Total Marks 5
Starting Date Tuesday, June 02, 2020
Closing Date Monday, June 08, 2020
Question Title Demand Situations
Principle of Marketing (MGT301) Spring, 2020
Graded Discussion Board No.1
Due Date: June 08, 2020.
Total Marks: 05 Marks
Topic: “Demand Situations”
NOTE: There is no grace period in case of GDB
To familiarize the students with the concept of demand situations, so that they could learn that how a company could manage demand situations by using appropriate strategies.
After attempting this case students will be able to understand the execution of appropriate strategies as per the demand situation an organization is facing, so that it could smoothly run its operations.
The emergence of COVID-19 has brought the world to a standstill. This health crunch has brought an unprecedented effect on businesses across industries. Some industries are stressed and some are flourishing. Overall, almost every sector is anticipated to be impacted by the pandemic. Companies are making continuous efforts to meet the demands of the market and grow during COVID-19 pandemics.
The COVID-19 impact on hand sanitizers market is likely to gain traction from the outbreak of this pandemic. It has resulted in the increasing demand for personal hygiene products namely, hand wash, soaps, tissue papers, and sanitizers worldwide. Dettol is among those famous hygiene manufacturers in Pakistan that is unable to manage current demand situations in country as, shortage of hand sanitizers owing to the panic buying practices of the public in the country. To cope with the current demand situation Dettol need to be very vigilant in terms of using appropriate strategies in order to stop rapid shifting of its target customers towards alternate products.
Point of discussion:
As per the given case, which “ONE” of the following three demand situations do you think “Dettol” is currently facing and which strategies you think it should immediately employ to retain its target customers.Full Demand. Irregular Demand. Overfull Demand.
*Note: Remember, you are required to select only 1 demand situation and mention any 2 strategies that Dettol should use. “Definitions of these demand situations are not required at all”.
The total marks of this GDB are 05; selection of correct demand situation carries 2 marks and each correctly written strategy carries 1.5 marks. Avoid irrelevant text/material while answering the question.
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Principles of Marketing (MGT301) Assignment No. 1
Due Date: November 15, 2019. Total Marks: 10
Topic:Marketing Orientations. Learning Objective:
The core objective of this activity is to familiarize students with the concept of marketing orientation philosophies.
This activity will widen student’s vision, and make them capable enough to understand how renowned brands formulate appropriate strategies as per current market trend thus by gaining customer attention and maximizing clientele.
Sapphire is a Lahore based fashionable clothing brand in Pakistan that offers readymade, unstitched and haute couture clothing which is considered as highly sought after within the country with millions of loyal customers across Pakistan and abroad. This brand has achieved height of success because of its exclusivity, trendiness, uniqueness and superior quality fabric. Other than just focusing on revenue generation this brand has an aim of improving the environment by making it free from plastic pollution. As, after oil and gas sectors, fashion and retail industries are the second largest plastic polluter across the globe.
Having said this, Sapphire has introduced biodegradable bags that are infused with plant seeds in them. After using, the customers can tear the bag into small pieces and plant those pieces in soil for the seeds to germinate and contribute to making the environment greener and pollution free. This incredible idea significantly amplified the fame of Sapphire among its target customers. Moreover, this initiative earned the brand huge word-of-mouth publicity and resulted in appreciation from people belonging from all walks of life. The exposure of this remarkable initiative over Instagram, Facebook, via bloggers and in-store advertising tremendously increased the brand equity of Sapphire. Indeed, the initiative is considered as one of the best marketing campaigns ever run by any company in the history of Pakistan.
Requirement:Which one of the following “Marketing Orientation Philosophies” you think Sapphire has
After reading above case, you are required to answer below questions:
adopted as per the given scenario? (4 Marks)
a. Production concept.
b. Product concept.
c. Selling concept.
d. Societal marketing concept. What kind of other benefits you think Sapphire could achieve by adopting this marketing orientation philosophy? (6 Marks)
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The total marks of this assignment are 10; question no.1 carries 4 marks, question no.2 carries 6 marks.Avoid irrelevant text/material while answering the question.
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