Technology

Current Trends in the Tobacco Industry

Due to this threat, the customer base is decreasing and hence several steps are being taken by cigarette manufacturers to alleviate the harm. Another trend is the need for portraying a socially responsible picture for the consumers. The use of technology in customer identifications and analysis is becoming popular while using IT in the operations to manage the organizations better is another trend that is been seen more often.
British American Tobacco is the most globalization brand in the world. The brand has millions of diverse customers across the globe, with access to over 180 markets globally, and makes the best quality tobacco products. The brand commits its customers to always be indulged in principles of corporate social responsibility, a practice kept running through out the group. Known brands include Pall Mall, Dunhill, Lucky Strike, and Kent (http://www.bat.com/)
However, the global politics is not the same as the local one, rather absolute differential, therefore, extra care needs to be taken since British American Tobacco mainly exports to some 180+ countries
SW presents the internal scenario of the organization, matched against the existing or anticipated external OT provides a plan for the future course of action. Following is a pictorial representation of the same:
Cigarette is an ad…
Social
Society has generally never viewed smoking as a good habit, and therefore, many movements have been created all over the world against smoking, yet all in vain.
Economic
With huge scale exports, economy is strengthened by the organization, and also needs support from the same to keep the wheel moving.
Technology
Technological advancements need to be adopted by the organization, particularly the integration part. British American Tobacco currently has many systems deployed but working independently.
Technological advancements have led to integrated and dependent systems to make lesser duplications possible, and provide more efficiency.
SWOT Analysis
SW presents the internal scenario of the organization, matched against the existing or anticipated external OT provides a plan for the future course of action. Following is a pictorial representation of the same:
Strengths
– Independence from single importer-monopoly
– Brand loyalty and associated good will
– Tremendous market segmentation
Weaknesses
– Lack of regional market knowledge
– Unpredictability of Importers
– Very less presence in the local market
– Lack of internal process integration
(Source:http://www.smartdraw.com/examples/content/Examples/SmartDraw/Marketing_Charts/SWOT_Analysis_Diagrams/SWOT_Example_-_4_L.jpg)
Opportunities
– Expanding local market pie share
– Cushion in loyalty development of importers
– Addictive nature of cigarettes
Threats
– Global instability of the duty regulations
– Smuggling, particularly in Asian markets
– Anti-Tobacco Stance of the Society
Porter’s 5 Forces
Customers
Cigarette is an additive product and that is a favourable point for the company as far its sales are

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