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What Alibaba’s New “Credit Visa” System Means For Overseas Chinese Travel (and Why Brands Should Care)

July 13, 2015/2/0/

Leveraging the new “credit score” function launched by its online payment company Alipay, last week Chinese e-commerce juggernaut Alibaba announced the beta launch of a new “Credit Visa” service, which could put easy tourist visas within the reach of China’s most high-potential overseas spenders. Designed for overseas-bound travelers (particularly members of Alibaba’s online travel agency, […]

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What Shape Will China’s “Post-Crackdown” Luxury Landscape Take?

June 29, 2015/0/0/

In their new book “I F**KING LOVE THAT COMPANY,” authors Bayard Winthrop and Randy Komisar highlight how young, digitally savvy brands have steadily chipped away at the traditional brick-and-mortar retail model–which depended on size, scale, and distribution–and replaced it with one that values efficiency, speed, and dialogue to build loyalty and affinity among a plugged-in buyer base. […]

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China’s Menswear Market Shifts Into High Gear

June 15, 2015/0/0/

Although overshadowed in recent years by a surge in spending by female shoppers, China’s menswear market has become more important than ever for a growing number of brands.Currently, menswear accounts for around 43 percent of China’s overall apparel industry, the largest piece of the pie, and brands from Savile Row to Seoul are making stronger overtures to […]

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China’s Import Tax Cuts Won’t Lift All Brands

May 26, 2015/0/0/

After years of calls from consumers and high-powered businesspeople like Wang Jianlin to drop import taxes (which have sent millions of Chinese tourist-shoppers abroad in search of lower prices), this week China’s Ministry of Finance announced a program to cut taxes for some products beginning June 1. According to Chinese news site 21CBN, this tax cut […]

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Is Britain Taking Full Advantage of China’s Tourism Boom?

May 4, 2015/0/0/

Last week, CLA joined other presenters at the prestigious Walpole Eastern Growth Summit in London, where dozens of British brands, tourist destinations, and retailers discussed China’s outbound tourism boom and what it means for the UK. Much like New York, Paris, and Tokyo, London has already seen significant growth in arrivals from mainland China in recent years, […]

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