THE ATTITUDE OF NIGERIANS TOWARDS MADE-IN-NIGERIAN GOODS (A CASE STUDY OF CHUBERY SHOES LTD ONITSHA ANAMBRA STATE). A RESEARCH PROJECT MATERIAL ON MARKETING
This project looked into the attitude of consumers towards locally made shoes in Onitsha Anambra.
The problems involved in this study was that the shoe industry does not seem to yield much needed efforts with respect to huge sacrifices of the manufacturers as well as the government. This is true in the sense that most of the viable shoe industries are almost at the verge of liquidation.
The following hypotheses were stated in other to achieve the object of the study.
Ho: That the quality of made in Nigeria shoes has no influence on the consumers purchase of it.
Hi: That the quality of made in Nigeria shoes influence on the consumer’s purchase of it.
Ho: Presence of foreign shoes in Nigeria does not affect sales of locally made shoes.
Hi: Presence of foreign shoes in Nigeria affect sales of locally made shoes.
Some of the finding in the research are that the presence of foreign shoes in the Nigerian market affect sales of locally made shoes and also that consumers perceive the price of locally made shoes to be high in relation to their foreign competing brands.
Based on the above findings, the researcher concludes that the acceptance of locally made shoes is generally not encouraging within our society and this is because consumers still regard them as being highly prices compared to the foreign shoes.
From the above conclusion, the researcher recommended the following for improvement.
The researcher recommends that the importation of foreign shoes into our domestic market should be banned and also that our local manufacturers should try as much as possible to improve on their production so as to attract numerous consumers.
BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
In Nigerian, shoes have become one of the many principle products in the market, even in the biggest market so far in West Africa (Onitsha main market).
Shoes are also among the priority products consumed by every one; hence the market is a growing one. With the restrictors on the importation of foreign shoes, the industry has a wider market to cover. It is true in the sense that in addition to serving its former customers, it has to delve into extend hands these segments of the market, that were previously served by foreign shoes.
It becomes obvious at this juncture to observe that shoes, has various market opportunities. It segmented the way it will please customers, like we have infant market for shoes, youths market as well as adult market for shoes. With the increase in birth rate resulting to more infant and youths respectively within the economy this market continues to grow in order.
Historically, the marketing of shoes was not an easy job. This was because a seller has to identify the individual that needed shoes and incidentally the buyer on his own part ought to have what the shoe seller wanted as well. This was the period of barter characterized by the exchange of goods for goods and services. The markets themselves not organized in retarded, the extent of demand for shoes because people could not find it every easy in locating the shoes sellers with their product.
However, with the introduction of monetary system the various markets became organized and more formed as opposed to what was previously obtainable. This resulted in increase in demand for products including shoes because this time around, traders have definite area for definite products and some people bought impulsively due to the way the product were displayed because there was no promotion of any kind. The extent of the market growth attracted competitions owned chains, many chains of single. Line stores owned and operated by manufacturers.
These chains were responsible for the business done by all shoe stores. Furthermore, franchised dealer ship emerged. A franchise dealer runs a single-line store that does all its purchasing from sponsoring manufacturers or wholesalers in return for the use of a well known name like that of “BATA” or “UTC”.
In order to compete seriously with independent retailer, some traders engaged themselves in scrambled merchanding. In this regard, they scramble shoes-adding shoes to unrelated products because shoe business was progressive.