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Brand Equity In Question
Strategic Implications Of Branding
Brand And Business Building
From Private Labels To Store Brands
Brand Diversity: The Types Of Brands
The New Rules Of Brand Management
Brand Identity And Positioning
Launching The Brand
The Challenge Of Growth In Mature Markets
Sustaining A Brand Long Term
Adapting To The Market: Identity And Change
Growth Through Brand Extensions
Handling Name Changes And Brand Transfers
Brand Turnaround And Rejuvenation
Managing Global Brands
Financial Valuation And Accounting For Brands
Where marketing is concerned, he who is in contact with the end-user often has a decisive edge. This is a major handicap for manufacturers who are not in control of their distribution network. It may be an illusion to consider that you can bypass supermarkets to sell significant food brands, but this is not the case for many other outlets. Selective distribution is such an example. The evolution of European Union law on selective distribution networks has substituted qualitative criteria for the old quantitative criteria linked to minimum volume quotas.
In the case of Levi’s, the brand is quite selective in its distribution. While not permitting the sale of its products to supermarkets, Levi’s expects its retailers to respect five criteria:
Through this mastery of the channel, Levi’s is, in fact, controlling its image and preserving its brand capital. A brand cannot be narrowed down to its advertising and to its products, it involves the customer in the purchasing act and even thereafter. This is also the strength of Benetton, Ikea, Häagen Dazs and Louis Vuitton.
Coca-Cola itself does indeed have to contend with competitors in supermarkets and even with copies from distributors. But the reputation of a soft drink is enhanced by its distribution in cafés, hotels, restaurants and nightclubs. Moreover, the Coca-Cola company offers a wide range of non-colas that make it an exclusive distributor at the sales outlet. Hence, where there is Coca-Cola there usually is neither Pepsi Cola nor any product from Cadbury Schweppes.
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