Category Archives: Amazon

The war between US and Chinese platforms – Jeffrey Towson

Chinese platforms are going global: Ctrip, Didi, Alibaba, Baidu, UnionPay. Global platforms try to enter China: Airbnbn, Uber, Google, Facebook. Peking University business professor Jeffrey Towson welcomes us to the US-China platform war, and explores on his LinkedIn page the battle field.

Online platform helps foreign firms, but obstacles remain – Ben Cavender

Tmall Global of Alibaba offers international sellers since 2014 a platform to sell their products directly to Chinese consumers, and offers advantages like lower import rates. But, warns retail analyst Ben Cavender in Fortune that does not mean selling in China has fundamentally become easy.

Preparing tech startups for success in China – William Bao Bean

Google, Ebay and Amazon are just some of the tech giants who failed in China. With a good preparation that would not have happened, claims William Bao Bean, managing director of the ChinaAccelarator. His organization prepares startups for launches in China, and Chinese firms for going global.

The fast growth of online cross-border shopping – Ben Cavender

The already booming e-commerce in China is getting fast an international leg as internet users discover the advantages of buying goods online abroad, says retail analyst Ben Cavender in the China Daily. And the large e-commerce players quickly grab market share.

Why Amazon teams up with Alibaba – Ben Cavender

In a surprise move US internet giant Amazon is opening a webshop at Tmall, part of its competitor Alibaba ´s empire. Retail analyst Ben Cavender explains why Amazon is teaming up with its competitor to enter the China market at CNBC.

Winners and losers at the new foreign investment law – Paul Gillis

The proposed law for foreign investments is up for discussion, and offshore VIE companies controlled by Chinese would be treated as domestic companies, legalizing current practices. Accounting professor Paul Gillis lists the winners and losers of the proposed law on his weblog.

Booming e-commerce with few foreign players – Shaun Rein

E-commerce is booming with expected annual growth of 50%, tells business analyst Shaun Rein at BloombergTV. Costs for brick-and-mortar stores are high, labor costs are booming, so much business is going online. Without big US players like Amazon and Ebay though.

Amazon: hardware sells in China, not content – Shaun Rein

Amazon is trying to sell its books in China, but is not yet selling its hardware – for regulatory reasons. A mistake, says business analyst Shaun Rein in Bloomberg, because in China you cannot make money with content, only with hardware.

China’s Amazon is heading for trouble – Wei Gu

The investment climate might be bearish, 360buy – China’s Amazon – is still making a loss, but picked up a US$ 300 million round of capital and saw its value skyrocket. Reuters’ Breaking News analyst Wei tells why this might go wrong for the company and its investors.

Why global brands fail in China – Shaun Rein

While some brands like Nike and Intel make neat profits in China, the country has become a corporate graveyard for many other global brands. Why do global brands fail in China, wonders business analyst Shaun Rein in CNBC. They should focus on China.