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In China, health and illness both come by mouth

In China, health and illness both come by mouth

Editor’s note: In the eighth installment of their continuing series, Alice Wang and Ed Rowland, now joined by longtime colleague and advisor Alf Luo, will examine the central cultural role of the mouth and how that continues to impact COVID-19 consumer healthcare purchasing patterns in sometimes surprising ways. Part one is available here. Part two

QR code a key part of China’s COVID-19 response

QR code a key part of China’s COVID-19 response

Editor’s Note: In the fourth and final part of their series, Alice Wang and Ed Rowland examine how China has identified healthy people and allowed some mobility. What could have been an administrative nightmare has been solved with digital simplicity: the QR code backed by large data analysis. Part one is available here. Part two

The Coronavirus and Education in China

The Coronavirus and Education in China

Editor’s note: In the third part in their continuing series, Alice Wang and Ed Rowland examine the coronavirus’ impact on China’s educational system and the 100 million Chinese students from pre-school through university now exclusively attending online classes. They examine how all the stakeholders– teachers, students, teaching Apps (DingTalk, the government-chosen teaching App provided by Alibaba) have adjusted. Part one

A Chinese worker dreams of returning to the office

A Chinese worker dreams of returning to the office

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles about how the COVID-19 epidemic is impacting people’s lives and business operations in China, the world’s second-largest economy. Future articles, which will be coauthored by Ed Rowland and Alice Wang, will bring to life the challenges of coping with this epidemic. It’s one thing

Trade war fallout

NEW YORK — The Trump administration has escalated its trade war with China by threatening new tariffs that will be levied on almost all products the United States imports from that country. The retail industry, as represented by major trade organizations, has once again voiced dismay with the administration’s trade policy. In May the U.S.

Retailers urge Trump to reconsider tariffs

Retailers urge Trump to reconsider tariffs

WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation (NRF) and the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) issued statements on Thursday warning that tariffs meant to punish China for its trade practices would hurt American consumers. The retailer groups urged President Trump to refrain from imposing tariffs as a retaliatory measure against China’s predatory trade practices — which

Walmart to sell Chinese e-commerce unit

Walmart to sell Chinese e-commerce unit

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart intends to sell its Yihaodian e-commerce business in China to JD.com Inc., that country’s largest  e-commerce retailer by revenue. The deal is part of a strategic partnership between the two companies that meant to boost Walmart’s online sales and in-store traffic in China, while expanding JD.com’s e-commerce business. As part of