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Supplier due diligence in China: a DIY guide

China’s no longer the Wild-East, in terms of conducting business at least, but that doesn’t mean you can let your guard down when choosing a supplier in China. If you’re looking for a manufacturing partner there’s a lot that can go wrong if you don’t conduct your due diligence carefully – particularly in high-end manufacturing. There are…

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Senior care in China: opportunities for MNC’S

China’s largest demographic is swiftly reaching retirement age. At present, there are just under 200 million citizens over the age of 60 and the numbers are only increasing. Current facilities, already under-serviced and under-equipped, will be called upon to support the long term health care needs of approximately 300 million senior citizens by 2050. How…

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Find, manage and retain talent in China’s labor market

It is surprising how little thought foreign companies give to the issue of finding and retaining talent in China. Yet one of the most challenging aspects of doing business in China is finding the right people for the job and ensuring they don’t leave within the year. This article will briefly explain five common HR…

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Distributing and Selling in China: The Best Entry Methods

There are several ways to start distributing your products in China. The most common method is to directly work with Chinese distributors to handle all your sales. Though there are some downsides to this approach. You can also develop your own local presence in the form of a Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise (WFOE) or get involved in a Joint…

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Intellectual Property in China: A Quick Introduction

The copycat culture popular in China is a major barrier to foreign companies looking to expand their international business. Spending considerable resources developing a valuable product, only to have local competitors reverse engineer it and selling replicas for a fraction of its original price within months is not an encouraging prospect. However, choosing not to…

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Yiwu: World’s Largest Small Commodity Market

A mere short trip away from Hangzhou and Shanghai you will find Yiwu, the world’s largest wholesale market. Yiwu is like many cities all over China that in the span of a few decades transformed from a small town into a full-blown metropolis. Backed by light industry, the city has promoted the development of its…

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Shanghai Free Trade Zone: Do Companies Really Benefit?

Here on out referred to as the FTZ, the Free Trade Zone in Shanghai is a pilot program undertaken by the Chinese government to put a number of reforms on trial in a bid to modernize certain industries, revitalize the Chinese economy (whose growth rate slowed to just above the 7.5% minimum) and spread the…

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Selling online in China: which platform is right for you?

There are many aspects to consider when selling online in China.  Whether you want to work through a third-party provider to manage your sales in the Chinese market or develop your own local presence, you first need a good grasp of the Chinese e-commerce landscape. Recently I answered a question by a member of Club…

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Selling Online in China: Be Mobile, Be Agile

Learn about China’s largest e-commerce players, why having a mobile accessible site is even more important in China and why agility wins over perfection in the highly competitive Chinese e-commerce market. A quick introduction into selling online in China China is currently the largest e-commerce market in the world after having surpassed the US in 2013,…

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Verkopen in China: waar moet ik op letten?

De koopkracht van Chinezen is de afgelopen jaren explosief gestegen. Was het BBP per inwoner in 2008 nog 2.651 dollar, inmiddels is het ruim verdubbeld naar 6.188 dollar per inwoner. Door deze stijging zien steeds meer westerse bedrijven China niet meer alleen als een land voor goedkope productie, maar ook als afzetmarkt voor hun producten….