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Gateway Computers SWOT

Gateway Computers

Gateway was acquired by Acers, Inc., a multinational electronics company that has, through several acquisitions, become the second largest PC company in the world (Satariano, 2011; "Yahoo! Finance," 2011).

Product Strengths

March 2004, Gateway acquired eMachines, one of the world's fastest growing and most efficient PC makers. The eMachines brand complements Gateway products in terms of efficient manufacturing processes, and customer-pleasing technical support ("Gateway, Inc.," 2011).

Pricing Strengths

eMachines quality at low prices.

Promotion Strengths

Distribution Strengths

Gateway is sold through leading retailers, e-tailers, and channel partners in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Japan, and China. Acer is expanding market share the South American and Asia-Pacific regions ("Gateway, Inc.," 2011).

Customer Strengths


Product Weaknesses

The total Asian PC share of worldwide shipments is expected to decline to 16.5% in 2011 from 18.2% in 2010. This is a burden for Acer because of its focus on driving heavy volumes of shipments using outside firms -- Original Equimpment Manufacturers (OEM) -- to design and build its machines. However, the Acer machines have very little to distinguish themselves. In essence, there is little to no product differentiation (Ray, 2011, July 4).

Historically, Gateway spread itself too thin by marketing -- in addition to its line6of monitors, servers, networking and storage equipment, and accessories and peripherals -- a line of consumer electronics products, such as plasma televisions, digital cameras, MP3 players, DVD players and recorders, and home theater systems ("Funding Universe," 2004).

Pricing Weaknesses

Promotion Weaknesses

Distribution Weaknesses

Customer Weaknesses


Product Opportunities

The three largest PC manufacturers in the world -- Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ), Dell Inc. (DELL) and Lenovo -- are offering new tablets as the popularity of Apple's iPad reduces demand for desktop, laptop, and notebook computers (Lee, 2011, July 19).

Lenovo's IdeaPad Tablet and Thinkpad tablet, use version 3.1 of Google Inc. (GOOG)'s Android operating system. Lenovo plans to sell a new tablet based on Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)'s Windows 7 system in the fourth quarter…

Sources Used in Document:


Gateway, Inc. (2004). Funding Universe. Retrieved

Gateway, Inc. (2011). Retrieved

Lee, M. (2011, July 19). Lenovo to start sales of new Android-powered tablets in U.S. Bloomberg. Retrieved

Ray, T. (2011, July 6). Asus can win in non-Apple tablets, says Credit Suisse, Barrons. Retrieved

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