Business-Level and Corporate-Level Strategies Essay

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Business-Level and Corporate-Level Strategies Tammie Bennett Professor Melissa Ekberg BUS499 Business Administration Capstone May 15, 2013 In this paper I will discuss Macy’s Incorporated by analyzing their business level strategies to determine which I think is the most important to their long term success and if I think it is a good choice. I will analyze their corporate level strategies to determine which I think is the most important and whether or not I believe it is a good choice. I will analyze the competitive environment to determine the corporations’ most significant competitor and compare the two companies’ strategies at each level and evaluate which company I think is most likely to succeed in the long term. Once the…show more content…
Because of the acquisition Macy’s Inc. had racked up a good deal of debt and wanted to lower it to make their stock a better option. To do this they decided to sell the Lord and Taylor brand as well as the David’s Bridal stores (they came with the May Company) and its credit card business. With all of this done Macy’s Inc. went from 250 stores to 800, lowered their debt, and became a national brand. With what was discussed in the previous paragraph Macy’s Inc. level of diversification tends to be a single-division diversification strategy which is a corporate-level strategy wherein the firm generates 95 percent or more of its sales revenue from its core business area (Hitt, Ireland, Hoskisson, 2013). Macy’s Inc. is now 800 Macy’s stores and 36 Bloomingdale’s stores with most of its revenues coming from the Macy’s stores. The competitive environment of a business is the part of a company's external environment that consists of other firms trying to win customers in the same market. It is the segment of the industry that includes all immediate rivals. These are factors that are out of the company’s control, such as when state regulations change and they have to adjust to meet those requirements. To ensure Macy’s Inc. understands the environment they will conduct an external environmental analysis. This would include identifying any opportunities and threats to the firm (Hitt, Ireland, Hoskisson, 2013). One of the opportunities that Macy’s could
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