Distribution Networks in China

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Types of Outlet

Hypermarkets and supermarkets
Located in the big Chinese cities, they have food and non food products.
Lianhua Supermarket Holdings Co, Beijing HuaLian, Wu-mart, A-Best, Ren Ren Le
Specialised Hypermarkets and Supermarkets
Hypermarkets specialised in a range of products.Located in the residential areas or the pedestrianised streets.
Suning (electrical household appliances), Guo Mei (electrical household appliances), Elephant pharmacy (pharmacy), Homejia (decoration), Orientalhome (decoration), Ikea (furniture)
Department stores
Stores distributed in different specialised ranges. Located in the big Chinese cities.
Wing on, Sincere, Intime, Parkson, Wangfujing department stores,
Mall centers
Located in periphery of cities, these are large set-ups.
Beijing apm, CITIC Plaza, Grand Gateway, Golden Resources Shopping Mall, South China Mall, Eurasia Shopping Mall
Street stores and markets
Especially in the rural areas, they are replaced by stores in the urban areas.
 

Evolution of the Retail Sector

Growth and Regulation
Dominated by an official system in the past, distribution today obeys the rules of saving in not structured trade. Principal activity areas of the country are located around Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and HongKong. Retail distribution has developed in big towns, hypermarkets are increasing rapidly in the majority of the big Chinese cities.
Market Shares
Mass distribution is dominated especially by large Asian groups such as Shanghai Bailin which has 5000 sales outlets and a turnover of 6.8 billion Euros. However, foreign groups have successfully established in China, such as Carrefour or Wal-Mart. Chinese distributors have the most significant market share. Asian groups are also present in China, such as the Thai Lotus.
In the rural areas, traditional trade is still significant because foreign firms have not yet established there.
Organizations in the Retail Sector
Chinese Chamber of Commerce (CGCC)
China Chain Store and Franchise Association

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