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McDonald´s franchise model makes now sense – Ben Cavender

McDonald´s China is trying to sell its 2,200 stores for up to US$2 billion to third parties. A move that makes sense, says retail analyst Ben Cavender in CFO, because the number of people able to run chain stores has gone up exponentially.

Why Sony and Wanda can make good partners – Ben Cavender

The surprise alliance between makes perfect sense, says retail analyst Ben Cavender to Reuters. Sony gets more access to the huge Chinese movie market, and Wanda to Hollywood. And we might expect more tie-up between Chinese companies and global players.

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.

The consolidation of China´s fashion labels – Ben Cavender

The world looked with surprise when Nanjing dress-maker V-Grass Fashion bought South-Korean Teenie Weenie for double its own market value. But moving ahead in such a drastic way, seems to be the only way forward for China´s fragmented apparel market, tells retail analyst Ben Cavender to Bloomberg.

Chinese fashion brands go deep to purchase foreign names – Ben Cavender

Grass Fashion Co. in a 1 trillion won deal (US$900 million). That is more than V-Grass is worth, warns branding expert Ben Cavender in Bloomberg, and might be very hard to recover in sales.

Looking beyond the first-tier cities – Ben Cavender

China´s consumers have changed dramatically over the past decade, retail analyst Ben Cavender told a conference on fruit, for example only looking at first-tier cities is a wrong habit from the past, reports the Fruitnet. And the hypermarkets are dead.

Consumers will get over Starbucks price rise – Ben Cavender

Starbucks raised its prices, causing a stir among the many users of the popular coffee chain. They will whine a bit, but get over it very soon, says retail analyst Ben Cavender in the China Daily, and he does not expect a sustained backlash.

The bloody e-commerce battlefield – Ben Cavender

The e-commerce industry is still relatively young, and on the corporate battlefield to two, three big players, many smaller companies will succumb, predicts retail analyst Ben Cavender in the China Daily. What does it need for companies to survive in China?

The hit by tax on cross-border e-commerce – Ben Cavender

China has slapped tax on cross-border e-commerce, a trade that went previously under the tax radar. Especially the smaller operations could be hurt, tells retail analyst Ben Cavender the China Daily, while the larger ones can avoid damage.

How a global P&G skincare campaign misfired in China – Ben Cavender

Procter&Gamble launched a global campaign for SK-II skincare also in China, inadvertently getting mixed up in the “left-over women” issue. Unmarried Chinese women in their late-twenties are under heavy pressure to find a husband. Retail analyst Ben Cavender explains the background at CNN Money.