Weekly Roundup: Andrew is Back, Pure Evil, Sustainability, and Taco Bell Exits

Monday, January 28, 2008 1:24
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With so much going on in China, and only a limited amount of bandwidth, I have created this weekly post to highlight articles that I feel are (1) important, (2) relevant, and (3) interesting.

This week there are 4 articles that I have put into the mix, and the topics this week range from managing team expectations and moral, to a horrific attack in Nanjing, a comparison of China vs. 6 other emerging markets, and the exit of Taco Bell/ entry of Dunkin Donuts

Each are quite interesting, they are all relevant, and I hope you enjoy the articles

If you have an article that you feel needs to be mentioned, please do so in the comments section. We all have different areas of interest and bandwidth, so I hope you will take some time and post those articles!

China Sales Teams need their own business plan. and China Sales Managers – Solutions shouldn’t cause worse problems.
Andrew from China Solved is back online and preaching the gospel once again. Technical glitches aside (net nanny has blocked a few of his sites lately), his recent posts are excellent for those looking to learn about management of in China. Hs advice is always solid, and I suggest everyone take some time and go through some of his previous posts as well.

F*cking animals
Richard over at the Peking Duck really put a recent story in the right context with his title. In case you missed the news, a migrant worker recent had his hand cut off by a thug hired by his company (a state owned construction firm). Luckily for everyone involved, the media got a hold of this story and now the company has been driven out of the province, the thug put in jail, and the workers paid. I am still shocked at what means people will go to.

SIRAN Report: Sustainability Reporting in Emerging Markets:
a recent report by Social Investment Research Analyst Network (SIRAN), has taken a look at sustainability reporting of 75 companies based in the 7 emerging markets of Brazil, China, India, Russia, South Africa, South Korea and Taiwan. As one might expect, as developing economies, there is a long way to go, however there are some really interesting trends found… South Africa has a much higher lievel of reporting, whereas China is in the middle/ bottom of the pack for most of the measurements (no surpriese there). Report can be download here

Dunkin’ Donuts coming back to Shanghai and Taco Bell bids Shanghai farewell
The restaurant business anywhere in the world is touch, and in Shanghai it is no different. When I first got to Shangahi, and my collegues thought that we should celebrate, we waited in line at People’s Park Taco Bell. Unfortunately though, this Yum group (owner of KFC and Pizza Hut) product didn’t last. But, that doesn’t matter, because Dunkin Donuts is coming back, and I really hope they have jelly donuts. I must wonder, will the local boys in blue give up their dumplings for donuts?

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3 Responses to “Weekly Roundup: Andrew is Back, Pure Evil, Sustainability, and Taco Bell Exits”

  1. Josh UK says:

    January 30th, 2008 at 4:11 am

    Another one in line with the weather, showing just how reliant China is on Coal, World Market prices, Globalisation related issues….

    Coal price debate at root of power shortage

  2. Rich says:

    January 30th, 2008 at 4:40 am

    Hi Josh,

    Thanks for that. I saw that earlier this morning, and I think it does a good job of highlighting some of the current issues, but it does a poor job of addressing the core issues…. rail capacity and drought.

    18-24 months ago China began importing coal from Australia/ NZ to support Guangdong. the basic issue being the rail network could not get the coal out of Shanxi and into GZ. so, they had to import.

    At the same time, the south has been going through a drought that has reduced hydro capatcity significantly. Another addition to the problem, but not a massive problem even with the other problem above

    Match oth of those to a diesel shortage, and you have a third strike, but this one is more subtle… because it is what prevents trucks picking up the capacity following 1 and 2

    Now, bring all those together… add a snow storm.. then add the factors in the article, and it you get a massive problem.like this…. Guizhou declares blackout emergency

  3. Josh UK says:

    January 30th, 2008 at 7:08 am

    Yes rail capacity and drought, there’s something that’s slipped my mind! It appears that investment in those areas is lacking from the Chinese govnt atm… I am going to send you an evaluation I have produced on China which is being used to give my manangement of China from an overall perspective. Please have a look and pass any pointers but don’t publish it until April if that’s ok.

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