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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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New Tmall Regulations Pose Fresh Headaches For Western Brands

March 16, 2015/0/0/

Less than a year after the likes of Burberry, L’Occitane, and Estée Lauder launched official “flagships” on the platform, this month Alibaba-owned e-tailer Tmall announced new “invite-only” regulations that limit new stores to hand-picked brands. These new regulations present an unexpected obstacle for companies debating whether to join the platform, which – despite concerns about […]

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Online vs. Bricks-and-Mortar: The China Dilemma

February 2, 2015/0/0/

As luxury brands look to mitigate a significant slowdown in sales in mainland China, which registered negative growth last year for the first time ever, the country’s e-commerce market remains an attractive opportunity as well as an ongoing challenge. Often fearful of diluting brand value while still looking to boost return on investment in a tough […]

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