Designing the Retail Strategy

Even a simple retail business, like a fruit and vegetable store, requires a clear strategy in order to be successful. This is actually becoming a greater challenge, given the expanded product offering of the major supermarket chains (who offer their own fruit and vegetable sections).

 Your task is this activity is to determine your strategy for a suburban fruit and See the full activity...

Impact on Positioning

This activity outlines two situations in regards to the potential impact on the firm’s positioning due to their distribution channel selection. Your task in this activity is to answer the assessment questions at the end regarding each situation.



Increasing Sales of Jeans

The manufacturer of a well-known brand of jeans has determined that its selective distribution strategy is limiting … See the full activity...

When to Buy a Franchise?

Due to the growth in franchising over recent years, many people have been attracted to this particular form of business ownership. The following is a conversation between two brothers who are planning to buy into a retail franchise system. But their problem is that they cannot decide ‘when’ to buy a franchise. (Note: The ‘when’ refers to the franchise system’s See the full activity...

Which Store to Franchise?

Many franchise systems tend to be retail-based. While franchises typically have a greater success rate than new independent businesses, there are some types of retailers that seem to be more suited to franchising than others. In this activity, you need to determine whether a fast-food store/restaurant or a convenience store would be a more appropriate vehicle for franchising?



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Should You Have Your Own Sales Team?

In this activity, you need to determine whether a new furniture manufacturer should set up its own sales team or utilize an established company of sales agents (as briefly outlined below). To help you determine the most appropriate option, a number of consideration questions have been provided for you.



Option One

  • Set up your own team of ten sales
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Should We Use a Wholesaler?

A common cliché is ‘let’s cut out the middle man’. Removing the middle-man (a wholesaler) from the channel will provide a higher per unit margin for a manufacturer, but will it result in a higher profit overall? For this activity, help the following manufacturer decide whether or not they should use a wholesaler?



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Channel Conflict Challenges

This activity highlights several common channel conflict situations, across three different industries. For each situation, your task is to determine how you could minimize the level of conflict.



Chemists (drug stores) and Supermarkets

Pharmaceutical (drug/medicine) companies make a broad range of products. Some must be sold via chemists/pharmacies (such as medicines), whereas some can be sold in supermarkets (such … See the full activity...

Handling Channel Conflict

When a firm utilizes multiple channels, it is likely that channel conflict will occur from time to time. The following situation is based upon a real business situation. What would you do in this situation?



Pop-mints are a fairly successful brand of breath fresheners. Their main competitor is Tic Tacs, and their indirect competitors are the various brands of … See the full activity...

Selecting Distribution Channels

It was only about 20 years ago that most banks typically only used one distribution channel (their branches). However, since that time they have dramatically expanded the number of channels that they use. Below is a list of common distribution channels for a bank. Your task is to identify the most appropriate mix of channels for two different banks.


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Which Channel Would You Choose?

This activity provides a hypothetical channel selection decision for the Pizza Galore chain. Assuming that Pizza Galore wanted to introduce a mini breakfast pizza (say with bacon and eggs), then which would be the best way for them to distribute it? Why would this be the best option?



 Possible Channels

  • Offer as a ‘take away’ option in all
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Converting Logistics to Customer Value

Wal-Mart is the largest retailer in the world. It is around three times larger than the world’s second largest retailer. Many years ago, Wal-Mart embarked on an ambitious program of modifying its logistics system. This is briefly described below. For this activity, your task is to determine which parts of their customer offering are only possible due to their efficient See the full activity...

The Value of Logistics

Coca-Cola is a product/brand that has been around for well over 100 years. Today it is widely available and is acknowledged as the most valuable brand in the world. In this task you simply need to determine (from the information provided); which one of the 4P’s is the most important in their marketing mix?




It’s clear that Coke’s … See the full activity...