H&M SWOT Analysis, Competitors & USP

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SWOT Analysis of H&M with USP, Competition, STP (Segmentation, Targeting, Positioning) - Marketing Analysis

H&M (H and M)

Parent Company

H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB


Apparel and Accessories


Lifestyle and Retail

Tagline/ Slogan

Who’s next; Get ready to do some serious shopping; You look nice today


Collaboration of chic , stylish clothes along with a classic look at affordable prices



People who love to spice up their wardrobe and want to look uber stylish at all times

Target Group

Women, Men , Teenagers who have medium to high purchasing power and have a completely vibrant and rebellious attitude


H&M offers the perfect combination of high class brands along with trendy fashion at affordable prices

H&M SWOT Analysis


Below is the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats (SWOT) Analysis of H&M :

1. H&M are the one of the largest global clothing retailer

2. H&M have about 2300 stores in approx 45 countries and around 95000 people employed under them

3. The store offers quality and trendy clothing at affordable price, we can say designer clothes at department store prices.

4. Their overall delivery time is very low, it takes only 12 weeks for their products to come from the design stage to the retailer phase.

5. Guest designers coming in for different lines in the store.

6. H&M also keep the prices affordable by using few middle-men and buying large volumes cost consciously

7. They have been associated with celebrities and designers

8.They are present in many complimentary businesses which offers them better control and flexibility


1. Buying large volumes could lead to overstocking and later on lead to lowering of the already affordable prices

2. H&M have put in a lot of capital and maintenance fee for all the different types of machines required to produce clothes for each target segment


1. Online shopping is gaining a lot of importance which can be tapped by H&M

2. Emerging economies will support H & M’s expansion plans

3. H&M are well positioned to tap the niche organic apparel market


1. Weak competitive situation as the prominence of value retailers and premium luxury brands increases

2. H&M newest business line home-ware has not been able to click in Europe and hence is leading to lowering sales

3. Unemployment is also continuously pressurizing their target segment to discretionary spending

H&M Competition


Below are the 12 main H&M competitors :

1. Chanel

2. Christian Dior

3. Burberry

4. Ralph Lauren

5. Prada

6. Gucci

7. Louis Vuitton

8. Hugo Boss

9. Hermes International

10. Versace

11. Valentino S.P.A

12. Zara

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