Posts Tagged ‘ acquisition strategy ’

Can acquisitions be too big?

January 2, 2016
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Can acquisitions be too big?

Marriott International is buying Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, according to the November 16 press announcement.  Marriott will become the largest hotelier in the world with this $12.1 billion investment and will own 5,500 properties (1.1 million rooms). The deal still must be approved by the investors of both hotel chains. With alternative lodging solutions …

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Apple’s Acquisition Strategy

August 4, 2014
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Apple’s Acquisition Strategy

For the past twenty years, Apple has grown its revenue powerhouse with hardware and software offers through acquisition of relevant businesses.  This approach permits them to expand without having to invent everything themselves.  As it observes competitors, it identifies new markets and buys companies already in the business niche.  The latest purchases include Swell, Beats…

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Beefing up strategic defenses through acquisition

April 8, 2014
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Beefing up strategic defenses through acquisition

Lego is the world’s leader in snap-to construction block toys.  Mattel is the world’s leader in toys, but it did not have a competing product for the Lego blocks.  Recently, Mattel reached an acquisition agreement with MEGA Brands of Canada in which it will pay $460 million for the company, giving it the MEGA BLOKS…

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Narrowing the competition in e-content delivery

March 12, 2014
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Narrowing the competition in e-content delivery

The major college textbook publishers formed CourseSmart in 2007 in order to deliver textbook content in e-reader format to their educational users.  Macmillan, Cengage Learning, John Wiley & Sons, McGraw-Hill Education and Pearson give access to more than 90% of their higher education content to users around the world through CourseSmart.  This past week, Vital…

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Coffee standoff―Tim Hortons vs. Starbucks

February 10, 2014
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Coffee standoff―Tim Hortons vs. Starbucks

Tim Hortons and Starbucks are two coffee purveyors with somewhat similar backgrounds and now find themselves in direct competition in Canada and the USA. Both companies built their business around coffee.  Starbucks, founded in 1971 in Seattle, WA, opened as a coffee-bean roaster and began surving brewed coffee in the 1980s. Tim Hortons, founded in…

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Office supply marketplace gets a Fall cleaning

November 1, 2013
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Office supply marketplace gets a Fall cleaning

According to industry news reports, on October 21 of this year the FTC will approve the proposed acquisition of Office Max by Office Depot.  The newly combined company is expected to provide a global office solutions company that will be better positioned to compete against the current market leader, Staples.  Additional competitors in this market…

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Yahoo on an acquisition tear

April 8, 2013
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Yahoo on an acquisition tear

With the recent acquisition of the news app company, Summly, Yahoo continues its current trend to purchase innovative offers rather than design its own.  Over the course of the last year, it acquired six start-up companies:  Snip.It, OnTheAir, Jybe, Stamped, Alike, and Propeld.  These companies add to Yahoo’s strategy to develop its mobile social marketing…

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