Netflix versus the big boys
Netflix has long been a good example of finding the weakness in the competitor's strength. They have leveraged the power of the web with a centralized inventory and a partnership with the post office.
You really have to hand it to Netflix. Every time some new (big) entrant enters the market and prognosticators insist that Netflix is going down, the company has managed to keep on chugging along -- while the competitors eventually capitulate.
Wal-mart tried to copy the Netflix model, turned it over to Netflix, and then dropped it entirely. Now Amazon has abandoned their Netflix-like service too.
The best competitive strategy is to leverage your distinctive competence while undermining your competitor's strength.
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