Apple’s list of increasingly growing products consists of the IPhone, IPad, Mac, and IPod. IPod, which was released in 2001, was Apple’s first venture away from the computer and into consumer electronics. According to Apple’s 2013 annual report, as of September 28, 2013, the Company roughly has 80,300 full-time equivalent employees and an additional 4,100 full-time equivalent temporary employees and contractors. Approximately 42,800 of the total full-time equivalent employees worked in the Company’s Retail segment. Apple Inc. has expanded globally into Europe, Greater China, Japan, and Asia; but the primary market is in America.
Jobs, who had been ousted from the company in 1985, returned to become Apple's CEO in 1996 after his company NeXT was bought by Apple Inc., and he brought with him a new corporate philosophy of recognizable products and simple design. With the introduction of the successful iPod music player in 2001, Apple established itself as a leader in the consumer electronics industry, dropping "Computer" from its name. The latest era of phenomenal success for the company has been in the iOS range of products that began with the iPhone, iPod Touch and now iPad. As of 2011, Apple is the largest technology firm in the world, with annual revenues of more than $60 billion. Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington, United States that develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide range of products and services predominantly related to computing through its various product divisions.
There are 385 Sephora shops inside JCPenney locations, and specialty menswear is available at Foundry Big & Tall Supply stores (Hoovers.com). In 2012 JCPenny’s total revenue was 17,260,000, 2013 total revenue was 12,990000 and in 2014 the total revenue was 11,860000 (Marketwatch.com). It is clearly seen that the sales/revenue from 2012 to 2014 has a difference of 5400000,which huge decreased in 2 years. The book value per share of the company is, 5.81, current ratio is 1.97 and profit margin is -4.76%. On the other hand, Target sells variety of things such as, groceries, clothing, décor and home goods.
Corporate Overview Founded in 1970 with nothing more than an inspiration, a single copier, and a $5,000 loan from Bank of America (Funding Universe, n.d.), Kinko’s Inc. has grown to be a $2 billion operation and a leader in the copy/publishing services industry. Over the course of three decades, the face of Kinko’s and the markets which it serves has evolved significantly. In the 1970s Kinko’s began as a small network of partners that sold school supplies and provide copy services to college campuses in just under 100 locations. In the 1980s, Kinko’s expanded its services to include the local business segment which consisted of small and medium businesses. With just over 300 locations, Kinko’s offered these small businesses copying, printing, desktop publishing (DTP), mailing, Internet, and teleconferencing services.
1. Compose a synopsis of the case, using a maximum of 120 words. The case in study talks about Crosby Manufacturing Corporation and its management departments’ meeting. Wilfred “Willy” Livingston is the president of the electronics components manufacturing firm since 2005. To obtain large governments contracts, he changes the 700 employees` organization into a modified matrix structure, and on October 2007, plans to update the computer system.
This company was the first to establish the concept of a membership warehouse. In 1999, the name was changed to Costco Wholesale Corporation and operated in Washington. Costco is an international chain of membership warehouses, well known for their quality, and brand name merchandise that is available for lower prices as compared to other retails stores. It is open only for the members and offers three types of memberships: Business, Gold Star and the Executive membership. There is a huge variety of products in the Costco warehouses which include: groceries, appliances, candy, television and media, office equipment, toys, hardware, health and beauty aids, jewelry, watches, cameras, books and much more stuff, counting for almost 4000 products.
Blue Tern Mills is a major manufacturer of traditional salty snacks, like nuts, chips and crackers. Blue Tern has 211 products and sales have been organized geographically, meaning that each of 212 salespeople is selling the entire line to all types of retailers. They have two regional managers and 20 district managers, and no major account salespeople. Since the acquisition of the Hello brand, which was previously sold by manufacturers agents, whose products are healthy grain cereals and packaged healthy snacks, has been completed, their sales force will begin selling the new line with additional 117 new products in about six months. Although Hello line is sold in the same supermarkets, drugstores, and discount stores as Blue Tern, it is also sold in health food stores, in some gyms, and over the internet.
MGMT 0455 PERFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF MANAGEMENT General Motors LEADERSHIP QUALITIES Diane McClendon 3/24/2010 General Motors or GM as most people know it by was founded on Wednesday, September 16, 1908, in Flint, Michigan by William C. Durant and Co-Founder Charles Stewart Mott. Gm was located in Flint until The mid-1920s then moved to Detroit. In the 1920s and 1930s GM took control of the Yellow Coach bus lines that helped form Greyhound bus lines and replaced train transports with buses. for over 100 years General Motors become one of the world's largest automakers in the United States. GM has led in global sales for 77 years in a row (1911-2009) longer than any other automaker and does business in more than 130 countries.
He became convinced American consumers wanted a new type of store. Trusting his vision, Sam and his wife Helen put up 95 percent of the money for the first Walmart store in Rogers, Ark. 1972 – Walmart goes public Discounters such as Kmart quickly expanded in the 1960s, while Sam only had enough money to build 15 Walmart stores. In 1972, Walmart stock was offered for the first time on the New York Stock Exchange. With this infusion of capital, our company grew to 276 stores in 11 states by the end of the decade.
He led a series of changes, for example, he entered into a strategic alliance with FedEx, forming a sort of proto-federation, aimed at improving distribution for close to 500 Laura Ashley stores. The alliance was established as a 10-year partnership, but it was relatively open-ended, premised on trust. The objective was to be able to supply 99 percent of Laura Ashley's merchandise to customers anywhere in the world within 48 hours. The alliance replaced a legacy system that would route a T-shirt manufactured in Hong Kong to a warehouse in Newton, Wales, before sending it to a retail store in Japan. Also, he led Laura Ashley to its first gross profits since 1989, and in fiscal 1993, gross profits were expected to reach 12 million pounds during 1992.