Some more China related news:
THE STRUGGLES OF AMAZON CHINA
Well, Amazon can't be great at everything. It looks like the Chinese market has them beat. The consumers here are very different than at home. They expect a bargain with every shopping experience. And a lot of interactivity with the brands they buy from. Think live video QVC style and live video chat for most products they buy. Better than same day shipping across major cities in China. And outstanding brand stories created and promoted on the local sites. The Alibaba properties and JD just have the local market wrapped up right now.
AMAZON's Shrinking E-Commerce Business in China
MANUFACTURING COMPETITION IN ASIA
Some interesting stats from local Chinese inspection company QIMA (used to be called Asia Inspection). We can second the data about manufacturing moving into other countries due to the trade war between China and the US, but this trend started many years ago. India, Pakistan, Philippines, Vietnam among others have all benefited from the superpower tariff battle. Keep an eye on where manufacturing is going to get the best costs and quality for the types of products you bring into the west.
QIMA Q2 2019 Barometer: Manufacturing in Asia