Pacific Brand Limited (an Australian lingerie manufacturer) is facing a new “normal” of a slow, extended period of economic recovery. Having just launched two new higher-end products, management is seeing a trend of trading down from department store product lines to discount store brands and private labels. Students are challenged to determine the appropriate market segments and if and how to target those segments.
A case study is deemed managerially complex when its solution is ambiguous, unclear, or requires extensive judgment calls; it is best suited for advanced students or executive education settings.
A case study is deemed technically complex when its solution requires extensive data manipulation, or when it requires to juggle with more than one marketing model.
Some case studies depict historical problems taking place decades ago. While graduate students and executive education participants have no problem with these cases, undergraduate students might find them dated.