Rob Wayss

The Markets

Bangladesh Apparel Firms Hit by Nepal Earthquake

The two consortia of brands, retailers and unions formed in the wake of the Rana Plaza disaster are now conducting post-earthquake inspections of a designated number of factories.

– 12:01 AM, EST


Think Tank: Richard Liu on Why Authenticity Matters in China

Richard Liu, founder and ceo of, on e-commerce, the importance of authenticity and consumer confidence.

– May 3, 2015

While the Thingyan festival is a purification ritual, it’s a cause for celebration on multiple fronts. Young teens — who get the days off from school or work — danced and celebrated at a concert in downtown Yangon, posed for a portrait at Sule Pagoda or, in the case of a few, passed out in the bed of a truck after a hard morning of partying near Inya Lake.


Viewfinder: Myanmar at Play

The four-day festival leads up to the Myanmar New Year.

– May 2, 2015


Japan’s CPI Springs Back on Rising Oil Prices

Japan’s consumer price index (CPI) bounced back in March due to a jolt in the price of oil.

– May 1, 2015

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India: L’Oréal’s New Inspiration

The world’s biggest beauty company is outpacing market growth in India, where consumers are showing widespread acceptance and a willingness to trade up for products tailored to local needs.

– May 1, 2015

Alibaba Taobao


New USTR Report Again Hits on Taobao Counterfeits

The U.S. Trade Representative’s office called on China to continue addressing counterfeiting and IPR concerns raised by U.S. companies as it released its 2015 Special 301 report.

– April 30, 2015


China Set to Lower Import Tariffs

The government is preparing to lower tariffs on some imported consumer goods in bid to incentivize consumers to shop at home rather than abroad.

– April 30, 2015

Hiromichi Ochiai in his Tokyo studio.


Tokyo’s Rising Son: Facetasm’s Hiromichi Ochiai

Working out of a small office in a nondescript, late-Sixties apartment building in the heart of Tokyo’s fashionable Jingumae district, Hiromichi Ochiai runs one of the city’s buzziest brands: Facetasm.

– April 30, 2015


Wal-Mart to Bolster Operations in China

Wal-Mart plans to open 115 new stores in China over the next few years.

– April 29, 2015

The set at the Tommy Hilfiger Fall 2015 show.


Hilfiger to Visit Beijing for Store Opening and Big Fashion Show

Tommy Hilfiger is set to take his show on the road to Beijing next month.

– April 29, 2015