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  • What's News? July 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

    H&M: quality for kids?

    H&M and other international apparel makers are in hot water with local government for the quality of their children's clothing. Both the Beijing City and Zhejiang Provincial Administrations for Industry and Commerce have found international brands like H&M, Armani, Uniqlo and Zara to be lacking when it comes to fiber content and fastness. Certain H&M children's products also failed quality tests in Guangzhou earlier this year.

    Source: Tencent

  • What's News? June 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Mercedes expands in northern capital

    Mercedes is expanding the capacity of its Beijing plant. While the current plant will continue to focus on the production of E, C and GLK series models, the company's new plant will focus on the production of compact models. Production at the Beijing plant will continue during the build out. Test production of the first compact models is expected by the end of 2014. Mercedes Beijing plant will become the company's largest worldwide production base. Source: Sina

  • What's News? May 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Nongfu closes Beijing plant

    Nongfu Spring announced that it will no longer service Beijing customers. Company reps said the Beijing environment is no longer welcoming to Nongfu; in particular, ongoing media scrutiny towards Nongfu safety standards. The Beijing plant currently processes and bottles water for 100,000 households in the region. Nongfu plans to refund customers over the next three months, declaring that the company will not pass on rising costs. Source: CNR

  • What's News? April 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Auto restrictions expand

    Following the lead of tier-ones like Beijing and Guangzhou, China's smaller cities are also looking to limit car purchases in the fight against pollution. Cities from Suzhou to Shanghai are exploring to limits on overall vehicle counts and new purchases in order to counter drive time congestion. Tier-two Guiyang began limiting vehicle purchases in 2011. Shenzhen and Hangzhou are also exploring similar policy options. Source: China Daily

  • What's News? April 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

    H&M nabs Nike’s turf

    Nike recently closed its Beijing flagship in central shopping district Wangfujing. H&M will soon be opening a flagship in the same location. Nike set up in the neighborhood during 2007 in the buildup to the 2008 Summer Olympics. With the rise of fast-fashion in Asia and rising rents in tier-one and two cities, the fast-fashion for sports-fashion switch is becoming a minor phenomenon. H&M already poached a different Nike location in Beijing prior to the Wangfujing store. Source: China Business Herald

  • What's News? April 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Bird flu brings business

    Ten years after SARS, China again faces fears of epidemic. The difference? E-commerce. Just as heavy smog bumped sales of air purifiers in January, recent panic over H7N9 avian flu have meant business opportunities for traditional Chinese medicine and respiratory protection. Banlangen isatis root, a popular TCM cure for viral infections, is selling out after rumors the drug can help ward off H7N9. Sales of Banlangen on Taobao have doubled in the past week. Shanghai consumers bought the most Banlangen, followed by Jiangsu, Beijing, and Zhejiang. Face mask sales are also up on concerns that the virus spreads via the respiratory tract. Source: Zhejiang News

  • What's News? March 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Beijing city gov: breakfast for all

    Beijing city government is working with convenience stores and food and beverage companies to set up a network of 100+ breakfast food locations in central business and commercial districts. Participating convenience stores must operate during early morning hours; city government officials are currently vetting 24-hour chain stores. 80 locations in the Xicheng district will act as a test zone for the plan. Four local convenience stores, including Huatian Food & Beverage and Gangjia Friendly Neighbor Convenience, have won government bids and will have the priority to sell breakfast.

    Source: Legal Evening Daily


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