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  • 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

  • FMCG, Lifestyle, Wellness
    August 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Side Effect: MNCs Get Healthy

    Double your daily servings.

    Health is a priority for Chinese consumers, and so it should be. After countless food and product safety scandals involving rat meat sold as lamb, carcinogenic baby formula and gutter oil, products in China must pass a Hippocratic litmus test of first doing no harm. In 2012, the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai surveyed over 150 companies from nearly two-dozen industries on what they thought were the most salient developments in the Chinese market. Local companies ranked an “acute awareness of health and wellness” as one of the top three general trends, whereas MNCs failed to list it among even the top five. From pharmaceuticals to travel, opportunities abound for disparate products to discover their own healthy side effects. ...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

  • e-Commerce, Lifestyle, Trends
    September 27, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Wages of Taobao: China’s shadow cash transfers

    Taobao girl needs money to spend.

    China's 30 million students are targeted by brands and retailers, despite being cash poor. Many students struggle to make ends meet and rely on family allowances. Such stipends are used to finance daily expenses as well as online shopping sprees. But e-Commerce is not only a way for students to spend cash; for some, it also offers a great way to obtain it. Thousands of young Chinese now operate virtual stores on Taobao through which they collect commission-free transfer payments from parents and friends. Those who go the extra mile even manage to raise money from absolute strangers.  ...Read More

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