Tag Archives: China

Advice from Alibaba’s Jack Ma

Jack Ma, who started life with very little, is now one of the richest people in the world. He is the  founder and executive chairman of retail behemoth Alibaba Group, which generates hundreds of billions of dollars each year. In an … Continue reading

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Chinese Firms Invent “Foreign” Brand Names

Many domestic Chinese companies want to project a more foreign (exotic) image. So, they have created brands that are not perceived as Chinese. As reported by Dan Levin for the New York Times: “Eager to glaze their products with the … Continue reading

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Singles’ Day in China: Records Fall

Singles’ Day in China is a huge event. And while it may be hard for us to believe, Singles’ Day dwarfs Cyber Monday for sales volume by a ratio of nearly 3 to 1. What is Singles’ Day? Each year, … Continue reading

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E-Tailing in China: A McKinsey Video

E-tailing is becoming much more popular in China.  Take a look at this video clip from McKinsey & Company.    

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What Can We Learn from Alibaba’s 11-11 Shopping Extravaganza?

Most retailers can only dream about the success of an event such as China’s Alibaba’s annual November 11 sale day. This day was wholly created by the online retailer as a time to have fun shopping — in essence, a … Continue reading

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Seating for 5,000? West Lake Restaurant in China

For those of us accustomed to dining out in a typically sized restaurant, seating for 250 or 500 people may make a restaurant seem massive. So, how about these statistics for the West Lake Chinese Restaurant in Changsha, China? The … Continue reading

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Tough Sledding for Retailers in China

China may have the world’s largest consumer base, but it is also a difficult place for foreign retailers to thrive. Here’s more evidence of this situation. According to Anil Gupta and Haiyan Wang, writing for Businessweek: “Tesco’s recent decision to … Continue reading

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