Need to know: the top stories for Asia comms, media and marketing pros on Monday, 18/1/16

Honey Partnership lands three Chinese accounts; Walmart CEO talks store closures; on-demand food in Asia; Netflix troubles in Singapore; Taiwan elects first ever female president; GrabTaxi boss on staying local; the biggest problems for APAC economic growth this year

On-demand food supply from Delivery Republic in Hong Kong
On-demand food supply from Delivery Republic in Hong Kong

The Honey Partnership lands three Chinese clients for US and UK expansion brief

UK-based comms consultancy The Honey Partnership has been appointed by Chinese tech firms Cubot, EMIE and Bestek with a brief to make them "household names" in the West.

Walmart CEO leads messaging on store closures

Doug McMillon emphasised that the retailer is opening 300 new stores in the next year, despite closing 269 sites and impacting 16,000 staff.

What the demand for on-demand food says about consumers

On-demand services, enabled by mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, have the potential to impact many industries and marketing plans. In Hong Kong, food and restaurant brands are at the forefront of this change.

Some Singaporeans are pretty unhappy with Netflix

Video-streaming service provider Netflix, which launched in Singapore last Thursday, is already getting flak from some Singaporeans for limited content compared to its US service.

Taiwan elects Tsai, first ever female president

Opposition leader Tsai Ing-wen won Taiwan’s presidency on Saturday, with her Democratic Progressive party also hoping to secure a majority in the legislature for the first time in its history in a landslide election that will disturb Beijing.

GrabTaxi boss: We're staying local, thinking global

Uber is the elephant in the room, and on the road, but GrabTaxi founder and chief executive Anthony Tan reckons being local will give his Singapore-based start-up the edge in Asia.

These headwinds threaten APAC growth prospects in 2016

The good news: Asia Pacific is expected to remain the fastest-growing area of the global economy in 2016, according to IHS Global Insight. The bad news: a slew of factors threaten to imperil economic activity in the region.

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