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Consumers Lured by Promise of Safe Groceries Online

Reuters reports that food has become one of the fastest-growing segments of e-commerce in China, with online sales of produce expected to climb as consumers react to recent food safety scandals: The trend is adding momentum to a...

Is Chinese Consumption About to Collapse?

With a number of global companies reporting a drop in consumer demand from China, and others laying off China staff, Forbes’ Gordon Chang writes that it’s time for policymakers and analysts to revisit their...

What the Chinese Want

In the Wall Street Journal, Tom Doctoroff, a China-based advertising executive and author of “What Chinese Want: Culture, Communism and China’s Modern Consumer,” gives his perspective on what Chinese consumers...

Citibank Gets the Nod From China

The US-based Citibank announced that China has approved of the bank offering credit cards in China. Citibank will launch the program later this year, and it is the first non-Asian bank to offer credit cards in China. BBC...

China’s Affluent Youth Boom

Forbes reports on the rising affluence of young Chinese: “People under age 32 are driving sales. It’s shocking to me how few companies actually understand that,” said Shaun Rein, head of China Market Research...

Should the “3-15” Certification Be Cancelled? – Beijing Review

From Beijing Review: The China Consumers’ Association (CCA) confirmed in late July that it has ended its “3-15” certification program for consumer-friendly products, and companies that had been certified will have to stop using the designation after their agreement with the CCA expires. Following a scandal about a flooring wood company, the CCA cancelled the […]

David Barboza: China, New Land of Shoppers, Builds Malls on Gigantic Scale

From the New York Times: Not long ago, shopping in China consisted mostly of lining up to entreat surly clerks to accept cash in exchange for ugly merchandise that did not fit. But now, Chinese have started to embrace America’s modern “shop till you drop” ethos and are in the midst of a buy-at-the-mall frenzy. […]

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