Category Archives: consumers

Why fast foreign food wins in China – Shaun Rein

Chinese consumers know that oil and sugar provide not a healthy diet, but they know that Western fast food brands in China at least keep a close eye on their production processes, unlike the Chinese competition. That is why they win, explains Shaun Rein in CNBC.

Why Nokia falls and Apple soars in China – Shaun Rein

While Nokia, the former leading manufacturer in China, is in heavy weather, Apple is booming in the same market. The difference, according to market analyst Shaun Rein in CNBC? Nokia lost the wealthy Chinese, where Apple is winning them.

Japan brands continue to dominate Asian consumer loyalty – Tom Doctoroff

Japan brands will dominate consumer loyalty in Asia, while China brands will offer them competition only in the long run, although they are learning fast, says JWT’s North Asia CEO Tom Doctoroff in CNBC.

Rating the internet cafe’s – Tricia Wang

Sociologist Tricia Wang researches mobile and internet behavior among China’s migrant population and rates the many internet cafe’s she visits between 1 and 10. Warm hot dogs are a plus, the protein of the internet cafe.

Breasts: big business in China – Bill Dodson

Plastic surgery on women is booming, together with the wealth of the Chinese consumers. On his weblog China watcher Bill Dodson reports about this wife’s visit to a clinic, with queues outside the building, together with their parents, paying for the operation.

Furniture scandal hits consumers’ nerve – Shaun Rein

Losing the confidence of Chinese consumers is easier than gaining is, tells business expert Shaun Rein in CNBC, analyzing the most recent products scandal: the fake furniture scam. What can foreign companies learn?

We need a sugar-free zone over Shanghai – Paul French

US-style doughnut shops are proliferating in China’s large cities, and that is bad news for their already deteriorating diet, tells retail analyst Paul French in the Washington Post, when they take of. French studied the obesity levels in the country in his book “Fat China”.

Can Nestle succeed where Coke failed? – Shaun Rein

Nestle’s anticipated mega deal brings back the US$ 2.4 bn deal by Coke, rejected in 2009 by the Ministry of Commerce for fears the new company would dominate the market. While Nestle’s deal is huge, it has not Coke’s problems, tells Shaun Rein in Fortune.

Why Gap is failing in China – Shaun Rein

Fashion retailer Gap did not gain much traction in its first year in China, writes business analyst Shaun Rein in CNBC. To survive, it needs to adjust its brand image. China defines ‘middle class’ different from the US.

The booming group buying market – Helen Wang

The group buying market in China is steaming hot, but without Groupon as a major player for the time being. Helen Wang analyzes in Forbes the chances of the US company in the world’s largest internet market.