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Retail sales in China shrank by 19% in the first quarter of 2020, as consumers were stuck in lockdown and the country's stores were shuttered. Now that the retail landscape has been opened, how are China's consumers responding? Are they confident enough to resume their pre-Covid shopping habits, or are they veering between two extremes: revenge shopping or frugal spending? Join us for an online discussion of China's consumer patterns in 2020.


  • Howard Thompson (Chief Strategy Officer MediaCom China)

    Howard Thompson

    Chief Strategy Officer MediaCom China

    Originally from England, Howard is a Strategist and Integrated Communications leader with extensive China, European and UK planning experience across Media, Full Service and Digital agency environments. He has spent the last 17 years working in London, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo and Hong Kong, for clients that have included Land Rover, Nike and Johnnie Walker Blue Label. His extensive brand management and integrated strategic planning experience covers Luxury, Travel, FMCG, Retail, Gaming and Media.

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  • Mark Tanner (Founder & Managing Director, China Skinny)

    Mark Tanner

    Founder & Managing Director, China Skinny

    As founder and managing director of China Skinny, Mark has provided China-market growth strategies and research to over 200 brands including Nike, Tourism Australia, Colgate, Reckitt Benckiser, IKEA, Woolworths, Coles, SAIC Motors and IHG. He is a frequent commentator on China's consumer trends and is the author of the most-read newsletter about marketing to China.

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  • Mary Boyd (Director, Shanghai Corporate Network)

    Mary Boyd

    Director, Shanghai Corporate Network

    Mary Boyd is responsible for programme development and client servicing in Shanghai. She also provides research and conceptual support on China for Economist Corporate Network programmes.

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