Louis Vuitton in Japan
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Case (Pub Mat)
This case deals with the opportunities and challenges of Louis Vuitton, the leading European luxury-sector multinational firm, in Japan, taking into account the unique features of brand management and integrating culture and consumer behaviour in Japan. In the last decade, Japan has been Louis Vuitton’s most profitable market, but the global economic crisis has presented challenges.
Facing a weak economy and a shift in consumer preferences, Louis Vuitton has been adapting its unique strategy in the Japanese market. The days of relying on a logo and a high price seem to be gone, as there is more interest in craftsmanship and value for money. To promote sales, the company has had to launch less expensive collections made with cheaper materials. The brand has also been opening stores in smaller cities, where the lure of the logo still works.
Over the years, Japanese consumers have demonstrated fascination with and passion for the iconic brand. What have been the keys to Louis Vuitton’s successful business model in the Japanese market?
This case was written to help students develop their analytical and strategic decision-making skills. The case aims at helping in developing a business model, adapting to a new cultural environment, recommending a course of action for further strategic moves, identifying issues, and eventually enhancing multidisciplinary decision making.
This case can be used to discuss:
- the complexity of multinational business, particularly the issues of brand management, international marketing, and marketing strategy for succeeding in East Asia,
- consumer behaviour in Japan and characteristic features of the Japanese market, and
- strategies to succeed in a foreign country.
Japan;France, Large, 2008-2009
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