Industry Analysis: Competitor Analysis
Voltree Company: Circuit Tree Bioenergy Science Kit
- Voltree Power is a company that majors in the production of Energy from non-animal organisms.
- The company has ventured into new market areas by producing Circuit Tree Bioenergy Science Kit.
- This kit is to help children to learn stem that refers to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math respectively.
- The kit utilizes the natural aspect into consideration to improve the mental and physical health of the children (Voltree Power, 2015).
- The company argues that the idea behind the development of the kit is to improve the learning of science by providing a natural lens for learning it.
- The kit aims to improve the imagination and in expand the vision of the world of the learners as a place that can be interrogated, altered and understood by the learners and the teachers.
- The kit is also believed to help in generating scientists who have a passion for sustainability.
- Voltree will experience competition from traditional educational toy makers such as LeapFrog Inc., Roominate, Edmund Scientifics and Mega Brands Incorporate.
- However, the company will have a competitive advantage over these companies due to the incorporation of technology in its brand compared to most of the traditional educational toys (Strauss, 2012).
- Circuit Tree Bioenergy Science Kit incorporates a sense of nature which might be appealing to children which lacks in other traditional toys (Voltree Power, 2015).
Summary of Market Analysis: Competitor analysis
|Factor||Roominate||LeapFrog Incorporate||Edmunds Scientific||Mega Brands Incorporate|
|Target Company Revenue||· $500, 000 by end of 2013||· $82, 931 in 2013 (LeapFrog Enterprises Inc., 2013)||· $120 million sales in 2012||$ 4 Billion in the year 2013|
|Locations to sale||· Company website
· Amazon Stores
· Brooks Brothers
|· LeapFrog.com online store
· App Center
· Wal-Mart stores incorporate
· Toys “R” Us incorporate
· Target Corporation
· Internationally, the company has distributors in South Africa, United Kingdom, Canada and France
|· Edmund Scientific website
· Amazon Stores
|· Mega Bloks website
· Amazon Stores
· Toys “R” Us incorporate
· Argos stores
· Wa-Mart stores
|Product lines||· Roominate Studio
· Roominate Chateau
· Roominate Architect
· Roominate Circuits
· Roominate Estate
· Roominate Activity Guide
|· Learning tablets
· Learning toys and DVDS
· Leapreader reading and writing systems
· LeapPad Glo Learning Tablet
|· Scientific themed toys
· High-tech gadget
· Biology Discovery Kits
· Earth Science Kits
· Chemistry kits
· Kitchen Chemistry
· Medical Science kits
· Mega Play
· Junior Builders
· Idea Builders
· Power Rangers
· World Builders
|Promotions||· No promotions||· Provide gifts cards||· Offer scientific gifts
· Offer gifts for dads to children (Scientifics Direct Inc., 2014)
· Offer funding to community
|· Gives Mega Bloks Barbie gift hampers to selected candidates|
|Target consumer||· Girls who are six years and above (Roominate, 2015)||· Children (from birth to the age of four) (LeapFrog Enterprises Inc., 2013
|· Children from age of four
|· Children in the age bracket of 3- 11 years|
|Company growth||· Company relatively new. However, it received $500,000 funding in 2014 (Roominate, 2015)||3.1% decrease compared to 2012||· Had continued growth in the last 50 years||· Growth of 1 % in 2013|
|Competitive advantage||· The company received production funding giving it an upper hand.
· Top of mind awareness among girls since its products are specific to them.
· Incorporates technology that is becoming preferred more preferred than traditional toys by children (Strauss, 2012)
|· Long period in the market (Since 1995)
· High top of mind awareness due since its product are award winning
· Products applicable to both girls and boys
· Have good brand image
|· Long market period
· Reputable due to its funding
· High degree of diversification
|· Long brand period in the market
· Relatively low price (Solomon, 2014)
· Release of Mega Bloks Barbie that is enticing to girls (Wilkinson, 2014)
|Competitive disadvantage||· Short period in the market
· Unidirectional products
· Products primarily for girls which lower its market penetration degree
· Its brands ranked among the top ten in 2014 (Maykah Inc., 2015)
|· Rapidly changing consumer preferences
· Have seasonal sales
· Limited number of raw materials providers making them vulnerable
|· Low efficiency in online sales
|· Legal challenges due to production of magnetic toys deemed to be dangerous (Joffe-Walt, 2012)
· Preference for electronic toys compared to the company’s traditional toys
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