In this case, first of all, the product will be evaluated focusing on the unique features of the new product introduced. Basically, it can be asked whether or not deodorizing socks appeal to consumers in the traditionally price competitive socks market in the U.S. Second, the market situation will be examined. There was already a company which manufactured deodorizing socks, and promoted deodorizing as a product characteristic. So, it is important to ask how to make effective price strategy, and attempt to know the unique aspects of competition in the market. Finally, as we know, what is the most important question they should ask is how to make consumers aware the "brand." For Chipman-Union, brand awareness is one of the most important objectives they should achieve. To do this, communication strategy should be carefully examined.
Limitation of Product Differentiation
According to consumer research conducted by GFM, both consumers and retailers regarded socks as a product category, which was hard for companies to achieve product differentiation. In fact, most companies in this market like Chipman-Union manufactured unbranded socks for private label merchandise, because it was extremely hard to get consumers' brand awareness, and to make them recognize the product features.