Marketing Analysis: Expanding a Company
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While at lunch, you and the company's chief financial officer (CFO) begin to discuss opportunities to expand in the U.S. Discuss the opportunities to expand in the U.S., what it would take, and the potential hurdles the firm would have to overcome. Be sure to identify specific retail companies that could potentially sell CPI's products, the markets that would be attractive, and some of the financial and economic considerations.
Consumer Products Inc. (CPI) is a U.S. regional consumer products company located in Phoenix, Arizona. The company manufactures and distributes a small line of consumer products to retailers in major western cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, and Phoenix. The company has an excellent reputation as a good corporate citizen and producer of some of the highest quality products in the business.
CPI's three major brands are Shades of Youth, a hair care line that recently has been doing extremely well as the aging baby boomers look for products to help retain some of their youth; Super Clean, a line of detergent and bleach products; and Super White, a line of tooth paste that quickly and safely whitens teeth. Super Clean is the anchor division, and it was the sole line of products the company had when Javier Lopez founded it in 1951. The company launched Shades of Youth in 1975 and Super White in 1980.
You have headed up the Super Clean division for the last 8 years and were recently promoted to Chairperson of the Board and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The firm went public ten years ago under the leadership of your predecessor as CEO, Regina Baker. CPI is well established on Wall Street and has a reputation of being a good company that is conservative and a safe investment.
With only a U.S. regional presence and $200 million in revenue, you are clearly aware that the company's ability to compete with the industry giants (Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Colgate, and Gillette) is limited. You believe that the firm must expand to other regions in the U.S. and begin international expansion if it is going to grow and prosper over the next decade.
The Board has reservations about making such bold moves, arguing that the company has been a successful regional company for over 50 years and can remain a niche player in the consumer products business. You see things differently. You see that the market is changing and competitors are becoming more aggressive by making acquisitions or developing new products that are extremely competitive with CPI's brands. More importantly, you believe that the company will either be crushed by competition or forced into a merger to survive.
You know the task ahead of you is daunting. As you approach the challenge of persuading the Board to expand, you believe it is critical that you outline the global macroeconomic issues that are driving the industry and articulate the microeconomic dynamics that are central to the firm's success. Ultimately, you see this as a decision-making problem. The Board must make the right decision now because the survival of the firm is at stake.© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com March 6, 2023, 2:53 pm ad1c9bdddf
The U.S. and the global economy have experienced their worst recession in 2008-09. As a result, purchasing power of consumers has seen a sharp decline. Only when the unemployment rates go down would there be boost in the spending power of consumers. For CPI, recovering from recession would mean substantial cost cutting, lean inventories, and modest expansion. There are many challenges in the US market which means CPI would have to accelerate its presence in the United States followed by international expansion.
Though CPI had been successful in growing its business with a small set of consumers by working to exceed their expectations, CPI's future growth is linked with potential opportunities for growth, challenges in maintaining margins and greater needs to collaborate with other participants in their business eco-system. United States is a developed economy and is the primary generator of profitability but limiting reach to few cities in western region could be a dampener to CPI's future growth.
CPI is challenged with increasingly connected consumers, growing retail power and sophistication in knowing their shoppers. These factors would require CPI to come out of the sandbox and become more focused on what ultimately drives the success. CPI needs to expand its ...
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