History of Nike

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Nike was established in 1972 by Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight with a mission to bring innovation and inspiration to every athlete in the world. The company started out as an American based footware distributor and evolved globally overtime to include not only footwear, but also apparel and equipment. Nike is one of the most recognized brands in the world and many are extremely familiar with their tag line “Just Do It”. Nike has capitalized on first mover advantage over the years and led the market in innovation. Nike competes in a saturated market with many traditional and potential competitors. To maintain future success Nike needs to focus on new strategies.

Nike, who also owns Hurley, Converse, Bauer, and Umbro has several traditional competitors including Reebok, Adidas, UnderArmor, New Balance and Puma. Any company that produces athletic footwear or athletic apparel is a competitor to Nike. Nike also sells sunglasses and fitness equipment. Nike also faces potential competition with other shoe or apparel manufacturers. Sketchers had traditionally produced more fashionable everyday footware but has been extremely focused in the last few years on athletic footware. Their Shaper brand is now widely popular for consumers who like to walk for exercise and their cross-training and running shoes are gaining popularity. It takes little effort for a current shoe manufacturer to change designs and molds to make new types of shoes. The same applies to current apparel manufacturers. Athletic apparel accounted for 13% of U.S. apparel offerings in 2009 and is projected to grow an additional 8.5% by 2014, to $15.3 billion (CISC). Other potential competitors who compete for consumers money and attention are fashion conscience accessory and apparel merchants. Most companies only look at the first type of competition in a market analysis. To stay ahead of the competition a good company must look at all...
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