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John PickupJohn Pickup has over 20 years’ experience working with Chinese business. He has gained a deep appreciation of the importance of Chinese history, culture and social/business etiquette in developing good business relations in China.  He advises Western companies, helped by having a Singaporean/Chinese family!  John took a Masters in Management from MIT. After a career in IBM he founded the UK subsidiary of a Chinese Canadian company (Platform Computing). He has addressed conferences in the UK and China, including the Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University Business School in Suzhou, China.

BLOG What's in a name?

By John Pickup(约翰·皮克)
August 18, 2017
Category: China

BLOG  - What’s in a name?


Quite a lot if it’s in China.

 A name has a significance which is often totally lost on Western people.  A good name conveys in an instant a whole range of information and feelings about a product or service in China which we in the West just don’t notice. 

This perhaps best illustrated with an example:  When Microsoft wanted to launch its own search engine to compete against Google,  they ch... Continue reading

Starbucks -

By John Pickup(约翰·皮克)
August 15, 2017
Category: China

BLOG   Starbucks – “we did a lot of listening”

 

An amazing feat – pioneering the sale of coffee in a tea drinking nation.


Yet with 2500 outlets in China and planning to grow to 5000 by 2021, Starbucks must be doing some things right.

They started in a small way in January 1999 with a store in Beijing.  Young people quickly discovered that it was a great place to meet their friends, providing a cle... Continue reading

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KFC Huawei Phone: Do you want fries with that?

By John Pickup(约翰·皮克)
August 08, 2017
Category: China

BLOG  KFC Huawei Phone:  Would you like fries with that?


Huawei have announced a KFC branded “finger-lickin good” smart phone – but only in China.


To commemorate the 30th anniversary of their entry into China, KFC they have cooperated with Huawei to rebrand a Huawei Enjoy 7 Plus Android mid-range phone.

It is bright red with a laser etched Colonel Sanders logo on the reverse.  Rather ambitiously it i... Continue reading

Winter Olympics in Beijing?

By John Pickup(约翰·皮克)
August 03, 2017
Category: China

BLOG  Winter Olympics in China

 

There was amazement when Beijing was awarded the winter Olympics.  After all there’s not much snow in Beijing.


No problem, we’ll hold them at Zhangjiakou. 


But that’s 135 miles away, and the train journey takes about 3 hours.


No problem, we’ll build a high speed railway.  That will bring the time down to about 50 minutes.

<... Continue reading

From Boiled-over Oyster Sauce to Cheese Grater to Walkie Talkie

By John Pickup(约翰·皮克)
July 31, 2017
Category: China

BLOG   From Oyster Sauce via Cheesegrater to Walkie Talkie


Whatever one thinks about the outlook for the City of London following Brexit – soft, hard or whatever, the Chinese have made their minds up.  It’s going to be good.  They are certainly putting their money into the City.  Two days ago it was announced that the biggest ever single office transaction had been agreed - £1.3 billion for the famous – or infamous – “Walkie Talkie” skyscraper in the City of London.&nbs... Continue reading

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5G in China

By John Pickup(约翰·皮克)
July 20, 2017
Category: China

Move over world, China’s  5G is coming.

China, with the world’s biggest smartphone market, also has the world’s biggest 4G usage,  with a total of 844 million 4G subscribers as of April 2017*

Now the latest study* shows that China is set to become... Continue reading

Tags: 5G technology innovation

Husband Storage Pods

By John Pickup(约翰·皮克)
July 19, 2017
Category: China

BLOG   Husband storage pods.


“Who says the Chinese aren’t creative?” – cont:

The BBC* has reported that a shopping mall in Shanghai has come up with a novel way of increasing the spend per visit.  They have installed “Husband storage pods”

Despite being a world leader in on-line shopping,  significant numbers of Chinese still want to touch, feel and try on before buying -  and they don’t want t... Continue reading

“I’d do it again to save a life”

By John Pickup(约翰·皮克)
July 11, 2017
Category: China

It’s nice to get a human good news story out of China. With some 1.35 billion people it’s not difficult for journalists to find some bad news, so it is encouraging to be able to note a heart-warming story.  

A train conductor saw an elderly lady crossing the tracks in front of a train.  He sounded the horn, but instead of moving out of the way, s... Continue reading


Volvo and Geely lead the way

By John Pickup(约翰·皮克)
July 07, 2017
Category: China

Volvo used to be a sound and staid car manufacturer which made very safe cars which appealed to the middle class family man.  But they have thrown down the gauntlet to all the major motor manufacturers by announcing that from 2019 every new Volvo car launched will have an electric motor drive.   This announcement marks the death knell of the solely combustion engined car both diesel and petrol. All new cars announced will be electric or hybri... Continue reading

Tags: China electric cars

Will China’s economy collapse?*

By John Pickup(约翰·皮克)
June 27, 2017
Category: China

This is the provocative title of a just published book by Professor Ann Lee.

In fact some China “experts” might change the question to “When will China’s economy collapse?”

To shallow economists and popular journalists, these might be perfectly valid questions... Continue reading

Tags: China economy

Light rail just gained a new meaning – Trams powered by hydrogen

By John Pickup(约翰·皮克)
June 20, 2017
Category: China

Qingdao, in Shandong Province, has opened the country’s first hydrogen powered tram route. Well aware of the great need to reduce pollution and improve air quality, they are using a variety of non-polluting technologies for public transport. Although hydrogen fuel cells, which are totally pollution free,  are being tested and used in various public transit vehicles around the world, including buses in London, this is the first... Continue reading


Crossing the river by feeling the stones

By John Pickup(约翰·皮克)
June 13, 2017
Category: China

摸着石头过河——邓小平。

Mōzhe shítou guòhé.
–Dèng Xiǎopíng

This is a Chinese saying quoted by Deng Xiaoping.  He achieved a revolutionary change, but he did it gradually.  He pulled China back from the excesses of the late Mao regime and set China on th... Continue reading

Qing Ming Festival

By John Pickup(约翰·皮克)
June 09, 2017
Category: China

A traditional centuries old festival brought up to date!

Also known as Pure Brightness Festival or Tomb-sweeping day, it falls on April 4th or 5th which is the first day of the fifth month of the Chinese calendar and is a public holiday in China.

This centurie... Continue reading

Train arrives back in Yiwu

By John Pickup(约翰·皮克)
June 05, 2017
Category: China

The first Yiwu to London container train arrived back in Yiwu, Zhejiang province, on April 29th, completing the first round trip journey. It proves the feasibility of the route, which already links China with 14 other European cities. It took 19 days for the return journey, although that should get slicker as experience is gained. There have to be guage changes on the way as the Russian track guage is different from the Ch... Continue reading

Tags: Yiwu London logistics One Belt One Road

No change? No problem!

By John Pickup(约翰·皮克)
May 22, 2017
Category: China

A beggar asks you for some spare change

You reply, “sorry, no change.” 

No change? No problem. The beggar makes it easy – “Just scan my QR code”.

R... Continue reading

Tags: QR code easy payments mobile

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