Category Archives: consulting

Doubts on Facebook’s China opportunities – Sam Flemming

Is Facebook entering China or not is a question asked by many now Facebook is heading for an IPO. Internet watcher Sam Flemming sees a hard time ahead for the company, not because of government restrictions, but because of fierce competition, he tells Reuters.

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.

Building bridges on garbage – Bill Dodson

Quality is an ongoing problem in China, and business veteran Bill Dodson reports on his weblog about the habit of filling railway bridges not with concrete, but with trash. Old habit die hard, he sights.

Helen Wang to visit London, Paris, Europe

Helen Wang, the author of the leading book, The Chinese Dream: The Rise of the World’s Largest Middle Class and What It Means to You, will be visiting London early December on the invitation of Lord Wei. She will also visit Paris and other parts of Europe and is available for speeches.

Rising costs forces Chinese factories to streamline – Bill Dodson

As costs for resources, including wages, are on the way up in China, its manufacturers have to streamline their manufacturing processes, where in the past they would waste resources. Business analyst Bill Dodson quotes a friend describing the changes in his weblog.

Why fast foreign food wins in China – Shaun Rein

Chinese consumers know that oil and sugar provide not a healthy diet, but they know that Western fast food brands in China at least keep a close eye on their production processes, unlike the Chinese competition. That is why they win, explains Shaun Rein in CNBC.

Baidu goes semantic in box search – Kaiser Kuo

China’s leading search engine Baidu is leapfrogging from Google and Bing by adding more semantics into their box search, making it much smarter, explains their spokesperson Kaiser Kuo to Penn-Olson. “Getting relevant results is even more important for mobile.”

Social unrest in China, mostly an Asian affair? – Bill Dodson

Bill Dodson has been writing extensively about social unrest in China and what it means for foreign companies. In his weblog he focuses on the fact that most strikes have been at factories owned by Japanese, Taiwanese and some Hongkongnese. Some observations.

How I fought the financial crisis – Shaun Rein

Shaun Rein by Fantake via Flickr As at the end of 2008, 2009 the consulting industry dropped like a stone, Shaun Rein decided to hire more senior people and invest….

Cavender, Ben

Ben Cavender is a senior analyst with The China Market Research Group (CMR) focusing on strategic planning and brand positioning. He graduated from Cornell University with a BA in Government and Asian Studies. He travels from Shanghai.