Category Archives: consumers

Bike sharing: catching on – Paul Gillis

Bike sharing has met mixed reactions in China, including Beida professor Paul Gillis, who wondered earlier this year whether the investments made business sense, while they are already expanding internationally. The business case still has to be proven, Paul Gillis now admits on North Carolina Public Radio, bike sharing has changed his urban life for the better.

Crack-down on pyramid schemes hits MLM-firms – Mark Schaub

Foreign multi-level marketing (MLM) firms like Herbalife, Nu Skin and Usana Health Sciences got into trouble as Chinese authorities turned in a 3-month campaign against domestic illegal pyramid schemes. Shanghai-based lawyer Mark Schaub explains the background at the China Law Insight.

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.

China is a source of business models, not an easy market – William Bao Bean

China is, as the second largest economy, becoming an attractive source of new business ideas, says Shanghai-based VC William Bao Bean. Although the China market itself is a hard one to crack, for startups and larger companies, he tells in WebinTravel.

Trying something new is hot in China – Jeffrey Towson

The rest of the world looks with amazement at the crazy, booming sharing economy in China, and wonder whether the rest of the world might follow. One of the reasons, people here like to jump in when something is new, says Peking University professor Jeffrey Towson at CBS.

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.

Winners in luxury: property, baijiu and Tesla – Rupert Hoogewerf

Spending on luxury in China went up over 80 percent over the past ten years, reveals the Luxury Consumer Price Index (LCPI). HuRun chief researcher Rupert Hoogewerf points in ECNS at three major winners: property, baijiu and Tesla.

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

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.

Fintech experts at the China Speakers Bureau

From a cash country, where transactions were done by moving plastic bags with money between bank branches, China has turned into a leading force in fintech or financiel technology. Mobile payment are standard. Bitcoins and blockchain technology found in China early adopters. Social media have – more than anywhere in the world – adopted payment systems to facilitate online trade.