Category Archives: Apple

Why is Didi raising so much capital? – Jeffrey Towson

Since last year car-hailing giant Didi Chuxing has been raising over US$15 billion, even after it won the costly competitive struggle with Uber. Beida business professor Jeffrey Towson sees at his weblog four reasons why Didi continues to raise so much capital. Here are two of them.

Chinese: the world’s smartest shoppers – Tom Doctoroff

Chinese belong to the smartest shoppers of this planet, says branding guru Tom Doctoroff. They do not mind to pay a premium, as long as there is a good value proposition. “They seek both reassurance and inspiration” from brands, he says. And if a brand like Apple does not offer a new phone this year, they will just wait, hurting Apple in its revenue.

Tencent pays exec more than Apple, IBM to retain them – Shaun Rein

Top executives at China’s internet giant Tencent earn higher salaries than their counterparts at Amazon, Twitter, Intel Apple and IBM, according to job portal Zhaopin.com. Business analyst Shaun Rein is not surprised, he tells the South China Morning Post. There is no other way to retain their talent in China.

Luxury is back on track – Rupert Hoogewerf

Austerity marked the luxury goods industry, triggered off by the anti-corruption drive by president Xi Jinping. But the growth figures are back on track, says Rupert Hoogewerf, based on research by his Hurun China Rich report, released on Thursday, he tells the China Daily. Purchases are back on the 2013 level.

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.

Consumers expect a better retail experience – Shaun Rein

Following their Western counterparts, Chinese companies like Alibaba and drone maker DJI turn back to brick-and-mortar retail operations. Chinese consumers are becoming more demanding, says business analyst Shaun Rein to Bloomberg, and while previously sloppy service was common, now standards are going up.

Wei Gu joins Apple

One of our prominent speakers, Wei Gu, has joined Apple as China PR director. We wish her all best of luck, although it also means she is no longer available for speeches at the China Speakers Bureau.

Sticking to the law might be a good idea – Shaun Rein

Australian Crown expats who get incarcerated illustrate that sticking to China´s rules and regulations might be a good idea when doing business in China. Airbnb and Apple even risk a backlash of their Western constituency by hosting their China data in China. Still the best way to move forward, says Shanghai-based business analyst Shaun Rein in The Street.

How Samsung pissed off its Chinese users – Ben Cavender

Samsung had a loyal group of users in China, but its way of dealing with the latest security scare has shocked their loyal follower, says retail analyst Ben Cavender to AP. Samsung did not recall its Note 7, despite possible igniting batteries, and recalls in the rest of the world.

Youngsters: more nationalistic – James Roy

American companies and stores like KFC and Apple faced angry crowds after an international court ruled against China on its South China Sea policies, even smashing their iPhone’s. A protest that went even too far to China´s government. It is mostly the younger who are more nationalistic and patriotic, says retail analyst James Roy to AP.