Make sure they know the different results which could come from the meeting so that they will not be surprised by any of the decisions that could be made. Explain to them that there could be a range of options for the
* Diversification can be a good way that IKEA does to sustain growth after it loses some cache. Product innovation and market development such as IKEA’s expanding goal in U.S. market. It is a risky strategy but with careful selection of the right kind of businesses, considerable improvements in profitability can be experienced. To try and maintain growth, IKEA is considering diversification outside of the furniture market.
Despite being well-established, over the last three years, sales at Atherley Furniture Company have remained the same while profits have declined by almost 24%. Their chair division produces three different types of chairs, the Atherley, the Caledonia and the Parkdale. Each model has its own production plan and production costs. The increasing production costs, alongside the intense competition the company faces, have become a great cause of concern for John Atherley.
As Andy continuously bullies employs they get demoralised and were unable to give their 100% to their work because of his fear and negative critics.
Cushy Armchair, based in Hong Kong, a leader in the global armchair business has been successfully using its model of centralization for over 50 years. It operates fully autonomous business facilities in 17 countries. Cabletronica has recently acquired the company and has sent one of their own senior personnel to restructure operations and integrate the company with another of their furniture divisions outside of the country. Acting as a consultant, the founder of Cushy Armchairs Frances Wong is consulted regarding a communication on a change in policy, but the new head of the company Alison Sampson decides to use the parent company’s standard method of announcing changes email, and soon realizes that the
In conclusion to reading both the message to shareholders and management’s discussion and analysis, the current situation and the outlook for the future are very good in my opinion. This company may have had a slow start in the casegoods sales for example and the current situation may have suffered a little but the first part of the fiscal 2013 year. But they were looking to the future and making their transition in that area, for more efficiency in the future and picked up sales the second half of the year. They also made up for this transition with over a 70% increase in there upholstery division sales. The Outlook that Hooker Furniture Corporation is great, they are making new business deals and making employee transitions to help them make it through the Great Recession as the housing market goes back up.
In recent months, the Roanoke branch office has been experiencing difficulties with customer service, art design, and staff. In this office we have lost two members of top management-an art director and an account executive. Some of the graphic designers and copywriters feel that their creative efforts are being rejected and are threating to leave. Although it is not completely clear why this turnover is accruing we need to act quickly as we have had multiple complaints from some of our clients. These matters demand immediate attention, as the Roanoke branch services some of the companies’ most valuable clients.
1. Williams-Sonoma has experienced strong growth in the past year, but this is on the back of a strong economy and in particular a strong new home market. The furniture business is strongly correlated with the strength of the real estate market. In this respect, the company's strategy is largely irrelevant, because within the next five years the real estate bubble will burst and Williams-Sonoma will suffer a major downturn in its own results as a consequence. However, this reality shows that the company perhaps lacks sufficient differentiation, and can only be expected to perform roughly in line with the housing market. It is neither outperforming competitors nor is it underperforming. W-S has sufficient differentiation within the furnishings and home products segment, and has a fairly strong brand name in the segment. The company's status as a mass-market premium company allows it to grow strongly in strong economic times, but also makes it particularly vulnerable to economic downturn, because not only do consumers redecorate at greater intervals, but they will trade down to more affordable stores when they do.
BatesManor has to decide how their money will be spent on promotional activities. It is possible to spend more promotional money on communicating to retailers or for consumer advertising. Also, another option is to spend all of the money towards one promotional strategy.
Tomorrow I will review the documents and draft a letter to the manager there, directing him on how to proceed with his staff. I will want to meet with you and Theresa briefly tomorrow morning at 10 am in the main conference room. I am positive that
Campbell and Bailyn’s (C&B) Boston Office has long been the leader in market share and sales. This office was also used as a testing location for new organizational structures and new products and services. Changes in customer demand have decreased market share based, so the office needs a restructure. In June of 2007 the Boston office is reorganized under Ken Winston, the regional sales manager into “key account teams” (KAT). Concurrently, the review process is altered in a very odd fashion and Winston does not seem too enthusiastic about this change. Winston is preparing a presentation for the division leadership team and will discuss the effectiveness of the new
The Guillermo Furniture Company has realized that their business strategy is no longer sustainable. The external environment has changed significantly and the company is facing pressure from oversees firms that have automated much of their furniture production and manufacturing. Despite the fact that Guillermo Furniture has access to relatively inexpensive Mexican labor, the company is still struggling to be competitive in the market due to foreign competition. Therefore, Guillermo has identified various alternative strategies that it wishes to consider in order to reinvent its business and become more competitive. It is recommended that Guillermo invest in new equipment that can modernize its manufacturing capabilities. An investment in a computerized lathe shows a worthwhile return on the company's investment and will also position them for future growth.
Our target market present great opportunities for company growth, as our niche is not all saturated at this saturated at this point. We will dominate the high-end office furniture market by stressing the quality in workmanship and materials of our product lines, keeping up with and integrating technological advances in the personal computing environment, and by increasing our market research and customer service in order to constantly satisfy our market