Category Archives: consumers

Bullish on commodities – Shaun Rein

Commodities will be going strong, tells business analyst Shaun Rein in CNBC, since commodities are needed to support high demand for better housing in China, support rising consumption and is needed by the financial alternatives now US bonds and the euro are a less attractive alternative.

Drinking English tea in China – Bill Dodson

Getting a cup of Whittards English tea in Suzhou, China, seems like an surprising experience. China veteran Bill Dodson explains on his weblog why foreign products like tea might have a chance in this tea drinking nation.

Anti-Chinese spat hurts Hong Kong retail – Shaun Rein

The rising anti-Chinese sentiment in Hong Kong hurts the feeling of its mainland visitors, but might hurt Hong Kong where it really hurts: in its retail sales, as the super-wealthy might choose other destinations, says business analyst Shaun Rein in CNBC.

UnitedStyles: 3rd most innovative China company – Marc van der Chijs

Consumer-based fashion designer UnitedStyles from Shanghai has become the no.3 most innovative company in China, according to Fastcompany. Yet another success for co-founder and serial entrepreneur Marc van der Chijs.

What migrant work is really like – Tricia Wang

Together with a migrant family, sociologist Tricia Wang went out to sell dumplings. In That’s Shanghai she reports about the tough life of migrant workers, trying to make ends meet.

Why the Chinese do not buy American stuff – Paul French

Chinese might consume more than ever, they certainly do not buy as much as previously anticipated, and certainly not that much American stuff. Retail analyst Paul French looks into the issue at The Daily Star.

Reaching customers in a meaningful way – Tricia Wang

Sociologist Tricia Wang dives into the world of China’s migrants to investigate the place of internet and mobile communication in their communities. In Market Sentinel she explains how how study relates to the needs of companies to understand their customers.

Shift from export to domestic consumption needed – Shaun Rein

With the export industry in peril yet again, China’s government needs to focus on its assets back home, domestic consumption, tells business analyst Shaun Rein to the McClatchy Newspapers. Rising wages are needed to boost economic activity.

Bars and bonding, field work in China – Tricia Wang

Now and then researcher Tricia Wang gives us a peek into her field work into China’s migrant worlds and their usage of internet and mobiles. For example here, from a bar – the living room for many – which turned into a tattoo shop.

China’s spiritual crisis? – Tom Doctoroff

Chinese are concerned with today, not eternity, Tom Doctoroff writes in the Huffington Post, a summery of his upcoming book “What Chinese Want, Culture, Communism and China’s Modern Consumer”.