The biggest area that will be impacted with this merger is the rivalry among existing firms. As stated in the article, “Office supply superstores have been struggling to stave off competition from online retailers, while also dealing with the slow decline of paper products as offices become increasingly digitized.” Prior to this merger being announced, in 1997 the FTC denied a merger between Staples and Office Depot. Because of the decline in the industry, the FTC was afraid of a monopoly. Office Depot and Office Max do not present a threat of such because it results in less concentration than a merger with Staples would have. Due to the nature of the office solution industry, high sales volume is critical to the success of any business.
Store managers have been deprived of the opportunity to advance due to the lack of training and the general development of managerial skills by their supervisors. The third area concerns cooperation and morale within stores, which is low. The friendly atmosphere originally created by Doug Campbell has disappeared and is a valuable asset to the company. The fourth area concerns the long-term growth and development of the store chain – a re-evaluation of long-term strategy is recommended to compete with the changing trends towards department stores in the industry. ISSUE 1: The Thunderbunnies Consulting Group recognizes the need to adapt to change in both their layout and structure.
1. What caused the difficulties that the JITD program was created to solve? The problems that JITD intended to solve: ● Demand fluctuation: Barilla suffered increasing operational efficiencies and cost penalties that resulted from large week to week variations in its distributors’ order patterns. According to the Exhibit 12 , the demand variability was huge so it was very difficult for the whole supply chain to forecast the demand and order accordingly. ● Furthermore, the production line of Barilla had a long setup/change process and was highly automated as well.
Further, Schindler’s Indian business faced cost pressures due to sharply increased import tariffs that were not calculated for and a rise in transfer prices from the goods imported from European subsidiary. Lastly, the Indian subsidiary of Schindler did not get engineering support, design specifications and parts lists it needed in time from the European headquarters. The most important challenge I see in the case study is to overcome the evident cultural differences. To name a few, the differences in power distance and the individualism vs. collectivism. Napoli needs to understand that the local network is important and very powerful and that he needs to have interpersonal relationships with his co-managers in order to be successful in India.
This inconsistency further hinders the Simmons from implementing change programs smoothly. Simmons is in its toughest period of time ever in history. There are several forces (Economic shocks are the most important stimulants to change at Simmons) that require Charlie Eitel, CEO of Simmons, to implement comprehensive change program, i.e. the Great Game of Life (GGOL). However, the implementation of GGOL faces huge resistance.
* At the very lowest of clerical levels in the bank individual employees find themselves carrying out a very limited number of highly repetitive tasks. * Though through an intensive marketing campaign their business had increased but internally they were not able to cope operationally. Process of change * The departmental manager was assigned the role of user project manager so that he could give full time to the implementation of the new technology in the department. * Design of a bespoke computer system which tailored to exact needs of the department was recommended by the external consultants who were appointed to conduct
The following problems are the marketing problems in order of priority that put Broomhill in its compromising position: 1)Broomhill bank was not necessarily offering what the customer wanted. There was a huge focus on being “the bank that cares”; nonetheless, financial services were not up to standard. The bank relied heavily on its customer service because “it basically had no different services to sell than the other competing banks”. This could be attributed to gap 1, where management does not understand what the customer wants and they do what they think the customer wants. The customers are not being serviced and it could be that the company is providing wrong allocation of resources.
are facing great amount of redundancy and difficulty in supporting external and internal operations because of the depravation of integration between the company's systems and databases through the different departments of Bandon Group, Inc. Although all the four division of Brandon groups are connected to OMD, there are no common records for customer, each division keep record of their customers, as such the same customer many have different data set in accounting and in marketing. It was difficult for the company to not only provide accurate information regarding customer billing and information to its own customers, but they could not keep accurate information such as revenue and expenses if each company had different information posted in the system, considering each department was under the same
Yes! We believe that independent retailers will sonly disappear in retail landscape, its long term cannot plan too good enough to manage business, its business itself is overdependence to the boss that it can’t go on through without the boss and also the supplies, dealers bypass them because they ordered a small quantity of product done to other existing retail stores who ordered large quantities of products, so the dealers choose other retailers that to independent retail store 3. Why does the concept of ease of
Case Study: Zing PC 1. What are the Major Problems facing ZingPC? * Losing the market share Zing PC is losing its market share because of Push strategy failing to comply specific customer needs. * Dysfunctional Logistics Dysfunctional Logistics occurs because there is no 3PL (third party Logistics Contractor) for inventory / supply and order deliveries to the customer, hence overloading company resources / expertise. * Lack of inventory Management Lack of inventory management and standardized parts not being used in manufacturing, due to unrelated inventory procurement of Zing PC.