EXPO 2015 – Events and Delegations are going to get ready. Introducing Nagoya

As italians we are well informed about agenda of activities that every day are going to make the schedule for next Milan EXPO  2015 full of participations. Usually we are more into updates that regard italian pavilion and public administration involved in dynamics of management and general organization for the most important event of the year than news concerning business opportunities linked with EXPO scenario.

But we well know that big expectations from companies and professional operators are in particular towards international opportunities that such event could represent as pole of attraction for dozens of millions of participants (more than 20.000.000 of visitors are expected in 6 months )

Beyond institutional participation and delegation that usually follow specific schedules according with standards of interest not always addicted to market – segments or operative business needs,  I already collected some requests from specific associations and consulting firms as well as group of promoters for investment’s solutions and similar operators that are really up to introduce specific contents and develop mutual potential cooperation on commercial front with counterparts from different markets.

bg_event‘Cause I’m specialized advisor with strong competence on eastern asia markets, and thanking knowledge on japanese and chinese languages, following such needs, as consulting studio, we are already getting busy on specific researches about participation of prefectures and regional delegation from East Asia.

The purpose of such activity is for sure to identify concrete events that can represent good point of start for boosting services, involvement of volunteers, business matching for well framed operators as long as setting up nice framework to plan twinning perspectives for territorial administrations from both sides.

Today we have completed our first selection of special contents / participations about Japan Pavillon and we are preparing official analysis about the presentation of Aichi Prefecture for contents and operators from this prefecture during 5 days in August 2015, when the events square of Japan Pavilion will host performances and contents from Aichi end in particular from the main city of Nagoya.

At the moment the organizers are expecting to introduce around 40 organizations from Aichi and the new has just been introduced as official announcement from website of the prefecture recently.

Honestly we didn’t find more details on websites and official channels managed by organizers of Milan EXPO 2015 (Italian and english version) about such micro – attendance in August and due of the intense planning it would be for sure difficult monitoring so many contents but as japanese side is already collecting participations and interests to finalize delegations profiles, I think it is really important getting ready to select functional opportunities on time.

Thanking our network of partnered consulting firms and official relations with local institutions in Japan we have prepared letter of proposal as supporting studio for what it may concern matching of operators, official introduction and services providing. About services could be interesting for such delegations or events we are including some elements that should be useful on bilateral dynamics of involvement like

– accommodations with transfer service included

– interpreters and volunteers (japanese speakers) in cooperation with Asian Studies Group Italia© already involved on official selection for volunteers and professional profiles for Japanese Pavilion

– communication agency to develop specific contents on international dimension in cooperation with japanese PRs

– business tours in Italy according with shared schedule after selection about specific fields of interest

– B2b corner in Milan with participation of specific event during Fuori EXPO (list of events that will take place in the city with involvement of private operators)

– Training opportunities or joining specific seminars on well framed series of contents according with purpose of analysis

– General Assistance

We are going to introduce more well detailed info about those delegations from East Asia that we consider interesting to approach and meet with direct cooperation ‘s opportunity during the Universal Exposition of Milan 2015 as we invite you to send us comments or introduce your profile (as organization or company) if you want to get in touch with my studio and network of structures involved in these dynamics in Milan.

Our main office is in the centre of Milan and we are really focusing on such business agenda for preparation of internationalization’s tools during Milan EXPO 2015

E-commerce in China: when platforms support to master the market

E-commerce in China is for sure becoming literally a boom-phenomenon.  It’s like the first fast crazy running we got towards East at the end of 90’s  when everybody was looking at China as new economic power in the world.

And it must be so when we are facing with the biggest market in the world in terms of demand and wideness for online sales.

According with recent analysis we are going to overpass 600 millions of internet users until 2015 and around 150 millions of users in 2010 have been confirmed as already frequent buyers online; but more interesting to know,  the number of buyers should grow till approximately 520 millions of users before the end of 2015: effectively an incredible result if we consider that in Europe according with Statista© we will be able to reach approximately 190 millions of buyers at least in the same period.

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Usually when we think about e-commerce in China we could be stunk referring to complicated and un-protected system to develop online selling platforms. I think that problems concerning property rights and copycat’s risks should be pointed out as first element of the matters, but I would like to remind you that “the democracy of buying whatever you want” is one of most important perspectives followed strongly from 2010 by central Government and in general the legal system and also the awareness of consumers on buying original brands are bringing investors and developers to enjoy more safe and equilibrate environment.

Let’s check what kind of de-regulamentation nowadays represents a concrete step ahead for the development of the e-commerce environment in China

1500px-Flag_of_the_Peoples_Republic_of_China.svg_– 2010 with the  shangzizi 2010 n 272 the online sales are accepted as regular and natural prosecution of usual commercial activity for foreign companies so also  foreign investors are now allowed to make their products on sale online without any particular requirement as involvement of chinese co-investor and without any particular approval or distinctive business license issued by MOFCOM

– Then if you are not service provider for other operators but if you want to sell throughout your online platform your goods you don’t have to apply for specific ICP (internet content protocol) as it’s compulsory for providers that create online stores in name of  third operators

The second point is very interesting and represent a boost for online businesses: if you are a foreign company with base in China you can immediately open your e-commerce service without any other specific approval or license.

I’m used to suggest to follow this way to my clients ‘cause it represents a great system to educate customers to approach specific brand or production enjoying in particular sharing opinion’s tools and crossing information through social networks. I really think that even if volume of sales are one of most important goals for an online-store, we have to remember that in China the access to information through browsers represent the first step to get well detailed info and in particular comments from other users.

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Even if it seems more easy and quick try to being represented by third platforms like some services that T-Mall (owned by giant Alibaba) in particular when the company doesn’t present any legal entity registered on chinese market, we should remember that in this cases it’s more difficult to guarantee legal safety against fraudulent dynamics and payment is required oat of the times in foreign currency by exporters (due of absence of corporate- presence on chinese market) and it’s not always easy to pay for common users.

As researcher on marketing strategy for China I well recommend to place own brand or group of brands through e-commerce platform after registering own WOFE into chinese market , not only because it would be for real a concrete internationalization’s goal but also due to head for more well framed condition to boost own identity and at the same time to speed the realization of direct online store in safe and well guarantee condition without any specific additional business license.

as i’m used to say, chinese market follows specific P’s to ensure successful results on sales then

– Products: quality and distinctive features must be mediated with concrete perception of what chinese consumer is looking forward; and sometimes such elements cannot be put on focused so much through general e-commerce portal not directly managed by own management and partially created with third operators.

– Popularity: being online doesn’t mean only be sold on the web. The strategy of “word of mouth” needs to be boosted through social networks and specific promotion about brand and production that sometimes needs more intensive effort than general information  summed up in general categories of multi brand online sales.

– Price : information without price it’s not so attractive for chinese customers. They need to feel they are enjoying special bargain (it doesn’t matter if we are talking about middle level products or luxury). In particular if we have something to sell that fits with medium target, the announce of special sales are really attractive among young customers, otherwise the placement of products with high price for luxury field should be successful among specific senior targets

– Passion: chinese people loves to join shengyi (business) on both sides, as sellers as long as clients; being present in the market make us more aware about chinese culture and market’s needs. I think that e-commerce can express for real such passion on doing business into chinese market as more as you can be aware about what does China represent not only as producer but also as commercial operator who choose to invest in China.

I think that chinese law’s system will proceed on more concrete and responsible way to protect property rights against copycat’s actions and government will do all the best to boost  development for one of crucial factors for contemporary chinese economy like online businesses.

 

New JV for italian brand in Japan. Modena: when coffee can represent identity of territory

It’s time to join well framed marketing strategy for Cagliari S.p.A on japanese market. The occasion to take part new internationalization’s project has been introduced by japanese partners and the historical coffee-brand from Modena decided to make then this step ahead with those enthusiasm and passion that such cooperation needs to improve italian presence on japanese sales scenario

Personally involved into preliminary step for analysis about participation of specific shareholders and settlement of Kabushiki Gaisha in Japan, I’m proud of professional cooperation that has taken place with Apmi – CONFIMI Modena with mediation od Dr. Silvia Faith and general export management from Cagliari S.p.A, Mr. Cosimo Pintore.

Immediately we understood that such JV might create real opportunities to promote Coffee from Modena in Japan and at the same time it could represent concrete start to build up network of synergies that can involve also culture, local manufacturing excellencies and territorial promotion in one of most important markets in the world for italian exports.

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Such well framed vision of doing territorial marketing has been introduced by japanese distributors and investors who are managing some promotional events in Hiroshima area and in some other prefectures in Japan introducing the brand of Cagliari and Modena’s excellencies: イタリアの美食の街 The city of gastronomy (beauty as meal) in Italy, that’s the claim which the new Cagliari International Japan LTD is going to be boosted during several micro-exhibitions concerning Italy and territorial promotion for Modena’s area.

One of our partners is JTB Chugoku Shikoku, main local branch of biggest japanese tour operators that is investing on mutual strategy to promote Italy with its food and beauty and they’re improving strong communication to discover Modena as city of Ferrari, Pavarotti, Aceto Balsamico and more.

In this vision Coffee represents tradition, quality and taste. According with business strategy shared between board of directors we are going to set up promotional office / shop in Hyogo prefecture ion the city of Kobe that got long tradition about imports of european brands and well known for passion about coffee and pretty high standards of sales.

As consulting studio in Milan we are also managing new business missions towards Hyogo Prefecture for October 2014 as start’s point for B2b relations with japanese potential investors / partners. For sure such occasion that could be considered as useful platform to intensify more new joint – cooperations during next Milan Expo 2015. I think that Cagliari International Japan LTD will be able to be at the head position for new business projects that will need network of trustable players between Italy and Japan.

 

Marketing Strategy on east Asia – contents of marketing course for Master in Internationalization of SME – NIBI new institute for international business Milano

It started as professional collaboration 3 years ago and now it’s becoming an interesting opportunity for me to introduce specific contents about doing business in China and Japan, in particular focusing on marketing strategy’s tips for companies according with personal professional experience as advisor for such commercial dynamics.

For the next session that will start soon, I’m going to teach in Milan on 5 of October 2013 and I’ll provide to my students concrete tools to approach chinese market considering elements as follows

– now china represents a real business model that consist of specific and distinctive features (about target, IDE, regulamentations for specific fields, VAT , company lawa etc)  that must be considered on planning strategy (as model it means that way of doing business and promotion need particular attention on specific steps and as part of internationalization’s process)

– target’s control: we’re really sure to know well chinese market? we should remember that when we talk about china we’re approaching an highly framed market and also when we refear to “rich chinese as potential customers” we have to take care about several levels of richness (middle class, upper middle class, rich people etc)

– regional marketing in China needs probably the most demanding attention than any other market, that’s  first of all beacause it’s a very big country, then cause we’re approaching a multi ethnic – country and doing business locally needs local connections and specific awarness about elements that marks operators (suppliers) but also trading companies or final customers.

– during this lesson I’ll also specify some new elements that represent big change for China about e-commerce policies and doing business on the web

– then we’ll focus our attention on some cases and we’ll introduce some basic info about negotiation’s steps.

‘cause I’ve expertise about chinese language I’m used to introduce the above contents using some key-words in chinese and I’ll try to channel attention of students about specific Hanzi that will express the meanings i’m going to focus on –

If you wanna know more about NIBI’s faculty and didactic programmes check the link as follows. I’m proud to remind you that Asian Studies Group, the studies centre which I’ve founded is official partner of the Institute as Consulate of Republic of Korea in Milan and Confucius Institute.

 

 

http://www.nibi-milano.it/Corsi_internazionalizzazione_impresa/Corsi_impresa/Far_East.kl

Crossing Cultures – the balance between business aims and cultural differences

Save the date from 17 to 23 of september 2013: ADM-EA Business School in cooperation with Asian Studies Group

Location: Malta – St Julians

Contents: Business english + business culture and coaching + networking

I will manage 2 lessons about business culture in Asia (China and Japan): differences and common points of dealing in these markets. In particular the workshop will be focused on

1) corporate system   2) negotiation  3) social evolution and contemporary trends  4) direct consultancy and business tips.

The programme will include also business english classes (one to one) for professionals managed by partnered centre in Malta

well detailed contents at following link

http://adm-ea.com/business-school-for-professionals-and-practical-business-coaching/

business coaching malta sept 2013