Category Archives: retail

Bankers win, retailers lose in Hong Kong – Wei Gu

The recent financial turmoil has different effects on different industries, notes Wei Gu, wealth editor of the Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong. While sales have dropped in retail, as mainland shoppers drop out, bankers are extremely busy helping mainland customers to change a devaluating Yuan into other currencies.

Disney link gives Uniqlo an extra advantage – Ben Cavender

Japan´s fashion brand Uniqlo is already leading in the China market over its Western competitors, and its link with Disney might give it an extra advantage, says retail analyst Ben Cavender in MarketWatch.

Why McDonald´s is losing in China – Ben Cavender

McDonald´s used to be a winner in China, but has started to face dropping sales. Retail analyst Ben Cavender explains why the US firm is likely to keep on dropping in AsiaOne. Food scandals caused loss of confidence among the consumers, and McDonald´s has been unable to repair the damage.

Why low-income consumers are hot – Shaun Rein

Much on the consumer debate in China focuses on the high-income buyers. Time to change that, says retail analyst Shaun Rein, and author of The End of Copycat China: The Rise of Creativity, Innovation, and Individualism in Asia. Spending power of low-income consumers is going up fast, he tells KTUU.

Retail targets outlets for growth in China – Wei Gu

China has a glut in shopping malls, but outlets are only starting to gain steam. WSJ wealth editor Wei Gu discusses with Sebastian Skiff of CBRE, a real estate consultancy, on what is needed for successful outlets, and why only a limited number might work.

One (out of nine) rules for effective online content – Tom Doctoroff

Shanghai-based add guru Tom Doctoroff has been arguing since his book Twitter is Not a Strategy: Rediscovering the Art of Brand Marketing social media and traditional marketing strategies need to team up. In the Huffington Post he gives nine rules for effective online content, Here´s no.5 five, including Ford in China.

Best Buy ends its China struggle – Ben Cavender

The decision by Best Buy to withdraw from the China market is not a real surprise, and illustrates that successful brands elsewhere cannot assume they can conquer the China market too, says Shanghai-based retail analyst Ben Cavender in the China Daily.

Wal-Mart loses in a competitive market – Ben Cavender

Wal-Mart recently fired thirty of its corporate executives in China, and hundreds of others, in an effort to save costs. The US retailer has a hard time to keep up with the gruesome competition, tells retail analyst Ben Cavender in the China Daily.

Finally: legal rights for China´s consumers – Mark Schaub

Legal protection for China´s consumers was long overdue, but a revision of the existing laws might change all for the country´s consumers, writes lawyer Mark Schaub in Lexology. All depends now on how those laws are being executed.

Why hypermarkets turn into convenient stores – Ben Cavender

Small is beautiful in retail as hypermarkets lose traction in favor of convenient stores. When you look at the figures, convenient stores make more sense, says retail expert Ben Cavender in the China Daily.