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  • 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

  • Hospitality, Trends, Wellness
    July 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Losing face: Chinese girls on Korean beauty sprees

    Korea's Girls Generation. Supporting local industry.

    As we are typing these words, hundreds of Chinese girls are planning their first or even second holiday in Korea. Most of the trip will be spent in hospital, but the young travelers will happily pay a full price. After all, a pretty face is worth much more than a few hundred thousand RMB. Outbound plastic surgery tourism is on the rise in China, catering mostly to girls who aspire to look like (allegedly) upgraded celebrities like Fan Bingbing or Babrbie Xu. Next door Korea, famous for its doctors and unnatural beauties, is the obvious destination.  ...Read More

  • Cars, M&A, What's News?
    May 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Geely’s international adventures not going smoothly… in China.

    Volvo S40... coming soon.

    Geely, China's largest privately-owned car company, is expanding aggressively overseas. Meanwhile, the Chinese sales of Geely's international brand, Volvo, are hit due to supply chain delays on the mainland. Geely plans to invest USD 40 million to build a new factory in Uruguay. The factory will open within six months and its output, Geely cars, will be exported to Argentina. The move aims to circumvent Argentina's import limitations, and allow Geely greater access to that country. As international expansion goes, Geely is the most aggressive of China's auto companies. ...Read More

  • Branding, FMCG, What's News?
    May 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Branded perfume advertising hits two year low

    Charlize Theron for Dior, China.

    Ad spending by the major perfume brands dropped in to its lowest level in two years, according to Meihua, a Chinese advertising monitoring platform. The top three advertisers in China's perfume market are LVMH Group, Bvlgari and DAISY MARC JACOBS. In March, their ad spending dropped 10.56%, 36.79 and 82.26% respectively. According to Meihua's analysis, the decrease is due to massive spending in February's Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day. In China, the major perfume consumers are white collar women aged between 30 and 50. The prefered media for branded perfume advertising is fashion magazines.

  • FMCG, Wellness, What's News?
    May 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Coca-Cola’s “insincerity” may hurt all foreign brands in China

    Coca Cola China.

    In late April, Coca-Cola was forced to close one of its factories in northern China. The closure was ordered after Chinese government inspectors found chlorine in a batch of soft drinks. Last week, Coca-Cola's plant in Shanxi province published a public apology. The company admitted the products were tainted with chlorine, but insisted and highlighted that they were nonetheless safe and in keeping with Chinese standards. It also disclosed that the batches in question were produced between February 4 to 8, and that a total of nine batches were affected. Chinese netizens were not impressed, and sometimes angry, with Coca-Cola's apology; they considered it "insincere". ...Read More


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