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 and the company's chief financial officer (CFO) begin to discuss opportunities to expand in the U.S.
(1)Discuss the opportunities to expand in the U.S., what it would take, and the potential hurdles the firm would have to overcome.
(2).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.
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1) Discuss the opportunities to expand in the U.S., what it would take, and the potential hurdles the firm would have to overcome.
The company can leverage on its existing product strengths and brand reputation in the region to capture other regions in the US as well and thus, capitalize on the vast opportunity in the FMCG space throughout the nation. However, FMCG is a very competitive market where brand reputation and image as well as brand presence plays a critical role in overcoming competition from large and aggressive players like Uniliver and P&G.
Thus, the key opportunity in the US is definitely the vast nationwide FMCG market which can be captured by establishing presence throughout the natio. In order to reach such a vast audience, the company should tie up with nationwide retailers like Walmart, etc. This will provide visibility to the company's products in other areas of the nation as well. The key hurdle in securing contracts with large nationwide chains like Walmart is to retain attractive shelf space for the company's products against other players like P&G and Unilever. With vast product lines and high ...
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