Category Archives: consumers

Helen Wang to visit London, Paris, Europe

Helen Wang, the author of the leading book, The Chinese Dream: The Rise of the World’s Largest Middle Class and What It Means to You, will be visiting London early December on the invitation of Lord Wei. She will also visit Paris and other parts of Europe and is available for speeches.

Smartphones for the masses – Tricia Wang

Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop suggest that smartphones are only in reach of 10 percent of the population. Wrong, says researcher Tricia Wang, who is observing how the remaining 90 percent in China is getting ready to purchase a smartphone.

Internet users want games and porn – Tricia Wang

Sociologist Tricia Wang analyzes on her website the wonderful world of shanzai, or the mobile knockoffs that are so popular in China. More than features, she tells, Chinese internet users want games and porn on their Nokia N9 knockoff.

Wal-Mart not bullied by China authorities – Shaun Rein

Unlike Wall Street Journal’s columnist Bussey Shaun Rein does not think Wal-Mart – or any other foreign retailer in China – is bullied by the authorities. It’s Wal-Mart who betrayed its customers. Foreign retailers gain more and more market share, he tells in CNBC.

Wal-Mart cannot win on prices in China – Shaun Rein

Low prices might be Wal-Mart’s key marketing tool in the US, in China you lose as a foreign company from domestic competition if you try to beat them on prices, tells business analyst Shaun Rein in Reuters.

Why Wal-Mart falters in China – Paul French

American retailers have a hard time surviving outside their home turf, compared to European and Asian companies, retail analyst Paul French tells Reuters. Wal-Mart had to close stores and saw staff arrested because of price manipulation and mislabeling food products in their stores.

Recalls tarnished HP’s image in China – Sam Flemming

Hewlett Packard’s market share in Asia is slipping, not in the last place because of the fallout of recalls in China, says Sam Flemming, director at CIC, in Business week. How another US firm messed up in China.

Why Chinese prefer wine over beer – Shaun Rein

Beer promotions and micro-breweries put a lot of effort in the China market, but business analyst Shaun Rein tells AFP he expects the wine market the be the winner. Unlike wine, beer fails to impress, he says.

Flexibility: key for China start-ups – Marc van der Chijs

Changing a business plan happens almost every three months in fast-growing China, and sometimes very drastic. Serial entrepreneur Marc van der Chijs describes on his weblog how his new start-up United Styles, relaunched after six months for a different target group and with different technology.

The debate: The End of Cheap China – Shaun Rein

The End of Cheap China: Economic and Cultural Trends that will Disrupt the World is the title of Shaun Rein’s book, expected in March 2012. But the debate on the book has already started, at his linkedIn Group, The End of Cheap China.