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  • What's News? June 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Hypermarkets face doubt

    Two hypermarket chains, one foreign and one local, face concerns about health practices. Carrefour, with rumors swirling about an impending sale of its mainland China and Taiwan business, also earned coverage for claims from a manager at one of Carrefour's Guangzhou locations who claimed 99% of the company's products passed inspections. Chinese media coverage pointed out that Guangzhou Carrefour locations only test for bacteria counts and only test on a fixed schedule. Jing Kelong, meanwhile, is dealing with full-fledged scandal. The Beijing grocery has incurred wrath from consumers and inspectors for changing "consume by" dates on fresh goods meat products. After firing the manager of the neighborhood Tongzhou, Beijing store at the center of the scandal, Jing Kelong has initiated its own inspections and established a special hotline for complaints. Source: Tencent

  • Branding, FMCG, Wellness
    March 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Nowhere fast: KFC’s China future

    China Hearts KFC?

    Is it time to downgrade the “credit rating” of foreign food sellers in China? Ongoing safety scandals involving KFC and other upmarket brands have garnered unwanted attention for foreign food from customers and regulators. While scandal is commonplace for domestic Chinese food and beverage makers, foreign companies have managed to maintain an image of health and safety, even when it comes to fast food and sweets. Those healthy images are now under interrogation in an environment where low public trust in food quality has spawned a cottage industry of home safety devices from smartphone apps to home chemical testers. Can foreign food stay a healthy choice?  ...Read More

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

    Golden Week begins

    The Chinese New Year holiday is also a “golden week” for retailers, a time of peak shopping activity as China’s consumers take a break from work to hit the aisles. So far, so good: according to numbers released by Beijing’s Commission of Commerce, retail sales were up 8.2% year-on-year for the first day of golden week. The news was even better for international supermarket chains like Wal-Mart, Carrefour and Lotte Mart, with first day sales 12% higher than a year ago. Source: iFeng

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

    Carrefour opens county-level store

    Carrefour has opened its first “county-level” store in Anhui province. This marks the first foreign supermarket serving a provincial-wide market. Carrefour sees the store as a way into smaller tier-three and four cities. Carrefour is already active across Anhui in cities like Hefei, Bengbu and Huainan. Source: China Daily

  • What's News? January 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Tesco jumps (back) into e-Commerce

    Reports indicate that Tesco is planning to launch an online platform selling food products in the Shanghai market. The company also plans to use its own logistics system when it comes to processing deliveries. Tesco experimented with online retailing in 2011 with an online storefront on Alibaba’s Tmall. With other large foreign wholesalers like Wal-Mart and Carrefour entering the online space, Tesco is giving e-commerce another try. Shanghai will be the new platform's testing ground, and if all goes well the company has its eyes on the national market. Source: eBrun

  • What's News? August 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Wal-Mart set to slow China expansion plans

    Wal-Mart recently declared that company expansion in China has been too aggressive and  will slow. According to Wal-Mart's CFO, Wal-Mart is opening 30% fewer stores globally this year compared to with original projections. Besides Wal-Mart, Carrefour and Tesco also are changing their development strategy through slowed expansion in China.

    Source: Hexun

  • M&A July 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Brand Shopping: Mergers and acquisitions in China’s retail market

    Catalog detail. LVMH's Ochirly.

    China is the world's second largest retail market and everyone wants a piece of the pie. But building a retail operation from scratch takes time and requires scarce expertise. As a result, many Chinese and foreign retailers rely on mergers and acquisitions to launch, expand, or gain strategic advantage. Below is a rundown of major deals from the past decade, and a summary key trends to watch over the next few years.  ...Read More


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