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.
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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.
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.
Spending on luxury products moves in China to the third-tier cities, notes business analyst Shaun Rein in an interview with AFP. Unlike the rich from Shanghai and Beijing, inhabitants of third-tier cities can travel less internationally.
Global brands are focusing increasingly on China’s domestic consumption, but they will lose out if they do not take localization and the wishes of China’s consumers serious, writes business analyst Shaun Rein in CNBC. He recalls an international footwear company with sluggish sales in China.
Shaun Rein’s book The End of Cheap China: Economic and Cultural Trends that will Disrupt the World was earlier this week #23 at the Amazon bestseller list for economic books, while you can only pre-order it! A growning number of celebrities endorses the book.
Being popular in China seems attractive to many luxury products, but – argues retail analyst Shain Rein in CNBC – Louis Vuitton is becoming so popular, it might wipe away its attraction as a luxury asset. What should Louis Vuitton do?