China’s Single’s Day broke several records, but that is deceptive. Consumers waited for bargains and delayed purchases till Single’s Day, says retail analyst Ben Cavender to Reuters. Reuters: “What’s happened is that you’ve had a lot of consumers this year being a little bit more careful about their purchasing becauseRead More →

Understanding the consumer in China is tough for most foreign companies entering this competitive market, says retail analyst Ben Cavender. There is no escape from shopping here, as retail is fully integrated into daily life. “China is where all the future trends are happening,” he says.

The effects of a slowdown in China’s economy on foreign companies might vary, on the industry they are working in and on their size, says Shanghai-based business analyst Ben Cavender to Reuters. Smaller firms might close down, while larger ones try to diversify over time, he adds.

Uncertainty among China-based companies grows fast after the US blacklisted Huawei and others, and China threatens to hit back, says Shanghai-based business analyst Ben Cavender to Reuters. Panic would be an understatement.

Facebook is struggling to remain relevant for its users and had a good look at China’s WeChat where group interactions are more private than the chaotic mess Facebook offers. But business analyst Ben Cavender wonders if the Chinese approach works at Facebook, he tells the South China Morning Post.

A glut in big cities and some high-profile failures like Mark&Spencer have raised doubts on the growth possibilities in China for premium retail brands. But there is still room for growth, if you pick your locations right, says retail expert Ben Cavender to the China Daily.

In a new trend, China brands are looking to cross traditional borders, seeking more synergy, says retail expert Ben Cavender to the China Daily. “Part of the challenge is in making the product meaningful to consumers,” said Cavender.

Alibaba’s major competitor JD is trying to change its corporate structure, after its CEO and owner Liu Qiangdong has been accused – and acquitted – of sexual misconduct. Business analyst Ben Cavender sees an effort to reframe the JD story, he tells in Benzinga.

Consumers from China are spending less, and certainly luxury brands in the US will feel the downturn at least in the short run, says luxury consumer expert Ben Cavender to AP. Tighter visa restrictions under President Donald Trump also make it harder for Chinese shoppers to get to the United States.