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  • What's News? May 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Chery sets overseas R&D

    Chery recently announced overseas research centers in Japan, Italy and Germany. The centers are part of plans to help Chery produce autos more suitable for international consumers. Chery currently has over 6,000 staff working in R&D. Chery export number jumped 21% from 2011 to 2012, and total autos sold overseas nearly double both Geely and Great Wall. Source: Netease

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

    Casio to ramp up promotions in China’s interior

    Casio plans to increase promotional activites in China's inland provinces and expand to 3rd-,4th-, and 5th-Tier cities over the next five years. , tier-four and tier-five cities in the next several years. The Japanese watch (and calculator) maker plans to double its share of the Chinese market by 2015. As part of the strategy, Casio recently set up a new sales department in Wuhan; for less developed cities, the company plans to rely on a network of local dealers. Casio is well recognized in developed cities like Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. It currently operates nine sales departments across China. Source: EBRun

  • Trends, Wellness
    November 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

    White lies: China’s intimate bleaching industry

    Whitening, not just a matter of face.

    Foreigners bound for China are always warned about the local obsession with face: One's fortunes are determined by the ability to gain it, maintain it, and never ever lose it. Face has been used to explain China's attachment to luxury items; now, retailers are trying to extend the metaphor to other parts of the human body. Over the past few years, products promising to whiten or "pinkify" anything from elbows to genitals, have become popular, promoted by aggressive - and sometimes offensive - marketing campaigns.  ...Read More

  • 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? August 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Suning to open more Flagship, Laox stores

    Suning plans to open more Expo super flagship stores and Laox as part of its new development strategy. Currently Suning has 1,728 stores in mainland China, Hong Kong and Japan. In the first half of the year, the company opened 79 new stores, while closing 74 other, non-performing stores. Suning currently has 47 Expo super flagship stores and three Laox stores in China. Source: Winshang

  • e-Commerce, Electronics, M&A
    July 6, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Turning Japanese: Suning’s Laox Gamble

    Laox China.

    Suning spent years as the perpetual runner up in China's home appliance market. It finally took the lead from archenemy Gome in the late naughties, only to grapple with softer demand due to the cooling real estate market. Suning responded by diversifying into lifestyle shopping centres, online commerce, and international markets. Laox, a Japanese retailer it acquired in 2011, now stands at the centre of Suning's domestic and overseas expansion plans. Suning's strategy offers interesting lessons to retailers in China, Japan, and beyond.  ...Read More


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