By forming alliances with companies like Boeing and Advanced Scientific Concepts, it is able to develop and improve upon products that it otherwise is incapable of obtaining using only its own technology. The company also has a healthy financial position with an excellent cash and long-term debt rate. Despite these competences, iRobot still has serious concerns. Although the robotics industry is not highly competitive, iRobot needs more competition to help build up the total scale and visibility of the fledgling industry it has pioneered. Home care robots, its biggest revenue source, are a luxury supplemental good.
1. Intense Current Competition The top four PC vendors are HP, Dell, Acer and Lenovo, which accounted for 55% of the worldwide shipment. Apple faces fierce competition from these companies. Nonetheless, with its innovative and stylish products, it’s no wonder that they set a higher price than other companies. The innovation and the technology advances help Apple win in the competition.
Haier, a well-known brand in China, founded in 1984 and started from a small plant on the verge of bankruptcy, by innovation and implementing JIT manufacturing system in the past 30 years, today, Haier had become the industry leader in Chinese home appliance market. With the increasing competition in China domestic market, more and more follower and copier came in, Haier has to look for a long turn and stable profit growth by extending business realm to other countries. North America was the first target for expansion, initially, Haier approach the US market through export, however they found that the customer loyalty of Made in China was very low within US consumer, also the exports was restricted by US government policies. in 1999, Haier invented and opened first overseas factory in Camden, South Carolina, start their localization way in US. Through attacking the Niche marketing in US, Chinese brand but made in US, Haier’s brand recognized by US consumer immediately and achieved remarkable performance in US market.
Microsoft is headquarters in Redmond, Washington. Microsoft produces, licences a large range of products related to computing. Measured by revenue Microsoft is the world's largest software maker and is also one of the most valuable companies in the world. Microsoft was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen on April 4 1975. Local, National, International or Global Oxfam operated in over 90 countries.