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Unit 19 Marketing Planning Assignment of Superdrugs Store Plc
Marketing Planning Assignment of Superdrugs Store can make out the different strategies with which they can withstand the different blows that will be coming for launching some new launches (Armstrong and Taylor2014). They infact does not moves with the similar mindset with which they have started decades ago even if things remains good with them from the beginning. They are needed to find newer ways with which they can make an increment of their profit and reach out to newer target consumers. For implementation of an or business strategy of marketing, the marketing plan needs to consider a lot many things with the proper implementation of SWOT, PEST and Poster’s Five Forces and a clear understanding of each of this is needed (Brattonand Gold, 2012).
Over years production concept has experienced a lot of evolution along with the concept of ‘one-to-one’ marketing (Flamholtz, 2012). Superdrugs Store Plc. has embarked on this expansion with business and marketing activities across the land of United Kingdoms. The report stands as an analysis producing a detailed report about their new brand launch, their various operational factors as well as marketing activities with which they are imposing their various strategies for their new product launch.
In 1964, Ronal and Peter Goldstein made the inception of Superdrug Store Plc with their year’s knowledge from the industry of grocery retailing. During the year it got incorporated as the ‘Leading Supermarket Ltd.’and continued to strive with its name till date (Mendenhall and Osland, 2012).It is a retailer of Health and Beauty and is the second largest store of UK, standing behind Boots, first largest retailer of United Kingdoms. Since year 2002, this organization is working as a subsidiary of A. S. Watson Group which is again a conglomerate of CK Hutchison Holdings. Storing of sell makeup, fragrance of the widest ranges, baby and mother care with electrical and toiletries, they are now planning to play strategic in terms of bringing more baby care options which they have fixed into ‘baby oil’ (Budhwar and Debrah, 2013).Superdrug Plc is in continuous process of expanding their business and marketing strategy and right now they are hopeful with this baby oil in the worldwide market.During 2014, they celebrated their 50 years of establishment. Along with this celebration they are now changing their marketing strategies to enable more customers in availing their products in more countries besides their existing locators in almost 50 countries.
Marketing is all about working with the four P’s which manages:
Better to understand with a diagram provided below:
Referring to (Alfeset al.2013, p.331), marketing plan is explained as a tool that is of ‘all-purpose’ and enables the marketing management in getting informed about all the things of an organization. It gives an indication to the management about the various things which the management is lacking, how to bring success to the company goals and redefining some newer direction with some newly launched product or the new market against their competitors. Nevertheless it can be said that a better marketing planning must be consisting of consideration which are needed under its head of ‘changing perspectives’.For Superdrugs Store Plc, their marketing has experienced a lot of evolution over time with a strategy mentioning ‘one-to-one marketing’.
All over UK, Superdrugs stands as no. 2 in offering beauty products
Pharmacies are not in too many numbers within its retail stores
Increment of market exploration have enabled in bringing pharmacy within its retail stores
Strong competition received from competitors like TESCO and Boots
As a retailer that is value oriented it gives a commendable positioning
Tendency towards execution of in-store products
Enhancing its position within the private levels to boost up workforce, cost of newer retail locators and others
Competition increased from supermarkets and discounters
It offers only exclusive brands and popular brands
Male shoppers does not have that much choice in terms of choosing male products
Provides service with digitized media such as internet giving consumers an option to make a quick purchasing
Evaluation ofSupedrugcapability for planning its future marketing activity:
The organizational capability of an organization is defined as the competency of a company alongwith other factors like their strength, weaknesses, synergistic effect, behaviour and resource as well. It actually identifies the organization capacity for using its strength as well as overcoming all the kinds of weaknesses.Henceforth such creates an opportunity in its external environment. For Superdrug Plcthe capabilities of the organization have been mentioned below:
Since 1964 Superdrug Plc is running with the same brand popularity with an increasing development especially to its functional arenas like:
For launching baby oil, from the perspective of finance, Superdrug is needed to make proper utilization of their funding alongwith more concern towards the limitations and budget (Jacksonet al. 2014). From the Marketing View they are needed to grow their brand awareness and consider the factors with which they can increase their capabilities of marketing in terms of its price, place, promotion and product as well. Additionally they are required to maintain a brand loyalty with which enhancement of the sales turnover would get maintained.
Essentially it is required to understand the consumers and target users for baby oil since it stands as the key necessity of ‘marketing’ planning. The marketing planning would be consisting of analysing and auditing of the external that is marketing environmental and organizational or internal environment. Such will be encompassing accumulation of the appropriate factors and then making an analysis of the same. The categories of ‘relevant factors’ which are actually the ‘internal’ and ‘external’ factors have been discussed below:
Generally the SWOT analysis commonly is used for carrying out the auditing of an organization along with an analysis of its several external factors. The abbreviation of Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats, SWOT moves with anintention of analysing opportunities and strength,and taking advantage of the entire market, who are using the baby oil, how frequent they are in purchasing of that particular product for their babies and more (Kehoe et al. 2013, p.367). Meanwhile it also minimizes all kinds of weakness of an organization and cuts down the threats too.
Marketing Planning consists of a sequential logic of events which the organizations have adopted for defining the objectives of baby oil marketing.It can be said that it is one of the most complicated exercises which invariably all companies encounter in terms of the several barriers while implementing a marketing plan. The types of barriers have been discussed below:
A strong planning for marketing and its strategies essentially remains a key component for all organizations. However, certain barriers are therefor marketing planning. For instance,
Almost all the marketing plan barriers are interdependent to each other. An improper system may lead to a bad plan which will be leading to cash hindrance and reduced sales. This in turn may prevent in taking any awareness towards getting an improved skill with development of a better system. Lacking of sufficient funding may give rise to an inefficient system.
The most effective ways of segmenting audience include:
For both the large or small scale industries, effectively carrying out business management is equally difficult. And here the organization needs a sound knowledge about assessment of the competitive environment. Superdrugs Store Plchas appropriately engaged managers and entrepreneurs in comprehending a competitive environment for launching and stabling a brand popularity of the baby oil. In terms of analysis they make use of SWOT for internal assessment, PEST for external assessment and PORTER’s Five Forces for assessing both (Renwick et al. 2013).
For the competitive force this acts as one of the major players with which the bargaining power gets increased a lot
Boosting up the customer loyalty will certainly enhance a reduction to the power of the baby oil consumer where they would be getting rewarded with the right kind of product for their kids
Threat of New Entrants
In the baby product industry too many entrants have started seizing the market giving a tough competition to the existing ones. For example, ‘thewholesaler’ is imposing several strategic plans in terms of launching diverse baby products posing a real threat for the organization to stand for in the long run
Nature of change
Strict regulation on the quality of the baby oil
Several groups conducted a study on the examination of application of this body oil on the infants skin and its various effects which can be only remaining fruitful for the baby
Opportunities of bringing a satisfying effect over the kids skin so as to allowing them happy all the timewith an protection to their healthiness
Strict awareness to the quality checker of the product in order to take a look on the oil quality so that after application their skin does not irritate with skin rashes
The analysis is needed to entail in thinking about how all these above mentioned analysis will be affecting the business. The company is needed to make an identification of the strength of each of the forces. Attaining such, Superdrugs will be ably making an analysis of their business strength and the position worldwide.
A new baby product is going to be launched by the Superdrugs Store Plc. for which a market analysis has been made in the report. The company offers an access to it’s all the varieties of its brand enabling consumers to avail such and give a try all their lifelong. With their new launch of baby oil they are actually increasing their horizon of commitment with a role of standing responsible towards the society. Offering almost 800 stores all across the world with a strength of almost 14,000, they are standing high with their promise of striving and providing the best.
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