VietNamNet Bridge - Vietnamese fashionistas are excited about the news that H&M may open its first shop in Hanoi soon. They will no longer have to buy H&M and other foreign high-street brands from online shops or from those who carry goods across border gates. The opening of the first shops in Vietnam in 2017 has been confirmed by H&M. However, the brand still has not given further information about the plan, including the debut, the number of shops, venues and scale. Just some days ago, a notice about job recruitment in Vietnam was released by Manpower Group, a human resource service provider, on behalf of H&M. The fashion brand plans to employ 100 workers in Hanoi to prepare for the first shop, covering an area of 2,000 square meters. Prior to that, in 2016, Zara, another high-street fashion brand, opened its first shop in HCMC. Fashion shop owners are worried because they may lose jobs because of the official presence of the foreign brands in Vietnam.Fashion shop … [Read more...] about Opening of H&M, Zara stores puts pressure on local fashion retailers
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Some kids don't want to go to school, eat or sleep - all they want to do it play video games. Undergraduates play online games in their Ho Chi Minh City dorm room … [Read more...] about Online games steal Vietnamese youth
The second of a two-part story reports on the reactions of administrators, online game licensees and players to the controversy surrounding these games. Nguyen Thanh Tai, vice chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City people's committee, this week instructed official agencies to check out and reassess some online games that have been panned as being too "violent." He also told the Department of Culture and Information to collect statistics on online games that contain violence, and tighten oversight of Internet shops where people play these games. This would help devise ways to better manage online games and plug any legal loopholes, he said. Le Manh Ha, head of the city's Department of Posts and Telecommunications, admitted, meanwhile, that most games licensed recently feature a variety of weapons and guns, killing and gunfire. At the beginning of this year three role-playing games featuring guns and battles-Sudden Attack, Special Force and Cross Fire-were licensed. Licensees use … [Read more...] about Online games: a threat to youngster’s well-being?
The "information superhighway" is supposed to spread knowledge, but parents in poor rural communities find their children use it more for smut and video games. Kids at an Internet shop in Dien Ban District, Quang Nam Province. … [Read more...] about Internet growth corrupting the youth, say parents
Local footwear firms urged to develop effective supply The domestic leather and footwear industry should work to build up its raw material supply chains to ensure sustainable future development. That was the suggestion from the Ministry of Industry and Trade in a recent statement offering growth advice. The industry needed to invest more in raw materials as it was too reliant on imported parts, the ministry said, adding this meant the sector was vulnerable to price volatilities in the world market. The ministry also encouraged footwear producers to restructure and expand retail networks, while paying more attention to advertising their trademarks in the international arena and seeking new export outlets. The country's footwear exports hit US$2.25 million over the past four months, up 9 per cent year-on-year, according to the ministry's statistics. Local experts said the industry had enjoyed favourable conditions for boosting exports as most local businesses received steady orders … [Read more...] about BUSINESS IN BRIEF 14/5