PEST analysis is the macro-environmental factors that will influence the companies like groomers capability to provide the products and services it offers to its customers (Jobber 2007).
These external environmental factors are difficult to control or influence whereas the elements explained by SWOT analysis are controllable as it affect the firm alone (Blythe 2006).
The internal controllable factors are the strength and weakness whereas the external factors such as the threats and opportunities are uncontrollable events that occur outside the business. Groomers should focus on converting weakness to strengths and threats into opportunities (Jobber 2007).
Groomers Potential Changes/Trends In The Animal Grooming Market
The Government often imposes taxation on specific products. Also changes in respect of VAT had some effects on the firms (Blythe 2006)
The products profit margin will be less if there is more tax
The profit margin will be high if the tax is reduced as sales will increase
Animal safety regulations
Products need to confirm the national safety regulations whether its home or overseas
Lose the existing market for the products and there will be drop in the product sales
Gives a positive attitude towards the product and will draw more customers as the products are being up to standards
Governments legislations on pet insurance and consumer protection etc
Decrease in the pet ownerships as result will be downfall in the product sales if there is an increase in the pet insurance
Increase in the pet ownerships as a result there will be an increase in the products sales if there is decrease in the pet insurance
Governments restriction on exchange of goods, services such as tariffs on imports, exports, customs practices and agreements made between countries etc
When tariffs increases the cost of goods increases so there will be a decrease in the product sales.
Agreements made with EU member groups help expand the products market to all EU members. The sales of products will be more as it is offered at reasonable price if the tariffs on exports and imports in less
The census reveals that one quarter of the population in UK is single parent
(census published by BBC)
Aged and single households buy pets (Mintel 2008)
The people being busy with there lifestyles find less time for pets.
The single parent tends to buy pets for companionship. As the rate goes on increasing there will be an increase in the product sales
Innovation of new products
A new product in the market creates the difference between the competitor’s products and makes the work easier.
Less attraction of people towards the product as it is same as other companies
People prefer brands that have wide range of products (Mintel 2008). Will draw more customers
The external environment factors that the groomers should focus upon are the political regulations such as trade barriers, animal safety regulations, taxation and lifestyle and the weakness are lack of sufficient infrastructure, technical sources, proper advertisements, brand identity, sales force and selling channel is limited. The importance of brand awareness, lifestyle and developing new products tends to create potential changes in grooming industry.
Profile of the typical buyers of groomers products
Consumers are the individuals who buy the products for their needs. The most intractable aspects of the buyer behaviour are who, how and what (Blythe 2006)
B2B Customers – Professional groomers, Retail
B2C Customers – Domestic (Pet Owners)
Profile of customers
* Groomers for all breeds
Products for all breeds
Wide range of products
Low noise level equipments
Innovative Products that make the work easier
Price, regular supply from the supplier, product efficiency
Retails shops, Suppliers
Consumers looking for wide range of brands
*Middle class and upper middle class people
*Single households and aged people
Products for all
Wide range of brands
Exclusive range of products
Reasonable price and offers
Quality, brand awareness regular supply of products,
Price, customer feedback/satisfaction
*Pet owners/high income group
Quality products at reasonable price that gives good hygiene and enhanced performances
Price, efficiency of products
Purchase Decision Process
The difference between the typical buyers such as professional groomers, retail and domestic are concerned about the brand awareness, quality, range of products and price.
It is important for companies like groomers since their corporate performance depends on both the competitors and customers. They need to understand both the competitors and customers. Better understanding of competitors helps the groomers to predict the competitor’s responses to the marketing initiatives that groomers may take (Jobber 2007,p .774)
Porter’s 5-force competitor analysis for pet grooming market
Pet Grooming Market
The threats of new entrants
-Well established products (Brand identity)
-Access to distribution channels
-Experience in the pet business market
-New/foreign competitors entering the market
-Companies in pet health are extending the business to accessories such as clothing and toys
The bargaining power of suppliers
-Concentration of suppliers
-Switching costs of suppliers
-Power of the supplier is high when the brand is powerful
The power of suppliers is high as there are some suppliers with premium brand Eg. Wahl, Andis and the cost of switching the suppliers is low
The bargaining power of buyers
-Buyer switching costs
-Industry not being key supplier of products
-Presence of substitutes costs
The bargaining power of buyers is more as there are many suppliers with different brands such as pets at home, Christies direct etc who sells range of products at reasonable price
The threats of substitute products and services
-Buyers willingness to substitutes
-Switching costs to substitutes
– Performance of substitutes and its price
The threat of substitute products is very high since the normal shampoo and scissors can be used and the cost involved in switching to substitute product is low
-Diversity of competitors
There likely to be intense competition as there are diverse competitors in the pet grooming industry
Key competitors in the pet grooming
Pets at home
-Everything for your pets all under one roof
-Shops available at various locations
-Wide range of products for pets such as food, toys and accessories
-Products of different brands
-The shops being well stocked and pet friendly
-Will be expensive if you don’t buy the products in bulk
-Some issues in customer services
-Good customer service
-Helps in salon set-ups
-Fast, cost effective and efficient repairs
-Poor online shopping experience as the website is not that interactive to say about the products.
-They are not into the pet food market
Professional dog groomers
-Wide range of products
-No delay in product delivery
-Best cost deal products by constantly monitoring the products source price
-No innovative Christie products
Simpson’s & Sons
-Wide range of products
-Products recommended by vets and professionals
-No pet shops
-No innovative products
-Wide range of pet products
-Wide range of different brands pet foods
-Not focus on particular pet market
-24 hours sales over phone
-Exclusive range of products
-More bundle offers
-28 days return policy
-Free advice on pet health
No Retail shop
Shipping charge is high
-Broad range of products with competitive prices
-Fast delivery of products
Delivery charge is high
Groomers face both direct and indirect competitors in the pet grooming market
Brands tends to have a powerful social force, the product that has strong brand name creates easy product identification, establish the products in markets, product differentiation, creates loyalty, build trust among the consumers, increases the power it has over the retailers. (Frances Brassington 2006).
Groomers should identify their market segmentations and should focus on creating a brand identity by offering differentiated pets products and services with good quality that meets the needs of different consumers.
To be a well-established brand in the market it takes time and investment and to gain profit at earlier it is better to have business tie-ups with more partner companies to find a way to get variety of differentiated products attract more customers.
Groomers should also plan accordingly whether to retain their existing product that meets the customer needs by analysing the sales of their products and feedbacks from customer and develop a new innovative product that offers solution to the customer problem and make use of the opportunities in the market. The continuous development of new products always keeps the brand name close to its customers.
Groomers should focus more on the international markets such as India and other countries where they have limited competitors.
Pricing determines the quality of the products and sometime it controls the benefits and features of the products. It also helps to determine the position of the product against the competitor’s product in the market. (Blythe 2006)
External influences on pricing decision – Adapted from Frances and Brassington
There are some factors that have an impact on the pricing such as government regulations on import duties, taxes, price control on products to prevent inflation.
The distribution channels also have an impact on the price (Blythe 2006)
Groomers should focus on delivering quality products at reasonable price. Groomers should negotiate the dealings with the distributors and suppliers and find other substitutes to reduce the cost added to the product so as all the customers could afford the product. Groomers should concentrate more on value pricing such as different bundle offers that gives the customer a choice to choose their product.
The distribution of products is always important, getting the right quantities of products at right place and at right time is an important prerequisite for customers to buy the products (Blythe 2006).
Channel structures of goods- Adapted from Frances Brassington and Stephen Pettit
Groomers should focus on how good to make the products and services available to the target consumers.
Groomers should increase the distribution channels by having tie-ups with the more retail shops throught UK to have more market penetration and to avoid out of stock situations, the time delay the product takes to reaches its customers and to reduce the shipping costs involved in delivering the products to its customers.
Groomers should set up their own specific outlets at various places to reduce the costs being added to the product as the product exchange hands on hands.
They should analyse the customer-buying pattern at each places, performance of intermediaries in delivering the products and services to its customers and replace the poor performing intermediaries.
The promotion is a communication link between buyers and sellers and there are certain factors such as advertising, personal selling, sales promotion and direct marketing that will influence the buyers purchase decision process (Frances Brassignton 2006).
Elements of Promotional Mix- Adapted from Frances Brassington and Stephen Pettit
Advertising helps Groomers to build brand awareness in the market. Brand awareness creates a desire for the product among the consumers. Though groomers are using online catalogues they should focus on communicating via media such as TV and magazine that reaches a wide range of customers.
Groomers should modify their website – make the online shopping experience more attractive by displaying the offers much visible and categorising products on brands to the customers.
Groomers should have tie-ups with more retail shops such as tesco, sainsbury etc
Should concentrate more on the customer service such as adding more benefits on customer loyalty and should have promotional offers on new products to attract more retailers and customers.
Groomers should actively participate in trade fairs, dog shows.
Groomers should focus more on advertising their products through TV, magazine and participating in certain events such as dog shows and trade fairs to create brand awareness.
They should also employ sales force to provide extended customer service.
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