Channel Strategies: Dell and Eureka Forbes
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In 2007, Dell announced its intention of moving beyond the direct-only model that it had zealously followed until then. Hence, it decided to shift its focus from direct marketing and sell its personal computers through retailer stores such as WalMart and Carrefour. Similar to Dell's strategy of moving beyond the direct selling model, Eureka Forbes also shifted its strategy from direct selling and focused more on its retail business. This was a bid to increase the visibility of its products and push up sales by selling through the retail division. Analysts in general appreciated Dell's new channel strategy as many of them had been saying for a long time that such a change was necessary for the company. They felt that Dell would benefit from its foray into retail as well as its new channel initiative. On the other hand, some analysts felt that Dell was taking a huge risk by straying from what had made it so successful in the PC industry. Similar doubts were raised by analysts when Eureka Forbes shifted its focus from direct selling. They opined that Eureka Forbes, being a new player in the retail business, could face tough times ahead. However, after facing a few initial hitches due to its shift from direct marketing and its entry into water purifiers, Eureka Forbes continued to retain its market leadership position in the vacuum cleaner and water purifier markets. Going forward, Eureka Forbes had ambitious plans to enter the packaged water segment.
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information technology, direct selling, direct marketing, channel strategy, distribution channel, supply chain, logistics, just-in-time delivery, retailers, value added resellers, market leader, accounting irregularity, Original Equipment Manufacturers, Personal Computers, vacuum cleaner, water/air purifier, packaged water segment, bottled water segment, Eurochamps, advertising, Customer Relationship Management, marketing mix, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Apple Computers, Walmart, Carrefour, Eureka Forbes, IBM, Securities and Exchange Commission, Electrolux, Forbes Gokak Ltd. Compaq, Gateway Computer Corporation, Acer, Michael Dell.
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