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  • Editor’s Picks / 05 April 2016 at 6:09 GMT

    Direct-to-consumer disruption revamps face of retail

    Business Spectator
    A dramatic shift – powered by new technologies and new ways to connect with consumers – is taking place in retail right now. The trend in selling direct to consumers is on the rise, with a recent Economist Intelligence Unit Survey estimating that the percentage of manufacturers selling directly to consumers has grown 71%, comprising more than 40% of manufacturers worldwide. It’s good news for business who are willing to double down on their digital sales strategies, and for consumers. But it is the death knell of the middleman. Thanks to the proliferation of online tools and platforms, middlemen in once powerful positions have been replaced by direct-to-consumer online channels.
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  • Editor’s Picks / 23 February 2016 at 22:53 GMT

    Make way, Apple and Samsung, for China's smartphone brands

    South China Morning Post
    Move over, Apple and Samsung. The next big smartphone might be from little-known Chinese brands such as TCL and Oppo. Along with Huawei and Xiaomi, Chinese brands have surpassed Samsung in China and are encroaching on Apple’s turf. Analysts forecast that these cheap Android phones with not-so-cheap features will likely attract more budget-conscious customers in Europe and even in South Korea and the US. Chinese phone makers have made their global ambitions known at the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona. Analysts said Huawei and Xiaomi will likely steal customers from Apple and Samsung in their strongholds as some budget-conscious consumers seek to upgrade their phones without financial pressure. Many consumers feel comfortable buying phones directly from manufacturers online.
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  • Trade view / 19 March 2015 at 4:09 GMT
    Strategic trade

    Alibaba set to burst chains after 'lockup' expiry

    China Watcher / Shanghai
    China
    Alibaba has seen limited upside gains over the past six weeks, as investors were concerned about the expiry of the 180 day insider share lockup. Yesterday saw the lockup expire, and Alibaba closed the day slightly up and Alibaba should enjoy a relief rally on the back of strong drivers as we approach the fiscal fourth quarter earnings release in late April or early May.
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  • Article / 18 March 2015 at 4:08 GMT

    Retailer Jumei pins hopes on cross-border e-commerce

    China Watcher / Shanghai
    China
    The NYSE-listed Chinese firm Jumei posted weak results on Monday evening, but investors were buoyed by the surprisingly strong revenue guidance for the first quarter. The online cosmetics retailer is expecting to see strong growth from its new Jumei Global cross-border e-commerce business, but the firm’s poor performance in the second half of 2014 may have longer-term implications that management anticipates.
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