Retail Reality

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

While there can be little doubt that the future of retail in China, and of the Chinese consumer market generally, is full of potential, it is not without its challenges – as seen by big international players like Best Buy and Kingfisher. Access Asia report in their newsletter on the Best Buy situation under the […]

(Processor) Gate Closes on (Dell) Hell

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

Dell’s 2006 consumer backlash problems in China were covered here. Now CIC provides an interesting update on the company’s use of a Chinese-language blog as part of its communication strategy – and notes that direct communication with (and monitoring of) China’s powerful “netizens” is an increasingly important part of the PR mix. The post notes: […]

Don’t Quote Me (On Winning Strategies)

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

Over the page from China Daily’s coverage of Apple’s grapple with China Mobile, there is an interesting (PR) piece on GE. Jack Wen, President of GE Energy in China, is quoted as follows: “We have a saying: ‘If you come to China and nobody in China wins, you are not going to win’” In contrast […]

China Mobile Eats Apple for (i)Breakfast

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

News of China Mobile’s rejection of Apple’s iPhone advances has received a lot of coverage – and it has lots of good ingredients for a story: An iconic western brand is trying to bring its latest headline-grabbing gizmo to China, where there are now over 539 million mobile phone users (including quite a few who […]

The Little Red Book (Of China Business)

Friday, January 4th, 2008

The iconic “little red book” of the Mao era has had a bit of a facelift and has been re-jigged by Sheila Melvin (formerly of the US-China Business Council, and currently a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations*) as a business book – The Little Red Book of China Business. OK, so there […]

Wahaha Saga Update

Monday, December 17th, 2007

The Wahaha saga has been dragging on through the courts, and in the press. Much has been written about it. The headlines give a flavour of the coverage for the unfortunate (read ill-prepared) Danone which has offered some sort of truce in the face of the latest lw suit – this time from the Wahaha […]

Made By Chinese (But Not In China)

Monday, December 10th, 2007

There has been plenty in the news about cheap Chinese exports, and trade deficits , but the latest Chinese export – of hundreds of factory workers to Bacau in Romania – provides an interesting change of headline – from “Made in China” to “Made by Chinese”. The Telegraph reports: “…these 800 men and women, flown […]

Strategy (and Policy Alignment) Pays Off

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

State visits from the France and the US often result in big trade deals – especially for planes…and especially when a company makes a good strategic play in relation to support for Chinese policy. In the latest case the big contract is for Airbus (the obvious loser is Boeing ), and the policy is China’s […]

Going Global…But Bringing Business Back

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

Barclays was a bit of a dark horse in China until recently when, suddenly it was the recipient of the mainland’s “go global” largesse and received US$7 billion in investment from China Development Bank. But it seems the benefits go further than that, it has now been announced (as reported in the FT) that Barclays […]

Boeing Balances Investment & Access

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

Last week I asked if protectionism would fly in China. Well, Boeing seems to agree (sort of) with Airbus that local investment is critical to long-term sales. MarketWatch reports that: “Boeing Co…doesn’t plan to follow rival Airbus in setting up an airplane assembly plant in China, but will seek new investment opportunities in the country, […]