What is meant by product line and length?

The complete range of products present within a company is known as the product mix. In any multi brand organizations, there are numerous products present. None of the organization

What is meant by product line and length?

The complete range of products present within a company is known as the product mix. In any multi brand organizations, there are numerous products present. None of the organizations wants to take the risk of being present in the market with a single product.

If acompany has only a single product, thanit is understood that the demand of the product is very highor the company does not have the resources to expand the number of products it has. Generally, most companies nowadays realise the importance of product diversification.

However, if the business market is any example, than all the top companies have multiple products line. Coca cola, Apple, Microsoft, Nestle, Hindustan unilever, Pharmaceutical companies, so on and so forth. These companies need to have a wide product portfolio to be present in the market and to have a sustainable business model.

Table of Contents

  • The combination of product line that they have in their product portfolio can be the products mix.
  • Products line
  • Products line length
  • Products line width and product mix
  • Products line depth and product mix
  • Products line consistency in product mix
  • Example of Product line and Product mix
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The combination of product line that they have in their product portfolio can be the products mix.

As explained, product mix is a combination of total product lines within a company. A company like HUL has numerous product lines like Shampoos, detergents, Soaps etc. The combination of all these product line is the product mix.

Products line

The product line is a subset of the product mix. The product line generally refers to a type of product within an organization. As the organization can have a number of different types of products, it will have similar number of product lines. Thus, in Nestle, there are milk based products like milkmaid, Food product line like Maggi, chocolate product line like Kitkat and other such product lines. Thus, Nestles product mix will be a combination of the all the product lines within the company.

Products line length

If a company has 4 product lines, and 10 products within the product line, than the length of the product mix is 40. Thus, the total number of product line against the total number of product lines forms the length of the product mix. This equation is also known as product line length.

Products line width and product mix

The width of the product mix is equal to the number of product lines within a company. Thus, taking the above example, if there are 4 product lines within the company, and 10 products within each product line, than the product line width is 4 only. Thus, product line width is a depiction of the number of product lines which a company has.

Products line depth and product mix

It is fairly easy to understand what depth of the product mix will mean. Where length and width were a function of the number of product lines, the depth of the product mix is the total number of products within a product line. Thus if a company has 4 product lines and 10 products in each product line, than the product mix depth is 10. It can have any variations within the product for form the product line depth.

Products line consistency in product mix

The lesser the variations between the products, the more is the product line consistency. For example, Amul has various product lines which are all dairy related. So that product mix consistency is high. But Samsung as a company has many product lines which are completely independent of each other. Like Air conditioners, televisions, smart phones, home appliances, so on and so forth. Thus the products mix consistency is low in Samsung.

Example of Product line and Product mix

Let us take an example of P&G as a company and understand product mix. This will be not be a precise example and all product line of P&G might not be taken into consideration. But the example will help you understand product mix within an organization.

Detergents  Arial, Arial oxyblue, Ariel bar, Tide, Tide naturals, Tide bleach, Tide plus.
Shampoos  Head and shoulders, Head and shoulders anti dandruff, Pantene, Pantene damage repair, Pantene pro-v

In the above example the following can be learned about the product mix of P&G
Products mix Length  12
Products mix Width  2
Products mix Depth  7 in detergents and 5 in shampoos
Products mix consistency  High as both are bathroom product line.

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