Over the past decades China gained the reputation of being the world's factory, focusing solely on manufacturing exports. This is about to change.
The role of e-commerce is tremendously important in the context of the Chinese government's stated goal of relying less on exports to the recession-stricken West and focusing more on domestic consumption as a driver for further economic growth. China's online population is currently the largest online population worldwide.
This book is aimed at assisting Western entrepreneurs, SMEs, investors and business students to understand and ideally enter the Chinese e-merging market. E-Commerce is an easy, fast, and cost-effective way of entering the Chinese market compared to more traditional ways of entry. It offers great opportunities for high profit gains to Western companies seeking to do business in China without the hurdle of heavy upfront investment.
This book is designed to work as a step-by-step guide to the online marketplace environment in China. It provides a detailed overview of the Chinese online market and proposes different strategies available to foreign companies. It contains practical advice, the latest data and relevant links for further reference that Western SMEs, investors, and entrepreneurs can use to establish their online presence in China.
Danai Krokou was born in Corfu, a Greek island in the Ionian Sea. She left her hometown at age 17 to study and work in numerous countries around the world. She is an international business development consultant, Chinese market investment specialist and passionate polyglot. She has lived and worked in France, the United Kingdom, Spain, Austria, Greece, Hong Kong and China. She studied business, foreign languages, and international politics. She is fluent in a handful of languages, including Mandarin Chinese. She started her first business at age 25 in Shanghai, PRC. She is also the author of The Chinese e-Merging and Trading with China, published by BEP.