The Dim Lighting Co. Case Analysis Problems Macro: The macro level issue to consider is how The Dim Lighting Co. will address the 15% decline in profit margins over the last year. On one end, Jim West can become reactionary and allow another company to develop the technology ahead of time. (Brown, 2011, pp 36-37) The issue with this is that when another company develops the technology The Dim Lighting Co. will fall behind and further profit decreases could ensue while the company tries to catch up. Responding proactively will require that Jim West goes to corporate with Robert Spinks proposal, attempting to gain funding for the project. Micro: There are two issues associated on the micro level.
This issue was of major concern for Bill Nichol (CEO of KDH) as they had a large amount of capital invested in LOP brand to satisfy Walmart’s high volume and quality. More than a quarter of their machinery was devoted to LOP branded line that was secured by long-term loans from JP Morgan. They even had a five year minimum sales volume contract with LOP. In order to avoid the catastrophic consequences Nichol set up a three way meeting among KDH, LOP and Walmart’s buyer and argued that LOP was a good product for the end user and should remain in the store, the same was supported with strong financial and market data. But Walmart’s response clearly showed that they no longer needed interested in the brand.
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Dollar General in owned by Koldberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P (KKR) who own more than 79% of all shares in Dollar General. Some argue that part of the reason Dollar General has been so successful as of late is attributed to the economic crisis the United States experience during the second half of the 2000s. Economist believe that consumers will not shop at the Dollar General as much as the economy improves. In an effort to retain their existing customers and recruit new ones as the economy strengthens, Dollar General has begun to stock name brand items. Some analysts also believe that even when the economy improves, your average consumer will still look for ways to save money and continue to frequent the dollar discount stores.
The company is currently experiencing losses and this is causing shareholders and suppliers to become wary of D’Leon. This report presents a financial ratio analysis of the firm to determine the impact of the expansion and provides the company recommendations as to how to proceed. D’Leon needs to increase its current ratio at 1.2 and quick ratio at 0.4 to at least the current industry average. This can be done by holding less inventory. This would also help improve the company’s inventory turnover ratio from 4.7 to the industry average of 6.1.
Hugo Boss is working toward improving their efficiency and responsiveness toward the NOS items buy utilizing a SCO Pilot system that will help with product availability issues. They are currently having issues during key retail replenishment periods, such as December, and losing revenue due to stockouts (1.1% of net sales in 2004). Changes in demand and production lag time created a persistent challenge to have the right amount of inventory at the right time. NOS (never out of stock) items do not change seasonally (style, color, and fabric remain constant for three years) and before the SCO pilot system, Hugo Boss was placing orders for these products once a month. Upon implementation of this system, they changed to ordering weekly.
Previously, there was a singular focus on earnings per share. Védrine believed that EVA was a comprehensive performance measure that would remove focus from earnings per share to thinking more long term, and introduces it to the company in 1999. CFO Sanders and Controller Myers also see it as a solution to conflicting management priorities caused by competing financial measures such as cash flow (for valuing acquisitions) and return on sales (for paying bonuses). The EVA program consists of three elements: EVA centers (business units), EVA drivers (operational practices that improve EVA results), and an EVA-based incentive program for bonus-eligible managers. Over the next two years, the implementation of the program runs into several stumbling blocks, including resistance from regional managers, who push for "line of sight" EVA drivers; the difficulty of managing a large number of EVA centers; and unexpected bonus adjustments due to poor EVA performance.
The article further discusses a new marketing campaign they will be starting in 2011. This article is important to management because Miller Coors LLC revenue has been declining and the Chief Marketing officer has recognized this and is attempting to increase future income by capitalizing at the time when beer sales are at its highest. This is also important for management because they have recognized they need new product development strategies as well as diversification. General Analysis The current management trend is that management recognizes that they still have a high market standing, however their sales are down, and they must be innovative, to be a leader in introducing new products. Peter and Donnelly (2009), state” some of the most successful business organizations are here today because many years ago they offered the right product at the right time to a rapidly growing market (p.6)”.
My belief is that if SAB wins Central wins. SAB, according to Sue Purdum has been faced with a growing level competition both directly and indirectly in the communities where its retail store customers are located. Its profit margins have narrowed, and Sue Purdum is under pressure from his board (most of whom are descendants of the three founders) to improve SAB’s profitability. To his credit, he initiated a number of changes after he became Vice-President five years ago. According to Sue Purdum, he has to reduce his cost-of-sales and / or improve his level of customer service to add more value to his customers.
* A business should focus on increasing strategic advantages. Back then, the main goal of a business was to make a good profit, but today in addition to making a profit, companies pay more attention on ‘time to market’. Project management helps in shortening the product life cycle which makes it an important force of modern business. A product life cycle of 10 to 15 years those days has been compressed to a life cycle of 1 to 3 years. It is said that a delay of 6 months in a project can cause a loss of 33% in product revenue share.