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|Title:||ABIL's dilemma: to brand or not to brand in India|
|Author(s):||Sonal Sisodia (Faculty Member at the Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM), Indore, India), Nimit Chowdhary (Professor at the Indian Institute of Travel and Tourism, Gwalior, India)|
|Citation:||Sonal Sisodia, Nimit Chowdhary, "ABIL's dilemma: to brand or not to brand in India", Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies Collection, (2011)|
|Keywords:||Brands, Commodity markets, Corporate strategy, Diversification, Entrepreneurialism, Outsourcing|
|Article type:||Case study|
|DOI:||10.1108/20450621111128583 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Acknowledgements:||Disclaimer. This case is written solely for educational purposes and is not intended to represent successful or unsuccessful managerial decision-making. The author/s may have disguised names; financial and other recognizable information to protect confidentiality.|
Title – ABIL's dilemma: to brand or not to brand in India.
Subject area – Marketing strategy, product positioning, brand building, and economies of scope.
Study level/applicability – MBA groups, marketing consultants and business management students of undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Case overview – Abhishek Industries Limited (ABIL) is an entrepreneurial venture of Mr Abhishek Batra that came into being in 1993. ABIL is the leading supplier of Terry Towels to some of world's leading retailers including Wal-Mart, JC Penney and Sears. In spite of some business fluctuations, ABIL has an impressive performance record that is reflected in its financial data. The concern, however, is that of product commoditisation, since established foreign importers and distributors prefer to sell the products under their own brand name. Consequently, even though the export margins may be lucrative; the lack of a brand presence is what bothers the senior management of the company. Given an optimistic domestic business scenario, the senior management is once again evaluating the odds to enter the domestic market using its own brand name. While some of the younger managers are optimistic and want ABIL to emerge as a brand, some senior colleagues are unsure.
Expected learning outcomes – The student's skills will be sharpened in working through a problem; it will help the students take an active role of a thinker, analyser, evaluator, decider and implementer; it will assist the students in learning to reason with the given quantitative as well as qualitative data; it will help the students think critically and reason effectively; it will make the students realize that the emphasis is not on solution. Rather, the process of arriving at a solution is more important.
Supplementary materials – Teaching note.
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