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China Business Cast is a podcast featuring experienced entrepreneurs and business people making things happen in China. If you want to learn from on the ground accounts of how business actually gets done in China, this is the program for you.

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China Business Cast is a podcast featuring experienced entrepreneurs and business people making things happen in China. If you want to learn from on the ground accounts of how business actually gets done in China, this is the program for you.

    Ep. 127: Selling imported ice cream online during COVID-19 with Bjorn van der Veen

    Ep. 127: Selling imported ice cream online during COVID-19 with Bjorn van der Veen

    Numerous imported COVID-19 cases in China were associated with improper cold chain management. Some warehouses were shut down, and the goods were sometimes seized and disposed of by the customs. What can the exporters do to improve their cold-chain management and mitigate the risks? How can you make sure your customers trust your brand?

    Lina reached out to an old friend Bjorn van der Veen – a Managing Director at Arctic Solutions – to understand how it affected his ice-cream sales and what were his techniques to keep the Chinese consumers buying imported frozen foods. This episode is a friendly conversation between two people who work with imported foods every day for over 6 years. So it will be quite practical and particularly useful to anyone in F&B business looking to understand what opportunities are available for them in China market.

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    Ep. 126: Navigating Business Leadership Styles of China & the West with Athena Zhu

    Ep. 126: Navigating Business Leadership Styles of China & the West with Athena Zhu

    Today we are sharing the content originally prepared for the corporate training session of a 150-year-old Japanese company. They realized that if they want to be in business for another 150 years, they need to learn from China. Their teams need to see China as a partner and they need to develop the required skills to work without cultural conflicts.

    The topic of this training is 'China Business Leadership' and we chose Athena Zhu as she is one of our favorite examples of how to be a truly cross-cultural professional. She is an experienced multicultural, commercial leader with a demonstrated history of working in consumer goods and consulting.

    Born and raised up in New Zealand, Athena began her career working with BCG in Australia-Asian, Asia-Pacific group. She moved to China in 2014 to work on Heineken’s M&A and later joined her sister in building a plant-based food brand. The mission of Athena and her sister’s company is to bring functional delicious and nutritious plant-based dairy alternatives and beverages to the Chinese consumers.

    After moving to China, she found that many things including economy and culture in China are thought-provoking, vibrant and dynamic. And the results turn out to be very surprising and promising, which made her think about what is good leadership, what is the modern way of working, what is effectiveness, etc.

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    Ep. 125: Women in China Business Leadership with Helen Ye

    Ep. 125: Women in China Business Leadership with Helen Ye

    Today we are sharing the content originally prepared for the corporate training session of a 150-year-old Japanese company. They realized that if they want to be in business for another 150 years, they need to learn from China. Their teams need to see China as a partner and they need to develop the required skills to work without cultural conflicts.

    The topic of this training is 'China Business Leadership' and we chose Helen as the first female business leader to interview, as she built up a business selling professional consulting services and has been in the market for over 15 years consistently expanding in new industries, preserving the core of her business and the quality.

    Helen Ye is the co-founder of Accestra - a company based in Hangzhou, which mainly specializes in helping overseas companies enter the China market and provides technical consulting services to consumer goods companies and pharmaceuticals. Helen is personally responsible for helping over 4000 products reach Chinese consumers. She has over 15 years of experience in China’s regulatory compliance.

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    Ep. 124: Business Leadership in China with Elijah Whaley

    Ep. 124: Business Leadership in China with Elijah Whaley

    Today we are sharing the content originally prepared for the corporate training session of a 150-year-old Japanese company. They realized that if they want to be in business for another 150 years, they need to learn from China. Their teams need to see China as a partner and they need to develop the required skills to work without cultural conflicts.

    The topic of this training is 'China Business Leadership' and we chose Elijah as the first business leader to be interviewed because of his unique ability to blend into the Chinese culture, scale and manage the Chinese team.

    He has seen PARKLU where he works as CMO grow from 0 to 1, and now after an acquisition by an international marketing technology company Launchmetrics he is working to grow from 1 to 10. It is a very interesting period of time for the company as it gets integrated within an international business structure, and Elijah talks openly about the lessons he's learned overseeing this process.

    • 49 min
    Ep. 123: New Retail & Leadership Training Programme with LITAO

    Ep. 123: New Retail & Leadership Training Programme with LITAO

    Welcome to China Business Cast Episode! Today Lina will invite you to listen to the one of our most exciting episodes. LITAO was able to work with a 150-year-old Japanese company to create more than 9 hours of content about China market and we are allowed to share some of the content (from 13:57) to the listeners of China Business Cast.

    In the beginning of this episode, we are happy to invite the Aiste Blaviesciunaite - the mastermind behind the success of the project on the side of GLOBIS Corporation. Founded in 1992, GLOBIS has fostered management ecosystems of people, capital and knowledge. Today, the company is involved in a range of activities, from higher education and corporate training to venture capital. GLOBIS also operates the G1 Institute and the KIBOW Foundation, both non-profit organizations to promote creativity and innovation in society. The GLOBIS MBA and corporate training programs are offered both online and in person across Japan, Shanghai, Singapore, and Thailand. GLOBIS University is the proud home of Japan's No. 1 MBA and is rapidly growing to claim this title for all of Asia.

    !!And most importantly - we made 9 videos to show how things get done here, and will be making it available soon. Please subscribe and stay tuned for the upcoming exciting episodes!

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    Ep. 122: Attending Trade Fairs in China with EU SME Centre

    Ep. 122: Attending Trade Fairs in China with EU SME Centre

    On 15 July the EU SME Centre held their webinar on how to best prepare to participate for trade fairs in China. The webinar was hosted by Mr. Alessio Petino. During the webinar, Bart Horsten (Managing Director, Horsten International BV), Lina Bartuseviciute (Founder & Managing Director, LITAO Consultancy Group) and Bruno Lhopiteau (Managing Director, Siveco China) shared their insights and experiences on what to keep in mind when attending trade fairs in China, both prior to and during the fair.

    The EU SME Centre is a European Union initiative that provides a comprehensive range of hands-on support services to European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), getting them ready to do business in China.

    Experts in the Centre provide advice and support in four areas – business development, law, standards and conformity and human resources. Collaborating with external experts worldwide, the Centre converts valuable knowledge and experience into practical business tools and services easily accessible online.

    The EU SME Centre is now managed by five implementing partners who guide the strategic development and management of the Centre through their knowledge and experience of the China market-- China-Britain Business Council, China-Italy Chamber of Commerce in China, Danish Chamber of Commerce in China, EUROCHAMBRES and European Union Chamber of Commerce in China.


    Alessio Petino has been living in Beijing since 2011 and is very fluent in Chinese. As a frequent speaker and moderator at various meetings and expert-level discussions, he was regularly involved in the activities of various European networks and platforms in China. For the past 5+ years, he has been working on various EU-funded projects in China, mainly doing research and analysis in the following areas: R&D and innovation policy, high-tech zones, investment attraction policies and market access. His key areas of expertise are China’s R&I funding programs at both national (NKPs, NSFC, Megaprojects) and local level, international R&I co-funding mechanisms, government incentives and subsidies, as well as market access and opportunities for SMEs.


    Lina Bartuseviciute is originally Lithuanian and has been in Shanghai for almost 12 years. Due to her cultural know-how and language proficiency, as well as International Relations Master's Degree in Fudan, she has been included in multiple high stakes governmental meetings and negotiations, hosted numerous delegations and bilateral talks. Since 2015, she has founded LITAO www.litaogroup.com - a business consulting firm focusing on China Market Entry, which works to bring quality European F&B brands to China market, with support from European Union.

    Bruno Lhopiteau is the founder of Siveco China, the country's largest maintenance consultancy and a pioneer in the development of Smart O&M solutions. The company was set up in 2004 in partnership with Siveco Group (France). Based on the strong foundations established in China, their business has expanded overseas, working alongside Asian EPC companies or directly with plant owners, on the “Belt & Road”. Bruno has been active in the Chinese infrastructure and maintenance market since 1999, with a nice track record of setting up, developing and managing high-tech companies, including R&D operations. He is also giving lectures on Industrial Risk Management at Shanghai University.

    Bart Horsten is a China entrepreneur and consultant since 1998, who focuses on start-up and early development projects in and with China. Being one of the most experienced and broadly skilled China consultants in the Benelux, he is contributing his China expertise and extensive network to many challenging projects. Over the past 22 years he has travelled to China more than 95 times and has lived in Hong Kong and in Shanghai for about 1.5 years. (Check their websites www.horsten.be and www.mychinaweb.com with more background information and many case studies.) With Dutch as his mother langua

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Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

Behavcoach ,

Great Content about Business in China!

Simon does a good job finding diverse guests that represent various aspects of doing business in China and pulls out the insights that they have to help entrepreneurs and others succeed in China.

JMSMAINE ,

Mmhm

Ep 124 mmhm mmhm mmhm mmhm. Couldn’t make it through the episode.

Adamstar89 ,

Good show, lots of potential.

Started listening to this show recently and came to know mike and co. were temporarily not available. That’s disappointing.

1) The show focuses on recent chinese startups like wechat, mobik, alipay, and jingdong which is all good, but it needs to expand to other areas like electric cars (byoton etc), drones(lots of them), mobile phones(xiaomi et al) etc. The guest speaker can be a chinese person who started a manufacturing company and the questions can be asked and translated. That would be interesting.
2) The hosts could also explore the laws and approvals needed for registering and starting a business. This could be done in parts with each part focusing on a different law/requirement for ex. Environmental regulations, infrastructure regulations.
3) Personal anecdotes are fine but stick to facts from reliable sources during the show. Wechat pay in Thailand is a real thing and was featured on nytimes/wsj. Whereas wechat in usa( for chinese tourists)is incorrect ( good idea for tourist operations though).
4) While sponsorship is hard it can be done by tying up with local electronics manufacturers and advertising their names and websites.
You guys are doing a great job. When you get the time start making new episodes from different locations (chongqing).

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