Target UK Market Entry Essay

Length: 2 pages Sources: 4 Subject: Business Type: Essay Paper: #50084836 Related Topics: Target Corporation, United Kingdom, Supermarket, Target Market
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Market Entry Strategy

There are a number of different options for the market entry strategy. These include licensing, joint venture and direct investment. For Target there are a number of considerations to make. First, the company just utilized the direct investment strategy in Canada, buying the real estate assets of a large chain of discount stores that went under. This move gave Target a large real estate footprint with which to work. Theoretically, that should have helped the company with things like economies of scale, but instead it was too big for Target to manage and the company suffered massive stockouts that may have set it back in that country years (Shaw, 2014). Target can view this one of two ways -- either it learned something from the experience and can enter the UK market most effectively via direct investment, or it should avoid direct investment and find a joint venture partner.

A joint venture gives Target the expertise to operate in the UK market, thereby flattening the learning curve. The downside is that Target, while sharing the


An alliance might help with certain things, like distribution, while allowing Target to handle the retailing side of things. However, the cost leadership strategy that Target follows demands that it exercise a high level of control over its supply chain -- it is risky to allow an alliance or joint venture partner have control over critical elements of the business model.

It is recommended, therefore, to utilize the direct investment strategy. The question then is what form that should take. Target was lucky enough that Zeller's the failed Canadian discounter, fell into its lap, allowing Target the opportunity to get large store spaces in anchor positions at a discounted price. It might have this luxury in the UK as well, if it is willing to wait. The reason for that is that right now in the UK there is a brutal supermarket war that could open the door for one of the weaker competitors in that market to sell out to Target, handing the American company some prime high street real estate to work with. Already food producers in the supply chain are going out of business and it is only a matter of…

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Bermingham, F. (2014). Supermarket price war killing British food producers. International Business Times. Retrieved November 29, 2014 from

QuickMBA. (2010). Foreign market entry modes. QuickMBA. Retrieved November 29, 2014 from

Shaw, H. (2014). Bare shelves and out-of-stock items at Target's Canadian stores 'unacceptable', says interim CEO. Financial Post. Retrieved November 29, 2014 from

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