Brands dominate many supermarket aisles but worldwide giants such as Tesco, Carrefour and Ikea have created a huge market for own-label products. It has forced consumers to reappraise what they look for when making a purchase.

In their book on private label, marketing professors Nirmalya Kumar and Jan-Benedict Steenkamp discuss how the huge growth in own labels has implications for brands.

They suggest branded manufacturers cling to outdated assumptions about private labels. The book compares the strategies of branded and private label manufacturers and examines what keeps branded companies awake at night. It illustrates these with company case studies.

It also outlines new strategies for private labels and challenges to brands. The book provides strategies for competing against, or collaborating with, store brands. These include how to manage the price gap between brands and private label, how to maintain a quality edge and how to create strong consumer bonds that can't be achieved with private label.

Published by McGraw-Hill International on 15 February

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