Prizes & Awards
Winner of 1998 EFMD Case Writing Competition, Retailing Category
The Monoprix case describes the strategic challenges facing Frances largest variety store company. Confronted by the competition of more cost-efficient and/or more specialized retailers, the company is striving to get the best of both worlds (i.e., become more focused and significantly more cost-efficient). Case data are based on in-depth interviews of Monoprix top executives, on corporate records (both financial and marketing) and selected published data.
This case discusses the difficulties of repositioning an old retail concept (from mass to multi-focused retailing; from price to value-oriented; from product to service-driven, etc); it also underlines the difficulty of modifying a corporate culture in order to perform the desired strategic changes.