The One Number That Matters for Luckin Coffee vs. Starbucks in China (And Maybe Tim Hortons)

The Luckin vs. Starbucks fight is accelerating, both in terms of stores opened and hype. Luckin is rapidly positioning for an IPO. And Tim Horton’s is jumping into the China coffee biz. What is going on? Why is there so much activity in the previously sleepy business of Chinese retail coffee? Recall, a similar thing […]

Jeffrey Towson – The Race for Assets in New Retail

From one of my standard talks in 2018 (since retired). This is about bike-sharing, mobility and super-apps. See below. Youtube link is here. Other parts of talk are below: Part 1: What is the Engine of Chinese Bike-Sharing? Part 2: Give Consumers Exactly What They Want Part 3: In Digital China, Re-Imagine Operations ASAP Part […]

New Retail Is a Competitive Fortress – and 4 Other Take-Aways from Alibaba Singles’ Day 2018

I had an awesome 2 days behind the scenes with Alibaba at Singles’ Day 2018. I got to attend the gala, visit companies and talk with management – all in the midst of the world’s biggest spending frenzy. Plus I got to meet some other “global influencers”, most of whom I had been reading for […]

Meituan vs. Alibaba vs. Didi vs. Ctrip: Why China’s Internet Giants Are Colliding In Local Services (Pt 3 of 4)

This is Part 3 on my visit to the Meituan-Dianping headquarters in Beijing. Part 1 was my main take-aways. Part 2 was what I think people are getting wrong about Meituan. “Local services” has been a hot topic this year. And we have seen big local services moves by many of China’s digital giants. Tencent-backed […]

“星巴克联手阿里巴巴”意味着瑞幸咖啡需要尽快与京东或腾讯合作

星巴克已经与阿里巴巴建立起一种“新零售”形式的战略伙伴关系。通过此种方式他们已经快速进入了数字中国和消费中国的前沿,为人称道,令人赞叹。然而,这对于瑞幸咖啡而言却真的是个坏消息。

Luckin Coffee Doesn’t Need to Beat Starbucks to Win Big in China (Video)

Some thoughts on Starbucks vs. Luckin Coffee in China. Plus stuff around Beijing and Shanghai. Although the outlet number (I said 650) has been increasing rapidly. Link is here. ——— I write and speak about digital China and Asia’s latest tech trends. Music by Tobu, Wholm and Blume! http://tobumusic.com http://www.youtube.com/tobuofficial http://www.facebook.com/tobuofficial http://www.soundcloud.com/7obu.

“Starbucks Plus Alibaba” Means Luckin Coffee Needs to Partner With JD or Tencent ASAP.

So Starbucks has launched a “new retail” strategic partnership with Alibaba. And in doing so they are leapfrogging to the front of digital and consumer China. Kudos. That’s impressive. And it’s pretty bad news for Luckin Coffee. The Alibaba-Starbucks deal, as announced, has three components: 1) A tie-in with Ele.me for delivery. The statement from […]

瑞幸咖啡如何能够在中国击败星巴克 (第2部分/共3部分)

在第1部分,我详细说明了我参观几家瑞幸咖啡门店的情况。这是一个来势凶猛的新兴企业,它致力于在中国的零售咖啡业打败星巴克。所以,在第2部分,我的问题是:瑞幸咖啡能干掉星巴克吗?