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AARJSH VOLUME 1 ISSUE 22 (APRIL 2014) ISSN : 2278 – 859X
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ASIAN ACADEMIC RESEARCH J O U R N A L O F S O C I A L S C I E N C E & H U M A N I T I E S

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A STUDY ON CUSTOMER PERCEPTION OF VARIOUS OIL MARKETING COMPANIES DR S. JOHN MANO RAJ*

*Assistant Professor (Marketing), Indian Institute of Plantation Management, (An Autonomous Organization Promoted by Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Govt. of India) Jnana Bharati Campus, Bangalore - 56 Karnataka.

Abstract

The retail petroleum sector is going through turbulent transformation due to the entry of private players into the market. By the government policy of oil industry deregulation, petroleum marketing was deregulated from April 1,2002. Private players started setting up a string of retail outlets across India. The competitive threat is growing bigger. Competition and customer bargaining power are also increasing progressively due to variations in customer taste, preferences and increase in their purchasing power. The changing environment demands Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) for fresh thinking and a re-look at the strategy to gain the cutting edge in retail petroleum sector. Primary data regarding positioning of HPCL vis-à-vis the other players was collected by survey method. Secondary data were also collected to study the company profile etc. For this survey, the data collection instrument used was a structured questionnaire. The population includes all those who use petrol and diesel for two wheelers, three wheelers, cars, light commercial vehicles, trucks and buses in South Tamilnadu. Stratified random sampling was applied and 150 samples were collected. A perceptual map has been used to find out the positioning of HPCL vis-à-vis the other players in retail marketing. This study would enable HPCL to explore opportunities early and exploit them forcefully.

Key Words: Perception, Perceptual mapping, Petroleum Retailing, Retail.

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