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The freewheeling success of a British bike brand in Asia - Brompton Bikes & China

The freewheeling success of a British bike brand in Asia - Brompton Bikes & China | Chinese BUSS4 | Scoop.it
Brompton bikes have long been a common sight on the streets of London - and now foldaway bikes have become a hit across Asia

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Disney, China's BesTV agree on joint venture|Companies|chinadaily.com.cn

Disney, China's BesTV agree on joint venture|Companies|chinadaily.com.cn | Chinese BUSS4 | Scoop.it
A joint venture will be set up by the Walt Disney Company and Shanghai's BesTV New Media Co Ltd to tap into the country's fast-developing digital industry.
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Unparalleled arrogance, full apology

Unparalleled arrogance, full apology | Chinese BUSS4 | Scoop.it
Update (April 1st, 10pm GMT): Reacting to the repeated attacks, Tim Cook, Apple's boss, has apologised to the firm's Chinese customers. "We are aware that a lack of...
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Starbucks Plays to Local Chinese Tastes

Starbucks Plays to Local Chinese Tastes | Chinese BUSS4 | Scoop.it
Starbucks is aiming to become more Chinese as it plans a rapid expansion in the country.
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Localisation - red bean frappuccino - research into local tastes

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WSJ: Foxconn to produce a line of branded accessories

WSJ: Foxconn to produce a line of branded accessories | Chinese BUSS4 | Scoop.it
With competition affecting the market share of the Apple iPhone, contract manufacturer Foxconn is looking for a way to add some growth to the company's top and bottom lines; Apple accounted for about half of Foxconn's $130 billion in revenue that it took in last year and the problem is that this represented growth of only 13% in 2012, a big drop off from the 53% growth it achieved in 2010 when the Apple iPad was brand new...
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Threat of domestic competition

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Why Localisation Is Important for Success in China – Yum! Brands and the Rapid Growth of KFC

Why Localisation Is Important for Success in China – Yum! Brands and the Rapid Growth of KFC | Chinese BUSS4 | Scoop.it
Businesses from outside China trying to sell in China face a critical question as they try to enter China. How far should they go to adapt or redesign (“localise”) their products and services to meet the needs and wants of customers in China? Should they adapt existing products just enough.
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Research into local cuisine and what customers expect, serving food

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China growth propels Jaguar Land Rover to record sales - FT.com

China growth propels Jaguar Land Rover to record sales - FT.com | Chinese BUSS4 | Scoop.it
Jaguar Land Rover last year sold more vehicles than ever before, helped by strong growth in the crucial Chinese market and a string of new launches. The carmaker, which was bought by India’s Tata Motors in 2008, sold a record 425,006 vehicles in the
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Is Whatsapp Facebook's Ticket Into China? Definitely Not. - Forbes

Is Whatsapp Facebook's Ticket Into China? Definitely Not. - Forbes | Chinese BUSS4 | Scoop.it
Is Whatsapp Facebook's Ticket Into China? Definitely Not.
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Legal issues of Facebook previously led to failure

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Rolls-Royce: Fourth Year Of Record Car Sales

Rolls-Royce: Fourth Year Of Record Car Sales | Chinese BUSS4 | Scoop.it
High demand from China and the Middle East sees car sales accelerate, with buyers increasingly looking to 'pimp their ride.'

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Higher luxury car sales despite policy of no WFOE in car industry in China. Joint venture
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The Barbie blues: Workers describe 'awful' conditions at Mattel suppliers

The Barbie blues: Workers describe 'awful' conditions at Mattel suppliers | Chinese BUSS4 | Scoop.it
Mattel, the company behind Barbie and many other toys, has come under fire after a labor watch organization denounced working conditions at some of its suppliers’ factories in China...
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Business ethics - contribute to failure in Shanghai
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GSK Under Fire Again For Alleged Corruption in China

GSK Under Fire Again For Alleged Corruption in China | Chinese BUSS4 | Scoop.it
The risks for businesses from outside of China from operating in China have been well-illustrated by the problems now faced by pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline plc (

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GlaxoSmithKline have faced issues whilst operating in China.  Here aret he latest....

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Jaguar Land Rover’s Strategy for Growth in China

Jaguar Land Rover’s Strategy for Growth in China | Chinese BUSS4 | Scoop.it
If there is one British brand that demonstrates the potential for successful trading with China it has to be Jaguar Land Rover (JLR). Ok, so JLR is now owned by Indian conglomerate Tata Group. But, to most consumers Jaguar and Land Rover are quintessentially British luxury brands – and brands.
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Making New Opportunities

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IKEA kicks off facility in Shanghai

IKEA kicks off facility in Shanghai | Chinese BUSS4 | Scoop.it
IKEA, the world's largest furniture retailer, yesterday kicked off construction of a mammoth distribution center in Shanghai that will be its biggest in the Asia-Pacific region.
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Home Depot Learns Chinese Prefer 'Do-It-for-Me'

Home Depot Learns Chinese Prefer 'Do-It-for-Me' | Chinese BUSS4 | Scoop.it
Home Depot, in deciding to close all seven of its remaining big-box stores in China, conceded that it misread the country's appetite for do-it-yourself products.
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"A country where cheap labor has stunted the do-it-yourself ethos and apartment-based living leaves scarce demand for products like lumber"
Lack of research into local market

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LinkedIn tests Chinese language site

LinkedIn tests Chinese language site | Chinese BUSS4 | Scoop.it
Professional networking service LinkedIn launches a beta - or test version - of its Chinese language site as it eyes further expansion in the country.
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Fear of scrutiny from Government - threat to social media

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Burberry's trademark check under threat in China - Telegraph

Burberry's trademark check under threat in China - Telegraph | Chinese BUSS4 | Scoop.it
Luxury fashion brand fights back against decision which challenges its exclusive right to use signature check in China
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Largest treat - lack of protection for Intellectual Property

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After nine years, Tesco gives up on cracking China alone | Reuters

After nine years, Tesco gives up on cracking China alone | Reuters | Chinese BUSS4 | Scoop.it
HONG KONG/LONDON (Reuters) - After nine years in China, British supermarket firm Tesco is to fold its unprofitable operation into a state-run company as a minority partner, becoming the
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Can WhatsApp help Facebook get into China? No! But LinkedIn seems to have found a way.

Can WhatsApp help Facebook get into China? No! But LinkedIn seems to have found a way. | Chinese BUSS4 | Scoop.it
My students were particularly interested in Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp for the ridiculously high $19billion. We used the previous blog, then delved deeper and found a few great related articles; one explaining why it was a good price ($42 dollars for each of the 450m customers) but bad strategy and the other predicting.

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Can acquisitions help you break into a market?

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Why Barbie Stumbled in China and How She Could Re-invent Herself

Why Barbie Stumbled in China and How She Could Re-invent Herself | Chinese BUSS4 | Scoop.it
Instead of making Barbie a fashion and lifestyle brand, Mattel should have made Barbie an aspirational brand to empower Chinese girls.

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Lack of localisation previously - new attempt to localize fail
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GSK Under Fire Again For Alleged Corruption in China

GSK Under Fire Again For Alleged Corruption in China | Chinese BUSS4 | Scoop.it
The risks for businesses from outside of China from operating in China have been well-illustrated by the problems now faced by pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline plc (

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Can Mattel Make A Comeback In China?

Can Mattel Make A Comeback In China? | Chinese BUSS4 | Scoop.it
After Mattel’s embarrassing closure of its flagship store, the House of Barbie, in Shanghai two years ago, the American toy maker seems to have learned a thing or two about the Chinese market.
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Attempt to localize?

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Tenth worker at iPad factory commits suicide

Tenth worker at iPad factory commits suicide | Chinese BUSS4 | Scoop.it
The Foxconn factory in the southern Chinese boom town of Shenzhen is so vast that walking around its outer perimeter takes two hours. Its workers turn out components that are supplied to big Western electronics brands including Nokia, Hewlett-Packard and Dell. And it is here that most of the parts for Apple's iPhone, and the much-awaited iPad, which goes on sale in the UK this week, are manufactured.
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Business ethics - poor conditions
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