Category Archives: business

Why global brands fail in China – Shaun Rein

While some brands like Nike and Intel make neat profits in China, the country has become a corporate graveyard for many other global brands. Why do global brands fail in China, wonders business analyst Shaun Rein in CNBC. They should focus on China.

Trends Western firms miss in China – Shaun Rein

Business analyst Shaun Rein is interview on his upcoming book The End of Cheap China by David Jackson Seeking Alpha. The kick-off: what trends are Western firms missing in China (and much more)?

Local governments more eager to clean up their pollution – Bill Dodson

Protests and other bad public relations force local governments increasingly to clean up sources of pollution, writes energy expert Bill Dodson in his cleantech website. Foreign companies have here great opportunities when they play their cards right.

‘Wait and see’ for advertising in 2012 – Tom Doctoroff

Tom Doctoroff of JWT in Shanghai discusses with colleagues his bullish predictions on advertising in China for 2012 at Thoughtful China. Doctoroff see ‘nervousness’ among his multinational clients, as media costs skyrocket.

The poor state of China’s animation industry – Bill Dodson

China’s animation industry has trying to promote itself on the international market, writes business veteran Bill Dodson on his weblog. But they gain mostly domestic customers, as quality does not meet international expectations.

Indonesia benefits as wages rise in China – Shaun Rein

Cheap production is shifting to countries like Cambodja and Indonesia, as the Chinese government targets a firm rise of the country’s wages, to improve domestic consumption, notes business analyst Shaun Rein in CNBC, returning from a trip to Indonesia.

Is Wal-Mart a chicken to be killed? – Shaun Rein

Killing a chicken to scare the monkey, is a famous saying in China. Giving Wal-Mart trouble might be a way for Chinese authorities to send a signal to foreign companies in China, tells business analyst Shaun Rein in Business Week. Local protectionism is on the rise.

Needed: a China-first strategy – Shaun Rein

During a meeting with the board of one of the largest FMCG companies, business analyst Shaun Rein pleaded for a ‘China-first’ strategy, as the country is key for the companies development. Some of his arguments he summarized in CNBC. Take Apple as an example.

China needs to import food – Arthur Kroeber

Diminishing water resources might force China to import large amounts of grain in the future, tells economic analyst Arthur Kroeber in Business Week. Although it might first groom domestic players like Cofco, before facing competitors like Cargill on a global market place.

Internet users want games and porn – Tricia Wang

Sociologist Tricia Wang analyzes on her website the wonderful world of shanzai, or the mobile knockoffs that are so popular in China. More than features, she tells, Chinese internet users want games and porn on their Nokia N9 knockoff.