China Edge: Hospitality and Service for High Net Worth Chinese

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

We are pleased to announce that we will be co-hosting, and speaking at, the China Edge Symposium: Hospitality and Service for High Net Worth Chinese, in London on 3 July in London. With the Chinese consumer being in the headlines almost every time a major brand issues its results, it is no wonder that luxury […]

All-Consuming Urbanisation (& Tourism)

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Urbanisation and consumption in China come together in this week’s post. The former is said by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council to be an “irresistible force” and a key plank of China’s development plan. They note that: The “National Plan for Promoting Healthy Urbanisation (2011-2020) has been reportedly formulated. Under this, over 20 city […]

Kunming, Consumers, Green Companies & Entrepreneurs

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

It’s 22 years since I was last in Kunming (on my way to Dali – which now, of course, has an airport). A lot has changed…and a lot of the changes are relevant to today’s China story – urban development, consumption, leisure, an entrepreneurial private sector, and concern over the environment. The City of Eternal […]

Another (Bumpy) Data Day

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Today’s data shows a bit of a bump on the road to recovery, with GDP for Q1 coming in below forecasts at 7.7% (http://on.wsj.com/114jWC6). Other figures out today, also point to problems. Retail sales growth slowed, according to Xinhua, to “12.4 pct y-o-y to 887.22 billion USD in Q1, down 2.4 percentage points”, while industrial […]

Getting China’s Consumers: Lane Crawford vs Ikea

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

The Chinese consumer may be key to future business opportunities (and not just in retail – http://bit.ly/16qFVmY), but how to unlock the door? Different approaches to the challenge have been in teh news over the past week (see @ChinaBlogTweets on Twitter) – from Lane Crawford (http://bit.ly/16qHql3 – designers, Chengdu & T2), and Ikea (http://on.ft.com/16qIiWV – […]

China’s Urban Billion(s)

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

China is undergoing many transitions, but underlying them is the transition to an urban society. The majority of Chinese now live in cities, and the number is set to rise, with urbanisation as the main driver of growth – RMB40 trillion has been budgeted to bring 400 million people into cities in next decade. “Urbanization […]

Consumer (& Brand) Discrimination (& Crisis)

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

While in Shanghai 15,000 (+) floating pigs, and Shenzhen’s dead ducks, are making headlines (we’ll save food safety for another day), alleged consumer discrimination by Apple is also causing a stink (see link for the original Danwei post): “…CCTV accused Apple of discriminating against Chinese customers by offering lower levels of service and charging fees […]

Report: “Xi Jinping – The New Era, The power emerging from the 18th Congress”

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

China’s leadership transition has been completed, and a new team will lead China’s approach to a variety of pressing economic, social and political challenges. We are pleased to present a recently published report from China Trade Winds: “Xi Jinping – The New Era, The power emerging from the 18th Congress”, detailing the background to the […]

Briefly…Top Ten Tweets (From Accounting, Tariffs & Trains, To The Party, Spies & Fraud)

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Here follows another update, from last week’s top posts on our ChinaBlogTweets Twitter stream: Accounting Guidelines @chinahearsay Stan Abrams Latest China Hearsay: New Accounting Firm Guidelines: Protectionism or Quality Control? http://bit.ly/mNnrQV (also see: You can account on it! RT @China_Daily: China sets guideline for accounting businesses http://tinyurl.com/5vqxeab) Localisation & KFC (& Walmart) RT @Chinalyst: KFC […]

Briefly…Top Ten Tweets (From FDI, Inflation & Appreciation, To Floods, Fraud & Food)

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Better late than never, and thanks to long trips and tight deadlines, this post covers the week before last. Read on for news from our ChinaBlogTweets Twitter stream: FDI RT @iichina: China May FDI Grows 13.43Pct http://goo.gl/fb/KD6oM Inflation RT @shanghaidaily: Full story: May inflation up 5.5%, rise in interest rate likely. http://xpo.sh/1sh (also see: Feeding […]