Prepared by Nielson & AlphaBeta.
While ASEAN has been enjoying economic recognition in recent years, many businesses approach the region as a single entity and surprisingly, little is known about the many cities and regions that make up the archipelago. The diversity of its 625 million people represents a multitude of ethnicities, languages and religion spread across 10 coalition nations – Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Such a complex landscape calls for a granular approach to understanding market opportunities in ASEAN. Moving beyond national averages to understand regional differences is crucial. Focus should be placed on establishing granular strategies targeting specific customer segments and regions. In some cases, it may make more sense to prioritize middleweight regions above countries. These and other insights were highlighted in a report by AlphaBeta and Nielsen, entitled Rethinking ASEAN, which dispels common myths about the consumer and marketplace dynamics within the region to reveal the real ASEAN consumer landscape, and forecasts the hotspots for growth out to 2030. The analysis looks into the current and future potential consumer demand for over 700 cities and regions within the seven largest economies of ASEAN and covers 10 of the most popular product categories: chocolate, instant noodles, carbonated soft drink, beer, cigarettes, shampoo, laundry detergent, baby diapers, facial moisturizer, and vitamins. The analysis is fuelled by a forecasting tool called ASEAN Consumer Demand Forecaster.
The report can be downloaded here.
The report has received significant media coverage, including:
- Primetime Asia, Channel News Asia, 5 July 2017
- Asia’s growth hot-spots no longer in ‘mega cities’ by 2030, Today online, 5 July 2017
- 8 ASEAN Consumer Myths Debunked, Marketing Interactive, 6 July 2017
- CMOs should activate categories on a micro region basis: Nielson, Campaign, 5 July 2017
- Lower density regions to lead consumer growth in ASEAN, The Business Times, 6 July 2017