Category Archives: consumers

Looking for the hearts and souls of China’s internet users – Sam Flemming

The purchase of CIC by WPP has put China’s leading analytic firm of its vibrant social-media scene in the limelight. Founder and chairman Sam Flemming explains in AdAge the importance of his work. PepsiCo, Nike, Dell and L’Oreal belong to their customers.

Why global brands fail in China – Shaun Rein

While some brands like Nike and Intel make neat profits in China, the country has become a corporate graveyard for many other global brands. Why do global brands fail in China, wonders business analyst Shaun Rein in CNBC. They should focus on China.

Chinese rich offer mainly European gifts at new year – Rupert Hoogewerf

Chinese new year is nearing fast, a traditional gift-giving season. Most of those luxury gifts from China’s rich are foreign, European to be precise, says a study done by Hurun, the research company founded by Rupert Hoogewerf, reports the China Daily. Only Chinese liquor moutai makes it into the top-10.

China’s wealthy have not yet discovered yachting – Rupert Hoogewerf

The purchase of world’s largest yacht-maker Ferretti Group to a Chinese bulldozer maker Shandong Heavy might be taken a another sign of China’s drive to go global, China’s rich still have to discover the excitement of of yachting, tells Hurun founder Rupert Hoogewerf in Bloomberg. China is not a natural home market.

Chinese consumers are buying status – Paul French

For many the purchasing habits of Chinese consumers are hard to gauge. Retail expert Paul French tells in The Telegraph why Chinese buy what and were. “Chinese consumers are still buying status.” But what gives status, might vary from other consumers.

China lesson for Obama: tax the rich – Shaun Rein

Income inequality in the USA is larger than in China and Iran, says a report from the CIA, even though China has a huge income divide too. But one part it has done better than the USA: it taxed the rich, where the money is, not the poor, says business analyst Shaun Rein in Forbes.

Fat China “Outstanding academic title of 2011” – Paul French

The outstanding book Fat China: How Expanding Waistlines are Changing a Nation (China in the 21st Century)by Paul French and Matthew Crabbe on the dangerously changing food habits in China, has now also been warded the title “Outstanding academic title of 2011” by the magazine Choice, reports China Rhyming.

Fine chocolate: the ideal China gift – Shaun Rein

The Europeans, especially the Belgians and the Swiss, bring China the ideal gift for the wealthy: chocolate. Shanghai’s World Chocolate Wonderland showcases. Fine chocolate is high on the agenda of affluent shoppers, tells business analyst Shaun Rein in the Financial Times.

China’s rich get richer and more confident – Shaun Rein

Luxury good producers like Louis Vuitton and Porsche do not have to panic after Robert Frank’s WSJ article suggesting China’s wealthy stop spending. Frank looked at the lower middle class, argues business analyst Shaun Rein in CNBC. According to his research, the real wealthy Chinese spend more than ever.

Looking for the bad guys, the shanzai story – Tricia Wang

Sociologist Tricia Wang discusses what is holding back China’s computing industry from creating disruptive innovation. The lack of a common story that binds the industry, is one of a set of shortcomings, she argues on her weblog. Perhaps with the exception of mobile: shanzai.