Ecommerce Business Plan Template

Written by Dave Lavinsky

Ecommerce Competitive Analysis will face competition from other businesses with a similar company profile. A summary of the competitor companies is below.


Direct and Indirect Competitors


Nike is a popular consumer products company that designs, develops, and markets their product line of footwear, apparel, equipment, and accessory products worldwide. It designs athletic, casual, and leisure footwear for men, women, and children. Nike’s footwear products include running, training, basketball, football, soccer, sport-inspired urban shoes, and children’s shoes. Nike, named for the greek goddess of Victory, also markets sports-inspired products for children and various competitive and recreational activities. Nike also sells sportswear under the Converse brand. The company, which generates some 60% of sales outside the US, sells through more than 1,090-owned retail stores worldwide and an e-commerce site, and to thousands of retail accounts, independent distributors, licensees and sales representatives. Customers in North America account for about 40% of total revenue.

Nike is headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon and was initially founded as Blue Ribbon Sports in 1962. The company rebranded as Nike in 1972 and the company went public in 1980.

Under Armour

Under Armour makes performance clothes for doing battle on the sports field and in the gym. The company offered collegiate, National Football League (“NFL”) and National Basketball Association (“NBA”) apparel and accessories, baby and youth apparel, team uniforms, socks, water bottles, eyewear and other specific hard goods equipment that feature performance advantages and functionality similar to our other product offerings. The company also makes technology that helps customers track their fitness. It sells online, by catalog, and through retail and outlet stores worldwide. Under Armour operates worldwide but generates most of its revenue in North America.

Under Armour’s marketing and promotion strategy begins with providing and selling their products to high-performing athletes and teams at the high school, collegiate and professional levels. They execute this strategy through outfitting agreements, professional, club, and collegiate sponsorship, individual athlete and influencer agreements and by providing and selling their products directly to team equipment managers and to individual athletes.

Under Armour was founded in Washington, DC, in 1996 and moved to Baltimore, Maryland, two years later. It promoted apparel specifically for athletes, fabric designed to keep them cool when it is hot and keep them warm when it is cold. It continued focusing on the sports world, inking supplier or licensing deals with the NHL, MLB, and USA Baseball in the early 2000s. Under Armour went public in 2005. The following year the company moved into footwear with a line of football cleats; it eventually became the official footwear supplier to the NFL.



Lululemon athletica inc. is a designer, distributor and retailer of lifestyle inspired athletic apparel and accessories. The Company’s segments include Company-operated stores and direct to consumer. Its apparel assortment includes items such as pants, shorts, tops, and jackets designed for a healthy lifestyle including athletic activities such as yoga, running, training, and other sweaty pursuits. It also offers fitness-related accessories. Its direct to consumer segment includes electronic commerce website, other country and region-specific websites, and mobile applications, including mobile applications on in-store devices. Its Company-operated stores include approximately 491 stores. Its Company-operated stores are branded lululemon and Ivivva. The Ivivva branded stores specializes in athletic wear for female youth. It also offers weekly live classes, on-demand workouts and one-on-one personal training through its subsidiary.

Competitive Advantage will be able to offer the following competitive advantages over their competition:

  • Most cost-effective trendy fitness apparel option compared to competition.
  • Trendiest and most innovative fitness fashion designs available anywhere.
  • 100% customer satisfaction money back guarantee with every product sold.
  • A portion of all proceeds will go towards socially-conscious causes and non-profit charities.