If at any place the switch from brick-and-mortar is going fast, it is China. Permanent online consumers comment, exchange information, and buy 24/7. When you sit down in a restaurant, you first ask the code for the free wifi, before the menu. When you travel abroad, you constantly discuss with friends and family back how, what to buy, or what not to buy.
Whether bike-sharing is heading for a success or just a financial sinkhole is still unclear, despite a giant surge in VC funding. But Beida business professor Jeffrey Towson, a bear in this industry, is sure that it will not work outside China, because of the rather special situation in China, he tells the South China Morning Post.
Competition in China is rough and bloody for almost every company that even has the smell of possible success. But Beida business professor Jeffrey Towson did not yet find a reason why this rule does not apply to Starbucks. No competitor gets near the giant and – he wonders at his weblog – there is no real reason for that.
Since last year car-hailing giant Didi Chuxing has been raising over US$15 billion, even after it won the costly competitive struggle with Uber. Beida business professor Jeffrey Towson sees at his weblog four reasons why Didi continues to raise so much capital. Here are two of them.
Alibaba Pictures has expanded its merchandise market with a new deal for the successful Japanese Pokemon. But experts differ on the question such a more makes sense for Alibaba Pictures. A diversion from its core business, says business analyst Shaun Rein. But Beidu business professor Jeffrey Towson lauds the effort for a comprehensive approach of the total value chain, he tells the 6th Tone.
Soccer has been catching most headlines in trying to conquer China. But the long term strategy to root baseball into the country might offer more chances for success, writes Beida business professor Jeffrey Towson at his weblog. “Major League Baseball (MLB) Is Copying the NBA in China – And It Might Work.”
Thousands of mobile apps have tried to tap into the poorly organized health care system in China. They failed, despite massive funding, says Beida business professor Jeffrey Towson at his weblog, because the developers knew more about mobile phones than about health care. Health care is modernizing, he writes, but government supervision hampers speed.
Entertainment parks are becoming big business in China, but there are at least three players trying to come the Disney of China, including Disney itself. Who will be the real Disney of China, wonders Beida business professor Jeffrey Towson on his weblog.
China has moved away from its copycat culture in much of manufacturing and R&D, but is still lacking experienced talent when it comes to developing design. That is just a matter of time, tells Peking University business professor Jeffrey Towson to Bloomberg. Branding and quality of design are getting higher on the agenda.
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.