Category Archives: consumers

China becoming a mainstream wine drinking nation – Rupert Hoogewerf

The wine market in China is still dominated by crazy prices for crazy bottles, but Hurun founder Rupert Hoogewerf expects the madness will phase out, and China will become a mainstream wine drinking nation, he tells The Telegraph.

What Chinese want – Tom Doctoroff

China advertisement guru Tom Doctoroff dives in his upcoming book What Chinese Want: Culture, Communism and China’s Modern Consumer into one of the crucial questions concerning China. The Star-Telegram summarizes the key issues.

Fake eyelashes hit China – Bill Dodson

Profound changes are sometimes illustrated by very small changes, like fake eyelashes, China veteran Bill Dodson discovered in his favorite Starbucks in Suzhou, where his favorite waitress underwent a change, he reports on his weblog.

The opportunities of “The End of Cheap China” – Shaun Rein

The changes described in business analyst Shaun Rein’s bestseller ‘The End of Cheap China”, offers not only challenges, but also opportunities, writes Seeking Alpha in a review of the book.

The second edition of “The Chinese Dream” – Helen Wang

The bestseller “The Chinese Dream: The Rise of the World’s Largest Middle Class and What It Means to You” on China’s middle class by Helen Wang is getting its second edition and Lord Wei, has written the new foreword, announces Helen Wang on her weblog.

Even Chinese do not want “made in China” – Bill Dodson

Chinese brands are associated with cheap, chintzy and unaccountable, even for the Chinese writes China veteran Bill Dodson, author of the upcoming book “China Fast Forward”, on his weblog. Chinese brands are looking for a clean Western image.

Apple still lagging in China – Shaun Rein

Apple might be doing well in the China market, they could do better, tells business analyst Shaun Rein in Bloomberg. Apple is losing ground to the competition, because they focus better on the Chinese consumer.

Has China a viable middle class? – The debate

No says Shaun Rein in Bloomberg, it might take at least another ten years before China’s middle class earns enough, and he advises clients to focus on premium products for the rich. Yes, says Helen Wang in CNN, since China is cheap enough. What do you think? Fill in our poll.

The End of Cheap China – USA Today review

New reviews of Shaun Rein’s “The End of Cheap China: Economic and Cultural Trends that will Disrupt the World” keep on appearing. Earlier in the week, the Wall Street Journal, yesterday USA Today.

Pricing not an issue for Starbucks – Shaun Rein

Starbucks has played its cards right in China, by not only selling coffee in a country of tea drinkers, but also by selling their product for a premium price. Business analyst Shaun Rein explains to AFP why Starbucks is so successful.