Nissan Canada Inc., Phase 1: Canadian Nissan Dealer Macro Analysis.
Phase 1 of this project was to provide, at a "macro" level, a Canada wide strategy that will permit the development of an optimal Nissan dealer network across Canada in the short, medium and long terms. The Phase 1 objective to utilise “leading-edge” retail analytical techniques to determine, from a retail point-of-view, the prime demographic characteristics of a Canadian Nissan buyer and then to utilise that data to determine the current and future underserved Nissan markets across Canada. The project involved conducting a detailed current market analysis of all Canadian Nissan dealers, linking three years of their sales data to our Talbot Neighbourhood Life Cycle™ demographic clustering system, projecting future population growth, obtaining the locational and sales data of all competitive car dealers across Canada and then analysing and mapping the results utilising our internal Geographic Information System (GIS). We then incorporated our primary research into the “best practices” of other car manufacturers world-wide including, in particular, Nissan USA and Nissan Australia. Finally we developed an intuitive GIS based dealer network optimisation model, determined the optimal Canada-wide Nissan dealer network configuration by dealer category and recommended a Nissan national dealer network optimisation solution. The final deliverable was a ranking of all markets across Canada highlighting those markets where the major opportunity for increasing Nissan sales occurred and recommending a very specific, market by market, action plan. The Phase 1 project was successfully completed in 2003.
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