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Chinese Consumers Want to Buy American

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New York City, Urban, middle-class consumers in China, or “Chuppies,” are interested in more American product choices, according to a new survey commissioned by UPS. High-quality personal care toiletries and consumer electronics led the list of most desired American products. Apparel and fashion accessories and music and videos were close behind. The items drawing the least interest: American cigarettes and liquor.

“These findings show the urban consumer market in China has a great potential for foreign, and especially American, exporters,” said Fei-Lang Wang, international affairs professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. “It confirms there is a sizeable group of urban residents in China with considerable disposable income who are developing brand-name consciousness, becoming savvy consumers and acquiring a taste for foreign goods.”

UPS commissioned the survey of the rapidly growing Chinese urban middle-class following dramatic service and coverage area expansion in Asia.

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Self-Checkout Transactions to Surpass $450 Billion by 2008

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Franklin, Tenn., Anew study conducted by IHL Consulting Group found that self-checkout transactions for 2005 will be $161 billion. The study predicts the value of the transactions will be more than $450 billion by 2008. Analysts attribute the increase in transaction sales to the growing numbers of self-checkout systems in supermarkets, supercenters and home improvement centers.

The study found that 94% of respondents already had tried self-checkout. Men are 60% more likely than women to use self-checkout on nearly every trip to the store. According to the study, the biggest complaint from consumers about self-checkout is the need for employee assistance. Respondents said they needed help one out of every three times with self-checkout.

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Read All About It: Wireless Security

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New York City, Wireless security is an all-or-nothing proposition: If one part of the system is insecure, the whole system is insecure. In the article: “Is Your Data Safe?” Robert Danahy of Zebra Technologies explores some of the keys to network security. To read the article, click on the “Guest Commentaries” tab at the top of the page.

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