate the localization of raw materials.

Recently, “The 2011 New Products Launch Conference in ASEAN Area by Midea Group” was unveiled in Ho Chi Minh City, during which the president of Midea Living Appliance Group ASEAN Division revealed that Midea will invest $40 million on the building of a new production base and increase its products to cover all household electrical appliances. Midea has already realized the full localization of supply chain and its R&D is also on the way to localization. At present, Midea Living Appliance Group ASEAN Division has become the largest electric fan producer, rice cooker producer, induction cooker producer, and the largest exporter of household electrical appliances in the ASEAN area. Many products of Midea have become the leader in the market of ASEAN countries like Vietnam.

By taking this measure, Midea hopes to maintain a reasonable price gap of 10% to 15% with Japanese and Korean brands on the premise of continuous increasing of brand influence, and they want to win more market share in ASEAN with its high quality products, excellent after-sale service and their internationalized brand image.



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August 19, 2011 at 3:59 pm

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Search on for the world’s most globally networked individual

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Western Union launches Network Challenge to mark its 160th Anniversary

SINGAPORE, Aug. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Western Union, one of the world’s most globally connected companies, is celebrating its 160th anniversary by launching the Western Union Network Challenge at to identify the world’s most networked individual.

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Western Union has created Your World, a new interactive online application that visually brings to life users’ Facebook connections to their friends across the globe. The application also gives users a score (“World Index”) that shows how globally connected they are. Your World users can compare their ranking against their Facebook friends, against people in their country and against the rest of the world.

Each individual’s score will contribute to the score of the country where they live; meaning every single country in the world is in the running to prove itself the world’s most geographically connected nation.

“Over 70% of the world’s Internet population have now visited a social networking/blogging site, and Internet users are spending an average of almost six hours per month on social media sites(1),” said Drina Yue, Western Union’s Managing Director and Senior Vice President for Asia Pacific.

“This is evident that building personal networks and maintaining strong ties with family and friends is a natural habit for most of us. Western Union is offering an opportunity to all nations in the world to prove to be the most geographically connected.”

Your World has been created to celebrate the unique status of Western Union, which has an enormous global presence of approximately 470,000(2) Agent locations in 200 countries and territories.

Fifteen days since the site was launched, 422,110 individuals from 206 countries and territories visited .

Western Union President and CEO, Hikmet Ersek, said:

“When we were thinking how best to celebrate our landmark 160th anniversary and the role we play in connecting people across the globe, Your World made perfect sense.

“We’re incredibly proud that people across the globe have been inviting us to be part of their lives for 160 years. Today, we’re online, on mobile, on the phone, around the corner in approximately 470,000(2) locations and around the clock. That gives us a privileged and unique perspective on the world.

“We wanted to find a way to give consumers their own bird’s eye view of their personal network in the world. As well as being a fun way to celebrate the power of human connectivity, Your World is going to create some fascinating insights, and perhaps encourage more of us to reach out to our fellow global citizens,” Ersek said.

Your World is live today – go to and type in individual Facebook login details to see individual global connections and play a part in contributing to the own country’s status as the most geographically connected nation in the world.

(1): Source: The Nielsen Company’s Asia Pacific Social Media Report 2010.
(2): Network data as of 30 June 2011, inclusive of the Vigo and Orlandi
Valuta branded services.


About Western Union

The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is a leader in global payment services. Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union Business Solutions branded payment services, Western Union provides consumers and businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, to send payments and to purchase money orders. The Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded services are offered through a combined network of approximately 470,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories (network data as of June 30, 2011). In 2010, The Western Union Company completed 214 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide, moving US$76 billion of principal between consumers, and 405 million business payments. For more information, visit .
SOURCE The Western Union Company

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August 19, 2011 at 11:40 am

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