Porter's Five Forces Of Tesco

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Tesco is amongst the largest food retailers in the United Kingdom (U.K) with over 3,400 stores and staff amounting up to 310,000. Tesco operates predominately in Europe and America with their headquarters located in the U.K. Tesco has the greatest market share in the U.K dominating approximately 28% of the overall market at the end of 2017. However, there is a constant battle in the highly competitive U.K supermarket industry with the four major players being Tesco, Sainsbury, ASDA and Morrisons. In recent years, Tesco has had to change their business model as well as their services to stay a market leader and differ-entiate from the competition. To find the main sources of competitive advantage that Tesco has over its competitors an analysis of the structure of the industry should be under-taken (Porter, 1980). In order to analyse what extent Tesco U.K’s performance is attributa-ble towards industry characteristics, Porter’s five forces are broken up into competition, potential of new entrants, power of suppliers, power of customers and the threat of sub-stitute products. Below is an image of Porters 5-forces in relation to the U.K supermarket industry. 1. Rivalry amongst competitors The intensive rivalry in the U.K’s grocery sector is remarkably high. Tesco faces pro-found competition from its afore mentioned competitors. There are no switching costs for consumers which in turn intensifies the competition. Extreme discounters such as Aldi and Lidl have also caused

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