Proctor & Gamble took time in deciding where to locate both their regional headquarters and the perfume plant in Singapore. P&G decided to place the perfume plant along the coastal part of the country in Tuas, Singapore (Moneycontrol.com, 2008). The plant operates on a just in time process. The plant receives raw materials only as they need it and send out supplies to the main manufacturing plants to be used in the products only as they need it. By being along the coast it is easy to have the ships and trucks pick up and deliver the products in as short of time as possible.
The regional headquarters is located in the large business area of downtown. This is a good location because it locates them around local government and other businesses that may make rules and policies that could affect P&G. It also allows them to have the most resources and contacts from the local economy to use in the region. Entry Modes into P&G Singapore
Relationships have been in place with two main groups in Singapore long before Proctor and Gamble ever decided to build a plant. The Economic Development Board and A*Star’s Institute for Materials Research and Engineering are the two main groups they have been involved with. Since Proctor and Gamble built these relationships before building a plant in Singapore they have thus established a strategic alliance with Singapore. The Economic Development Board and A*Star’s Institute for Materials Research and Engineering have come together with Proctor and Gamble to share resources and complete a project. Proctor and Gamble benefit from setting up a strategic alliance with A*Star by getting the privilege of looking at IMRE’s innovative research (Moneycontrol.com, 2008). In return for this preferential treatment, P&G shares its new innovations with A*Star’s IMRE (Moneycontrol.com, 2008). P&G also entered into the Singapore manufacturing industry through a Greenfield venture. The 6,500-sq.-meter-fragrance manufacturing plant was built within a seven month period and it was a multi-million dollar project for P&G (Moneycontrol.com, 2008). This wholly owned subsidiary allows the company to have control over their intellectual property concerning how to manufacture perfumes for their cleaning products and bathing products. According to Proctor and Gamble’s Group President of Asia, Deb Henretta, Singapore was a natural choice to build a perfume plant, since the country focuses on creating an innovative business-friendly environment that is supported with a strong infrastructure (Economic Development Board, 2008). In regards to the P&G Singapore fragrance plant, Singapore’s Assistant Managing Director for EBD, Ms Aw Kah Peng stated: “P&G’s endorsement has brought us one step closer to realizing our vision for Singapore as Asia’s Lifestyle Lab.” (Economic Development Board, 2008) One could reason from this quote that both Proctor and Gamble and Singapore will benefit from this Greenfield venture. Procter & Gamble Singapore has become the third largest competitor in household care in Singapore through acquiring four main Singapore laundry brands from the Colgate-Palmolive Eastern Pte. Ltd (Euromonitor International, 2008). This acquisition deal has benefited Procter & Gamble Singapore in terms of higher profits and increased their market share in the household care Singapore market. By acquiring these four key laundry brands the P&G Singapore is able to enter into the Singapore laundry market with ease and it provides the company with brand loyal customers. This acquisition saves the company money and time in areas of marketing research, marketing campaigns, and acquiring the needed distribution and store outlets for new products. Proctor and Gamble’s Winning Strategy
P & G practices a transnational strategy, which is a combination of a multi-domestic strategy and a global strategy. Evidence of this strategy can be buttressed by its approach to business, “Think globally and act...