Shanghai Distribution Network

Distribution Network

Distribution Network in Shanghai

Although many believe that consumer retail goods only come from China, it is rapidly becoming the case that the importation of retail shopping items into China is just as significant. This is evident in the growth in the Shanghai retail market for consumer products.

Graph of Growth in Shanghai Retail Shopping Sales

Yr Shanghai Retail Market
2010 $ 89.7 billion US
2009 $ 75.7 billion US
2008 $ 65.9 billion US
2007 $ 50.6 billion US
2006 $ 42.0 billion US
2005 $ 35.9 billion US
2004 $ 32.1 billion US
2003 $ 29.0 billion US
Statistics from Shanghai Statistical Yearbook


Since 2003, Shanghai retail sales have increased at a nearly unfathomable rate. A combined 210% growth in Shanghai shopping for retail goods sets the stage for unprecedented development in the Shanghai market.

From last year alone, Shanghai retail sales increased by about 17.5%, reaching an astounding $89.7 billion US. Just seven short years before, this same Shanghainese economy supported only $29.0 billion in retail sales, less than one third of what it is today.

What the Shanghai retail market means for Western businesses

Western businesses can no longer afford to stay out of the Chinese market. Shanghai retail sales are booming and any Western company that is able to generate brand awareness, create a successful marketing plan, and navigate the Shanghai shopping distribution and logistics chains will be able to experience incredible growth in revenue and business. But this may be easier said than done.

In fact, the Shanghai retail market, and indeed the retail markets across China as well, is very complicated and riddled with bureaucracy, dangers, and a vastly different end consumer.
China Distribution staff has been involved with consumer goods in every province of China for more than 25 years. Representing world-class brands such as Evian, Alize, and Ice Fox Vodka, CDL management knows how to get your products from Western ports, through customs, to retail shelves, and into the consumers' hands.

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