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    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

  • What's News? December 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

    360 Buy to launch advertising service

    360 Buy, one of China's most popular e-Commerce sites, recently announced plans to launch a new advertising system early next year. The new system will mainly serve/target companies that operate online stores on 360Buy's open platform. The company did not disclose any additional information but the service is expected to resemble Taobao's Zhitongche (淘宝“直通车”).  Taobao launched Zhitongche in 2006, allowing retailers to promote their products. Source: EBRUn  

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

    Jewelry retailers struggle to sell online

    Established diamond and jewelry retailers such as Zhou Da Fu (Chow Tai Fook) Zhou Sheng Sheng (Chow Sang Sang) are moving more of their sales efforts online. To mitigate rising labor and rental costs, the jewelry giants opened stores on popular sites like TMall and, as well as launching their own B2C platforms. To date, the online sales of traditional jewelry companies did not go too well. Industry experts cited in local Chinese media say that following a similar price strategy online and offline makes it difficult for jewelry companies to attract customers online. Source: EBRun

  • e-Commerce, Wellness
    November 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Poke: Building a sex-toy empire on China’s Weibo

    Ma Jiajia and a friend.

    China's students have been at the forefront of various revolutionary movements, rallying for and against foreign ideologies and scolding their compatriots for taking too few or too many liberties. When it comes to the country's current sexual revolution, students contributed a fair share of the action but so far failed to provide intelectual leadership. But things are starting to change: Over the past few weeks, a young lady of 22 has risen to social media fame, providing online guidance and opinion on all things sexual. Unlike past revolutionaries, she is guided by mundane passions, trying to turn her tiny campus sex shop into a national e-Commerce empire.  ...Read More

  • What's News? November 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Internet Cafés dabble as e-Commerce distribution centres

    Over 800 internet cafés in Guangzhou started to operate as purchase agents for buyers on Customers select goods that they want online and ask the internet café to buy them on their behalf.  The café then purchases the goods on the buyer's behalf, usually after collecting a downpayment form hte buyer. Once the goods are received, the buyers pays the rest of the amount. Tmall started cooperating with internet café properietors in order to expand access to the site to buyers who do not have the appropriate payment means (such as bank card or credit card) or a permanent local address.  The site also plans to cooperate with convenience stores and community property management companies to provide similar services in the future. Source: EBRun

  • Apparel, e-Commerce
    November 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Uniqlo vs. Vancl: Winning the online war, offline

    Vancl's down jackets. Fleeced?

    Vancl is one of China's most popular fast fashion brands. The company relies on a unique online-only sales model and cheeky designs that target China's post 1980s/1990s consumers. At the core of Vancl's original popularity is an ability to compete with international brands like Uniqlo and H&M on style, while undercutting them on pricing and distribution costs. But Vancl's initial success tempted it to enter new segments and open its platform to other brands. Meanwhile, local delivery and manufacturing prices kept rising. Now, Uniqlo is the one cutting prices, pushing Vancl to a price war that calls into question the viability of the online-only retailing model. ...Read More

  • What's News? November 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Marie Claire opes flagship store on Tmall

    Marie Claire recently opened flagship store on Tmall. The store offers the brands facial mask, lotions, creams, beauty cleansers, and other products. Marie Clair's Tmall sales will be handled by Shanghai Yinmei Cosmetics, who also runs the brand's other activities in China. Marie Claire was introduced to the China market in July 2012 and is available in major department stores, shopping malls and other cosmetics sales channels. Source: EBRun

  • What's News? November 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

    360Buy acquires online payment tool

    360Buy has been looking for M&A opportunities in the online payment sector ever isnce its cooperation with Alibaba's Alipay was terminated in 2011. Following failed negotiations with Tencent's Tenpay and 99bill, local media reports that the company recently signed a deal with Chinabank Payment. Currently the percentage of customers of 360Buy that choose the payment on delivery method has decreased from 70% to 50%, meaning that about 30 million users are using third-party payment processing tools when buying goods on 360B87. According to statistics, in 2011, Ali Pay had 49% of the online payment market, Tenpay had over 20%, while the remaining 30% was divided between smaller operators like Chinabank Payment and 99bill. Source: EBRun


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