E-Scrap in China: A Personal Perspective

Over the last five years I’ve published several articles that addressed China’s long-standing trade in imported first-world electronic scrap and other high-tech trash. It’s a fascinating topic, with multiple facets, none more interesting (to me, at least) than the willingness of American, Japanese, and European scrap processors to send hazardous materials to China in violation…

FedEx Responds, Pt. 2

No reason to beat this extraordinarily minor topic to death, so I’ll be brief.  Last week I attempted to pay for a FedEx shipment with a credit card at one of the company’s Shanghai locations. This was not allowed. Instead, cash was demanded, and that cash was deposited into a little metal box stored beneath…

FedEx Responds!

Earlier this week I wrote about the unusual payment procedure at a Shanghai FedEx Kinko’s outlet located on Huaihai Road. Instead of maintaining one register for shipping and documents, this particular outlet has a separate cash register for documents … and a little tin box for shipping charges. When I visited on July 10, I…

FedEx’s Little Tin Full of Chinese Cash

One of the more interesting business stories of recent years is the mostly failed integration of freewheeling Kinko’s into the buttoned-down corporate discipline culture of FedEx. The shipping behemoth purchased the copy center chain in 2003 with high hopes of taking advantage of presumed synergies between the two brands. It made perfect sense: make your…

One More Bubble

There are some luxuries that just don’t translate for me. Foie Gras, for example. And Bordeaux, shark’s fin, and abalone, while I’m at it. But as untranslatable luxuries go, perhaps none is more foreign to me than Puer tea, produced in the highlands of China’s Yunnan Province. The Chinese like to refer to it as…

Disclosing the Coming Crash

The South China Morning Post reports [subscriber only] that one-seventh of the companies listed this year on Hong Kong’s thriving stock exchange DID NOT comply with Mainland China’s social welfare rules. How did SCMP know this? The companies in question acknowledged the non-compliance in their IPO prospectuses! I have no idea what the disclosure requirements…