Although its main target started out being collegiate and professional athletes that could really benefit from the use of Under Armour products, it has also obtained a following of youth, adults, and nonprofessional athletes. Some of this could be young people looking up to professional role models and wanting to wear the same products seen on the field. Most of its products are expensive due to its high quality so it targets people that have a higher income that can afford its products. Economic-Being in the textile/sports apparel industry, Under Armour must deal with increasing prices in the textile industry, increasing labor prices in China, increased shipping costs due to the oil and gas price increase, and also increased inflation. Many people are experiencing hardships due to the recession and the high unemployment rate in the United States.
It influences the extent to which the value created by an industry will be dispersed through direct competition. There were several signs of industry growth at the time as was USA’s economy; this led to a number of newly emerging discount stores trying to exploit the potential of high profit. This led to intense competition at the time and increasing rivalry for market share. Due to this industry concentration was low at the time. There was not one dominant player within the industry; they were more equally balanced thus increasing rivalry.
SWOT Analysis Strengths The internal assessment of an organization begins by identifying the company’s strengths. A company has a competitive advantage over rivals when it is able to implement value-creating strategies using its own resources, capabilities, and core competencies. Ralph Lauren has successfully aligned their core competencies in order to meet demands from their customers and maintain a sustainable competitive advantage over competitors. Distinct Image and High Brand Recognition: Ralph Lauren is one of the most recognized brands in the world due to its premium product lines. With such recognition, Ralph Lauren has been able to expand its product offerings from not only men and women’s apparel, but also into jewelry, fragrances, and home furnishings.
They want to be a best fashion shop in the world, and for this they need to be come with new ideas. * Meeting customer needs – Primark sells all products that customer wants in fashionable and they sells all age people cloths. * Identifying new needs - Primark also bring new ideas on sales and their offers in cloths. Also they are just focusing on customer and not just brand Strength – being popular and most people like to buy from there and its cheep, also selling good quality products. Qualitative and high fashion items for a low price.
2.1 Branding Branding can be seen as a vital area under Porter’s Five Forces Model, barriers to entry. Sportswear Industry is almost always about branding. The market is such that it holds a high regard to branding where consumers turn their attention to branded goods as they feel they are paying for the “brand” which should be of high quality. In such industry, potential new entrants might not find it easy to establish themselves in the market. Branding does not come cheap.
FANTASTIC MANUFACTURING FACTS To continue the good business relationships with Fantastic’s’ SUPPLIERS (in Hong Kong and Taiwan) and CREDITORS (the bank via 60 day bank draft) we must develop longer range forecasts so that our suppliers can arrange way to produce more and so that our creditors are aware of our increasing need for capital as our sales volume increases. The Business • Manufacture and market ceiling fans • Rose and Turner went abroad to find exclusive suppliers in Hong Kong and Taiwan • Initial objective was to get product on the shelves and have the small retailers advertise heavily • Consumers began to realize that ceiling fans were energy-savings devices which created greater growth potential for the industry • 2 major competitors- Hinter and Casablanca both produced domestically by Emerson Electric • 2 customers accounted for 40% of sales although Fantastic served more than 100 customers annually The Product • Fantastic held a COST advantage over competition because of outsourcing • All Fantastic fans had a 7-year warranty Accounting Factors • Commission to salesmen were paid in the same month sales were made • Customers paid 60-90 days (2-3months) after Fantastic shipped finished products PAYMENT TO SUPPLIERS • Fantastic issued letters of credit to the suppliers once the order was submitted, in turn the suppliers submitted these letters of credit for payment when they had manufactured the goods and the goods were shipped (30 after the order was placed) • Fantastic did not keep cash on hand to pay for supplies • Once the letter of credit was submitted to the bank, Fantastic typically drew a 60-day draft on the amount of the needed funds to pay for supplies • The bank would accept the draft and extend the loan for a
The distribution networks of the new companies are high and tends to affect the operations of JCP. Therefore, the company should build a strong distribution network so as to counter significantly the operations of the new companies that produce similar products. The “mom and pop” stores have been reported to resort in selling products online, otherwise they become obsolete. J. C. Penny’s SWOT analysis The strengths of the company are: * The existence of more than 1100 locations worldwide * Their quality products such as clothing, jewellery, beauty products and even footwear and furniture * The company also offers shipment of their goods for customers, which gives their customers the best experience in the end, hence attracts more customers. * The company also offers free haircuts for the children The weaknesses of JCP Since its competitors give similar products, the company is faced with limited market share 2. International business operations have also challenged the services of JCP due to the current emerging economies worldwide.
Under Amour case Porter’s five forces competitive Supplier Power: High Huge amount of raw material are available on the market. The company always ensure best supply source not only in quantity but also quality. Nowadays, with the use of modern technology which make the products differentiation become higher so the suppliers also increased very strong. Buyer Power: HIGH With a huge numbers of apparel companies available on the market which created variable products options for customer, whole seller and retailer. Each brand have variable of style and product design so they sometimes have to make decision on the offers from different brands with same quality, and price.
Adapted from http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTMC_08.htm 1. Rivalry among existing competitors- The risk of rivalry is high because of the other businesses like Hair Cuttery and Spa’s within the 10 mile radius. Making business owners compete more aggressively for clientele. 2. Bargaining power of suppliers- This is a very important aspect of the business, customers want quality products at the best price possible.
They have around 6000 stores in USA and 2000 Stores in UK, Japan and Canada. External Enviorment * The external analysis of the sports apparel will describe the attractiveness of the industry. * Amour has a high threat of substitute, high competative rivalry and a they need to be differentiate their product. * If they can differntiate their product that time they can gain more profit, else competitor will take the advantage. * Moreover, they can cover more population as the demand of sports wear and apperal industry demand is increasing day by day.