Decision & Background: Chester Allan, Gillette's country manager in Indonesia, projected a 19% increase in blade sales, while Rigoberto Effio, business director of Asia- Pacific, believed that sales could be increased 25-30% in that same period. Allan must now create a marketing plan to meet to meet these growth expectations.
The dynamic Republic of Indonesia has incredible opportunities for growth with its rapidly growing economy and population. More than 2 million Indonesians were entering the workforce each year, many being potential customers.
Despite the growing economy and population, Indonesia still posed many challenges to overcome. Distribution and production capacity were two challenges that must be improved to handle future increased demand.
Recommendation and Basics: Gillette needs to target current male knife shavers and convert them to double- edge blades. This is a large potential target consisting of 54.8 million Indonesian men. (Exhibit 1) To reach blade sales growth goals, 4 million customers need to be converted at the average rate of 9.5 blades per year. (Exhibit 2.) Further targeting and more advertising dollars needs to be directed on marketing to knife shaver in urban areas.
Marketing Surveys from this target group need to be implemented to collect information on key issues and formulate an intense marketing campaign. (Exhibit 3) This survey should be sent out via mail, by phone, or in person with an incentive of a free razor or other prize if person answers all questions. More research needs to be gathered from both urban and rural areas to effectively convert the most customers.
Meeting the 30% blade sales goal will encounter a demand for 149.5 blades for 1996, which under the current manufacturing output structure would not be possible. To solve this problem, exports should be cut down and outsourced to another country, due to the strict guidelines Indonesia has on importing.
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