2.0 Competitor Analysis The industry that Under Armour is involved with is extremely competitive, with competing against big names such as Nike or Adidas. Although it’s hard at the beginning, but customers want to have the highest quality apparel therefore they turn to Under Armour. Under Armour stays in the competition by having high quality products, and also by signing endorsements deals with major athletes (Owusu, 2017). By having major athletes represent Under Armour, means the company will be bringing in "big money" because they will bring up the brand’s popularity. The major competitors in this industry are of course inclusive of big names such as Adidas, Nike, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Puma.
Plank was overwhelmed when Warner Brothers approached him in 1999 to outfit its actors in the movies “Any Given Sunday” and “The Replacements.” This was just the sort of advertising he needed for his young company to make its next jump. He realized the opportunity given to him and decided to leverage the exposure created by Any Given Sunday, by printing an add in ESPN the Magazine. This paid off tenfold as it generated a $750,000 increase in company sales, with this sales increase; Plank was able to finally place himself in the company payroll. Under Armour’s next big publicity jump happened in 2003 when the launched their first ever television commercial.
Under Armour: Working to Stay on Top of Its Game Lulu M. Mero Webster University Abstract This paper explores the case study found in the Strategic Management: Competitiveness & Globalization (10th ed) under the authors of the book, Michael A. Hitt, R. Duane Ireland, and Robert E. Hoskisson. The title of the case is “Under Armour: Working to stay on Top of Its Game” which analyzes fully the portfolio of the company. Under Armour is an apparel firm that faces some competition and it constantly has to revise its business strategy to stay on top of the market. This case study discloses the company’s history, growth, product and sales profile, major competitors, management, marketing, business strategy, and strategic challenges.
1. Introduction Under Armour, Inc. (Under Armour) is a leading sports apparel and equipment manufacturing company founded in 1996 by Kevin Plank, a 23-year-old former University of Maryland football player.. He revolutionized the sports apparel industry by creating a superior, moisture-wicking, performance T-shirt, made of synthetic fabrics. Under his leadership, the company grew from a 17,000-dollar business in 1996 to a 4.83-billion-dollar empire. 2.
An advantage of how Nike uses this strategy is that it allows them to boost their profit by selling differentiated products and Nike have other products that will compensate for products that fails in the market. The difference between Nike and its competitors is that Nike produces their products for men, women, and children in different ways based on the basis needs, physiology, preference of design, and the trends in the market. However, the biggest threats to Nike’s market is the stiff competition with the other sports brands that sell similar products, which causes Nike to continuously come out with new products with new technologies and better
in was founded on 1960’s on Beaverton, Oregon its initial founders are blue ribbon sports . Since its foundation the company was characterized by the rapid growth and development.. The main mission of the company was to gain a larger share of the market . In the first decade of its existence they attracted leading sportsmen for advertisement campaigns . Steve Prefontaine, an American record holder, and John McEnroe were the first ambassadors of Nike .
Porter’s Five Forces Porter’s Five Forces framework is to identify the level of competition within the industry and to determine the strengths or weaknesses which can utilise to strengthen the position. The framework consist of five elements: threat of entry, bargaining power of supplier, bargaining power of buyer, threat of substitutes and industry rivalry. Forces Analysis Implication Threat of new entrant Low Threat Diversified of product There are high demand of furniture and electrical appliance.
Price Strengths 1. Low Cost Manufacturing Nike has a company who use the low cost manufacturing for production footwear. All of the Nike’s footwear virtually is manufactured outside of the United States by independent contract manufacturers such as Vietnam, China and Indonesia. Nike was operate multiple factories around the worlds. In 2014, Vietnam, China, and Indonesia manufactured roughly about 43%, 28%, and 25% of total Nike branded footwear and it has also operations in other country such as Argentina, Brazil, India, and Mexico.
Nike is the leading and renowned world supplier of athletic apparel and shoes. The brand is in control of over 47% of the market for athletic shoes. The company begun way back in 1962 and it was founded by Phil Knight and Bill Bower. It was originally known as Blue Ribbon Support and only in 1978 did it change its name to the worldwide recognized brand, Nike. Nike provides its products to more than 100 countries throughout the world.
Competitors: PUMA, K-Swiss Inc., LaCrosse Footwear, Inc., Dick 's Sporting Goods, Inc., New Balance Athletic Shoe and Adidas – (Adidas have currently branched out into customization of footwear products. To sustain its competitive advantage over competitors, Nike has to take this to consideration). However, a large number of competitors in an industry usually indicates lots of demand for the products or services provided and this will help Nike to succeed in the long run. Suppliers: Nike outsources almost all of its footwear production to independent third party suppliers. As Nike has a minor control over quality of the products.
This theory is based on the concept that there are five forces that determine the competitive intensity and attractiveness of a market. Porter 's five forces help to identify where power lies in a business situation. This is useful both in understanding the strength of an organization 's current competitive position, and the strength of a position that an organization may look to move into. Strategic analysts often use Porter’s five forces to understand whether new products or services are potentially profitable. By understanding where power lies, the theory can also be used to identify areas of strength, to improve weaknesses and to avoid mistakes.
Each of the forces is determined how competitive in that industry as well as the structure of the industry. Porter’s five forces factors are consists of competitive rivalry, the threat of new entrants, the threat of substitutes, bargaining power from
Threat of Substitutes 4. Bargaining Power of Buyers 5. Power vested by Suppliers 1. Competitive Rivalry: According to Porter the competitiveness in any sector is significantly increased by the number of players operating in the field and their major competencies.