Sales Management NMIMS Solved Assignments December 2021

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Sales Management NMIMS Solved Assignments December 2021

3RD SEM PGDMM, 3RD SEMESTER, NMIMS ASSIGNMENT DECEMBER 2021, NMIMS SOLVED ASSIGNMENTS

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School for Continuing Education (NGA-SCE)
Course: Sales Management
Internal Assignment Applicable for December 2021 Examination

Assignment Marks: 30

Instructions:
 All Questions carry equal marks.
 All Questions are compulsory
 All answers to be explained in not more than 1000 words for question 1 and 2 and for
question 3 in not more than 500 words for each subsection. Use relevant examples,
illustrations as far as possible.
 All answers to be written individually. Discussion and group work is not advisable.
 Students are free to refer to any books/reference material/website/internet for attempting
their assignments, but are not allowed to copy the matter as it is from the source of
reference.
 Students should write the assignment in their own words. Copying of assignments from
other students is not allowed.
 Students should follow the following parameter for answering the assignment questions.

1. Design a Sales Process when your organization is intending to enter Kenyan Market
(10 Marks)
2. How would you set up a sales organization (team) for a FMCG company setting up their
operations and having headquartered in Mumbai? (10 Marks)
For Theoretical Answer
Assessment Parameter Weightage
Introduction 20%
Concepts and Application
related to the question
60%
Conclusion 20%
For Numerical Answer
Assessment Parameter Weightage
Understanding and usage
of the formula
20%
Procedure / Steps 50%
Correct Answer &
Interpretation
30%
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Course: Sales Management
Internal Assignment Applicable for December 2021 Examination
3. Read the case ‘Levis India offers – Jeans on EMI’ and respond to these questions. While
answering questions you are free to make reasonable assumptions. Please state them
clearly
In June 2009, apparel manufacturer, Levis’ Strauss India Pvt Ltd offered to sell its wellknown Levi’s jeans and other Levi’s products on equated monthly installments (EMI)
payable through credit cards. Analysts viewed this as a bid by the company to increase
sales against the backdrop of the economic downturn. The company planned to arrest its
decline in sales through this innovative offer. Analysts felt that the offer was the first such
in the branded apparel industry. On the launch of the scheme, Shumone Chatterjee. MD,
Levi’s said – “it is for the first time that a brand is offering this kind of deal in India. EMI
has proven good for several industries such as housing and white goods; therefore, I feel
it will make a significant difference to the branded apparel industry as well”.
The offer, launched as a pilot program, in Bangalore, was valid only for consumers who
purchased products worth Rs 1500 and above. The consumers had to settle the bill in
three instalments. The EMI’s were zero percent interest. Levi’s had entered a tie-up with
ICICI Bank to offer this scheme. In return, the bank received service charges from Levi’s
for each transaction.
Levi’s is the Indian subsidiary of US based Levi Strauss and Co. It sells denims jeans
under the brand Levi’s, a popular and aspirations brand of jeans in India. As of September
2009, Levi’s operated through 230 stores and 500 points of sales in nearly 200 cities.
By launching the offer, the company planned to make the jeans affordable to consumers
who aspired to own the brand. Chatterjee added, “Many aspire to own a Levi’s but the
price can be a barrier. The EMI scheme makes it easier for the people to build the
wardrobe with a premium brand like ours. The company felt that it could make customers
spend more by easily making payments through installments. “the idea is to not only
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Course: Sales Management
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achieve high conversion rate (walk-in’s conversion into spending) but also enable our
consumers to spend more and purchase higher-end denim through an easy mode of
payment. If the EMI scheme works well in Bangalore, then we can unveil this nationally
in a couple of months”.
The company received a good response from customers. “ever since we introduced the
‘buy now, pay later’ scheme with interest of hidden charges in June, our sales have surged
by 10-15 percent” said Mr. M Aaron, franchise manager, Levi’s. From June 2009 to
August 2009, almost half the buyers who had an ICICI card used the EMI facility. “The
average value of their purchase was 50% higher than those who didn’t use the EMI
facility” added Chatterjee.
Encouraged by the response received by the scheme, the company announced its plan to
roll out the offer in eight cities other than Bangalore by mid-September 2009. These cities
were Pune, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chandigarh.
The success of the program, prompted Levi’s to enter into tie-ups with other private banks
such as HDFC Bank and Axis Bank. He criteria for usage of Axis Bank credit cards was
that the bill amount had to be Rs 5000 and above.
Some analysts felt that it was logical for the Levi’s to offer the scheme through credit
cards since there was tremendous potential to be tapped in the Indian market, but they
noted that the number of credit card holders in India was less than that of developed
countries. According to a report by BankRate.com, only 28% of affluent Indians have
credit cards, a fraction of the average around the world. As of 2006, credit cards
accounted for just 1% of all purchased in India – one of the lowest percentages in the
world
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Course: Sales Management
Internal Assignment Applicable for December 2021 Examination
The offer launched by Levi’s received a mixed response from Industry observers,
customers and analysts. Customers appreciated the scheme offered by Levi’s. According
to Roger, a customer, “it helps the consumers and the companies too. Recession has
affected both the companies and the consumers, so it’s a win-win situation for both of
them,”. However, the company maintained that the promotional technique was not a
strategy to counter the effects of the economic downturn. The company said that it was
aimed to tap the tremendous market potential offered by the organized retail market in
India. As of August 2009, the Indian organized retail market was just 4-5 percent, out of
which 20% accounted for apparel and lifestyle, thus offering scope for growth, according
to Levi’s.
According to Sanjay Lalbhai, CMD of Arvind Mills Ltd, “we have never offered such
schemes and I don’t think it has been tried anywhere in the world, unless you have a very
loyal customer base and are sure of their credit worthiness. It will be interesting to observe
how they are doing it”. On the other hand, some experts felt that though this scheme
might attract the masses to Levi’s initially, in the long run, it might lose some premium
customers since the branded products would be affordable to most other sections of
society.
a. Critically analyze Levi’s offer to sell its Levi’s brand of jeans and other products on EMI
(5 Marks)
b. What was the overall objective of this plan? Do you think the company will succeed?
(5 Marks)

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