Category Archives: consulting

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.

What can cheap laborers do now? – Ben Cavender

China is no longer the cheap production house for the world it used to be. That offers the government major challenges, as it has to re-skill those production workers, says business analyst Ben Cavender. But into what, he wonders at CNBC.

Food scares: a great business opportunity – Shaun Rein

China’s consumers do not trust the food produced in their own country, after many food scandals. That could also be a great business opportunity, says business analyst Shaun Rein in Barfblog, who looked at Weinberg’s Inscatech — a global network of food spies.

Why McDonald’s teams up with Evergrande – Shaun Rein

Fast food chain McDonald’s faces decline worldwide, but wants to counter that trend by doubling the number of stores in China. Its alliance with property giant Evergrande makes sense for this strategy, explains business advisor Shaun Rein to the South China Morning Post.

How to enter the China market – William Bao Bean

Innovation expert William Bao Bean, managing Director of SOSV’s Chinaccelerator, discusses entering the China market is tough, if not impossible for foreign players in many industries. In the Hutong podcast, William  looks at the way he trains Chinese startups for a global play, and foreign startups for the China market.

Crossing boundaries: tough for all tech companies – Jeffrey Towson

Foreign tech firms have a tough time entering the Chinese market, but Chinese tech companies going global have an equally hard time, despite increased financial firepower. Peking University business professor Jeffrey Towson discusses the international development of the tech market at CGTN. Even his mum in California knows now Alibaba’s Jack Ma, but it does not mean she uses his products, yet.

Ownership companies mostly remains opaque – Victor Shih

HNA was the last in a row of Chinese conglomerates, losing support from their most important financial backers. In the slipstream details emerged about the hidden ownership structure behind HNA. But most of these ownership relations remain opaque says political analyst Victor Shih to Fortune.

China: bound to be the first cashless society – Ben Cavender

A decade ago, in China cash was king. But in less than another decade, the same country could be the first fully cashless society, says business analyst Ben Cavender to AFP. Cavender estimates China’s mobile payment market is already 40-50 times larger than the United States

China develops rules for self-driving cars – Mark Schaub

China is moving fast in developing self-driving cars, but also authorities move fast in paving the legal roads for those cars by developing Draft Guidelines, says Shanghai-based lawyer Mark Schaub in Lexology. The ambitious approach is in line with the technological improvements, the government is having on its agenda.

Legal challenges of network marketing – Mark Schaub

China has become the testing ground of many international network marketing companies, as many Chinese consumers prefer foreign brands. But apart from opportunities, Shanghai-based lawyer Mark Schaub also sees legal challenges of operating in this new promised land, he writes in Lexology.