Category Archives: Shanghai

China brands looking for more synergy – Ben Cavender

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.

The sequel: the collapse of the communist party – Kaiser Kuo

No China story has been as persistent as the one of the collapses of the communist party. China veteran Kaiser Kuo gives an overview of the historical events when the party was under threat, and survived despite those predictions, for SupChina.

Travel startups have a hard time in China – William Bao Bean

A dramatic consolidation has made life tough for all startups in China, including those focusing on travel, says William Bao Bean, the managing director of the Chinaccelerator, China’s first and leading startup accelerator based in Shanghai, to Phocuswire. Opportunities he still sees for the fast-growing number of outbound Chinese tourists.

Economic slowdown does not stop growth of wealth – Rupert Hoogewerf

The stagnation of China’s growth caused a massive drop of rich out of the Hurun China Rich List, says Hurun chief researcher Rupert Hoogewerf. But that drop has been more than compensated by the record growth of new unicorns in the country, he tells the South China Morning Post. China fostered almost 100 new unicorns in 2018.

Hainan: visa for talents – William Bao Bean

Bureaucratic rules have hampered China’s access to international talents, for example because of troublesome rules on visas for experts. But Hainan is going to do this better, says innovation expert and managing director of the Chinaccelarator in Shanghai William Bao Bean to the South China Morning Post.

How Apple suffers from China’s downturn – Shaun Rein

Apple was already losing ground to domestic mobile phone makers, but the economic downturn and patriotism towards Huawei will make the US giant even more vulnerable, says business analyst Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order to the BBC.

Didi: still a lot of trouble with the authorities – Ben Cavender

Ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing, the main competitor of Uber, is trying to move upscale, into self-driving cars, foreign cooperation and projects out of China, but at home, they still face basic challenges, says Shanghai-based business analyst Ben Cavender. Local authorities focus on illegal drivers, according to Reuters.

Dropping growth of ultra rich families in China – Rupert Hoogewerf

The number of wealthy families on Greater China has grown in 2017, but growth is dropping and might even be lower in 2018 caused by the trade war and declining economic growth, says Rupert Hoogewerf, chairman of the Hurun China Rich List according to Barrons in a new report released this week.

Single’s day: consumers looking for a compelling experience – Ben Cavender

Marketing expert Ben Cavender discusses how China’s Single’s Day developed from a nondescript event ten years ago to a major shopping event at CGTN. “Consumers now want a more compelling experience, not just a product on display,” he says.

Trends in luxury travel – Rupert Hoogewerf

China’s luxury travelers are high on the agenda of the tourism industry, and Rupert Hoogewerf, publisher of the Hurun China Rich List, sees a few major trends. Family trips are emerging as a preference, and WeChat groups of alumni of key universities a forgotten way to connect to the luxury travelers, he tells in the South China Morning Post.