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Two Threats to the Big China Dreams of Zara and H&M

H&M and Zara are two companies I pay a lot of attention to in China. They have great business models. Fast fashion is really impressive in general. They are popular with Chinese consumers. They are both following market leader Uniqlo in terms of expansion into second and third tier cities. They seem to be growing […]

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The Very Symbolic Collision of Sotheby’s-Christie’s and Poly-Guardian in China Art (Pt 2 of 2)

*The following is an excerpt from our One Hour China Consumer Book (which is available here.). In Part 1, I told about how Christie’s and Sotheby’s have been involved in Chinese art for decades – and have recently entered China directly. This puts them in basically the wild west of the art world. Part 1 […]

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The Adventures of Sotheby’s and Christie’s in the Wild West of Chinese Art (Pt 1 of 2)

*The following is an excerpt from our One Hour China Consumer Book (which is available here.). “In September 2013, premier art auction house Christie’s held its first-ever auction in China. They have had a representative office in Shanghai since 1994. And they have been running auctions out of Hong Kong for decades. But this small […]

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The Awesome But Mostly Unknown Story of Carlsberg Beer in China (Pt 2 of 2)

*The following is an excerpt from our One Hour China Consumer Book (which is available here.). Part 1 of this story is here. Sunny and Carlsberg Leave China Sunny Wong joined Carlsberg China as a sales manager in 1987, six years after Carlsberg had opened its first China brewery (in Hong Kong ). Carlsberg’s first […]

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The Awesome But Mostly Unknown Story of Carlsberg Beer in China (Pt 1 of 2)

*The following is an excerpt from our One Hour China Consumer Book (which is available here.). “This story starts in 1999 and it centers around a Hong Kong native and long-time Carlsberg employee named Sunny Wong. Sunny joined Carlsberg as a sales manager in Hong Kong in 1987. He rose through the ranks and eventually […]

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5 Things I Learned from My Visit to Mobike Headquarters (Pt 2 of 2)

In Part 1, I gave a summary of my visit to the Mobike headquarters in Beijing – and my meeting with founder Hu Weiwei. That is located here. I ended up touring and asking questions for about 2-3 hours. It was really fascinating. Here are my five take-aways on Mobike and bike-sharing in general. Take-Away […]

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My Visit to Mobike Headquarters and What I Learned From Founder Hu Weiwei (Pt 1 of 2)

In late July, I did a tour of Mobike’s headquarters in Beijing – and I had a fascinating talk with founder Hu Weiwei and VP of International Expansion Chris Martin,. It was a fantastic experience and I left with a much better appreciation of the rocketship ride the company has been on. I am writing […]

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Will Mobike Merge With Ofo?

I think we are officially at the end of Phase I of China’s bike-sharing / bike-rental phenomenon. There are now a couple of clear leaders – Mobike and Ofo. The services are experiencing tons of daily usage by Chinese consumers, and growth is continuing rapidly. This is definitely not a fad. The economics of the […]

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My Favorite Map for Understanding Modern China

The “cluster” map shown above (and below) is originally by McKinsey & Co. I think it really illustrates three important points about modern China. Point 1: China today is a series of clusters, not a continent. China today is not yet an integrated continental economy. You don’t see infrastructure seamlessly connecting each part of the […]

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How Tsingtao, CR Snow and the Other Beer SOEs Won Big in China (Pt 1 of 2)

The Chinese beer market looks similar to beer markets in the rest of the world – mostly regional markets mostly dominated by a few giant beer companies. But take a look at the below chart from 2013. You’ll note that China evolved with one big difference with the rest of the world: The dominating beer […]