Understanding culture: why Walmart has struggled in China

Sea Bass With Barbie Dolls Challenge Wal-Mart in China
By Bloomberg News -, bloomberg.com


Shelves stacked to the ceil­ing with low-price hot sauce, Bar­bie dolls, and noo­dles stand near tanks where shop­pers can fish out live sea bass for din­ner. Wel­come to RT-Mart, China’s ver­sion of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT)

From Shang­…

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Struggling Big Pharma returns to Chinese ethno medicine for ideas

Ancient Chinese Cures Seen Helping Drugmaker Pipelines
By Bloomberg News -, bloomberg.com

The world’s biggest drug­mak­ers are turn­ing to ancient Chi­nese reme­dies to boost prod­uct pipelines.

Glax­o­SmithK­line Plc is test­ing botan­i­cals — com­pounds extract­ed from plants — for immune dis­or­ders, Sanofi plans to turn…

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A taxonomy of Mitt’s fabrications

A taxonomy of Mitt Romney’s lies – Salon.com
By Benjamin Wheelock, salon.com

A close look at the most diverse and resilient species this side of the Galapagos

“Jeep — now owned by the Ital­ians — is think­ing of mov­ing all pro­duc­tion to China.”

“The pres­i­dent said he’d cut the deficit in half. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, he…

RT @Salon_Politics: A taxonomy of Mitt Romney’s lies http://flip.it/ybheU http://flip.it/Dkgal

Game cams now capture real life behavior

Amazing Photos Of Animals In The Wild, Snapped By Hidden Automatic Cameras
BY EMILY BADGER, fastcoexist.com

The Smithsonian’s Wild project uses advanced automated cameras to capture images of animals in their natural habitats as they go about their day. It’s a much better kind of specimen than a dead, stuffed animal.

Bill McShea has trav­eled to China…

RT @FastCompany: Check Out These Amazing Photos Of Animals In The Wild http://flpbd.it/unHL3 http://flpbd.it/SKvrL

In China More Than 30 Million People Live in Eco-Friendly Caves

China's FIRST McDonald's
China’s FIRST McDonald’s (Photo credit: flickr.Marcus)

In China More Than 30 Million People Live in Eco-Friendly Caves | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

Andrew Michler INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Green Architect & Cradle to Cradle Founder William McDonough INHABITAT: What inspired you to write ‘Cradle to Cradle‘ (the book) and launch the Cradle to Cradle system? William McDonough: From an early age, I was fascinated by differing attitudes towards resources. Growing up in Japan and Hong Kong, I was given my first look at complete material cycles, where waste becomes food, and resources […] READ MORE >, inhabitat.com

In China, call­ing some­one a cave­man shouldn’t be taken as an insult – in fact, Mao Zedong lived in a cave before becom­ing the coun­try’s leader. Today, many Chi­nese peo­ple still live in caves. And we aren’t talk­ing about just one or two…


Alibaba.com: The world’s largest online B2B marketplace

2006 exports/imports
2006 exports/imports (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Manufacturers, Suppliers, Exporters & Importers from the world’s largest online B2B marketplace-Alibaba.com.

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Competitive Intelligence (CI) books

Listen, Analyze, Respond: The Virtuous Cycle o...
Listen, Analyze, Respond: The Virtuous Cycle of Social Business (Photo credit: Dion Hinchcliffe)

Amazon.com: Competitive Intelligence (CI).

I’m looking for good books that I can recommend to others on searching online using major databases such as Lexis, Factiva, Ovid

Less Is More: Yotel’sTiny Hotel Rooms

Yotel Bath
Yotel Bath (Photo credit: cdent)

Less Is More: Yotel’sTiny Hotel Rooms : TreeHugger.