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Primarks Value Chain Analysis 2018

In this report, we examine Primark’s value chain to try and understand which activities have helped the company become a low cost leader in the UK clothing retailing industry. While Primark’s value proposition of low prices isn’t unique, the company’s execution of particular activities including inbound and outbound logistics is comparable to none, helping keep logistical costs very low and the processes very efficient, consequentially driving costs down. Few clothing companies have mastered distribution, logistical and inventory management like Primark, the very areas of the value chain it has derived the most value.

Primark pestle and swot analysis 2018

The UK clothing industry is perhaps the most competitive industry in the UK, with the top four clothing retailers such as M&S, Primark, Next and the Arcadia Group controlling only 25% of the total market share. In similar industries such as the UK food retailing, Tesco alone controls more than 25% of its market, yet the Big Four in clothing retailing only control 25% in total, a point which illustrates how fragmented Britain’s fashion retailing industry is.  Despite a fragmented industry, it is Primark which has been the clear winner, with statistics showing the Irish retailer sold more clothing than any other retailer in Britain as of January 2018. It has enjoyed such tremendous growth over the last 10 years due to its low cost fashion, growing from 4th largest clothing retailer in 2013 to 2nd in 2018 and predicted to overtake market leader Marks & Spencer in 2018.

Using Pestle, Swot, Porters Five Forces and the Value Chain, this report strategically looks at the macro environmental factors and key trends driving the UK clothing retail industry and how Porters five forces of competition have shaped the structure of the industry in a way that benefits Primark more than major rivals. In doing so, we examine Primark’s value chain and cost leadership advantage and whether this can help it to build a sustainable competitive advantage in the face of trends such as Brexit or the ubiquity of smartphone shopping given Primark doesn’t even own an online shop. The report concludes with personal recommendations and suggestions for the organizations future strategic practice.

Primark pestle and swot analysis 2018

The UK clothing industry is perhaps the most competitive industry in the UK, with the top four clothing retailers such as M&S, Primark, Next and the Arcadia Group controlling only 25% of the total market share. In similar industries such as the UK food retailing, Tesco alone controls more than 25% of its market, yet the Big Four in clothing retailing only control 25% in total, a point which illustrates how fragmented Britain’s fashion retailing industry is.  Despite a fragmented industry, it is Primark which has been the clear winner, with statistics showing the Irish retailer sold more clothing than any other retailer in Britain as of January 2018. It has enjoyed such tremendous growth over the last 10 years due to its low cost fashion, growing from 4th largest clothing retailer in 2013 to 2nd in 2018 and predicted to overtake market leader Marks & Spencer in 2018.

Using Pestle, Swot, Porters Five Forces and the Value Chain, this report strategically looks at the macro environmental factors and key trends driving the UK clothing retail industry and how Porters five forces of competition have shaped the structure of the industry in a way that benefits Primark more than major rivals. In doing so, we examine Primark’s value chain and cost leadership advantage and whether this can help it to build a sustainable competitive advantage in the face of trends such as Brexit or the ubiquity of smartphone shopping given Primark doesn’t even own an online shop. The report concludes with personal recommendations and suggestions for the organizations future strategic practice.

EasyJet Swot Analysis 2018

In this report, we analyze EasyJet using SWOT to gain an in-depth understanding of the company's strengths and weaknesses. We also make a summary analysis of the current threats emanating from its industry environment in the UK and EU including Brexit, unfavorable currency movements, rising labour costs and many others. The analysis then examines the external environment for positive key drivers of change in the airline industry, which may become sources of future competitive advantage.

Apple Pestle Analysis 2018

Apple is a technology company engaged in the design, manufacture and marketing of smartphones, tablets and personal computers. This report examines the global smartphone market, which has become highly fragmented into high-end and low-end players. Apple being a high-end market player faces competition primarily from Samsung. Nevertheless, in 2018, Apples share of the global smartphone market had fallen to third, behind Huawei and leader Samsung. It is the first time Apple is not in the top 2 global smartphone firms since 2011. Apple has also lost market share in China, falling from top spot to 4th as it battles low cost Chinese rivals.
Using a pestle analysis for Apple, this report examines how various external factors have impacted the growth potential and performance of Apple. The analysis includes the effect of US tax cuts, and how escalating US-China trade tensions are likely to affect its future revenues and performance.
In addition, the report looks at how developments in technology and demographics can favor further growth of Apple.

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How the structure and culture of Tesco contribute to its organizational performance

Tesco is a British food retailer and general merchandiser operating across the UK, Central Europe and Asian markets such as Ireland, Hungary, Thailand and Malaysia. Started 100 years ago (1919) as a market stall by Sir Jack Cohen, the supermarket chain has been market leader since 1996 when it overtook Sainsburys, maintaining the biggest market share in the grocery market upto today (Winterman 2013). With operating profit of £2.5billion on sales of £63billion in the year ending 2019, Tesco has overcome a difficult last 4-5 years to maintain its dominance of the food retailing sector in the UK (Annual Report 2019). This essay looks at its structure and culture and their contribution to Tesco’s dominant performance in its industry.

PESTLE and SWOT analysis of Royal Bank of Scotland 2016-2017

Royal Bank of Scotland is a UK based banking and financial services provider with operations in UK and Ireland where it operates as Ulster Bank. In England, it operates as the NatWest brand while in Scotland, it is still RBS where it has been serving Scottish customers since 1727. RBS has operations in a diverse set of consumer and wholesale businesses including retail, credit cards and mortgages (operating as RBS, NatWest & Ulster), wealth management (operating as Coutts), commercial and corporate lending (operating as Lombard, Adam & Co. etc). It is part of the UK big four, referring to the four largest UK-based banking groups which also include HSBC, Lloyds and Barclays. Latest revenues for the year ending 31 December 2016 were approximately £12.590 billion on operating losses (before tax) of £4.080 billion (RBS Annual Report 2016).

Amazon Pestle and Swot Analysis 2018

On 4th September 2018, Amazon became only the second company in history to reach a market capitalization of US$1 trillion, the other company being Apple. This capped off a tremendously successful last couple of years for the world’s biggest internet retailer. Amazon has been growing from strength to strength, purchasing Whole Foods for $13.7bn in 2017, diversifying into healthcare with the acquisition of PillPack in 2018 and making strategic investments in complimentary sectors such as online ads (hence taking on Google & Facebook) and its own logistics and delivery services. 
Nevertheless, a Pestle analysis for Amazon globally shows emerging threats that could undermine the book retailers’ dominance in key markets such as the US as well as the UK. One such key issue that’s a potent threat is Trump’s antitrust threats and calls to increase the taxes Amazon pays in the US. Though Trump’s accusations against the e-commerce giant may be politically driven, according to political pundits, they do have legitimacy and could negatively impact Amazon if implemented via regulations. 
Using Pestle and Swot analysis, this report examines Trump's political threat as well as other threats from economic, social, technological, legal and environmental sources while also identifying opportunities Amazon should capitalise on in order to mitigate threats.
The report also undertakes an Amazon Swot analysis to understand Amazons key strengths, as well as weaknesses, concluding with personal recommendations for ways the internet retailer can use its strengths to overcome its weaknesses, and ways to leverage new emergent opportunities to mitigate some of the arising threats from the external environment.

PESTLE and SWOT analysis of Lloyds Banking Group 2016-2017

2016 was a very challenging year for most British based banks but not for Lloyds Banking Group. A sustainable and responsible business model characterised by a very low risk appetite enabled Lloyds bank to ride the turbulent macro climate faced by other banks. While rivals such as Royal Bank of Scotland and Barclays continue to undergo mega restructurings and battle legacy conduct issues, Lloyds has relied on its simple low cost operating model to become currently the second largest banking group in the UK after HSBC.
With the UK government completing its divesture from bank on the 17th March 2017, Lloyds is no longer burdened with any conduct issues resulting from its involvement in the 2008 financial crisis. This has translated into strong financial performance. Nevertheless, given its UK focus, the banks performance is inextricably linked to the UK macro environment which was affected by factors such as Brexit, the low interest environment as well as a sluggish UK economy, among the key external macro factors that have impacted the operational environment of UK banks.
In the following report, we will identify the major drivers of change behind the banks external environment and banking industry in general to help us understand how Lloyds Banking Group can utilise internal core competencies so as to take advantage of macro environmental opportunities while neutralising inherent threats from the external environment.

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