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Dror Poleg is a Real Estate / Media / Retail executive, based in Beijing.

  • Lifestyle, Trends
    November 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

    China’s Baby Bust: Consumers, Birth Rates, and Government Impotence

    Chinese baby

    China recently announced intentions to loosen its One Child Policy as part of a broader shift towards a consumption-based economy. As the theory goes, more births equal more demand for products and services as well as additional security for China's savers that they will be looked after in older age - either directly by their numerous kids or indirectly through transfer payments from younger workers. Unfortunately, the relationship between consumption and birth rates is not straightforward or one-sided: Social, cultural, and environmental factors stemming from China's fledgling consumer culture are pushing birth rates down and are likely to continue to do so regardless of government policy. Here's how.  ...Read More

  • What's News? December 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Alcatel retreats from China’s mobile market

    Once-French mobile phone brand Alcatel is retreating from the Chinese market. TCL, the company's owner and China representative, is laying off its local Alcatel team. Alcatel was acquired by TCL in 2004.  Chinese consumers never warmed up to the brand which is still active in some European markets. Source: EBRun

  • e-Commerce, Wellness
    November 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Poke: Building a sex-toy empire on China’s Weibo

    Ma Jiajia and a friend.

    China's students have been at the forefront of various revolutionary movements, rallying for and against foreign ideologies and scolding their compatriots for taking too few or too many liberties. When it comes to the country's current sexual revolution, students contributed a fair share of the action but so far failed to provide intelectual leadership. But things are starting to change: Over the past few weeks, a young lady of 22 has risen to social media fame, providing online guidance and opinion on all things sexual. Unlike past revolutionaries, she is guided by mundane passions, trying to turn her tiny campus sex shop into a national e-Commerce empire.  ...Read More

  • What's News? November 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

    China milk prices take a hike

    Recent increases in raw milk prices are pushing up the price of fresh milk and yogurt products. In one report, China's Bright Dairy raised the prices of some of its fresh milk and yogurt products in Wuhan by about 10%. Local media reports that industry expert now predict a new round of price increases in the sector.

  • Apparel, e-Commerce
    November 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Uniqlo vs. Vancl: Winning the online war, offline

    Vancl's down jackets. Fleeced?

    Vancl is one of China's most popular fast fashion brands. The company relies on a unique online-only sales model and cheeky designs that target China's post 1980s/1990s consumers. At the core of Vancl's original popularity is an ability to compete with international brands like Uniqlo and H&M on style, while undercutting them on pricing and distribution costs. But Vancl's initial success tempted it to enter new segments and open its platform to other brands. Meanwhile, local delivery and manufacturing prices kept rising. Now, Uniqlo is the one cutting prices, pushing Vancl to a price war that calls into question the viability of the online-only retailing model. ...Read More

  • Trends, Wellness
    November 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

    White lies: China’s intimate bleaching industry

    Whitening, not just a matter of face.

    Foreigners bound for China are always warned about the local obsession with face: One's fortunes are determined by the ability to gain it, maintain it, and never ever lose it. Face has been used to explain China's attachment to luxury items; now, retailers are trying to extend the metaphor to other parts of the human body. Over the past few years, products promising to whiten or "pinkify" anything from elbows to genitals, have become popular, promoted by aggressive - and sometimes offensive - marketing campaigns.  ...Read More

  • Hospitality, Lifestyle, Trends
    October 24, 2012 | 3 Comments

    Starbucks China: Wake up and smell the pastry

    Starbucks breakfast. App and running.

    China is the world's largest grocery market and one of the top three markets for fast food. Over the past two decades, Western staples like ice cream, coffee, and hamburgers became integral parts of China's urban diet. One slice of the local market has so far been impervious to foreign charms - the Chinese breakfast. Some pundits explain this by referring to culture and the sticky appeal of rice porridge. But a recent experiment by Starbucks might prove that China's breakfast is there for the taking.  ...Read More

  • Cars October 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Veiled promises: Can Chinese cars save Arab women?

    Carwash, China style.

    China has a spotty human rights record, but when it comes to women - the country is one of the world's most liberal. China's girl power is especially evident in the local car industry, where women enjoy special privileges and attention. But overseas, Chinese car brands are increasingly active in markets where women lack basic rights, including the right to drive. This creates an opportunity for China to export liberal attitudes (...and cars) and gain some badly-needed soft power and prestige.  ...Read More


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