Japan Tobacco Inc in Retailing

Company Profile

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Jun 2011

Japan Tobacco Inc is the leader in the vending channel globally through a strong position in the cigarettes category in its domestic Japanese market. However, it is facing long-term decline in total sales. In October 2010 the Japanese market saw the single largest tax increase in history, which has prompted Japan Tobacco to increase its retail prices. The company is present in other markets but specifically with regard to vending has a presence limited to Japan and in Germany.

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Japan Tobacco Inc in Retailing

Euromonitor International's report on Japan Tobacco Inc delivers a detailed strategic analysis of the company's business, examining its performance in the Non-Store Retailing market and the global economy.

Company and market share data provide a detailed look at the financial position of Japan Tobacco Inc, while in-depth qualitative analysis will help you understand the brand strategy and growth prospects of Japan Tobacco Inc.

This report examines:
  • Company share by region and sector
  • Brand portfolio
  • New product developments
  • Marketing and distribution strategies

A detailed SWOT analysis of Japan Tobacco Inc provides strategic intelligence on:
  • Strengths and weaknesses
  • Category and country opportunities for growth
  • Challenges and threats from current competition and future prospects
  • Global and regional market positions

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Strategic Evaluation

Key company facts
Japan gets tough on smoking
JT benefits from hoarding but sees hard road ahead
SWOT – Japan Tobacco Inc
Key strategic objectives and challenges

Competitive Positioning

Vending contracts in Japanese market
Vending markets post declines in tobacco
Japan Tobacco to see two key markets decline
Age verification vending machines hit sales
JT focuses on cash generation

Geographic Opportunities

Few opportunities in tobacco vending
China would offer JT first-mover advantage
JT remains committed to vending in Japan

Channel Opportunities

Vending in Japan in long-term decline
Consolidation in vending likely
A slow departure from Japanese tobacco vending

Product Opportunities

Novel tobacco product from JT
E-cig growth may pave way for Zerostyle Mint

Brand and Private Label Strategy

Japan Tobacco benefits from strong brand portfolio
Roots sees only modest NPD


JT sole manufacturer of tobacco in Japan


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