Category Archives: consumers

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.

Opportunities for US companies in China – Helen Wang

Celebrity author Helen Wang of The Chinese Dream: The Rise of the World’s Largest Middle Class and What It Means to You addressed last month the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and focused on the opportunities for US companies in China. “Opportunities abound in luxury goods, healthcare, education and clean technology.”

Inflation is _not_ under control – Shaun Rein

China’s premier Wen Jiabao, Jim O’Neill, Chairman of Goldman Sachs’ Asset Management, argued this, and an analyst at Royal Bank of Canada says inflation is under control, but our Shaun Rein begs to differ, in CNBC.

Buying Prada suits, not shares – Shaun Rein

Prada is not doing as well as Gucci and Louis Vuitton in branding themselves, and Shaun Rein tells at CNBC why he would buy their suits, but not their shares. China might be skipping import taxes on luxury goods for stimulate sales, so having a decent retail operation in China is crucial.

Fat childrens’ health problems – Paul French

Bad teeth and type 2 diabetes are just two of the problems China’s fat children develop, tells Paul French in an interview with The Daily Telegraph. Paul French is the co-author of the bestseller Fat China: How Expanding Waistlines are Changing a Nation.

Why Wal-Mart loses in China – Shaun Rein

Top management of Wal-Mart in China is leaving ‘for personal reasons’, signalling all is not well at the major retailer. Shaun Rein explains in CNBC why the US firm loses market share in China and how it can rethink its strategy.

China’s rich prefer Paris over the US – Rupert Hoogewerf

The Wall Street Journal has more details of the earlier released Hurun report about how China’s rich spend their money while traveling. Tension with France have been forgotten, as Paris has become their most favorite destination. The Hurun report is produced by Rupert Hoogewerf.