Category Archives: retail

The struggle of food companies to stay clean – Ben Cavender

A large number of retailers and restaurants from 7-Eleven to Starbucks to McDonald´s have cut ties with their meat supplier in Shanghai, as authorities forced to close its operation. Retail analyst Ben Cavender explains in the WSJ what it takes to keep supply chains clean.

Volume counts in rural retail – Ben Cavender

Post Mart, a joint venture by China Post and US-based China Horizon Investments Group, it consolidating its China operation. Lack of volume is one of their key problems among its rural customers, says retail analyst Ben Cavender in the China Daily.

One size does not fit all in China anymore – Ben Cavender

China´s consumers are becoming more sophisticated and – unlike the past – they do no want to be seen in the same outfit as their colleagues. It is about customizing, not about showing off, tells business analyst Ben Cavender in CNBC.

China retail still going strong – Paul French

Retail analyst Paul French dismisses worries in the retail industry their business is going downhill in China. Real growth is now taking place outside the larger cities, he tells in Just-Style.

What is going wrong in localization – Ben Cavender Hangout

Localization is the mantra for foreign companies entering China, but many fail. Ben Cavender, senior analyst at the China Market Research Group (CMR) will address some famous cases during a Google+ Hangout on Thursday.

Making money in groceries is tough – Paul French

Supermarkets in China might have taken over the groceries in the US in size, but making money is so much harder, explains retail analyst Paul French in CRI

The End of Cheap China hits US book shelves – Shaun Rein

Shaun Rein’s long-awaited book on The End of Cheap China: Economic and Cultural Trends that will Disrupt the World has reached the shelves of US book stores. Key lessons on change in China.

Bullish on consumer demand, retail – Shaun Rein

China’s economy might be facing some short term trouble, but business analyst Shaun Rein remains optimistic about consumer demand and retail for the longer term. Only Chinese equity should be avoided, he tells on CNBC.

Is Wal-Mart a chicken to be killed? – Shaun Rein

Killing a chicken to scare the monkey, is a famous saying in China. Giving Wal-Mart trouble might be a way for Chinese authorities to send a signal to foreign companies in China, tells business analyst Shaun Rein in Business Week. Local protectionism is on the rise.

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.