Category Archives: fashion

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.

The disrupting power of China’s consumers – Jeffrey Towson

China’s consumers are becoming increasingly a force the rest of the world has to take into account, writes Beida business professor Jeffrey Towson at his weblog. Not only have Chinese more disposable income, they not only go for cheap offers, and regularly disrupt the world.

Coca-Cola is on the wrong track selling a tin of water for US$9 – Tom Doctoroff

Coca-Cola surprised many branding experts by launching a tin of sparkling water called ‘Valser’ to Chinese consumers for US$9. It is not impossible, says branding guru Tom Doctoroff to the South China Morning Post, but then they have to change their marketing dramatically. “Turn it into a social currency,” Doctoroff says.

China consumer: pickier than ever – Ben Cavender

Pleasing the China consumer has always been a challenge, but – as Tsingtao and Wanda discovered – consumers have become harder to get. Retail expert Ben Cavender nevertheless sees a lot of room for growth, he tells Reuters.

Comparing China´s generations – Tom Doctoroff

Marketing guru Tom Doctoroff explores his insights in the different generations he saw in China, born in both the 1980s and 1990s, in a lecture for the Asia Society, just before leaving China after 18 years. “They want a free mind, but within a framework,” he tells his audience.

Fashion brands: After rising wages, robots move in – Ben Cavender

Fashion has been changing massively, as low-cost manufacturing moved from China to other countries, and the fashion brand focus on value, more than on cheap production, tells Shanghai-based retail expert Ben Cavender in Just-Style. And the transition process in fashion brands will continue to cause pain, as robots move in.

Victoria Secret can get it right in China – Ben Cavender

Victoria Secret took on China online, but has now decided to open its first offline retail flagship store in Shanghai. They move very cautiously, says retail expert Ben Cavender in AdAge, and they have a fair chance of getting it right in one of the most difficult retail markets in the world.

How M&S got it wrong in China – Paul French

Fashion retailer M&S got it all wrong in China as they focused on non-exciting customers, says retail analyst Paul French to Bloomberg. M&S decided to close down some of its China operation to cut their losses, after a very ambitious start in 2008 in Shanghai.

Fashion brands: caught between global and local aspirations – Shaun Rein

Western fashion brands have a hard time succeeding in China. Getting local was the old mantra, but as globetrotting Chinese find a difference between localized products and their global appeal, they also have a problem, says branding expert Shaun Rein to Reuters.

2016: when China´s consumers went crazy for sports – Jeffrey Towson

Peking University business professor Jeffrey Towson notes at his LinkedIn page that many consumers at the Beijing subway have started to wear sports wear. Adidas is one of the winners in a convincing trend towards a healthier lifestyle, he argues. Although he expects this catches on among women more than smoking men.