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China paradigms is brought to you by daxue consulting. Daxue Consulting is a China-focused professional consulting firm offering strategic-driven research.
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China paradigms is brought to you by daxue consulting. Daxue Consulting is a China-focused professional consulting firm offering strategic-driven research.
Since 2012, daxue has served more than 250 clients and completed more than 300 projects.

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Daxue Consulting is a market research and management consulting firm focusing on the Chinese market. We are leveraging a multiple-methodology approach in order to support clients’ needs, auctioning traditional methodologies as well as technology-driven tools.

More about Daxue Consulting: https://daxueconsulting.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/daxueconsulting/
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    Ep 120: Paving the way for bakeries to enter and grow in China

    Ep 120: Paving the way for bakeries to enter and grow in China

    Matthieu David interviews Pierre Gilson, founder and chef at Stoneground Consulting. When it comes to the bakery & pastry industry there is definitely a paradigm in the context of the Chinese market. While westerners consume baked goods and pastries on a daily basis, Chinese consumers enjoy them on relatively special occasions. Pierre Gilson has been at the forefront of this industry in China, helping Stoneground Consulting’s clients open and adapt their bakeries to China’s market. How long has he been doing this and what type of success he has had over the years? How has the bakery & pastry market changed in China over the last 5 years and why is it that some popular products in the West are not so successful in the Chinese market? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this new China Paradigm podcast.

    0:00 Guest introduction and current bakery & pastry market state in China
    8:51 How sweet should a product be in order to satisfy the needs of Chinese costumers?
    10:30 What other characteristics of a product need to be adapted for the Chinese market?
    12:33 What is the process of coming up with a good mix of ingredients?
    14:04 What other ingredients besides Sichuan Pepper does Pierre Gilson consider using for his products?
    17:29 Does the addition of Chinese ingredients contribute to the marketing strategy?
    18:55 What was Pierre Gilson's perception of the Chinese bake & pastry market when he first arrived in China 5 years ago?
    21:11 How has the Chinese bakery & pastry market changed over the past 5 years?
    23:05 Do Chinese costumers consume baked goods on a daily basis or does that happen more on special occasions in China?
    26:32 How do Chinese people approach the consumption of croissants?
    29:07 What new interesting pastry and beverage pairings has Pierre Gilson discovered in China?
    30:46 Why are baked goods and pastries overpriced in Shanghai?
    32:52 What is Pierre Gilson's opinion on the fact that there aren't any major French entrepreneurs in the restaurant industry in China?
    36:36 What type of services does Stoneground Consulting offer on the marketing side of a bakery & pastry business?
    41:56 What was the experience of opening the biggest Starbucks in the world like for Pierre Gilson?
    44:15 What other types of market constraints have impacted the way Pierre Gilson works?
    45:41 What are the challenges of operating a Starbucks kitchen?
    47:22 Recruitment: how hard was it to find well-trained people?
    48:49 What is Shanghai Young Bakers and what does it do?
    51:11 What source of inspiration has impacted Pierre Gilson the most in his entrepreneurial journey?
    54:08 What does Pierre Gilson do to stay up to date on China?
    55:02 Should he had extra time what other business ideas would Pierre Gilson pursue?
    56:29 What is the most surprising experience that Pierre Gilson has had so far in China?
    57:49 What surprising business success or failure has Pierre Gilson witnessed in China?

    Learn more about Stoneground Consulting:
    https://www.facebook.com/stoneground.consulting/

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    #ChinaParadigm #Bakery #PastryMarket

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    Ep 119: Building a leading marketing automation software in WeChat’s ecosystem

    Ep 119: Building a leading marketing automation software in WeChat’s ecosystem

    Matthieu David interviews Kai Hong, Chairman and Partner at JINGdigital. Customer Relationship Management is part of the day-to-day life of any company that needs to understand its customers better and in turn offer better services or products. JINGdigital is using its digital marketing automation platform and has been successfully serving 100+ global Fortune 1000 companies in China. This SaaS company offers its clients CRM software solutions that, in their own words, “do not reduce costs but increase revenue”. This is one of the many reasons why they are able to target high revenue companies and are able to stay highly competitive in the tech market. But what specific features do their services have and how hard is it to tailor a software according to specific guidelines proposed by the client? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this new China Paradigm podcast.

    0:00 Guest introduction
    5:57 Current company size and revenue
    7:08 How did JINGdigital acquire luxury brand customers?
    13:28 Why is JINGdigital the top choice for clients when it comes to CRM implementation?
    21:12 The JINGdigital teams - how are they categorized?
    23:15 What is the JINGdigital pricing policy?
    27:16 Why is JINGdigital targeting companies with 50 million USD revenue?
    30:41 Initial funding - how much money did Kai Hong had to raise to start JINGdigital?
    33:55 Marketing automation vs Social CRM
    37:27 What features do companies like about JINGdigital's software and which features do they often end up ignoring?
    45:05 How does JINGdigital's software interact with other digital assets outside of WeChat?
    48:32 Is the phone number still the key to identifying the lead client?
    50:26 Are there regulations similar to the GDPR for personal data collection and storage in China?
    55:08 How does JINGdigital manage client expectations when it comes to CRM software customization?
    57:06 How does JINGdigital define their competition?
    58:15 How does Kai Hong see the future of JINGdigital?
    59:13 Outro

    Learn more about JINGdigital: https://www.jingdigital.com/en/

    Building a SaaS in the Wechat, Weibo & Douyin ecosystems: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WxmtJsXqgQ

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    #ChinaParadigm #MarketingAutomation #SCRM

    • 59 min
    Ep 118: From freelancing to founding one of the largest photo studios in China

    Ep 118: From freelancing to founding one of the largest photo studios in China

    Matthieu David interviews Rodney Evans, Founder & CEO of Central Studios Shanghai. The photo and video production industry has definitely shifted to a more streamlined approach due to the emergence of social media in the last decade. Central Studios Shanghai, a photo studio based in China, has been able to endure and evolve since its beginnings in 2005. How were they able to retain their coveted location? What services do they offer their clients and how are they managing all the aspects of their business? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this new China Paradigm interview.

    0:00 Guest introduction
    3:12 Brief company history
    6:09 What makes Central Studios Shanghai an international company?
    10:06 How hard was it to keep the current location for Central Studios Shanghai?
    13:15 What are the specific services that Central Studios Shanghai offers its clients?
    14:51 Has the internet changed the request clients have for Central Studios Shanghai's services?
    19:40 How has COVID-19 impacted the media production industry?
    22:04 Current company size
    27:19 What is Rodney Evans's view on artist management?
    31:01 Are Chinese photographers starting to reach the level of fame that western photographers reached?
    35:09 Current market structure for the media production industry?
    37:36 What are the main trends that are influenced by the change of technology?
    41:35 What books have inspired Rodney Evans the most in his entrepreneurial journey?
    48:10 How does Rodney Evans stay informed and up to date with China?
    49:29 What does Rodney Evans recommend for foreigners as a source of information about China?
    51:43 How is the relationship between China and Australia?
    53:37 What productivity tools does Rodney Evans use?
    55:27 What would Rodney Evans pursue should he have extra time?
    56:10 What has been most surprising to Rodney Evans about China?
    58:38 What unexpected success or failure has Rodney Evans witnessed in China?
    1:03:41 Outro

    Learn more about Central Studios Shanghai: https://centralstudios.cn/

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ep 117: Finding your sweet spot in China’s B2B food scene

    Ep 117: Finding your sweet spot in China’s B2B food scene

    Matthieu David interviews Founder at Maik’s Gourmet & passionate chef and F&B consultant. The Food and Beverage industry is a very competitive one in China and that’s why having a strong backend and a quality frontend are the factors that will make an F&B business succeed. Maik’s Gourmet provides F&B businesses with DIY foreign food deliverables that are fresh, health risk certified and in demand. But how hard is it to be able to deliver fresh food on a daily basis? How does Maik manage different inventory demands and how has the coronavirus impacted the way consumers approach buying food from F&B businesses now? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this new China Paradigm interview.

    0:00 Guest introduction
    1:49 What is Maik Juengst's perspective on how the coronavirus outbreak impacted businesses?
    4:52 Are restaurants less affected by the outbreak than hotels?
    8:39 Maik’s Gourmet - a company introduction
    15:49 What does Maik’s Gourmet bring to the table in their partnership with Haidilao?
    17:26 How much territory can Maik’s Gourmet cover in China?
    19:37 What type of clients would benefit from Maik Juengst's F&B consultancy services?
    23:19 How does Maik's Gourmet tackle the issue of inventory for their clients?
    26:41 How hard is it to ensure the quality and safety of the delivered products?
    30:58 How has the coronavirus outbreak changed the way consumers judge how they buy their food?
    33:10 Was the WeChat platform created during the outbreak for B2B clients or for the end client also?
    35:12 Why does focusing on B2C is not a priority right now?
    37:45 How is foreign food perceived on the Chinese market?
    39:43 Why isn't there a foreign food chain in China?
    41:46 What unexpected success or failure has Maik Juengst witnessed in China?
    44:47 Why has Maik Juengst decide to locate his business in Shenzen?
    49:18 Outro

    Learn more about Maik’s Gourmet: http://maiksgourmet.com/

    Opening 8 Shanghai restaurants & a club in 4 years based on data and tactful branding: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5DxGiDlBAc

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    #ChinaParadigm #B2BChina #CateringIndustry

    • 49 min
    Ep 116: Contributing to the Chinese circular economy

    Ep 116: Contributing to the Chinese circular economy

    Matthieu David interviews Vincent Djen, Director of Cheng Kung Garments and CEO of REMAKEHUB. The textile industry has consistently been a labor-intensive industry. In this episode, we explore what the future hold for the garment industry and how a circular economy fits into that. Are Chinese consumers already requesting fashion products made from recycled materials? Can textile factories be digitalized yet or is there still a long way to go before that happens? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this new China Paradigm interview.

    0:00 Guest introduction
    5:59 How did the current outbreak affect the garment industry?
    7:51 Is the winter collection delayed as a result of the coronavirus outbreak?
    8:17 The story behind Cheng Kung Garments
    10:31 How and why did Vincent Djen decide to take over the family business?
    13:28 Cheng Kung Garments - the current size of business
    14:27 What are the highs and lows of a season in the garment industry?
    17:05 How much of Cheng Kung Garments' production is in-house and how much is outsourced?
    20:53 Is China still the best place for the textile industry?
    24:31 Why is the textile industry still so labor intensive?
    26:39 What are the costs of using robotics for manufacturing instead of people?
    28:56 What are the initial costs for entrepreneurs who would want to get into the textile industry?
    33:01 Is there support from the Chinese government to make factories more innovative?
    37:03 How is 3D printing helping the textile industry?
    41:09 How does Recycling fit into the day to day activities of the Cheng Kung Garments factory?
    44:06 Mechanical vs Chemical Recycling - how many times can a product be recycled?
    46:42 REMAKEHUB - what and why have specific products been picked for recycling?
    48:12 Why was adding traceability for waste products recycled by REMAKEHUB important?
    49:42 REMAKEHUB - following the "Cradle to cradle" design concept
    50:50 Do big fashion companies already use recycled products?
    52:50 Is it easy to tell if a finished product is made from recycled materials or not?
    54:03 Is recycling mandatory for companies or is it still an optional feature?
    56:18 Are consumers already buying products because they come from recycled materials?
    57:51 What are the challenges of creating a brand in the fashion industry?
    1:00:26 What is Vincent Djen's greatest business goal?
    1:01:28 What books have inspired Vincent Djen in his entrepreneurial journey?
    1:02:43 What does Vincent Djen read to stay up to date with China?
    1:05:24 What productivity tool does Vincent Djen use to run his business?
    1:08:25 What unexpected business success or failure has Vincent Djen witnessed in China?

    Learn more about Cheng Kung Garments and REMAKEHUB: https://www.linkedin.com/company/cheng-kung-garments/about/ and http://www.remakehub.co/

    Bridging Chinese suppliers, brands and consumers to make sustainability core product feature: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FF7Q8pu7eno

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    Website: https://chinaparadigm.com/

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    China Paradigms is the China Business Podcast for entrepreneurs and China watchers. Learn from business professionals in China on our China Paradigms.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Ep 115: Learn how this hardware start-up partnered with Foxconn to create a product-lead vision

    Ep 115: Learn how this hardware start-up partnered with Foxconn to create a product-lead vision

    Matthieu David interviews Nathan Siy Founder and CEO at Evoke Motorcycles. The company aims to be a market leader in the transition from gas to electric propulsion motorcycles. There is no doubt that going electric is the future and Evoke’s electric motorcycles seem to be the right type of products for this emerging market in China. Making a strong partnership in terms of manufacturing, how Evoke Motorcycles approach product development, and how do they compare with what Tesla is currently doing in the automotive business – all these topics and more are discussed in this new China Paradigm interview.

    0:00 Guest introduction
    3:00 Evoke Motorcycles – current position on the Chinese market
    5:56 What is the pricing policy of Evoke Motorcycles?
    8:06 What was the initial investment for Evoke Motorcycles?
    10:58 Guanxi - how important is it to build trust before establishing a business relationship in China?
    12:52 Working with Foxconn - how was Evoke Motorcycles able to make that happen?
    17:38 At what stage was Evoke Motorcycles before partnering with Foxconn?
    19:36 How did Foxconn impact Evoke Motorcycles' business strategy?
    20:57 Riding the Industry 4.0 wave - how Foxconn is able to pivot so fast
    25:25 Building the product - how does that process look like?
    29:21 How did Nathan Siy decide to build electric motorcycles?
    33:03 Software - does Evoke Motorcycles have a software development team?
    34:06 Who are Evoke Motorcycles' clients?
    40:19 How hard was it for Evoke Motorcycles to obtain proper certification to be able to sell their products on the Chinese market?
    44:51 Is Evoke Motorcycles' development process a client-focused or a product-focused one?
    47:15 How does Nathan Siy see sustainability evolving in China?
    50:59 What is the core feature of an Evoke motorcycle that would be aligned with the concept of sustainability?
    52:37 Why is Tesla not building electric motorcycles?
    54:28 What books have inspired Nathan Siy in his entrepreneurial journey?
    57:21 What productivity tools does Nathan Siy use to manage his company?
    58:51 Should he have extra time what other business would Nathan Siy like to pursue?
    1:01:22 What unexpected success and failure has Nathan Siy witnessed in China?

    Learn more about Evoke Motorcycles: https://www.evokemotorcycles.com/

    Building a hardware company on one of China’s niche segments: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6ePhKtWoT0

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    Website: https://chinaparadigm.com/

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    • 1 hr 4 min

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