Avon Calls on Foreign Market

Avon Calls on Foreign Market
Paper instructions:
Read the closing case “Avon Calls on Foreig
n Markets” at the end of Chapter 16 in your course textbook. Incorporate into
your analysis responses to the following questions. You should make sure to incorporate core concepts from your reading
assignment.
1.
Your reading assignment for this unit describ
es different marketing orientations. Discuss the applicability of each
to Avon’s global operations.
2.
Why is Avon so much more dependent on its foreign operations than on its home ( U.S.) operations?
3.
Discuss socioeconomic and demographic changes that could
affect Avon.
4.
How might a global recession, such as the one that began in 2008, impact Avon’s operations?
5.
What are the major competitive advantages that Avon has? How easily might other companies duplicate these
advantages?
6.
Avon does not sell within the
United States in retail establishments (with the exceptions of kiosks handled by
some of its reps). What are the pros and cons of distributing that way?
7.
If you were advising Avon on the selection of new suppliers, what would be your major concerns as you
evaluate
firms that are potential suppliers? What criteria should the company use to make decisions on where to
manufacture their products?
8.
Identify the challenges Avon faces in both maintaining and expanding its global manufacturing and supply chain
net
work given the dynamics of today’s competitive environment
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