adidas Unveils Ramped-Up Growth Plan For Football, Running & Originals

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At an investor event in Herzogenaurach, the adidas Group shared details on its strategic aspirations for the three adidas categories Football, Running and Originals. All three categories are key components of the Group’s 2020 strategic business plan, which was introduced earlier this year.

By ‘creating the new’, the Group aims at further accelerating growth over the next five years by significantly increasing brand desirability. Within this framework, each of the categories has been assigned a clear role and specific goals in order to achieve the significant improvement targeted in the Group’s top and bottom line.

While adidas Football and adidas Originals aim to lead in every market by 2020, adidas Running is targeting significant market share gains in the coming years. 

adidas Football

Between 2015 and 2020, adidas intends to expand its football business at a mid-single-digit rate on average per year on a currency-neutral basis, outgrowing the market and further strengthening its position as the number one football brand in the world.

In order to drive brand loyalty among football consumers, the focus will be on bolstering the footwear part of the business. This will be supported by a completely new product line-up as reflected in the recently introduced key footwear franchises ‘X’ and ‘ACE’. In order to connect with both registered and unregistered players, adidas will create football destinations in key cities with premium presentation at the point of sale.

Furthermore, engagement will be driven by setting up permanent, seasonal or event-driven grassroots programmes. The establishment of an influencer network will allow closer interaction with the consumer, who will be an integral part of the product and content creation going forward.

“Since the beginning of this year, we have reinvented our football business by discontinuing our former football boot silos, and brought two completely new footwear models to market to better serve the needs of today’s players: X and ACE. We are convinced that this new approach will strengthen our position in football footwear,” said Markus Baumann, general manager, adidas Football. [Source: Sports One Source]

adidas Running

Adidas Running expects currency-neutral sales to double by 2020 in strengthening it’s positioning in the area of ‘energy running’. Adidas Running will significantly increase its presence in global key cities with the objective to bring ‘energy’ to consumers in a holistic approach from the product range to runners forming part of their local running communities and activations. A particular focus will be put on the North American market where Adidas targets significant market share gains over the next five years.

adidas Originals

Adidas Originals aims to be the most influential and connected sportswear brand in street culture in every market by 2020. The sub-brand will drive its business by focusing on a thorough lifecycle management of a limited number of global footwear franchises including the Stan Smith, Superstar, ZX FLUX and Tubular.

By 2018, the major product families are expected to generate the majority of the overall Adidas Originals footwear revenues, allowing adidas to be more impactful and efficient at the same time. In addition, adidas Originals will significantly expand its business with key sneaker accounts as well as its own Direct-To-Consumer channel.

The opening of new flagship stores in more than 30 cities around the globe aims at strengthening adidas Originals’ bond with its target consumers. By focusing on these key influential cities, presenting Originals products – including collaborations and limited editions – as well as engaging with the consumer in the store with new tools, the company expects those new flagship stores to create halo effects and elevate the adidas Originals business globally.

Karl Lusbec