Samsung Pestle and Swot Analysis 2018

By: Prudence Magezi

Samsung electronics is a technology company majorly dealing in the design, manufacture and marketing of smartphones, tablets and personal computers. The global smartphone market is a prominent oligopoly with both high-end and low-end players. Samsung being a high-end market player faces intense competition from Apple and low-end players like Huawei, Xiaomi who are affecting its market share. In 2017, Samsung had a global smartphone shipment market share of 21.6% with major competitors Apple and Huawei having 14.7% and 10.4% respectively (Statista 2018f). Various external factors affect the growth of Samsung and by using a pestle analysis, we realize how the political factors like the 3% increase in corporate taxes in South Korea threatens its profits, how high economic growth in US affects Samsung and how the Chinas growing population of the elderly and the middle class affects its profit margins. In addition, we look at how developments in technology can favor further growth of Samsung. Using the swot analysis, we identify Apple’s major strengths that can be re- enforced and weaknesses that can be improved upon to deliver products that meet consumer demand.

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