Understanding the consumer in China is tough for most foreign companies entering this competitive market, says retail analyst Ben Cavender. There is no escape from shopping here, as retail is fully integrated into daily life. “China is where all the future trends are happening,” he says.
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Competition between Starbucks and Luckin has been heating up, and Luckin seems to focus on a higher segment of the market. But business analyst Ben Cavender warns the company might fall into a sword it helped to create itself, he tells to Reuters.
The effects of a slowdown in China’s economy on foreign companies might vary, on the industry they are working in and on their size, says Shanghai-based business analyst Ben Cavender to Reuters. Smaller firms might close down, while larger ones try to diversify over time, he adds.
The first quarter of China’s coffee maker Luckin after it’s US IPO earlier this year proved to be a rough one, as shares dropped. Luckin has a of work to do to catch up with competitor Starbucks, says retail analyst Ben Cavender to Reuters.
Facebook is struggling to remain relevant for its users and had a good look at China’s WeChat where group interactions are more private than the chaotic mess Facebook offers. But business analyst Ben Cavender wonders if the Chinese approach works at Facebook, he tells the South China Morning Post.
A glut in big cities and some high-profile failures like Mark&Spencer have raised doubts on the growth possibilities in China for premium retail brands. But there is still room for growth, if you pick your locations right, says retail expert Ben Cavender to the China Daily.
Getting traction from Chinese consumers is increasingly becoming harder for brands. Prada has been investing in its relationship, but has a hard time to become relevant again for their key…
In a new trend, China brands are looking to cross traditional borders, seeking more synergy, says retail expert Ben Cavender to the China Daily. “Part of the challenge is in making the product meaningful to consumers,” said Cavender.
Alibaba’s major competitor JD is trying to change its corporate structure, after its CEO and owner Liu Qiangdong has been accused – and acquitted – of sexual misconduct. Business analyst Ben Cavender sees an effort to reframe the JD story, he tells in Benzinga.