Target's Five Forces Model

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Target Five Forces Model Introduction The Five Forces Model as defined by Dr. Michael Porter of Harvard University uses five different strategic factors to explain Competitive Rivalry a company or industry faces. The fiver forces that comprise the model are Bargaining Power of Suppliers, Bargaining Power of Buyers, Threat of Substitute Products, Potential Entrants and Completive Rivalry (Porter, 2008). The intent of this analysis is to rank-order each of these five factors from the standpoint of their influence on Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) and their competitive position in the retailing industry. Each of the five forces are rank-ordered in terms of their importance to Target. Bargaining Power of Suppliers This factor in the Porter Five Forces Model refers to the power that those companies supplying products to Target have. In the retail industry, suppliers are often very powerful, as they often provide products to direct competitors of each other. An example of a supplier with a high degree of power is Procter and Gamble (P&G), who sells to many retailers including Target, WalMart, Costco, Safeway and many others. As P&G is a leader in personal care products that are more often sold on price and availability than intensive shopping comparisons (like how plasma TVs are purchased for example) this supplier has major influence over Target and their profitability. This is the reason why this specific aspect of the five forces model is first. Target Corporation
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