For the first time ever, this December the municipal government of Beijing issued not one, but two pollution red alerts in the city. A red alert, the most severe air pollution warning, means that there are restrictions on car use, some factories have to halt production, construction work is stopped and in some cases, schools have to be closed. Obviously things have reached a tipping point forcing the authorities to institute tough measures to curb pollution. But how much does pollution cost China? Also, when the government tries to ensure blue skies, what does it lose in terms of output lost? We bring you the lowdown.
Each year Alibaba breaks a new record on Singles Day, the 24-hour online shopping extravaganza that has now become an annual event. This year was no exception. With sales of RMB 91.2 billion ($14.3 billion), Alibaba surpassed last year’s (also record) sales by a whopping 60%. What started as China’s equivalent of Cyber Monday, Singles Day has become bigger than both Cyber Monday and Black Friday. In this edition of China Data, we bring you the lowdown on Alibaba’s Singles Day numbers, Vanke’s moves in the UK real estate market, Baidu’s interest in the online travel market, and other important bits of data from China.
In August, China’s currency the renminbi was suddenly devalued after market forces were introduced into the way its trading band was calculated, once again casting the spotlight on this most contentious of currencies. Typically, thanks to the interventions of US politicians, the conversation had centered on accusations that the renminbi has been kept artificially low as part of a ploy to boost Chinese exports. However, such a view hasn’t been supported by analysts, and in the Summer 2015 issue of CKGSB Knowledge several went on record as saying the renminbi was in fact overvalued. Take a look at how the value of the renminbi has changed through the years.
This year Alibaba broke all records on Singles Day with sales of $14.3 billion. Singles Day, or China’s Black Friday, was first invented by Alibaba in 2009. The idea was to create an annual sales event with crazy discounts supposedly for those who are single. (The fact that everyone, irrespective of their romantic status, jumped in and shopped is a different matter altogether.) This year a whopping 95 million users joined the cyber shopping fest. In other words, approximately almost one out of eight people in the world clicked the “buy” button on Alibaba’s marketplaces. What did it take to pull this off?
China’s internet world is ruled by three big players: Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent, collectively known as BAT. The three companies generated revenues of $20 billion in 2013 and $8.16 billion in the third quarter of 2014. The big three account for a significant, and perhaps disproportionate, share of China’s internet market. Another technology company that has risen to prominence pretty quickly is Xiaomi. BAT and Xiaomi are quickly making inroads into new areas outside their core business—by either investing in or acquiring companies. Take a look at the brand and companies that are backed by these four companies.
White goods manufacturer Haier is turning itself into an internet-based ‘platform company’ made up of several micro-enterprises. The idea is to create an organization that is extremely responsive to customer needs, constantly cultivates new ideas and innovates quickly. To do that it needs to discard the traditional organizational structure where ideas flow top-down and execution is done bottom-up. The company is now a flat organization which is a marketplace of ideas, talent and resources. The plan sounds good in theory but will the execution be easy?
From stats on online gaming revenues to tier-one home sales, the China data you need to know. Anyone travelling by subway in China will notice one thing: nearly everyone is busy with their smartphone. For some it is social media and for others it is games. It’s no wonder then that online gaming is soaring in popularity. […]
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