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 […]

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 […]