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The Investment Driving China's Consumption Behaviour
It’s been a relatively lean few months for positive news about China’s economy, but things appear to be starting to
Are China's Falling Birth Rates Going to Hit Child-Focused Brands?
In October 2015, China announced plans that it would be abolishing its one-child policy the following year, in hope of
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The Skinny on China's Inaugural International Import Expo (CIIE)
You've got to give it to China: This week's inaugural China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai - the 'Canton Fair for exporters' - has attracted representatives from 85% of the countries that the Olympics attracts, all h...
What Lies Ahead for Daigou in 2019
China's daigou are both loved and loathed, depending who you talk to. For Chinese consumers, they deliver quality western products - from vitamins to luxury handbags - that are sometimes unavailable in the Mainland, often at a low...
The Mother of All Singles' Days
11.11 or Singles' 'Day' 2018 officially launched last week, with about 500,000 items available for pre-order on Tmall. The world's biggest shopping festival has long been a yardstick for Chinese consumer sentiment and spending, an...
What's Driving China's Rural Revitalisation is What it Means for Brands
Ten years ago, the average dairy farm in China had three cows. With millions of peasants tending postage-stamp sized lots, educating them on basic farming techniques such as responsible pesticide use was nigh impossible. Each batc...
The Wacky World of KOLs in China
Welcome to this week's Skinny on China; we hope it was a great break for those who were off over Golden Week. Aside from the annual inundation of tourist sites, transport hubs and highways, the most talked-about news of the break ...
China’s Ecommerce Duopoly Has Finally Fallen
The brains trust at Amazon are likely to be scratching their heads wondering how that happened. After spending hundreds of millions of dollars and 14 years to wrestle market share from the almighty Alibaba and JD-Tencent-Walmart s...
Why US Brands Should be Interested in China's Golden Week Tourists
No holiday period provides a better barometer for the state of tourism and general consumer sentiment in China than the October Golden Week. Unlike Chinese New Year when the majority of Chinese return home to their families, Octob...
China's Correlation Between Video Games and Kittens
Chinese males have an obsession with gaming, so say the numbers. China's $38 billion gaming market is worth more than four times its movie industry. The country's infatuation has contributed to eSports becoming a medal event at th...
China's Health Industry: Convenience at a Whole New Level
Few people who have been sick in China will look back at it fondly. Crowded, noisy establishments serviced by understaffed and overworked hands, and full of other frustrated sick people who look disturbingly contagious. Not exactl...
WeChat Official Accounts Are Available to Overseas-Based Brands
The most frequent inquiry we've had over the past few years is "how do I set up a WeChat Official Account if I'm based outside of China?" Until recently there was no straightforward answer, but that has finally changed! Foreign bu...
Beijing's Difficult Balancing Act Around Sex
Flicking through the channels on Chinese TV or the well-known online video sites, you won't find any signs of prolonged or provocative kissing scenes, a hint of sexual freedom, one-night stands, extramarital affairs, wife swapping...
Keeping Chinese Consumers Loyal
Chinese consumers have long been known as the world's most promiscuous consumers. For years foreign brands have hoped to win their loyalty employing initiatives that worked in western markets, but had little effect halting Chinese...
Why Blockchain May Become as Common as WeChat in China
If there is one country where blockchain will succeed, it is China. Nowhere is there a larger, more underdeveloped or fragmented amount of data to manage in logistics, supply chains and other areas. There are also the ever-present...
China's Ecommerce Duopoly Has Finally Fallen
The brains trust at Amazon are likely to be scratching their heads wondering how thathappened. After spending hundreds of millions of dollars and 14 years to wrestle market share from the almighty Al...
Alibaba Jumps into the Future of Physical Advertising
A quick quiz to start this week's Skinny: What is the most valuable marketing company in the world? Most people probably couldn't care less, but there are a few folk in the industry who would say WPP. Whilst the company hasn't had...
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