Apple's Competitive Advantage Strategy

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Often media points to Apple’s massive cash reserve as a key strength that the company could leverage to become even more successful (Ferrell & Hartline, 2014). If Apple asked, what should Apple do with the cash (Ferrell & Hartline, 2014)? Apple could better meet the consumer's needs and wants by strategically investing that cash for the company’s future by developing and leveraging a competitive advantage strategy (Ferrell & Hartline, 2014). A competitive advantage stems from strengths the organization possesses and weakness the competitor possesses (Ferrell & Hartline, 2014). Having a competitive advantage over their competitors can also be based on perception rather than reality (Ferrell & Hartline, 2014). Like for example, the Apple iPad…show more content…
Apple’s core competencies are a low-cost operation, excellent consumer services, and totally dependable product supply (Ferrell & Hartline, 2014). Many of Apple’s products are manufactured in countries with low labor cost (Ferrell & Hartline, 2014). Although Apple is under much scrutiny for their unconventional and innovative ways (Ferrell & Hartline, 2014). Apple is taken steps in improving their labor standards (Ferrell & Hartline, 2014). Apple is innovators of excellent consumer service, Apple is aware of the consumer's current wants and needs as well as their future needs (Ferrell & Hartline, 2014). Apple current has 360 location worldwide, having a dependable product supply is a must (Ferrell & Hartline, 2014). Evaluating and assessing operational activities and management is as important as reliability and performance (Meredith,…show more content…
Building long-term relationships with the consumer on how to make goods and services better and solving consumer problems (Ferrell & Hartline, 2014). Apple consumers are very loyal to the organization and their products (Ferrell & Hartline, 2014). As mentioned before, Apple is stilled at meeting current consumer wants and needs, as well as future needs (Ferrell & Hartline, 2014). Lastly, Apple provides excellent consumer services even at their stores with their App station (Ferrell & Hartline, 2014). Consumer intimacy is not matched by product or price (Weinman, 2013). Consumer intimacy is excellence in service, guidance, and understanding of what the consumer wants and needs (Weinman,

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