Assignment for Distribution Channel

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Assignment for the next class.

( P. S. You are required to split yourselves in group of 6to 8 members each, the details of which shall be collected in class. Students would be called out randomly from each group to present their analysis. In case of a dismal performance of any group member, the marks of the whole group will be at stake!)

1. The marketing channel for Mary Kay Cosmetics is called a “direct selling” channel. The company uses a sales force of over 1,000,000 Independent Beauty Consultants around the world. These Consultants are not employees of Mary Kay Corporation; they buy cosmetics from the company at a wholesale price and sell at a retail price to end-users. They maintain personal relationships with their end-user consumers, and deliver product to them after it is ordered; it is a high-service purchasing relationship from the consumer’s point of view. Consultants thus act as both distributors and retailers.

a. To what extent does an Independent Beauty Consultant participate in the eight universal marketing flows? b. How might these flows be shifted, either among the members now in the channel or to different agencies or institutions not presently included? What do you think would be the implications of such shifts? (think about how cosmetics are sold through department stores or through drugstore chains, for example) c. Within each of these distribution systems, specify what the consumer's role is from a flow-absorption perspective. Contrast this with the consumer’s role when buying cosmetics from a department store, or a drugstore chain.

2. For each of the three scenarios below, categorize the demand for bulk- breaking, spatial convenience, waiting/delivery time, and assortment/variety as "High," "Medium," or "Low." In each case, explain your answers.

a. A woman in an emerging-market country of Southeast Asia wishes to buy some cosmetics for herself. She has never done so before, and is not...
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