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Nike: Product development from concept to customer - Anticipating the needs of the consumer

Anticipating the needs of the consumer

Innovation is what sets Nike apart in the industry. It started in 1971 when Bill Bowerman, then a University of Oregon track coach, poured rubber into his wife's waffle iron hoping to create a new and better sole for running shoes for his track athletes. The result - a light waffle sole that transformed the running world. When thinking about what consumers might need in their footwear, the next innovation came in the form of Nike Air, a durable and lightweight cushioning system for athletic shoes. Nike had anticipated the need for a shoe which had a cushioning system which lasted longer than foam, reduced shock and distributed pressure.


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  • Business Environment | Mission and Objectives
  • Entrepreneurship/Innovation | Fostering innovation within business
  • Entrepreneurship/Innovation | Innovative business
  • Entrepreneurship/Innovation | Product/service innovation
  • Marketing | Market research methods/analysis
  • Marketing | Marketing analysis and segmentation
  • Marketing | Product development
  • Marketing | Promotion strategies and their application
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