Archive for the ‘The Big Picture’ Category

To Be Transparent Will Be Glorious

Sunday, June 9, 2013 17:36 Comments Off on To Be Transparent Will Be Glorious

On of the most recent trends that I have noticed more and more over the last 2-3 years is the efforts that firms will go to in the area of transparency.  Engaging consumers through campaigns that are educationally minded.  Teaching the consumer how their products are produced, and why they can be trusted. The most […]

This was posted under category: Going to Market, The Big Picture

Great Comparison of US and Chinese Stats by CNBC

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 8:27 3 Comments

Just found one of the more interesting charts comparing US and Chinese statistics in the NBC article China’s strength could become its weakness Don’t really have much to add except the most interesting of all the comparisons I think the difference in roads paved has to be the most interesting for me, and it is […]

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China Debates Citizenship

Thursday, May 30, 2013 0:55 Comments Off on China Debates Citizenship

An interesting post over at Tea Leaf Nation about Chinese debating what it means to be a citizen of China.  It is interesting for me as over the years this has come up on a number of occasions, but usually as a result of a crisis like the 2008 Earthquake (where citizenship was applauded) or […]

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Chiquita Sells 100 Years of Safe and Fresh Food to Chinese Consumers

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 22:03 Comments Off on Chiquita Sells 100 Years of Safe and Fresh Food to Chinese Consumers

   In a market where consumers are on edge about what they are eating, there are going to be opportunities for firms with a brand supported by safe to enter the market.  In China, this market has recently been filled by the importation of products that were easily transportable, and an explosion in the organics […]

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Beijing International Airport Ranks 5th by Skytrax. HUH?

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 1:21 2 Comments

Being recognized as having the world’s best airport, or one of, is something that countries take seriously. for years, and likely for years to come, the main fight has been between Singapore an Hong Kong. both of which have amazing airports. Easy access to city, fast immigration, good food, shopping, stable wireless, and on time […]

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Change Your Passwords. Change Them Often

Monday, May 6, 2013 18:21 2 Comments

Just finished reading China’s Cyberspies Outwit Model for Bond’s Q , Bloomberg’s second piece on China and cyber security, and I was nearly dumbfounded by the fact that the firm at the center of the article didn’t understand (1) they were under threat and (2) did nothing to remove the threats when it was abundantily […]

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Safety Vs. Price. Lessons from the Japanese in China

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 2:31 4 Comments

Some of the most difficult, and important, decisions a firm can make are about the balance between price and quality in China.  For many that I have worked with, there is an embedded trust gap in China, yet the pressure to drive costs is simply too powerful to overcome.  It is almost mind boggling at […]

This was posted under category: From the Factory Floor, The Big Picture

When the Ambulance Doesn’t Come

Sunday, April 21, 2013 22:52 7 Comments

When reading the article Ambulance never came for boy struck by screen in Shanghai, I thought it important to write up a quick post on what to do when a medical emergency happens in Shanghai (and I hope someone in Beijing will insert their thoughts in the comments below) because I know many people really […]

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