Product life cycle refers to the stages that every product brought into the market goes through. It is a very important concept in marketing that enables businesses to estimate their productivity in the long term (Stark 2015). Some products keep flourishing whereas some end after attaining maturity. In evaluating the marketing strategy and plan for the Harwell group, ideas relating to the incorporation of fashion industry into its marketing arena will be analyzed. This will be done with proper consideration of the product life cycle of the fashion industry. The company has been successful in its incorporation of the healthy drink “Zest” that has been widely accepted by the customers. Thus, the PEST and SWOT analysis of the brand along with its Blue Ocean strategy would help to reassess the potential of the company to expand its businesses with the healthy drink that it has brought into the market. It would also connote to the various factors that glorifies the product and denotes its qualities in order to influence the customers to prefer the brand. Harwell group has been prospering with its business operations; however, few other recommendations will be suggested so that it can change its system in certain spheres to retain its position in the market.
The product life cycle for fashion industry is relatively short. With the change of tastes and preferences, people have a continuous change in fashion that leads to a decline of the current fashion that needs to be altered (Bakker et al. 2014). The style statement of the customers changes rapidly. Due to the high influence of modernity, television and weather conditions, the fashion need to be updated and changed accordingly. Thus, even if fashion industry faces a steady growth, it is obliged to fall in the course of time. Moreover, due to the rapid change in fashion, the competitors are eliminated due to the fall in sales and profits. The industries that are left in the market try to sell out the products and increase their life cycle with extensive measures such as advertising, searching for other segments, extending distribution and others. Therefore, as a whole it can be stated that the fashion industry is in the declining stage of the product life cycle.
Due to the declination, many manufacturers need to withdraw the products from the markets since they are no more relevant to the choice of the customers. Before losing the money, they thus withdraw the products or sell them out in cheaper rates. However, the profit potential is lost that fails to justify the investment made by the owners to enter into the market. All products of fashion industry have a finite life cycle. The products in the industry experience all the stages of the product life cycle and finally steep into declination. The nature of the products in the industry varies in accordance to the rate and time of acceptance of the new trends but ends up being in fashion after a span of time. The garments extend over one or more seasons and gradually fade away from the changing market demands. The fashion business here has been addressed to be rescued by the sports industry twice. Thus, it connotes to the declining stage that fashion industry must have gone through. Thus, it is not recommended to intrude into the industry that is very much unpredictable and fluctuating in nature and can lead to a collapse in future.
In the context that the companies involve fashion, it is suggested that they invest with proper consideration and lead into the production in a way so that it quenches the expectations of the present market situation. The scope of the industry to incur profits in its implementation into the market with new and trendy products and the growth in its sales cannot be entirely overlooked due to the ultimate declining stage that the industry faces (Nenni, Giustiniano and Pirolo 2013). Thus, with proper consideration of the market, the companies can involve fashion and motivate the buyers to prefer the products and stay in tune with the modern style. Moreover, certain apparels are all time preferred and need not any season or tastes to be sold (Kant Hvass 2014). Leather jackets, traditional outfits, professional wears, shirts and various other products of the industry have a sale throughout. Fabrics of certain clothes, cotton made ones or quality wool products are also preferred and stand in high demand. Thus, if the business indulges in the fashion industry with a strategic approach, it can incur high profits in the market.
The three strategic models of PEST, SWOT and Blue Ocean Strategy are used to analyze the product “Zest” and its effectiveness in increasing the market of the Harwell groups:
The SWOT analysis shows that the energy drink has been widely accepted by the customers. Being a product of the Harwell group, Zest has the required brand identity and enjoys strong financial position. The design of the package is also attractive and the product as innovation has been greatly preferred (Martinez 2013). Thus, Harwell group has the opportunity to expand largely in the emerging market and get the top position compared to the other energy drinks available in the market. However, Harwell has not been investing much in the advertisement of the product and people with cardiac problems are not relying on the drink (Moodie et al. 2013). The drink also has stiff competition with reliable energy drinks such as the red bull or monster drinks. Government regulations on energy drink is also threatening for the company. The customer retention and change in preference also serve to be threatening for Harwell to proceed with the sale of its innovation of Zest.
The PEST analysis shows that though change in rules and regulations of the government affect the business. The tax and trade policies and the tariff controls lead to various fluctuations in the business. Social and employment legislations in the market also hamper the sale of the product. Considering health and attitude of the people, the demand for the drink is affected. Unemployment and labor supply also hinder Harwell group to expand the business. Increasing prices of the raw materials serve to be a constraint for production and the growing labor costs make it difficult for the company to proceed with its business renderings. However, the impact of technology has been beneficial for the company. There has been a reduction in the communication costs and remote working due to internet availability. Social media branding and research and development technology have accumulatively led to the success story for Zest.
The Blue Ocean Strategy Model of Zest shows that the Harwell group has been able to create the new market space, making competition irrelevant (Kim and Mauborgne 2014). The company has introduced Zest, which is a carbonated beverage that makes it a niche product. The drink is very new in the market but has been able to build a loyal following among the young population because of its unique taste and multiple flavors (Davis et al. 2018). This serves to be the unique selling proposition (USP) of the drink that has made its position relevant in the market. Harwell group has been able to charge a premium price and has further lowered prices to retain the value of the drink. However, the energy drink has been competing with brand value and differentiation.
Harwell’s new energy drink Zest has been a successful incorporation in the niche segment of the beverage market. It has loyal customers and has been sponsoring numerous events and sports teams that connotes to the psychographic context of the consumers (Wheeler 2017). Thus, it has been gradually establishing its brand position. A consumer can prefer Zest to fight mental fatigue and physical restraint. It improves the performance level of the people in stressful situations like no other drink in the market. The drink also promises to revitalize the mind and body and increase the concentration level in the consumers. The energy giving ingredients not only helps to regain one’s spirits but also stimulate metabolism and effectiveness as a whole. It has multiple flavors that enable consumers to have preference options. Zest is also available sugar free, which is preferred by many of the health conscious people (Malik, Willett and Hu 2013). People within the age gap of 15 to 30 hold high opinion about the drink and prefers it for a constant exert lifestyle. The feedback from consumers suggests that the drink has been very beneficial to invigorate the mind and the body and help them deal with the difficult stressful situations at work or in life. It contains no alcohol and performs the corporate social responsibility to make the young generation aware of the negative consequences due to over consumption of alcohol (Alli 2016). Thus, it serves to be a very good alternative that is harmless to the body and equally vitalizing for the same.
Other energy drinks have a concentration of alcohol and are not widely available with the multiple flavors that Zest provides (Thorlton, Colby and Devine 2014). Apart from these, the Harwell group has fixed the price of the canned bottles relatively low that can be easily afforded by the consumers irrespective of their class. The other drinks have a higher price in the market. Considering all the positive influences that the health drink provides to the consumers, one can always opt for the drink and prefer it more, thereby increasing their loyalty for the brand.
Considering the prosperous market that Harwell has been functioning in with its new healthy drink, the various recommendations that could help it to maintain its position are as follows:
Harwell can emphasize more on advertising its business since it has been investing very low in this segment. Thus, many people are unaware of the drink. The advertisement through television adverts, social media, banners and others would enable the company to reach to the greater population and help it to increase its sales (Schivinski and Dabrowski 2016). This would also help it to export the drink and increase its distribution channels rapidly.
The company can collaborate and form alliance with other sectors such as the airline industry, the college and school authorities, restaurants and other distribution channels in order to expand its market and incur greater profits. This would also increase the brand identity of the health drink “Zest”.
The company can also participate in promotional events that would feature the brand of Zest. Events in the recognized places such as malls, market places and others would accelerate communication. The company can also participate in events outside the nation and globally circulate the brand (Silveira, Lages and Simões 2013). It can furthermore indulge in the expansion of its market by engaging other food products such as snacks and other beverages that would make it more popular and preferred all around the world.
Harwell group has been able to perform its business activities in a very prosperous way after venturing into the food and beverage industry. The canned energy drink ‘Zest’ of the company has been a successful venture of the company that has added to its profit enormously. Irrespective of the other energy drinks that are available in the market, Zest has been able to gain considerable market share in the competitive market situation. Lewis and Rebecca has been similarly striving to expand its business and analyzing the various businesses so that it can choose the right industry to integrate in its own business model. However, the position of the fashion industry in the product life cycle does not look attractive for the company. The strategic models analyzed upon the healthy drink of Harwell group shows that though it has some threats in the market and weaknesses as well, it equally has the potential to expand the market of the company and sustain in the future. The recommendations also show that the company can retain its position in the market with certain measures incorporated and extensively progress with its business all around the world.
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