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Case Studies by Kedar Apshankar

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published: 24 Mar 2016

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Abstract:
This case illustrates the key issues and challenges in creating and sustaining a successful brand in emerging markets. Peter England, India’s largest apparel brand by sales volume, is struggling to formulate a strategy to sustain the brand’s market dominance. Indian consumer tastes are changing rapidly, making it difficult for any brand to stay relevant and fashionable over time. Meanwhile, other domestic brands and foreign players are expanding rapidly, aiming to dethrone Peter England as the market leader. To sustain the brand’s dominance, the executive team has to dissect the forces shaping the market and develop a new positioning for the brand, a robust platform that can accommodate its broad portfolio of products and sub-brands. The executive team also has to develop an implementation plan for the brand positioning, entailing product development, advertising, promotions, pricing and distribution.

Pedagogical Objectives:
This case can be used in an undergraduate, MBA or executive education course on marketing, strategy, branding, consumer behavior, international business, emerging markets or other related subjects. It is designed to help students understand the key issues and challenges in creating and sustaining a successful brand in an emerging market like India. It can be used to illustrate the forces that drive market evolution and the type of strategies that empower a brand to thrive in such a fast-moving environment. It also serves to illustrate how to leverage consumer insights to inform development of strategy, how to create a robust brand positioning that can accommodate a wide portfolio of product categories and sub-brands, how to devise and implement an integrated plan that aligns different marketing elements to synergistically support a positioning, how domestic firms in emerging markets can leverage their unique advantages and overcome their weaknesses to compete with large multinational players, as well as how foreign entrants utilize their strengths to achieve success in emerging markets.

Keywords:
Strategy, Marketing, Marketing Management, Marketing Strategy, India, Emerging Markets, Branding, Brand Strategy, Brand Management, Innovation, Fashion, Apparel, Consumer Behaviour, Growth Strategy, Re-Positioning, Purpose-Driven Brand Position, Managing in a Time of Rapid Change


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