Category Archives: consumers

The End of Cheap China – review

Of the plethora of China books only a few make it in the eyes of Chris Devonshire-Ellis of China Briefing. But Shaun Rein’s book The End of Cheap China: Economic and Cultural Trends that will Disrupt the World certainly made the grade, he writes.

Why China’s middle class does not exist – Shaun Rein

Many Western brands in China might be targeting the emerging middle class, but that does not exist in China, like it does in the US, argues retail analyst Shaun Rein. Chinese consumer got for the premium products, or for the cheap, there is no middle ground, he writes in Bloomberg.

Making money in groceries is tough – Paul French

Supermarkets in China might have taken over the groceries in the US in size, but making money is so much harder, explains retail analyst Paul French in CRI

The story of a US$ 2,000 purse – Bill Dodson

Bill Dodson’s housekeeper – or ayi – has a US$ 2,000 purse. On his weblog, the China veteran dives into the story of the purse and the spending habits of China’s noveau riche.

The End of Cheap China hits US book shelves – Shaun Rein

Shaun Rein’s long-awaited book on The End of Cheap China: Economic and Cultural Trends that will Disrupt the World has reached the shelves of US book stores. Key lessons on change in China.

Three advises when you want to invest in China – Shaun Rein

Author Shaun Rein of The End of Cheap China: Economic and Cultural Trends that will Disrupt the World advised recently Mizuho Securities on key issues when investing in China. In Forbes three issues are summerized.

What do China’s rich want? – Rupert Hoogewerf

The super-wealthy in China get ever more spending power, but very few know what they are actually looking for. Hurun and the Imdustrial Bank asked them and Hurun founder Rupert Hoogewerf shares in the China Daily the results.

Apple could have done much better in China – Shaun Rein

Apple might celebrate a huge success in China, but the US company could have done much better if they had followed a ‘China-first’ strategy from the beginning, says Shaun Rein, author of the book The End of Cheap China: Economic and Cultural Trends that will Disrupt the World in SFgate and on Bloomberg.

Why Neiman Marcus might fail in China – Shaun Rein

The US-based luxury fashion group Neiman Marcus has decided to enter the China market through e-commerce, rather than building brick-and-mortar stores. Business analyst Shaun Rein explains in the Financial Times why that might not be a smart idea.

The painful shift from cheap labor to high consumption – Victor Shih

China’s economy is changing from cheap labor and export to domestic consumption. But the move away for wasteful investments is not an easy one, tells political and financial analyst Victor Shih in The Guardian.