Category Archives: Wal-Mart

Analyzing China firms: a tough job – Ben Cavender

A favorite hobby among analysts and journalists is comparing Chinese companies with American or European competitors. Alibaba has little in common with Amazon. The differences are often larger than the similarities, says business analyst Ben Cavender. And getting into the China market is certainly not easy, he adds at the BBC.

Wal-Mart loses in a competitive market – Ben Cavender

Wal-Mart recently fired thirty of its corporate executives in China, and hundreds of others, in an effort to save costs. The US retailer has a hard time to keep up with the gruesome competition, tells retail analyst Ben Cavender in the China Daily.

Foreign firms target for food scrutiny – Paul French

Shocking food scandals in China were mostly domestic affairs, but government agencies now focus on foreign firms, tells retail analyst Paul French in Ethical Corporation. With some success, the empire strikes back.

Better get used to higher prices – Shaun Rein

Cheap labor has made the country into a source of deflation for global consumers, but as Chinese wages go up, consumers in Wall-Mart and elsewhere better prepare for higher prices, tells the author of The End of Cheap China Shaun Rein an in interview with the BBC radio.

Is Wal-Mart a chicken to be killed? – Shaun Rein

Killing a chicken to scare the monkey, is a famous saying in China. Giving Wal-Mart trouble might be a way for Chinese authorities to send a signal to foreign companies in China, tells business analyst Shaun Rein in Business Week. Local protectionism is on the rise.

Wal-Mart not bullied by China authorities – Shaun Rein

Unlike Wall Street Journal’s columnist Bussey Shaun Rein does not think Wal-Mart – or any other foreign retailer in China – is bullied by the authorities. It’s Wal-Mart who betrayed its customers. Foreign retailers gain more and more market share, he tells in CNBC.

Wal-Mart cannot win on prices in China – Shaun Rein

Low prices might be Wal-Mart’s key marketing tool in the US, in China you lose as a foreign company from domestic competition if you try to beat them on prices, tells business analyst Shaun Rein in Reuters.

Why Wal-Mart falters in China – Paul French

American retailers have a hard time surviving outside their home turf, compared to European and Asian companies, retail analyst Paul French tells Reuters. Wal-Mart had to close stores and saw staff arrested because of price manipulation and mislabeling food products in their stores.

China is getting fat faster – Paul French

Chinese not only get fat in a different way, compared to the US and Europe, they also get fat much faster, tells retail expert Paul French in a Reuters’ feature.

Why Wal-Mart loses in China – Shaun Rein

Top management of Wal-Mart in China is leaving ‘for personal reasons’, signalling all is not well at the major retailer. Shaun Rein explains in CNBC why the US firm loses market share in China and how it can rethink its strategy.