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  • What's News? May 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Gourmet food? Great!

    High-end food supermarket Great, a brand of Watson Group, plans to open its first mainland China store in Chengdu. At present, the company's only store in greater China is located in Hong Kong. The store will mainly sell imported and freshly cooked food. Industry experts believe Great chose to open its first store in Chengdu because high consumption in the region; Chengdu was ranked first in terms of retail-related spending growth among China's sub-provincial cities in 2012. Source: eBrun

  • What's News? April 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Hilton Garden: rooms ready in 2014

    Hilton is bringing its mid-market Hilton Garden hotel chain to China in time for 2014. Besides tier-one cities like Beijing and Guangzhou, branches will open in fast developing tier-two and three cities like Lijiang, Chengdu and Dandong. Hilton has 34 locations in Greater China. Source: Sohu

  • What's News? March 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Chengdu welcomes foreign formula to duty-free

    In order ease demand pressure, the Chengdu city government will allow foreign formula to retail in the city's duty-free zone within the coming year. The city is engaged in talks with mid-level international companies to directly import baby formula for quality control reasons. Prices in the duty-free zone are expected to fall well below local supermarket prices. Source: Tencent

  • What's News? March 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Volvo Chengdu plant ready to roll

    After a yearlong buildout, Volvo's new plant in Chengdu will start operations  in June. Beginning in October, the plant will produce the new S60L model for China's domestic market. The Chengdu plant represents Volvo's first new overseas plant since 1969. Industry experts predict the success of the new S60L will be key for both Volvo and Chengdu; this is the first time the city's auto manufacturing industry has attracted an international luxury car maker. Source: Netease

  • What's News? December 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Temperature drops, snow boots get hot

    According to Vancl, month-on-month snow boot sales increased by 70% in December, a shift the company attributes to a particularly cold winter in mainland China. Some regional trends have emerged: consumers in southern cities like Guangzhou and Shenzhen prefer high-cut boots; shoppers in midwestern Chengdu prefer low-cut boots around 4-6 inches tall; ankle boots with animal prints are most popular in Wuhan. In 2012 Vancl launched 150 styles of snow boots and more than 600 SKUs. Source: iFeng

  • What's News? November 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Retail developers expand in Sichuan

    As Sichuan's 1st-Tier market is becoming saturated, retail developers and operators are expanding from Chengdu into smaller cities in the province. CR Land's Mix City plans to open in cities like Mianyang and Deyang, and Japanese retail giant Ito Yokado is expanding to Mianyang and Meishan. Source: EBRun

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

    Starbucks raises China prices. Again.

    Starbucks recently increased the price of five basic types of coffee by RMB 2 in twelve cities, including Tianjin, Dalian, Chongqing, and Chengdu. These five types of coffee include Latte, Vanilla Latte, Cappuccino, Mocca and Caramel Macchiato. Starbucks explained that the prices of these five types of coffee in the twelve cities were lower than in other cities and so the increase will bring them in line. This is Starbucks second price increase this year. Source: EBRun

  • What's News? September 27, 2012 | 0 Comments

    CRC Vanguard to open more Ole’ supermarkets

    CRC Vanguard, the owner the Ole’ high end supermarket chain, plans to expand the brand to more cities like Chengdu, Nanning, Xi’an, Shenyang and Zhongshan. 10 new stores are expected to be opened this year and the accumulated store number is expected to reach 50 by 2016. The number of Ole’ stores as of September 2018 is 18. Source: 163

  • Branding, Trends
    September 23, 2012 | 2 Comments

    Post-trauma: Foreign brands and China’s flag

    Lotte. We're Korea, ok?

    Last week was a hard one for Japanese brands (and people) in China. Dozens of companies had to shut their stores and factories across the Middle Kingdom in fear of violent mobs. This week, everyone seems to be back in business, but lessons have been learned: Japanese-owned franchises are working hard to explain how Chinese they actually are, and even Korean stores are making sure no one mistakes them for Japanese.  ...Read More

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

    Chongqing beats Chengdu as China’s hotpot capital

    According to data collected by Taobao, consumers prefer to have hot pot in Chongqing and go for sightseeing in Chengdu. Chengdu and Chongqing are both famous for their local food, especially hot pot. However, according to the sales of stores on Taobao, ten times more people love Chongqing hot pot, beating Chengdu 30 to 1 over the past six months. Source: Sohu


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