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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

  • FMCG, Trends, Wellness
    June 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Taiwan: Food Cleaner on Other Shore?

    Food regulation: a dirty game

    Gutter oil”, or cooking waste reprocessed for sale as cooking oil, is a frequent target in China’s protracted war to defend food safety. Chinese eaters might feel slightly relieved to hear that similar problems extend beyond the shores of the mainland. Health inspectors in Jiayi, Taiwan have recently cracked down on the downright dirty behavior of local food processors, this time for “boiler oil”. What can Chinese consumers take away from more dirty business? ...Read More

  • e-Commerce, Trends
    June 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Retail Megatrends: Online Rise, Foreign Fall

    China: center of retail universe

    Retail in China increasingly means online retail. So says the “China Retail 100”, a report produced by the China General Chamber of Commerce. 2012 was the first year the report took account of online retail and the results were revealing: sales from China’s largest online retailers grew 113% faster than offline retail, with nearly half (49.6) of all retail sales growth in 2012 generated online (more in Chinese here). When that number crosses 50% in 2013, who stands to profit? ...Read More

  • 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


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