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Gillette established in 1901 in the USA gradually expanded its business to other parts of the world and now it is established in almost all countries. Its expansion was facilitated through combination of business and regional operational units. Gillette entered Indonesia in 1972 through a joint venture. Though there has been a very good growth in the Indonesian market by 1995, there is a potential to expand it further in 1996 and beyond.
• In 1995 Gillette’s market share was 48%. In 1996 the market share is expected to be 50%.
• Gillette blade sales increased by 17% from 1994 to 1995
• In 1995 Gillette sold 115 million blades (100million double edged) and the total sales from shaving products were $19.6 million.
• Share of Gillette Indonesia high-margin disposables and systems was projected to increase in 1996 to around 20% of units
• In 1995 sales in five major urban centers Jakarta, Bandung, Surbaya, Semarang and Medan accounted for 60% of Gillette’s.
• Gillette launched women’s razor in 1995
Gillette faces 2 types of competition. Direct competition is from the already established low priced blades available from other companies and indirect from the traditional methods of shaving.
Gillette faced direct competition from local brands, Bic, and Schick. In the double edged blades Gillette faced competition from imported, low-end blades from Eastern Europe and China (Tatra, Super Nacet, and Tiger). In the disposables section Bic, USA and Bagus, a local brand, were its competitors. But since the sales volumes were low the market was not intense. In the higher end products Gillette faced competition from Schick. Gillette has 90% market share in the high end segment. The prices of Gillette’s products were sometimes four times the competitor prices. In addition Gillette faced indirect competition from substitutes like wet or dry knives.
Apart from the since Indonesia is a growing market there is possibility of other players entering the market in future.
In a competitive market with local brands, Gillette differentiates itself from the competition with better quality and reliability of their products. Also more than half the population surveyed about the shaving incidence, shave 4 times a month at the maximum.
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That being said, Gillette faced several problems with distributors. In the past distributors were reluctant to listen to Gillette’s advice on warehousing and handling methods. Also distributors do not have sufficient working capital and there was no timely payment from distributors.
Looking at the expansion of the market for blades upto 1995, there is a potential to increase Gillette’s market share further. Few carefully planned strategies are required to achieve this goal.
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2. People using traditional methods also share a good part of the market. Increasing awareness of their product and emphasizing on the safety and comfort of using their product, Gillette has a good chance.
3. Introducing and marketing aggressively their products for hair removal in women, Gillette can effectively increase their market size. Utilizing various media for that effect is essential.
• The Indonesian government has pursued liberalization of foreign investment over the years. At the same time the government also focused on developing infrastructure, human resource and education system. This resulted in economic progress of the country leading to increased foreign investment, higher per-capita income and higher standard of living.
• The population of Indonesia in 1995 was 196 million with 35% living in towns and 65% in rural areas. The GDP grown by 7% annually for the last 20 years.
• Indonesia comprises of four regions: Java, Bali, Irian Jaya and East Timor. Of these Java and Bali accounted for 7% of land, 60% of population, and 75% of GDP. The contribution of Irian Jaya and East Timor was minimal to the economy.
• The >$10K income segment is expected to increase from 15.9% in 1995 to 16.84% in 1996 (6% increase), for $5K-$10K from 17% to 17.52% (3% increase), for $2K-$5K from 32.7% to 32.92% (0.7% increase), and for