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Ed Rowland

Video Forum: China’s drug store market, Part 2

Video Forum: China’s drug store market, Part 2

In the second of two episodes about the drug store market in China, Video Forum examines the impact of e-commerce. Ed Rowland, principal of Rowland Global LLC, and Alice Wang, a Shanghai-based consultant and instructor at Alibaba’s Taobao University, share insights about younger consumers’ embrace of online-to-offline services, the growing presence of Alibaba and JD.com

Video Forum: the drug store market in China

Video Forum: the drug store market in China

In the first of two episodes, Ed Rowland, principal of Rowland Global LLC, and Alice Wang, a Shanghai-based consultant and instructor at Alibaba’s Taobao University, share insights about the brick-and-mortar pharmacy business in China. Among the topics they discuss are the Chinese consumer’s expectations of a drug store, the role of the pharmacist, and the

A Dog’s Life in China is Improving

A Dog’s Life in China is Improving

Editor’s note: In the ninth installment of their continuing series, Alice Wang and Ed Rowland, joined by longtime colleague and advisor Alf Luo, examine the impact of COVID on the Chinese pet care world accelerating trends already in place before the Pandemic. Part one is available here. Part two is available here. Part three is

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