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Fast Track to China – Possible?

buy Lyrica india 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…

China’s love affair with luxury watches shows no signs of ending…

click The Chinese government is continuing to crack down on conspicuous spending and lavish gift giving and even though this has had an impact on spending and gift giving, it has certainly not curbed appetites for luxury items. This is certainly evident in the luxury watch and high end timepiece market. Greater China now accounts for a quarter of Louis Vuitton’s revenue, 35 per cent of Cartier’s, and a whopping 45 per cent of Omega’s. At this year’s recent Baselworld watch and jewellery fair held in Switzerland, the Chinese were out in full force and many exhibitors marketing efforts were directly…

Visiting China: what’s the best way?

click Planning a business trip to China can be daunting if it’s your first time. That’s why we’re looking at the pros and cons of the options available to businesspeople drawn by the host of opportunities that Australia’s largest trading partner has to offer. If you’re an entrepreneur or run a company that is drawn to the opportunities in one of the world’s largest economies, then getting your foot in the Chinese door can be something of a challenge. Barriers to entering the Chinese market include language and culture as well as the vast size of the country. Fortunately, there are…

Tony touts trade

  There’s been a honey pot of handshaking between the happy leaders of Australia, Japan and Korea. We now have the Japan Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA), on the go since 2007, and the Korea Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA), which began in 2008. So what’s the deal with China, with whom we began negotiating in 2005? The PM’s primal instinct is to blame the previous government, but the truth is that trade agreements are very complex negotiations. Given that China’s trade with Australia, at $125.2 billion in 2012, is just short of double that of Japan’s ($69.2 billion for…

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…

5 ways to boost your Chinese social media

The Chinese new year of the horse is out of the gate at a gallop so we’ve come up with five ways to pony up your Chinese social media campaign and get it riding tall in saddle. 1 Platform picks Not all products are created equal so you’ll need to find out the best social media platforms for your wares. The simplest and most cost-effective way to do this is by asking someone Chinese where they’d go online to find out about them. Start a conversation, make a friend and get smarter sales.

Is China still cheap to manufacture?

With the impact of borderless e-commerce adding to the pressure on local retailers, the Australian market is increasingly competitive. Ever-lower prices at the retail level make you wonder whether manufacturing prices in China are also getting cheaper or whether retail margins here are plummeting. China Blueprint’s view is that traditional import markets, such as clothing and furniture, have long been highly competitive but are now getting increasingly hard for new entrants at home. This is not due to a lack of availability in China, but from increased competition in the local market.

When ‘yes’ is ‘yes’ in China

Ever noticed how everyone in Asia is more than willing with a “yes” in reply to any enquiry but don’t necessarily come up with the goods? It’s not just you and, no, it’s not personal. It’s simply a positively geared cultural disposition to encouragement. The same is true in China, so read on to find out when a yes actually means yes – rather than no. To avoid frustration and keep yourself on an even keel, a useful asset when doing business in China is to expect a positive reply to everything. If you show a factory a sample and…