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  • Lifestyle, Trends
    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

  • Apparel, e-Commerce
    May 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Vancl’s journey from desktop to mobile

    Vancl ads. Coming soon to a handset near you.

    The past five years have seen the rise of China's e-Commerce industry, a trend that is expected to continue into the next decade. Online retailers such as DangDang and TMall became household names, and traditional retailers that adapted in time managed to expand their reach (see, for example, our reports on Uniqlo, Sephora, and O2O). But brick and mortar retailers are not the only ones that need to adapt; as online commerce shifts from the desktop to the handheld, even online retailers need to change strategy in order to remain competitive. ...Read More

  • Apparel, e-Commerce
    April 9, 2012 | 1 Comments

    Vancl: Building an Online Retail Brand

    Vancl

    Vancl is one of China's leading retailers. Unlike leading apparel retailers - such as Gap and Uniqlo - that built strong online sales platforms on the back of brick-and-mortar stores, Vancl only sells online. As an online retailer, Vancl competes with the likes of Taobao, Tmall, 360buy.com, and mbaobao.com. However, while these sell third-party products, Vancl sells branded products under its own name. With no physical stores or distributors, Vancl sells directly to consumers online. The site built a name for itself as an accessible and reliable source of quality apparel, shoes and accessories at mid-to-low prices, and is now one of China’s top-ten casual apparel brands (excluding sportswear). In 2011, Vancl's sales hit 8 billion RMB – over four times what they sold in 2010. ...Read More

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