Another Successful Prime Day Reveals The Future Of Brands On Amazon

Amazon Prime Day 2019 was an unqualified success. During the two-day stretch, Amazon sold over 175 million total items and signed up more Prime users than ever before. In a sign of the Everything Store’s continued rise to dominance, Amazon had its best Prime Day ever despite hundreds of other retailers offering their own competing sales events this year. 

If you were one of the millions to shop the innumerable, sometimes literally unbelievable,…

What Are Those Weird Lenticular Brackets In Amazon Listings?

From blogs, to social media, texting, DMs, etc…the digital revolution has had an undeniable effect on punctuation. Think about it: Exclamation points are now used with much greater frequency than they were ever meant to be. Does anyone remember the two-spaces after a period rule? And the symbol formerly known as the pound sign is called a hashtag and is used for categorization or accentuation. 

If you are a descriptivist, you take these changes in stride, considering them…

Are We Winning The Trade War?

President Donald J. Trump participates in a bilateral meeting with President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People, Thursday, November 9, 2017, in Beijing, People’s Republic of China. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Since we regularly travel to China for client meetings, Brian and I are constantly asked about the ongoing Sino-US trade war. Which side is winning? What is the perception over in the Middle Kingdom?

These are not necessarily easy questions, and…

Can Foreigners Use WeChat Pay In China?

If you have been to China in the last couple of years, you have surely noticed that everyone pays for everything with their cell phones. China has effectively jumped from an all cash economy, past credit cards, directly to what is effectively an all electronic payments system using Tencent’s WeChat Pay, and Alibaba’s Alipay.

If you already know about China's transition to all electronic payments, click here to head down to the how-to section, if not read on for a little…

Crowdfunding Is Big In China And You Will Never Believe Why

 

Stop giving to crowdfunding campaigns. No seriously, just stop. They are all scams— every single one.

Ok maybe this is an exaggeration. But how much of an exaggeration? We really have no idea, and that’s the entire point. Yes, there have been very successful crowdfunding campaigns, I can think of Boosted board, Flow Hive, Pebble and maybe a handful more. But for each success, how many have failed? More importantly, who benefits from crowdfunding campaigns? As far…

Reports of Amazon's Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated

“Is Amazon dying?” “Do you think Amazon will be around in 5 years?”

These questions, if posed by anyone living in the United States today, would be considered absurd.

You would not even have to know that Amazon posted record profit in their most recent earnings reports. Or that Amazon is already three-quarters of the way to lowering Prime delivery time from two days to one. You would not have to know that Amazon Web Services is the leader in cloud computing (and has double…

VOA: Going To Shenzhen Without A Visa

Do I Need To Apply For A Visa In Advance To Go To China?

Getting a visa to visit China is supposedly difficult, especially if you don’t have a particularly good reason to go there (at least from the government’s perspective). If you are trying to conduct business, you need an invitation letter from a Chinese company, which can be a hassle. Even if you have all the necessary documents to be granted a visa, the process can take time and be subject to the tumults of international…