How they do it: The product "Knorr Stock Pot" is an example of a reverse innovation approach by Hindustan Unilever. The first country to launch in 2007 was China under the brand "Dense Soup Treasure", where there was no bouillon cube market, and soup-consumption is very high. Chinese home-cooks love the convenient way to create the dense soups their mothers and grandmothers made. In 2010, the product was introduced in the UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Belgium, Greece and many other European countries.
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How they do it: Krating Daeng is a sweetened, non-carbonated energy drink, developed in Thailand in the 1970s. It was introduced in Thailand as a refreshment for rural Thai labourers. Krating Daeng was discovered by Austrian entrepreneur Dietrich Mateschitz while working in Thailand. He subsequently introduced Red Bull in the Western market with a different formula and branding concept.
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How they do it: When Logitech introduced its high-tech wireless computer mice in China it experienced limited interest due to the high price and the circumstance that due to the high population density wireless mice signals would interfer with each other. The company then introduced a more basic version of its mouse which it could then offer on a competitive price level. This redesign was not only in China but globally a success.
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How they do it: Nokia is observing how mobile phones are used by customers in Africa and India and then incorporate those learnings for new products they introduce in the developed markets. One example is a dust and moisture proof, highly durable phone which was a great success in emerging markets and then inspired a similar version for developed markets.
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How they do it: GE develops many products especially for the needs of emerging markets. One example is an ultrasound device which had to be portable to be suited for use in rural india. GE then developed an ultra low cost, portable, battery-operated ultrasound device for rural India and China. This invention has now also found wide approval in developed economies where the increased portability allows the machine to be used e.g. in accident first response.
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