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Product Overview

Coracle is a water clarifier for small recreational and personal pools. The product is priced
little higher than the competitive products, but the advantage of the Coracle clarifier is the
quantity that has to be used, thus bringing down the annual expenditure on the clarifier.
Company overview
Soren chemicals was basically a B2B concentrated business, which include more than 350
products, basically serving the large recreational water bodies and drinking and waste
water. Being a B-to-B enterprise Soren never concentrated on branding of its products and
creating the customer awareness, however they tried developing brands for products that
had potential in consumer market, but had little success.
Distribution Network of Soren
Soren generally sold its products to the customers through three sources.
1) Through Formulators, who produced other pool products and delivered it to customers
with added services.
2) Through wholesale distributors, who distributed the products to pool services
professionals, pool speciality retailers, who served the residential pool owners.
3) Through Mass retailers, who directly served the Pool Owners?
Competing products (In-house and external)
Kailan MV: In house product, and is mainly used in large water bodies and it is not suitable
for the smaller water bodies and personal pool. It is distributed through Formulators, who
produce or source other pool chemicals.
How Kailan MV is a threat to Coracle: Few formulators were producing a diluted version of
Kailan MV, with a private label and supplying it to the smaller pools and pool maintenance
people.
Other competitions: Though there are similar products in the market, the main competition
for Coracle came from Jackson Labs ClearBlu, which is priced low, and is of higher quality
purifier. The only advantage of Coracle over ClearBlu is the quantity of the product that has
to be used. Thus Coracle had a better advantage over others when it comes to customer
satisfaction.
Declining sales for Coracle- Why?
Only 30% of the customers who received the Coracle product recollected the name,
indicating that the brand name is not familiar
And 70% of the people, who approached the whole sale distributor, were not offered the
coracle, indicating that the distributors were not very much interested in selling the
product.
Possible corrective measures:
There are two possible options for increasing the sales of Coracle,
Option1
Creating more awareness about Coracle among end user, by increased advertising which
would require $600 000 budget so that people know about product and its advantages and
they would remember the brand name
Option2
To increase the margin for the wholesalers and retailers, so that they will aggressively sell
the product to the end users.

Option 1- Analysis
Mortizs target is to sell 100,000 units of container for the first year of sales. Considering
$5.21 of gross profit per container Soren would have 100000*$5.21=$521000 but this is not
sufficient for $600000 advertising budget.
Option 2- Analysis
In terms of quality Sorens Coracle is in direct competition only with Jackson Labs
ClearBlu, although the dosage required by ClearBlu is more than required by Coracle
which reduces Annual cost for Soren Chemical. Hence there is a considerable margin
available for Soren to have retailer and wholesaler increase their per container price

From the calculations shown in below exhibit1 and exhibit 2, we can see even if having
retailers price as $30 per container (example), Soren is at significant advantage on annual
cost and e keeping its own gross margin and thereby gross profit more or less the same.

Exhibit1*

Company

Soren

Keystone

Kymera

Jakson
Labs

Product

Coracle

Coracle with new


price

Purity

Hydropil

Clearblu

Cost Per Container


Cost per Gallon In $

25
50

30
60

15
60

3.5
NA

15
15

3.91
39.06

4.692
46.92

2.34
46.88

3.5
35

3.75
75

Cost per Treatment


Annual Cost
*All prices are in $
Exhibit 2*

Marigin Structure
Retailer Selling Price
Retailer Gross Marigin
Retailer profit
Distributor Price
Distributor Gross marigin
Distributor Gross Profit
Soren Chemical's Selling Price
Soren Chemicals gross Mriagin
Soren Chemical Gross Profit in $
Soren Chemical Manufacturing Price

Cost Per
container_Exisiting
25
15%
3.75
21.25
30%
6.375
14.875
35%
5.21
9.665

Cost Per
container_Recommended
30
19%
5.7
24.3
38%
9.234
15.066
35%
5.2731
9.7929

Recommendation
We would recommend Soren to adopt option 2 in order to better the sales of Coracle in future.