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Sdm ch9

  1. 1. Chapter 9 Marketing ChannelsSDM- Ch 9 Tata McGraw Hill 1
  2. 2. Learning Objectives• Understand channel structure and how channels manage discrepancies• Understand concept of channel flows• Relationship of channel flows to service levels• Understand channel formats and levels• Understand what channel systems are expected to deliver• Prominent marketing and channel systemsSDM- Ch 9 Tata McGraw Hill 2
  3. 3. Channel Functions• Information gathering• Consumer motivation• Bargaining with suppliers• Placing orders• Financing• Inventory management• Risk bearing• After sales supportSDM- Ch 9 Tata McGraw Hill 3
  4. 4. Role of Intermediaries Company 1 Company 2 Company 3 Intermediary Large number of CONSUMERSSDM- Ch 9 Tata McGraw Hill 4 Direct and Indirect….
  5. 5. Direct Distribution• Company to consumers or retailers without use of intermediaries. Also includes reaching Institutional buyers.• Selling on the Internet• If products are technically complex, this system is preferred• Cost is a major consideration to adopt this modeSDM- Ch 9 Tata McGraw Hill 5
  6. 6. Direct Distribution - Examples• Banking services• Credit cards• Petrol / diesel – company own outlets• Land line phone connections• Health services• Utilities – electricity, water• Subsidized ration• EducationSDM- Ch 9 Tata McGraw Hill 6
  7. 7. Indirect Distribution• Goods may move through a set of intermediaries – Most FMCG companies follow this route• The intermediary has a far better reach than the company• The cost of operations of an intermediary like a wholesaler / retailer is shared with many businesses.SDM- Ch 9 Tata McGraw Hill 7
  8. 8. Indirect Distribution - Examples• All FMCG, consumer durables and pharmaceutical• Petrol / diesel / cooking gas - franchisees• Insurance• Mobile phones• All kinds of passenger transportSDM- Ch 9 Tata McGraw Hill 8
  9. 9. Marketing Channel Systems• Vertical: – Corporate – Administered – Contractual• Horizontal• Multi-channel Vertical….SDM- Ch 9 Tata McGraw Hill 9
  10. 10. Vertical Marketing System• Various parties like producers, wholesalers and retailers act as a unified system to avoid conflicts• Improves operating efficiency and marketing effectiveness• 3 types: – Corporate – Administered – Contractual Corporate…SDM- Ch 9 Tata McGraw Hill 10
  11. 11. Corporate VMS• Combines successive stages of production and distribution under single ownership• Examples: – Bata, Bombay Dyeing, Raymond – Sears, Goodyear – Suppliers of food items could be also their own supplying firms - like Nilgiris Administered…SDM- Ch 9 Tata McGraw Hill 11
  12. 12. Administered VMS• Co-ordinates distribution activities• Gains market power by dominating a channel• Usually true of dominant brands like GE, Kodak, Pepsi, Gillette, Coke and HLL in certain locations – Command high level of co-operation in shelf space, displays, pricing policies and promotion strategies Contractual…SDM- Ch 9 Tata McGraw Hill 12
  13. 13. Contractual VMS• Independent producers, wholesalers and retailers operate on a contract• Could take the forms of: – Wholesaler sponsored voluntary chains – Retailer co-operatives – Manufacturer sponsored retail or wholesale franchise – Franchise organizations – Service firm sponsored retail franchiseSDM- Ch 9 Tata McGraw Hill 13
  14. 14. Horizontal MS• Two or more unrelated companies join together to pool resources and exploit an emerging market opportunity – In-store banking in hotels, big stores – Retail outlets in petrol bunks – Coffee Day outlets in airports Multi-channel…SDM- Ch 9 Tata McGraw Hill 14
  15. 15. Multi-channel Distribution• Company uses different channels to reach / same or different market segments – Most FMCG companies have separate networks for retail market and institutions – Pharma companies may use different channels to reach doctors, chemists and hospitalsSDM- Ch 9 Tata McGraw Hill 15
  16. 16. Multi-channel Distribution• Used in situations where: – Same product but different market segments – Unrelated products in same market – detergents and ice creams (HLL) – Size of buyers varies – Geographic concentration of potential consumers varies – Reach is difficultSDM- Ch 9 Tata McGraw Hill 16
  17. 17. Distribution Channels• Take care of the following ‘discrepancies’ – Spatial – Temporal – Breaking bulk – Assortment and – Financial supportSDM- Ch 9 Tata McGraw Hill 17
  18. 18. Spatial Discrepancy• The channel system helps reduce the ‘distance’ between the producer and the consumer of his products. – Consumers are scattered – Have to be reached cost effectively• Example: companies produce products in one location even for global needsSDM- Ch 9 Tata McGraw Hill 18
  19. 19. Temporal Discrepancy• The channel system helps in speeding up in meeting the requirement of the consumers – Time when the product is made and when it is consumed is different – Limited number of production points but hundreds of consumers• Maruti plant in Gurgaon – cars and spares are available when the consumer wantsSDM- Ch 9 Tata McGraw Hill 19
  20. 20. Breaking Bulk• The channel system reduces large quantities into consumer acceptable lot sizes – Production has to be in large quantities to benefit from economies of scale – Consumption is necessarily in small lot sizes• India is the ultimate example in breaking bulk – you can buy one cigarette, one Anacin, one toffee etcSDM- Ch 9 Tata McGraw Hill 20
  21. 21. Need for Assortment• The channel system helps aggregate a range of products for the benefit of the consumer – it could be made by one company or several of them. – For the same product, it could be a variety of brands and pack sizes• MICO makes fuel injection equipment, spark plugs etc in different plants but its dealer will sell the entire range.SDM- Ch 9 Tata McGraw Hill 21
  22. 22. Financial Support• The channel system provides critical working capital to its customers by extending credit.• Some channel members like stockists and wholesalers finance the business of their customers. – Medical diagnostic equipment to hospitalsSDM- Ch 9 Tata McGraw Hill 22
  23. 23. Channel Flows• Forward flow – company to its customers – goods and services• Backward flow – customers to the company – payment for the goods. Returned goods.• Flows both ways - informationSDM- Ch 9 Tata McGraw Hill 23
  24. 24. Three Flows Recognized FORWARD Goods and Services BACKWARD Payment for goods / returns BOTH WAYS Information Company CustomersSDM- Ch 9 Tata McGraw Hill 24
  25. 25. The Five Channel Flows• Physical flow of goods• Title flow of goods (negotiation, ownership and risk sharing also)• Payment flows (financing and payment)• Information flow (about goods, orders placed and orders executed)• Promotion flows Who is responsible?SDM- Ch 9 Tata McGraw Hill 25
  26. 26. Channel Flows• Some channel member/s have to perform them• There is a cost associated with each flow• If a channel member is discontinued, the flow has to be performed by another• All flows and transactions can be effective only with timely, accurate and correct information• The channel flow is ideally to be handled by the most competent channel member who can deliver best service at the lowest cost.SDM- Ch 9 Tata McGraw Hill 26
  27. 27. Degree of Involvement Manufacturer C&FA or Distributor, Wholesaler or Distribution dealers retailer CenterPhysical Physical Physical PhysicalTitle / ownership Title Title / ownership Title / ownershipInformation Information Information InformationRisk sharing Payment Payment PaymentPromotions Order Order placement Order placement processing Negotiation Negotiation Risk sharing Risk sharing Promotions Promotions Channel formats…SDM- Ch 9 Tata McGraw Hill 27
  28. 28. Channel Formats• Is decided by who ‘drives’ the channel system: – Producer driven – Seller driven – Service driven – OthersSDM- Ch 9 Tata McGraw Hill 28
  29. 29. Producer Driven• This is the effort of the manufacturer to reach the product to his consumers. Examples: – Company owned retail outlets – petrol, Bata, Reliance mobiles – Licensed outlets – KMF – Consignment selling agents – Franchisees – Brokers – Vending machines – Company contracted distributorsSDM- Ch 9 Tata McGraw Hill 29
  30. 30. Seller Driven• Use of existing channels to reach the largest number of end users – Existing wholesalers and retailers – Modern retail formats – Specialty stores – Shoppers’ Stop – Discount stores – Subhiksha – PheriwalasSDM- Ch 9 Tata McGraw Hill 30
  31. 31. Service Driven• These are the people who facilitate the distribution – Transporters and freight forwarders – Providers of warehouse space – C&F agents – 3P Logistics service providers – CouriersSDM- Ch 9 Tata McGraw Hill 31
  32. 32. Other formats• Multi-level marketing systems – Amway, Modicare, Tupperware, Herbalife• Co-operative societies• Telephone kiosks• TV home shopping• Catalogue marketing• The internet• Exhibitions, fairs and trade shows• Data base marketing Channel levels…SDM- Ch 9 Tata McGraw Hill 32
  33. 33. Channel Levels• Zero level – if the product or service is provided to the end user directly by the company. – Used mostly by companies delivering service like health, education, banking (also known as service channels)• One level – consists of one intermediary• Two level – consists of two intermediaries and is the most common for FMCG productsSDM- Ch 9 Tata McGraw Hill 33
  34. 34. Service Channel• Companies establish their own unique channels to deliver services like health, education, banking, insurance etc – Hundreds of bank branches to be close to prospects – Banks may also recruit independent agents to get customers to walk in – Consulting or IT firm uses one team for Biz Development and another for execution – Musician or magician may use mass media, events or web sites to reach customersSDM- Ch 9 Tata McGraw Hill 34
  35. 35. Summarize Expectations… Channel Levels Manufacturer Manufacturer Manufacturer Distributor/ wholesaler Retailer Retailer End User End User End User Zero level One level Two levelSDM- Ch 9 Tata McGraw Hill 35
  36. 36. Key Learnings• Marketing channels are responsible for flows – physical possession, title, payments, information and promotion covered by forward, backward and flows both ways• Each channel partner has a different role in supporting customer service through suitable channel flows• Number of categories operating in a channel system define the channel levels as one, two etcSDM- Ch 9 Tata McGraw Hill 36
  37. 37. Key Learnings• Channel system deliverables are: bulk breaking, place utility, reduced waiting time, providing assortment, financial help, installation and after sales support.• Customer service has to be done at optimum cost• Marketing channel systems are categorised as vertical, horizontal and multi-channel depending on the structure and the functionalitySDM- Ch 9 Tata McGraw Hill 37

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