Grocery stores on the move upscale

The United States is notorious for its big-box store culture, where huge supermarkets with ample parking drawing customers on a weekly basis. The traditional Myanmar shopping experience could not be more different, with consumers visiting their local small shops and markets nearly every day. Yet the rising middle class in Myanmar is driving changes in […]

Tobacco brands slip into Myanmar without fanfare

As some of the world’s biggest companies trumpet their arrival in Asia’s hottest frontier market, the tobacco industry has a different strategy: It’s slipping into Myanmar without fanfare. The impoverished nation of 60 million people emerged from a half-century of isolation and brutal military rule two years ago. With most international sanctions against the country […]