As part of Experiential Learning – Asia Pacific Study (RMG 917), a group of 17 TRSM Retail Management students are visiting China for a two-week learning experience exploring the Chinese retail market. The group began their journey on Saturday, May 7th.
Here, student Samantha Rondinelli tells us about the group’s visit to Hohai University, an IKEA in Nanjing and nightlife in the city.
Today was a bright and beautiful day in Nanjing. Prior to coming here, we were all a little hesitant since it is considered a “Tier 2” city in China, so the standard of living is a little different than major cities like Beijing and Shanghai. But we were all amazed by the beauty and landscape; it is very spacious and felt a little like home.
We started off the morning with a lecture at Hohai University delivered by Ryerson’s very own Frances Gunn on Online Service Quality. We interacted with the students from the university – specifically in the Public Relations program – which was very exciting and informative. We then made our way to the Suguo distribution centre to learn more about the company and their retail operations. Suguo is a large super market retailer established in 2004, with a wide category management and focus on the southern provinces of China.
We ended our day off at an IKEA store in the city, which surprisingly had the same setup and products as the ones in Toronto. We all finished the night off by exploring the beautiful streets of Nanjing, and tasting the delicious food and nightlife they have to offer!