Articles by: chinablueprint

Chinese mCommerce races to Australia

Mobile Commerce (mCommerce) is exploding in popularity and may soon overtake PC as the most popular way to shop online globally. MCommerce effectively replaces the need for a shopper to carry cash or a credit card. With a simple scan of their phone or a click online, the transaction is done. Mcommerce in China In 2016, mobile payments in China are expected to sky rocket to ¥11.8 trillion yuan, up from ¥8.1 trillion in 2015 according to iResearch China. Alibaba’s ‘Alipay’ features as the leading player in the mobile payment industry, with Tencent’s ‘WeChat’ hot on their heels. These apps not…

Whatever happened to the Australia-China FTA?

Australia began negotiating a free trade agreement (FTA) with China in 2005 and completed the 21st round of talks in Beijing last month. New Zealand and China concluded their agreement after three years and 15 rounds of talks. So after nearly a decade of negotiations, where are we up to? Photo opportunity As Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Tony Abbot will be meeting at three consecutive leaders’ meeting in Shanghai, Myanmar and Brisbane this November, it seems an ideal time for them to announce a photo-opportunity conclusion. However, the odds are still even on the outcome, with the…

Do you want to come to China with us?

China Blueprint in partnership with Teed Up Travel is going to China! Why? – this is a business tour seeking to inspire entrepreneurship and innovation, by providing opportunities for regional based businesses to explore global import and export opportunities and to conduct ‘business over the horizon’. The global economy is massive and new approaches to conducting business, including expanding internet capabilities, cost effective transport and growing distribution networks; is opening up a world of new business opportunities. Global buyer and supplier markets are increasingly within the reach of regional based business and aspiring entrepreneurs.  The tour will commence in Guangzhou to…

Top five tips for year’s end

The end of the year and its fever of commercial activity is crucial to the success of many Australian importers, so China Blueprint has come up with five top tips for newbies and/or forgetful old hands. 1. Hedge your bucks now With the Oz dollar on something of a slide, the time is right to get your foreign currency sorted out for those orders you’re expecting to pay for – and receive – well before Christmas. Our man in Forex says the lowest of the lows are nearly upon us, so stay ahead of the game and book your cash…

Fast Track to China – Possible?

There’s a discernible buzz among Australian small and medium-sized businesses in the tourism, lifestyle products and food sectors about China. It’s the sound of people sensing opportunity and finding ways to engage their companies. In the background of all this excitement, there’s also the dull drone of the Band-Aid clique – those who want to get on the Chinese bus for free. Lately, when you pick up a paper, read a trade journal or speak with small-business owners, you quickly sense that everyone is excited about engaging with China. Such outward-looking activity is invigorating local business and stimulating an innovative…

Opportunities for designers in China

China fashion conscious citizens are currently going through a massive shift in cultural consciousness that will have a huge impact on the way consumers engage with new and emerging fashion brands, and will provide huge opportunities for up and coming designers Since  austerity measures were put in place and bans enforced on conspicuous spending by government officials and SOEs, there has been a trickle down effect that is influencing the shopping and fashion choices of the public.  People in positions of influence are less willing to display the conspicuous labels they once coveted and if they do, the public are…

Australian design to the Chinese A-list

The Biblical story of David and Goliath – one person taking on a fearsome giant and winning – may seem a bit dusty and farfetched, so we’re going to freshen it up with the real-life tale of a Bendigo girl who’s making it big in China with a small idea. Sunday February 9 was a special moment for Kerry Lorenz, designer and creative mind behind the MyOki, a biodynamic wheat bag that looks like a fashion accessory. This was the MyOki’s first foray into the Chinese A-list celebrity scene and from all appearances it was well received.

Aston Martin’s lesson in due diligence

Aston Martin, the automobile brand with James Bond drive, recently recalled more than 17,000 of its high-end sports cars due to a faulty accelerator pedal sourced from a factory in China. The Chinese government accused the British company of starting a blame game, saying it was negligent of due diligence. At China Blueprint we encounter a lot of aspiring importers who believe that the sourcing of products in China is simply plug and play – just like bringing home a new gadget. This notion is totally mistaken, especially when it comes to selecting the right materials for products. The responsibility…