Category Archives: consumers

McDonald’s healthy profile in China – Shaun Rein

Obese Americans struggling with their health might find this odd, but McDonald’s is preferred by many Chinese consumers, because its fast food is perceived to be healthy, explains Shaun Rein in NPR. Healthy according to Chinese standards, that is.

Brands as a driving force – Tom Doctoroff

Brands drive business in China to a large degree, explains author Tom Doctoroff of What Chinese Want: Culture, Communism and the Modern Chinese Consumer in the China Obsever, as one of many tips.

On innovation “Chinese won’t deliver” – Tom Doctoroff

Innovation is lagging, says most China experts, although the subject is high on the political agenda. Author Tom Doctoroff of “What Chinese Want” is equally harsh in Forbes. The Chinese won’t deliver on innovation.

Apple sales are going to be strong – Shaun Rein

No chaotic scenes today in China as Apple offered their latest iPad for sale, but business analyst Shaun Rein, and author of “The End of Cheap China” expects strong sales for the US company, he tells at CNBC.

Why Australia appeals to the Chinese tourist – Paul French

Australia is one of the favorite destinations for 40 percent of the Chinese tourists, even beating France and the US. Retail analyst Paul French of Access Asia explains in InsideRetailing why.

More losers than winners in fashion brands – Shaun Rein

H&M and Zara might be winners in the competitive fashion market in China, tells author Shaun Rein of “The End of Cheap China” to the BBC. But brands like Gap, Marks & Spencer, American Apparel, Abercrombie & Fitch and Banana Republic belong to the majority of the losers.

Weibo: Twitter on crack – Tricia Wang

Twitter should have a thorough look at their Chinese Weibo competitors, says tech ethnographer Tricia Wang in an interview with FastCompany. Being picture-based is just one lesson they can learn, she argues.

What I want with “What Chinese Want” – Tom Doctoroff

Advertising veteran Tom Doctoroff explains in the China Observer his motives for writing his latest book “What Chinese Want: Culture, Communism and the Modern Chinese Consumer.” On the timeless feature of a uniting Confucian conflict.

Why the US$ 4.7bn Tibet entertainment park is a bad idea – Roy Graff

Authorities disclosed last week a US$4.7bn plan for an entertainment park in Tibet, focusing on 15 millions visitors per year. A bad idea, says hospitality specialist Roy Graff on his weblog. He already sees the country littered with empty parks, destroying capital and nature.

Saving habits change with the generations – Shaun Rein

Chinese have been the most thrifty savers, because they felt they needed a financial buffer to compensate for poor social security, poor health care and high insecurity.That might change only with the generation, tells business analyst Shaun Rein in the Washington Post.