Target Versus Walmart: How the Major Retailers Stack Up MGMT 371 - Business Operations and Analytics Jim Beauchamp April 11th, 2015 I. Introduction and Hypothesis When you think of your ultimate shopping experience, what comes to mind? Some shoppers are motivated by extreme savings - their shopping location is mainly based on price and who will offer them the best deal. Others are drawn into a store by the allure of the entire “shopping experience.” How they feel while shopping and what kind of environment that’s provided plays a major part in their decision. Although they might crave an affordable price, it is important to still be exposed to stylish, unique choices.
Alternative Methods Justin Torronto GARP STANS Alternative Methods This is a review of the different software development methods that can be used to produce the Frequent Shopper Program for Kudler Fine Foods. The company Kudler Fine Foods has asked a consulting firm, Smith consulting, to develop a frequent shopper program that will reward customers with high-end gifts in exchange for shopping more at their store. The first method reviewed is the Waterfall method which is well known and used frequently in today’s software development field. This method calls for the development of software in phases that are executed and completed serially. (Software Engineering, 2010) The Waterfall method should be the best match for this Kudler
Many of the problems at Pickup stem from issues during Data Processing that lead to scripts not being ready on time or sometimes not being able to be filled at all. Improvements to its brick-and-mortar pharmacies and information technology (IT) infrastructure, inventory management system, and human resource practices will allow CVS to address these problems. Investment in the following proposed changes will lead to a decrease in customer surprises and wait times and an increase in customer satisfaction. CVS will gain an identity as providing better service to its customers and will gain a competitive advantage over its competitors as a result. Customer loyalty will increase as will market share, revenues, and profits.
Instead there should be questions geared towards business customers and a different set of questions for individual customers. It is detrimental to lump all customers into one set and assign a satisfaction rating based on the requirements of the entire group. The design of the existing system might lead James to partake in short-term actions which improve the customer service rating. By focusing all his efforts on improving the score, he may neglect satisfaction items that are not currently measured in the rating system. This will be harmful to the Financial District branch and Citibank in the long run.
Wal-Mart needs to elaborate more on how they plan on saving people money. If I have never shopped there, I wouldn’t even know what products they sell by reading the mission statement. The second company I chose to write about is Target. Target’s mission statement states “Our mission is to make Target the preferred shopping destination for our guests by delivering outstanding value, continuous innovation and an exceptional guest experience by consistently fulfilling our Expect More, Pay Less brand promise.” (Target Corporate, 2012) This mission statement tells me the reason that the company exists and that is to deliver outstanding value, innovation and an exceptional guest experience. Their mission is to consistently fulfill the “Expect More, Pay Less promise.” The information I believe needs improving would be who exactly the customer is and what products they are selling.
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For this reason supermarkets have to try and provide select products based on demographic information. For example in high end affluent markets Wegmans provides services that will not be found in their more urban demographic locations, such as; ready to eat gourmet meals, sushi, and premium coffee shops. The quality of the customer service that customers receive in the store also plays an important role. Customers will feel more comfortable shopping in a supermarket that provides consistent and quality customer service. Many customer service experts will argue that customers do not mind paying more for goods if they know they will always receive excellent customer service.
Along with stocking of the shelves this system can track the price of the item and the rate of which is sold to determine the future price of the item. The system is the key to the success of Wal-Mart, stocking the shelves to meet the consumer needs at the right price. This sounds like a good system to the store, but it is hard on the producers to meet the orders required to stock the store the following day. For example, the manufactures have to speed up the product
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Commerce Bank has been delivering superior quality and high service standards for waiting customers with their “retailtainment” approach. Currently confronted with customer complaints about the speed of service within their branches, management is looking for new improvements in its operational strategies to maintain its unique position in the market and its ability to maximize growth. Using The Service Encounter Triad Model, it has been determined that customer satisfaction will remain high if serviced in a pleasant atmosphere and in a timely manner. By keeping the bank culture in mind, its operation style and the need to further differentiation within the market, it is recommended that Commerce Bank reduce the amount of greeter as well as finding alternative sources of entertainment, to improve customer service time and ensure the continued quality of service delivery that made the bank a success. Background With