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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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China's Evolving Health Companies and Opportunities
Out for a lunchtime stroll in most Chinese cities, you may not get that refreshed feeling you get elsewhere in the world. China's carbon dioxide emissions have grown almost 150% since 2000. Although growth has flattened out this d...
China's Coffee Market is Finally Starting to Get Interesting
Only in China. At the beginning of the year Luckin Coffee hadn't sold a single cup of coffee. Less than six months and 500 stores later, the coffee chain is valued at more than a billion dollars with over 1.3 million users of thei...
China's Less Publicised Trends Making an Impact on Consumption
There's no shortage of coverage about China's New Retail revolution, its mouthwatering rise of shared bikes and its 227 million active users, along with WeChat, ecommerce, mobile payments and other uniquely China trends such as cr...
How Digital Channels are Shaking Up B2B Marketing in China
The use of online social media in the West sees a clear separation between professional and personal in the form of LinkedIn vs. Facebook/Instagram/etc. In China, the lines are much more blurred, particularly on WeChat. Through We...
How China's Embracing of the FIFA World Cup Represents Overall Market Trends
Just as live sports are helping prop up the old world of television advertising, they can also be a potent force in international relations and trade. We saw it with the ping pong diplomacy of the early 70s, and as sport becomes a...
Be Careful How You Interpret Insights in China
Foreign brands scanning the news over the past week may have been sent on an emotional roller coaster. Although China Bears have been doom-talking about the economy for years, the World Bank's latest update points to China's GDP c...
Lower Tier Cities in China - Considerations Before Jumping In
There are many relatively unknown cities in China with GDPs as large as countries. For example, the city of Zibo has an economy the size of Panama's and Tangshan's GDP ranks up there with New Zealand by some measures. These small...
The Essential Steps to Planning For Success on WeChat
The lure of WeChat for brands is clear; last year it drove $32.9 billion of information consumption and $52.4 billion of traditional consumption including travel, food, shopping, hotels, and tourism, according to a report from the...
How To Best Protect Your Brand from Counterfeiters in China
2011-2013 felt like bad years for fakes in China. When writing the Skinny it seemed like there was a new exposé every week to include, whether it be rat meat dressed up as lamb, fake Apple stores that even fooled the staff or ev...
China’s New Generation of Partnership Opportunities for Brands
When an estimated 500 new products and services launch in China every day, separating your brand from the rest can be an endless struggle. Of course an informed and intelligent approach to the market is vital in driving success, b...
China's New Channels of Competition More of a Threat than Ever
The strategies and recommendations that China Skinny developed five years ago were quite different than those we do today. When we cited the best examples of marketing in China, we would typically look to foreign brands. Back then...
Appealing to China's Millennial Parents
In the first quarter of 2018 China’s GDP growth continued to bubble away at 6.8%, largely driven by consumption which accounted for 77.8% of the growth. Powering this critical economic driver is the ever-evolving millennial; hig...
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 co...
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...
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