Compare and Contrast
Nike vs. Adidas
Sportswear companies like Nike and Adidas, have made many products throughout the world that are very popular and continue to grow in their reputations of being the top two leading companies in the sports industry. With many fans for both sports-related companies, the numbers and popularity continue to rise, and live up to their high admired feedback. According to Global Market Shares, Nike is sitting at 31%, while Adidas is estimating about 16% of footwear status. The purpose I will be showing in this paper is the comparison and contrast which include the terms of quality of product(s), the prices, marketing and advertising.
Nike, Inc., an American corporation originally known as Blue Ribbon Sports or BRS was founded by Philip Knight, a track athlete at the University of Oregon, and his coach Bill Bowerman in January 1964. Bowerman, who also attended the University of Oregon in his early days, and also achieved his career by winning two gold medals in the 1960’s Summer Olympics; he wanted to make his own pair of Nike shoes for him, but claimed they were Phil Knight’s, one of his athletes he was very proud of. By 1974, Nike Inc. was officially registered and became the new big thing with the millionaire dollar money slogan of “Just Do it”.
Adidas is a multinational corporation based on European designs and manufacturers. It was founded in the year of 1948 by a man named Adolf Dassler, who fought in WW1. After arriving home, he received a position in a porcelain factory in Nuremberg, Germany. This is where he started to produce his own shoes and began to work on them in his mother’s wash room, which became a work area for him until he opened up his own business. “Impossible is nothing” has become a world-wide known slogan for Adidas, and has made it the second biggest sportswear manufacturer in the world, following Nike....