For our readers’ pleasure, some relevant reading and video on the topic of what is happening in emerging economies in early 2012 follows:
Over at the Financial Times’ superb Beyond BRICs Blog, a review of Unilever’s results from Brazil and Russia, with a note of caution from the company about what they see as headwinds in emerging economies in general.
From the same FT blog, what the British firm Burton’s Foods needs to do in order to successful launch its Wagon Wheel food line in Russia. Hint: localization will always matter, finding the right partners even more.
US e-Tailer Amazon.Com announces its plans for entering India via Junglee.com, suggesting on-line retailers might have another advantage over brick and mortar companies in India. Does this mean a multi-brand e-Tailer can be 100% foreign owned in India, but a multi-brand traditional retailer cannot?
Pepsi’s earnings make note of double-digit growth in a variety of emerging economies, while today the company announces job cuts in what the CEO calls a “transition year” for the company.
Everyone gulps over China’s most recent rate of inflation, hoping this is explainable by the CNY celebrations.
Pay attention to Nigeria as one of the pivotal African states where multinationals are eager to see the country further stabilize, successfully deal with Islamist terrorism in Ibadan and Kano. Watch as YUM! Brands further expands into the country.