Australian Businesses in China: How are they Tracking?
Australia and China's relationship has become a fascinating representation of the delicate balancing act between politics, economics and sovereignty that this modern age of globalisation presents to nations. And with no Western country more dependent on trade with China than Australia, this particular balance holds great intrigue. To date, Australia has managed to strike a fine balance with...
Why Chinese Travellers to Thailand Are Relevant to Exporters the World Over
Finding a steaming plate of pad thai or a hearty massaman curry in China is infinitely easier today than it was five years ago. In Shanghai alone, there are now more than 225 Thai restaurants. The snowballing of Thai cuisine is re...
The Future Duopoly of Chinese Brick & Mortar Retail
Someone who has read sci-fi novels over the past few decades would likely find today's China quite familiar. In Hangzhou city almost everything you do is monitored, traced and scored through a combination of online behavioural tra...
China's Shifting World of Production and How it Applies to Brands
"Analysis by the Environmental Working Group found that 160,000 people living in the region may be harmed by pig waste ... pigs are treated with antibiotics, vaccines and insecticides, all of which eventually pass into the lagoons...
Chinese Consumer Complaining Continues to Rise
If you're in China buying a tub of skincare online, a tray of New Zealand kiwifruit at the local fruit store, an expensive bottle of wine dining out, or even a well-known condom brand at a convenience store, there's a fair chance ...
Watch Winter Sports in China Over the Next Few Years
To understand the impact of Government directives on consumer behaviour in China we'd suggest watching the rise of winter sports over the next four years. Already well underway, the surge in related content through state-controlle...
China's Cross Border Commerce Discrepancies
In April 2016, pundits were predicting the demise of China's cross border ecommerce channel after hefty new taxes were suddenly introduced on all online cross border trade. Fortunately, some slick lobbying from Alibaba and JD saw...
Chinese Corporates' Lust for Luxury
Happy Year of the Dog! For our readers who took a break, we hope it was a blast. One of the defining factors of the last lunar year was the Government cracking down on overly-leveraged Chinese conglomerates, particularly those ...
Another Big Beginning to a Chinese Zodiac Year
Next week sees the Year of the Rooster end as we embrace the Dog for the next 12 lunar cycles. The dawning of the pooch marks the beginning of the enormous Spring Festival holiday, which will inevitably be marked with millions of ...
China's Less-Famous Online Giants
Talk about China's remarkable digital consumer ecosystem is often dominated by ecommerce, WeChat and mobile payments. Whilst there's no discounting their impact on the market, there are a host of other significant digital channels...
China's 'Scramble for New Retail'
Earlier this month JD launched its first 7FRESH, a 4,000 square metre grocery store in Beijing that follows many of the new retail concepts from Alibaba's Hema stores. JD heralded the supermarket the first of 1,000 stores that cou...
Why is it Popular? Dolce & Gabbana's Fail Uncovers Restored Chinese Pride
Detailing marketing initiatives that helped us to understand Chinese consumers better. In April 2017, Dolce & Gabbana released a series of images invoking its “D&G Loves China” campaign. Beautiful models a...
2018: The Year of the Chinese Consumer
Happy 2018! The year has started off on a positive note with China's premier Li Keqiang announcing last year's GDP growth is expected to roll in at 6.9% - north of the 6.5% target and the first acceleration in seven years; a time ...
Why is it Popular? SK-II & the Crusade Against 'Leftover Women' Stigmas
A weekly blog detailing marketing initiatives with meaning. A mid-2017 campaign from SK-II took the risk of putting a voice to social issues in China. Where many similarly directed campaigns have prompted backlash (IK...
Lessons from China: A Tale of Two Mega Brands
Back in 2012 scouring content for the Skinny, it seemed almost every week there was another article praising KFC’s success in China. It was the Western pin-up brand; finding the much sought-after balance that tempted the masses ...
Singles' Day Chasing More Growth
The big bull of ecommerce festivals comes charging into town this Saturday to much anticipation. Singles' Day and the week that follows will see millions of frenzied electric scooters ferrying an estimated one billion deliveries...