GAP INC QUALITATIVE CASE STUDY I- Introduction The GAP is one of the brands under the international specialty retailer Gap Inc. Within Gap, Gap Kids, Baby Gap, Gap Body, Banana Republic and Old Navy this international specialty retailer offers clothing, accessories and personal care products for men, women, children and babies. Gap Inc. operates more than 3,000 stores worldwide in countries like United States (US), United Kingdom, Canada, France, Japan and Germany. Also, there is a Gap shop in every state of the US and Puerto Rico. Gap Inc. was founded in 1969 and today it employs more than 150,000 people worldwide and its 2003 revenues were of $15.9 billions.
They paid $500 of real property taxes on the property and they incurred $200 of expenses in travel costs to see the property and to evaluate other similar potential investment properties. d. The Johnsons own a rental home. They incurred $8,500 of expenses associated with the property. e. The Johnson’s home was only five miles from the Staples store where Alyssa worked in January and February. The ST store was 60 miles from their home, so the Johnsons decided to move to make the commute easier for Alyssa.
During 1998, the company built 400 garages. Excluding materials, which are provided by the customer, each garage sells for $1,600. The firm has a large stock of capital equipment including trucks, tools, and surveying instruments. Bond has developed a measure for a unit of capital that includes one truck and a specified amount of other equipment, including a ladder, several power tools, and an air compressor. Currently, the price to rent one of these units is $5,000 per year, and 15 units are rented.
By 1939 Bata’s international strategy had it operating in 63 companies with sales of 60 million pairs of shoes a year in more than 30 countries. In 1960 Bata continued its efforts to expand internationally with new factories and markets; however competition from Chinese imports affected their sales which eventually caused them to have close down some plants. Nevertheless in 2000 the company picked up and expanded to Russia, Poland, Croatia and Slovenia which then allowed the company to open up retail stores. A multinational corporation is one that performs business operations in various countries. As a result Bata can be considered a multinational corporation because although its headquarters was in Czechoslovakia the company produces and sells its products to more than one country.
The company is also taking advantage of technology by making JC Penney's products available online through its Internet Web Sitejcpenney.com. This more than a century old company also provides styling salon, optical, portrait photography and custom decorating services. The 159,000 present employees are dedicated in rendering outstanding service in the world of retail Kohl's Corporation presently operates 1,127 department stores in 49 states. This Wisconsin based corporation serves the Unites States via traditional and online shopping (kohls.com). It offers private, exclusive and national branded apparel, footwear and accessories for men, women and children.
Partner soon allowing Buchan to buy him out of the small-town shop they started together. In 1961 Lowe’s became a publicly traded corporation due to Carl Buchan way of buying directly from the manufacturers, instead of from distributors. The home improvement giant is one of the largest retailers throughout U.S. within the retail industry. Their stores included home renovation center, hardware stores, home center and home improvement. Lowe’s being apart of the top four retailers with home center segment represented 90% of their industry revenues, which was highly concentrated.
Today, with its headquarters in Houston, TX, Noble provides an extensive regional network of same day and next day logistic solutions, along with local dedicated services, to a variety of customers and industries. One of the largest industry segments serviced by Noble is medication distribution from closed door and retail pharmacy providers to long term care, ALF, Skilled Nursing, and Hospital Facilities. Noble has operations in 22 states serving 70 markets. Noble utilizes a low cost owner operator model to provide its delivery services and has approximately 1,500 active independent contractor drivers. Noble provides services to over 3000 delivery points in 875 cities on a daily basis.
The company was formerly known as MSS-Delaware, Inc. and changed its name to Aeropostale, Inc. in February 2000, which is headquartered in New York. Over the next decade, Macy’s, and then Federated Department Stores, Inc. (now Macy’s Inc.), expanded Aéropostale to over 100 stores. The company maintains control over its proprietary brands by designing, sourcing, marketing and selling all of its own merchandise and its products can only be purchased in Aéropostale stores and online. As of June 14, 2012, the company operated 916 Aéropostale stores in 50 states and Puerto Rico, 70 Aéropostale stores in Canada, and 87 P.S. from Aéropostale stores in 21 states (Yahoo Finance, 2012, Business Summary).
Staples Inc. is the country's largest operator of office supplies superstores, offering a large selection of products at low prices, primarily to small business owners. Staples pioneered this concept in 1986 and grew rapidly after opening its first store in the Boston area. The slowly company expanded to areas outside the Northeast, by the early 2000s, there were about 1,300 Staples outlets located both in major large areas and smaller markets in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and 10 Canadian provinces. In addition to the retail operations, the company runs a delivery business that utilizes catalog and Internet businesses under the Staples and Quill names, as well as contract stationery businesses, which deliver office supplies to medium-sized and large companies. Staples' European operations consist of nearly 200 retail outlets, under the Staples name in the United Kingdom and Germany and under the name Office Centre in the Netherlands and Portugal.
First Competitor Proflie IKEA is the world’s most successful mass-market retailer, selling home furnishings and other house goods in 230 stores in 33 countries and hosting 410 million shoppers per year. IKEA began operating in Sweden in 1943 and continues its original ethos based upon cost obsession fused with design culture. No design, no matter how inspired, finds its way into the catalogue if it cannot be made affordable. Ikea Marketing strategy For its marketing strategy , Ikea uses different means but its more efficient instrument is the catalog. In fact, published in the entire world and translated into more than 40 languages, the Ikea catalog is present in a lot of homes .