Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Saturday, June 27, 2020
As a trusted friend constantly reminds me, “Don, you look at situations differently—from a Korean perspective—then provide us with solutions and workarounds.” Others, too, like to refer to me as a Korea Whisperer.
This noted, it's important to determine the best business tactics and strategy from a cultural perspective, as well as keep in mind the norms that come into play in day to day business.
Ensuring success and sustainability in dealing with Korea-facing business partnerships will require well-communicated expectations and a 2020+ cross-cultural understanding. In particular, any business plan and strategy needs to consider not only the differences in the cultural realities between the West and Korea, but also the unexpected such as COVID-19.
This is where I can help as a Korean business advisor—providing solutions and perspectives—echoing my opening statement.
Questions? I’m also open to discussing new opportunities.
Monday, June 22, 2020
Salt Lake City, UT (Restaurant News Release) Although the pandemic isn’t yet behind us, Utah-based ROXBERRY JUICE CO. (founded 2008) has seen a steady growth in sales.
Brad Davis, Founder and CEO noted, “Our systemwide same-store sales are up about 35% over last year. We’ve done extremely well in spite of the pandemic.” Davis also shared that with concerns over health many now see the importance of adding nutritious and vitamin packed smoothies, juices and healthy açaí bowls to the diet.
Earlier this year Roxberry Juice announced plans to expand internationally into South Korea, Asia, and the Middle East.
About Roxberry Juice Co.
There are a great number of food choices out there, but when it comes to Fresh Juices, Smoothies, and Açaí Bowls, the best choice is Roxberry. This is because Roxberry pays attention to the things that matter; the ingredients. From 100% natural juices to real fruits and veggies, Roxberry provides the best in quality products on the market.
In a classic sense, Roxberry brings you back to a simpler time. To a time when quality products and ingredients were abundant, and to a time when you didn’t feel the need to question what was in your food. Roxberry cares about you and your health. Our goal is to always provide you with the best quality juices, smoothies, and bowls possible.
More information can be found online at http://www.roxberryjuice.com
Bridging Culture Worldwide
Bridging Culture Worldwide
Thursday, May 28, 2020
South Korea Hancom Group Unveils Hancom Office 2020—Their Newly Feature-Enhanced Office Productivity Suite
In a move set to advance operations and support the company’s aggressive growth, Hancom Group, South Korea’s leading ICT company has announced the North American release of flagship product ‘Hancom Office 2020.’
Previously, Hancom has been most well-known internationally for the default mobile office suite experience in Samsung Galaxy/DeX devices and a long-time technology partnership with AWS WorkDocs supplying a cloud-based collaborative document editor.
More cost-effectively than with any other office suite available today, and a smart alternative to Microsoft 365, new enhancements for the Hancom Office 2020 product lineup include word processor Hancom Office Word, spreadsheet Cell, presentation Show, and PDF. Most importantly, as a part of ongoing efforts for enterprise customers, this update facilitates interoperability by improving the spreadsheet’s Excel compatibility significantly by adding advanced support for pivot tables, charts, formulas, and macros.
Setting the stage for collaboration, Hancom Office 2020 also strengthened its link with Hancom Space, a cloud-based storage and web office. Hancom Space, a cloud service that allows you to edit Hancom Office documents via Internet access, even on a PC without Hancom Office, allows users to save and share documents created on Hancom Office 2020 directly in Hancom Space. In turn, you can edit a document you created in Hancom Space on Hancom Office.
Adding value, too, a cost-saving and a new feature of the suite, Hancom Office 2020 now offers a new built-in PDF application that provides an essential tool for PDF use and includes annotation, merging, and extracting. It also allows you to convert any existing PDF documents into Word, Excel or PowerPoint files and then edit and reuse your PDF files. With this feature, there is no need for a separate PDF editor required by other products in the market as users can edit and author all common office documents formats.
Regarding the product launch, Sungjun Byun, Chief Executive Officer of Hancom, said, “Building upon decades of experience supplying the office productivity suite to Korean enterprises, SMBs, educational institutions and government, Hancom Office 2020 is built to meet the diverse demands of global customers regardless of size or sector.”
Dr. Peter Wonsok Yun, President of Global Business, Hancom Group notes, “With the New Normal Post COVID-19 workplace, Hancom Office 2020 will unleash your creativity and enhance your productivity more cost-effectively than with any other office suite available today
A free 30-day trial version is available for download at office.hancom.com. And the subscription license and a lifetime license are available for purchase now.
Monday, May 18, 2020
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
My most recent article in Branding in Asia.
In this article, we will look at how Koreans post-COVID-19 may come to accept remote working (also referred to in Korea as “smart work”), as an option to the traditional on-site model. In February and March government agencies and companies across South Korea opted to keep workers home in what can be seen as a mass experiment with the remote work system—the intent to flatten the spread of COVID-19. As the threat passed, and methods to control the spread of the virus proved effective, companies soon called for their homebound teams return to their offices.
More so, Korean domestic ICTs like the Hancom Group have since the 1990s offered a suite of office productivity software platforms. Originally developed for the home Korean market in their indigenous language Hangul, the software now has English as well as other language options. Plus, as an attractive alternative to Microsoft 365, Hancom offers several Cloud-based products, including Hancom Space and Hancom DocsConverter. [Source: https://office.hancom.com
As I noted in my book Korea 2020, A Workplace in Transition that was released earlier this year, there has been a considerable effort to offer a flexible working environment. Many of Korea’s top Groups have transitioned their corporate policy for rigid older norms to open dress codes, flexible work hours, and are adopting a more horizontal and creative work culture.
That said, even as Korea’s workplace culture has progressed, we are seeing push back on working remotely—some executives still prefer their teams to work on-site and are expressing concerns about employees’ work ethic and output.
Perhaps Korean companies should take a second look into creating a smart working environment. Accepting remote work systems that have been embraced in the West will depend greatly on whether companies and society are willing to bring such corporate and cultural changes.. Businesses can improve ROI and save on overhead and rental costs for their offices. Workers, for their part, can reduce their hours’ long commutes and experience increased productivity, as well as foster a better life-work balance.