After the current outbreaks of salmonella which brought a scare to those living in the U.S., looking at the documentary Food Inc. has actually been the best thing. This film is known as the expose of the food industry. Directed by Robert Kenner, the documentary was brought to the movie theaters in the U.S. In 2009, and then it hit the DVD stands in 2010. Even though it did fail in the fact of bring home any kind of sharp political conclusions, the film is a damning accusation of the incapability of the profit system to provide safe and healthy food for the vast mainstream of the public. hen the movie first started, I spontaneously shook my head thinking of over melodramatic vegetarian PETA supporters and animal lovers. Never really understanding the idea of not eating anything and getting rid out an entire food category just because people…… [Read More]
The Industrialization of Farming and Agriculture:
Effects on the Environment and the Way We Live
The film Food, Inc. By award winning documentary maker obert Kenner starts out with a simple goal: it wants to find out where our food comes from. In his quest to answer this question, however, Kenner, and his two narrators, Pollan and Schlosser, find some unpleasant and startling facts about the way in which our food is raised, caught and ultimately produced for mass distribution. Essentially, this wonderfully executed film exposes the negative impact that industrialization has had on farming, on our health and on our environment. This paper will thus prove these negative effects by referencing topics covered by the movie, including what society should do in order to reverse the irrevocable damage that this way of producing food is bound to have upon our society. [1: "Food, Inc.' Film Looks at…… [Read More]
Food, Inc.: How the Industrial Food is Making us Sicker, Fatter and Poorer -- and What You Can do About It (Karl Weber [editor])
"When you think of the California economy, you think of high-tech industries like Silicon Valley, you think of Hollywood. You don't think of poor, desperate migrants picking fruits and vegetables with their bare hands" (p. 4).
This is interesting because people often associate places with a few eye-catching things, ignoring many other sides of those places. It reminds me of how Korea is associated with high-tech industry, Hyundai and Samsung, but people do not think of Korean art, music, history, or its ordinary people much.
"Factory farms strive to increase the number of animals they raise every year. To do so, however, they use some practices that present health concerns for consumers" (p. 22).
This is an interesting point because industries today try…… [Read More]
I was expecting it to simply attack the way things are done today and make them sound horrible, without focusing on why they are truly bad or actually making people think about what they are eating. Those kinds of tactics are often used, but they rarely get results because people only see someone (or a group of people) being argumentative. Instead, people need to be presented with valid opinions and logical arguments so they can form their own correct opinions regarding what is factual and what is important to them. This documentary provided the opportunity for people who watched it to do that, and felt less like it had a specific agenda than many documentaries do when they are provided to the public.
The main question the documentary raised for me was how to fix the problem. The documentary did a very good job of showing why the current system…… [Read More]
The section on animals was particularly heart-wrenching. In a society built on consumer excess, the meat industry has proliferated to the extent that it has become a disgusting parody of itself. e are no longer talking about families gathered around the table for a weekly pig roast. Now, Americans feel entitled to eating hamburgers twice a day, chicken every day, pork, beef, lamb, in various forms. The sense of entitlement to gorging leads to the overproduction of meat and the crossing over of ethical boundaries with regards to humane treatment of farm animals. Moreover, the gluttony evident in the American diet is also the primary cause of a wide range of health problems -- and not just obesity.
Then we see how corn and soy production has proliferated to the extent that (a) monocrops are destroying the viability of the soil and the integrity of local ecosystems; (b) food manufacturers…… [Read More]
It is shocking to see how corn and corn products are used in almost every aspect of our lives from the beverages we drink to cheese to the fuel that powers our vehicles. One of the most disconcerting insights about the corn industry is the realization of how dependent we are, as consumers, on a crop that was primarily first used for food and how science has found a way to utilize it in a variety of food-related and non-food related applications.
One of the most important messages of Food, Inc. is that the condition of the food industry is a direct result of the demands of the public and how changes in consumer behavior can affect the industry as a whole. That is, consumers have the power to change the dynamic of the industry by reducing demand for certain products that are more conscious of how livestock is treated…… [Read More]
This includes breeding chickens with breasts so large they can hardly stand. Humans view animals as disposable commodities. And people have fewer and fewer options not to eat this 'engineered' meat and also to afford it.
The ideal situation for all animals raised in agriculture would be to live in the conditions of Polyface Farm. However, the solution to improve the lives of animals in the film is not an easy one. Although it would be nice if every film functioned like Salatin's, it would be difficult to feed the world's burgeoning population using such small-scale farming techniques, or at least to do so at the current cost of food. We will, the film suggests, have to allow food to cost more. But many families are already cash-strapped as it is, in terms of putting food on the dinner table. The film acknowledges this, showing how for some families shopping…… [Read More]
Robert Kenner, Food, Inc. creates a lasting, shocking and deeply troubling portrait of the ugly, greed-based business of food production in America.
One of the things that the film does extremely well is communicating the idea of "mass food production." While many Americans are aware in an abstract way that their food is mass produced, few have an accurate comprehension of what that means exactly. The film showcases this in an unforgettable fashion, with sweeping, aerial shots of miles and miles of cows standing inch deep in their own manure, endless rows of chickens -- chickens jammed so close to each other they can barely move, standing among corpses of other chickens -- long assembly lines of slaughtered pigs, hanging by one hoof. The film asks the spectator to bravely confront the realities, the ugly, unsanitary, greed-based and extremely dangerous realities of this type of food production.
The film is…… [Read More]
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Dustman, R. (July…… [Read More]
Strategic Review -- Whole Foods
Organizational diagnosis of Whole Foods, Inc. involved environmental and institutional analyses. The environmental analysis involved categories of political, economic, social, technological, geographical, community relation and informal sector network, seeking to discern opportunities and threats. The institutional analysis involved categories of organizational role & profile; membership; programs and services; resources and capabilities; management systems; and external links, seeking to discern strengths and weaknesses. The combined environmental and institutional analysis and their charted results the Company's nature and interactions for more fluid integration of Whole Foods, Inc. into ABC Company.
Analyzing the external forces affecting Whole Foods to see the options open to the Company (ffw.org.ph, n.d.), one can see significant opportunities and threats to the Company.
Whole Foods arket, IP.LP is a U.S. based supermarket specializing in natural and organic foods and having 300+ stores in the United States, Canada and the…… [Read More]
In terms of product line the similarities are only identified in terms of a large business segment namely food production industry. The business line of Dean Foods is milk and dairy and Kellogg is focused on cereals and related processed foods. Seaboard and Tyson has similarities in their business segment in relation to meet processing of pork. However Seaboard is pursuing a diversified portfolio in relation to wheat, sugar, and citrus. Whereas the business diversification of Tyson is in meat chicken, poultry, and other portion-based food segments. The overall industry holds a large number of businesses and all four companies have a different business segment. Hence the similarities for business line are not advisable.
The Industry however faces similar political, economic, social, legal, environmental, and technological environments to certain degree. The micro and macro environmental effects of economy are experienced in the industry thorough out the corporations. The companies are…… [Read More]
Food Intake Analysis
Food Inake Analysis
Who does not want to be healthy? However, to achieve such an admirable goal, it will require diligence, motivation, and consistency. To many, this is quite a daunting task that is met with much resistance because of the level of commitment and consistency that it requires. Insomuch, with all the various types of fast foods available and society's life style, the challenge to reach and to maintain an ideal rate seems impossible. According to the Center for Disease Control (2012), the U.S. obesity rate at 35.7%; this demonstrates a significant increase since the 1990s. Since I am concern about my health and refuse to become a statistic, I will analyze my food intake for three days.
Below is my recorded 3-day food intake. Based on the data, several adjustments will should be made to reach the recommended dietary reference intake (USDA, 2012).…… [Read More]
S. across a diversified offering of three complementary brands (Emerald®, Pop Secret® and Kettle). San Francisco-based Diamond shed 53 cents, or 1.35%, to close at $38.71. The stock has gained 8.9% this year.
United Airlines parent UAL Corp acquires Continental Airlines
Both of these corporations are airlines with well-developed domestic and international components. The airline industry has been hammered in the past two years by volatile fuel prices, low-cost competition and overcapacity. The acquisition will likely help United Airlines it attract more business travelers because the merged company will fly to more international and domestic donations while cutting costs and reducing competition. A JP Morgan Chase & Co analysis estimated the combined company will be able to lop off 8% of their capacity and cut expenses by 5%.
In this stock swap deal, Continental shareholders will receive 1.05 shares of United common stock for each Continental common share they own.…… [Read More]
Take trail mix... It is an energetic, "idealized" snack food. This comes primarily from the target populations the manufacturer focuses it is marketing. Other channels for influence include consumers looking for "quick" fixes, such as families looking for fast and fun food. It would be interesting to explore the link marketing of "fast" snack products such as this have on families with young children, and compare this with the influence the product had on the political and behavioral habits and beliefs of the college students consuming it.
Lastly, symbolic systems help us better understand how products are systematically introduced and marketed to consumers. This helps shapes attitudes and beliefs. Also important to note however, as learned in class, is whether societies tend to accept or reject certain items even if marketed well. For example, oark (2007) noted that in many cultures certain foods or animals are taboo. Consider for a…… [Read More]
Food & Leisure Business Plan
The objective of this project is to develop a business plan focusing on developing a business website for Food & Leisure Inc. Food & Leisure is a new business dedicating in providing seafood, traveling experience and lodging services for potential customers. The plan will provide a blog providing information about recipes, real-time review, and recommendation. The project will also present the projected revenue that will detail the costs of advertisement and promotions and net revenues with the goals of building a reputation that will lead to a prosperous business and marketing vehicles to other viable businesses.
Steps to Achieve the Goals
The project will design the website and provide marketing techniques to achieve the business goals for Food & Leisure. In the contemporary business environment, increasing number of micro and small businesses are taking the advantages of the internet technology to launch their…… [Read More]
Internalization of Fast Food Business
Internationalisation of Fast-food Business
PEST Analysis for India
PEST Analysis for United States
Comparison between the two Countries
Changes in the Global Environment due to Financial Crisis
Impact of Financial Crisis on Internationalisation
Fast food has transformed the eating habits of the entire population, whether they are resided in UK, U.S., Asia or any other country. The changing trend of the eating habits evidently exhibits that fast food industry is one of the industries that have developed over the time. Even though fast food consumption has shown an increasing pattern of factors that has affected the health in many ways such as increased overall calorie intake, contribution to weight gain, and elevation in the risk for various diseases, yet, the consumption trend at the same time has represented an escalation in the recent years (Parsa & Kwansa,…… [Read More]
Operations at Apple Inc.
Statistical technique to measure the quality characteristics of Apple Inc.
Six-sigma was created in the 1980s at Motorola as a strategy to measure and enhance high-volume processing procedures. Its overall objective was to measure and dispose of waste by endeavoring to accomplish nearly perfect outcomes. The term six sigma refers to a statistical technique of measuring quality with a maximum of 3.4 imperfections out of a million. Various organizations like General Electric, Ford, and Apple Inc. have used six-sigma in their operations and have been able to save billions of dollars (Hubbard, 2009).
Six-Sigma is a statistically conscious strategy-to-process change that uses many tools to guarantee success. These tools include total quality management, statistical process control, and experimental designs. It may be facilitated with other vital activities and frameworks like a new item improvement, planning of material requirements and controls of just-in-time inventory. Initially, Six-sigma was…… [Read More]
Dollar General Stores Inc. DG) is one of the largest retail chains in the United States. Established in 1939, DG has been serving more than 40 markets in the country with almost 10,000 stores. The Company is headquartered in Goodlettsville, Tennessee but has retail stores in all the major and small cities and towns of the country. In its full owned retail stores, DG sells an extremely wide variety of branded and non-branded products at the cheapest rates for the general consumers of the United States. Although the owners named the company as Dollar Inc., but most of its product offerings are costlier than one Dollar (General, 2012).
The Mission and Vision of Dollar General Stores:
The company's mission is to provide the customers all what they want in their daily life; from daily fresh food and grocery items to the top quality consumer and electronic products. The company not…… [Read More]
Food Addiction: Causes and Treatment
Fortuna, J.L. (2012). The obsesity epidemic and food addiction: Clinical similarities to drug
Dependence. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs 44(1), pp. 56-63.
As of 2010, nearly 70% of adult Americans were overweight or obese. Fast food establishments are abundant, portion sizes are larger, and people generally have insufficient intake of Omega 3 fatty acids. Additionally, Americans do not get sufficient physical exercise.
Sugar primes endorphin and dopamine in the nucleus accumbens, similar to the "high" experienced by users of illegal drugs. In some individuals, this brings about addictive behavior very similar to that seen in alcoholics and substance addicts.
Fortuna reviewed the literature that investigated two clinical similarities between food addiction and drug dependence.
Animal studies show that bingeing on high-sugar foods, compared to fat dense foods, trigger the release of endorphin and dopamine.
3. Similar results were obtained with human…… [Read More]
What this organization has is a culinary leadership and this is not present in many similar organizers of events. This leadership enables all the partner venues to benefit and the collective talent and creativity of the entire culinary staff is spread all over the organization, in all areas. An organization like this cannot grow in isolation and has to coordinate and facilitate the sharing of ideas, techniques and award winning recipes for the preparation of different items. This has to take place not only within the organization, but also among the total community of chefs, even if they are working in other organizations.
This requires close coordination and for final and regular preparation of the items there has to be standards, increased efficiencies and total improvement of menus and services. Only through a close attention to detail, it is possible to provide the best that is available to the clients.…… [Read More]
alcorp Holdings, Inc.'s proposed an acquisition of Sara Lee Corp on its stock price. This paper is done with a buy decision for alcorp Holdings stock in mind. The sell recommendation in relation to the content of the news article titled "alcorp Holdings to Purchase Sara Lee's Private Brand efrigerated Dough Business." This is done with the necessary theories of mergers and acquisition in mind as well as with relevant calculations and support documentation. The goal is to determine what the content of the news article means for the investment merits of the stock by evaluating how the event covered in the article have a positive, negative or neutral effect on the stock price. This paper also explains how this affects my investment recommendation.
Some time back, alcorp Holdings, Inc. indicated that it had acquired the Sara Lee Corp., a North American private brand refrigerated dough business at close…… [Read More]
Another internal factor that affects the O'Connell High School are the customer demands, in which in the school's case, the customers are the students. O'Connell High School satisfies everything that students and their parents would want in an education. Aside from the low tuition fee and quality education that the school offers, it also reinforces learning to students and to anyone who wishes to gain more knowledge through community education. This is done through evening and weekend classes and a variety of non-credit courses. Thus, these positive internal factors of good opportunities given to students, O'Connell High Schools organization behavior is influenced.
estructuring is another internal factor that positively impacts the organizational behavior of the school. Despite of the closing of the school in school year 2003-2004, the school is now back in pursuing its missions and objectives. It has restructured its curriculum, expanding through more educational degrees that are…… [Read More]
Preliminary Conclusions for Kid-Energy Drink
1. Potential market is smaller than current GangBuster market.
2. Fast acceptance rate.
3. Approximately 80% of focus group responded favorably to concept.
Based on current trends in beverage packaging, it is also reasonable to suggest that further innovations in nanotechnology will provide manufacturers with the ability to produce truly interactive beverage containers that can provide a wide range of product information (including the history of the temperature of which the beverage has been maintained), display different graphics and messages that change (like a slideshow), and perhaps even respond to individual questions from the consumer (Buzby 2010). In fact, according to this industry analyst, "In the beverage packaging sector alone, worldwide sales of products using nanotechnology grew almost six-fold in two years from $150 million in 2002 to $860 million in 2004" (Buzby 2010, p. 529). While much of this investment in nanotechnology has…… [Read More]
The other competitors of the company are Corporate Express, Inc.,IKON Office Solutions, Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. And United Stationers Inc.
3. Analysis of potential new entrants
Threat of new entrants (Source: Datamonitor,2007)
The threats of new entrants into new entrants in this industry are noted to be very string. This is because most of the supplies are in the form of commoditized products that never benefit greatly from the brand loyalty. This when coupled with the low end-user switching costs as well as easy access to the suppliers and distribution channels makes it very conducive for new players to come into the market. The market is however very stagnant at the moment and this reduces its attractiveness to the potential new players.
4. Analysis of substitute products
Substitute products (Datmonitor,2007)
An analysis of threat of substitutes within this sector is moderate. This is because most of the modern companies are…… [Read More]
Chinese' Food and the Model Minority study in ethnic cuisine and culture, marginalization and commercialization, and the paradox of exoticism.
The anthropological theme studied for this work was that of the ethnic compromises and paradoxes inherent in creating a "Chinese" restaurant in America, for Americans. In every English speaking country from England to Canada, Chinese food is a huge business. For many immigrants it is one of the only businesses ready and willing to take them in. Most Chinese restaurants strive to present themselves as cultural representations where the American connoisseur can have a legitimate cross-cultural experience. The more I researched the actual traditions of Chinese and Asian cuisine and the way in which Western prejudices and expectations shape the presentation of this experience, the more it became apparent that --like so many other cultural phenomena-- the cultural relevance of the Chinese-food experience is far from untainted. Repeated immersion at…… [Read More]
As a result of huge growth, the company's management may lose focus of the scope of their business.
Miller Inc. has a highly centralized hierarchy of management and lacks the managerial backup to promote creativity amons the employees.
Single-sourcing which is the characteristic of Miller Inc. could be a recipe of disaster should the supplier fail. Contingency plans for supplies need to be considered.
The constrant production nature of the product leads to huge strains on personnel and machinery.
Product line and client base lack diversification.
While the small number of staff promotes camaraderie, unfortunately, it also impedes growth and development.
Miller Inc. is reactive rather than proactive in its marketing efforts. This is as a result of its heavy reliance on mass-media advertising for obtaining new business.
The current facilities of Miller Inc. are crowded thus there is little room for expansion of workforce or equipment.
The…… [Read More]
Blackboard collaborators are primarily divided into three categories: members, partners and channel partners or resellers. "Members are typically Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) who independently develop and market software solutions to extend the Blackboard applications. Partners strategically invest in and collaborate with us to deliver joint solutions to our clients. Channel Partners/Resellers are primarily focused on international sales and distribution of Blackboard software and services."
Blackboard continually collaborates with universities in order to get feedback and improve the products. Among the universities which collaborate with the manufacturer are the University of British Columbia or Princeton
Blackboard collaborates with Microsoft and they have even formed an alliance in order to improve the quality of the e-learning process. "Students and faculty using Blackboard's learning platform, built on Microsoft.NET technologies, will be able to more easily integrate a wider array of academic resources in a learning environment tailored to their individual needs and…… [Read More]
Hostess Brands, Inc. is one of the largest wholesale bakers in the United States that operates nearly three dozen bakeries and more than 570 bakery outlet stores. This company delivers baked goods to mass marketers, American supermarkets, and convenience stores through 5,500 delivery routes. Since its inception, Hostess Brand, Inc. has developed to an extent that a hostess would demonstrate her home pride through serving breads and sweet products that are manufactured by Hostess Brands. Nature's Pride, Wonder, and Merita are some of the major bread brands manufactured and delivered by the firm. Moreover, Hostess Brands, Inc. also sells snack cakes such as Ding Dongs, Ho Ho's and Twinkies and other sweet-baked products. Despite of its success in the market, Hostess Brands, which is owned by ipplewood Holdings, an investment bank, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2012 and aims to liquidate.
Hostess Brands, Inc. was established…… [Read More]
Based on this situation of the Crush brand, the recommendation for the future strategy in the orange segment is that of investing more in the products and in their marketing in order to attract more customers. Still, this course of action would be expected to generate only a slight increase in sales, and this is due to the fact that the soft beverage market is already mature and consolidated, and major shifts are improbable.
Still, the orange sector represents a stable one, which would bring sustainable revenues. In a more specific formulation, Cadbury Beverages should recognize its orange segment as one retailing cash cow products. These products are able to generate suitable revenues, for investments which only maintain, rather then reinvent the product line. The profits generated from this segment are as such secure and the costs are lower, indicating as such, that even if the market for them does…… [Read More]
Kudler's advertising and marketing in its present form is through the Easter and Thanksgiving holidays with the local newspaper flyers every month. Marketing is a key component of a successful business and KFF should consider different methods of involving the community. For example, television advertising, Internet, radio stations and more promotions are viable. Secondly, employees must be sufficient time for KFF to obtain benefits. Many organizations have begun to provide additional part-time employees package was found, but 30 hours per week. (Shim & Siegel 2010)
In addition, Kudler is to buy stock, catering, and any major issues such as responsible business, so if she fell ill, no one can proceed on the basis of business operations. Most organizations have managers that work with the president so that if necessary, they are available. Kudler is important to hire more administrative staff to assist some of the duties. Finally, the payment offered…… [Read More]
The original farm was a seasonal operation with periods of no production in the winter months. The ability to dry and produce value-added products will allow the business to smooth its income and realize revenue all year round. The new production facility will change the nature of the business from seasonal to year-round. The business will be able to stockpile product during the busy season and sell it on a continual year round basis.
The owners of the business will be directly responsible for the daily operation of the business. They will make joint decision as a body of shareholders, but each will have their own division to manage and operate. Each of the owners will have a stake and a role in the ability to make this new enterprise a success. They will have knowledge of what is happening on the production floor and will have a view of…… [Read More]
Export Plan for Annie's, Inc. Cheddar Bunnies
Description of the Firm
Description of the Product
Competitive Situation in the Industry
esources to be used
EXPOT MAKETING PLAN
Long-term and Short-term Goals
Characteristics of Ideal Markets
Characteristics of the target market
Demographic and Socio Cultural Trends
Market Position of USA
Marketing and Promotional Strategies
The company aims at exporting its cheddar bunnies to exploit the market of Mexico. The organization aims at increasing its sales by 5% in the first year of the exports. In addition to that, it would also locate a distributor for the product in the target market every year. It aims at participating in the market place of Mexico and taking advantage of about 75% of the consumer base of Mexico. It also aims at showing a profit within three to five years of…… [Read More]
Whole Food Market Inc. (WFM) is one of America’s largest food products supermarket chain. The company refers to itself as “America’s healthiest grocery store” and submits that its food products are “the finest natural and organic foods available” (WFM, 2017). The foods the company stocks are largely devoid of hydrogenated fats, artificial preservatives, sweeteners, and flavors.
2. Current Strategic Position
2.1 Mission, Vision, and Values
The company’s culture is founded on eight core values. These include:
a. Sale of high quality natural and organic products
b. Satisfaction, delightment, and nourishment of customers
c. Support for team member excellence and happiness
d. Creation of wealth through profits and growth
e. Service and support for the local and global communities
f. Practice and advancement of environmental stewardship
g. Creation of ongoing win-win partnerships with suppliers
h. Promotion of the health of stakeholders through healthy eating education
Over the…… [Read More]
It is worth noting that two economic consequences are likely to occur, particularly in the event of a V-shaped recovery. The first is that the Federal Reserve is going to wait to increase rates until the last possible moment, in the hopes of spurring greater investment and therefore job growth. This means that inflation is expected at some point this year. This inflation means that factor inputs will increase in cost. Larson can gain advantage over competitors if it can hold its wholesale cost stable in the face of an increase in the cost of factor inputs, since competitors may be forced to increase their prices. Careful control over its cost structure will allow Larson to do this while maintaining profitability.
Another potential economic consequence is a decline in the value of the Euro. Normally, Larson exporting products from America to Germany would be fairly easy given Germany's current account…… [Read More]
Direct Strategy Fun Games Travel, Inc.
REGARDING INFORMATION ABOUT THREE GROUPS OF FORTY TO PARK CITY LODGE
Dear Mr. Jones,
There is a growing interest in Park City Lodge and all of the amazing opportunities and amenities that the facility has to offer for large size groups, such as our planned tours of forty members. This upcoming ski season is bound to be an exciting one, and I was hoping that Park City Lodge could serve as the possible location for our upcoming group travel packages.
Fun Games Travel, Inc. is an emerging travel agency that specializes in planning group trips with plenty of exciting activities along the way. Due to the growing demand for travel to the most pristine and engaging ski locations, Fun Games Travel is planning on setting up travel packages to Magic Mountain, one of the best ski grounds in the region. Due to the proximity…… [Read More]
Products Liability esearch:
Mattel Inc. is a company that was founded in 1944 by Elliot and uth Handler that designs, manufactures, and markets a huge range of toy products. The firm is headquartered in California with its core product lines including Hot Wheels die-cast vehicles, Barbie fashion dolls, Disney toys, Fisher-Price preschool toys, and games like Scrabble. While Mattel also manufactures its toy products based on license agreements with movie makers, most of its toys are produced outside its huge market in the United States i.e. Southeast Asia. Actually, the firm's principal manufacturing facilities are located in several countries in Southeast Asia like Malaysia, China, Thailand, Indonesia, and even Mexico. Since its inception, the company has continued to experience significant growth that enables it to generate huge revenues. By 2007, its revenues had grown to $5.97 billion with its three largest customers accounting for 41% of sales across the globe.…… [Read More]
Walmart Inc.: Social Media Solutions Implementation Plan
Social Media Solutions Implementation Plan: Walmart Inc.
Walmart, the world's largest retailer, faces a number of productivity issues that if not resolved could affect the company's ability to compete in future. Two of these have to do with worker relations and failure to adjust the company's business model to reflect customers' needs. This text presents a plan detailing how social media technologies could be used to resolve these issues.
Social Media Solutions Implementation Plan
In week 3, I identified two productivity issues facing Walmart Inc., and proposed a number of social media solutions to help address the same. This week, I am focused on developing an implementation plan for the proposed solutions. I will outline the specific strategies that the organization needs to use in implementing the proposed solutions, as well as the cost, timeline, and training needs of such implementation. I will…… [Read More]
globalization and trade liberalization, more and more organizations are finding it easier to operate internationally. Success from such international operations does not, however, come easy -- organizations are forced to restructure their operations and redesign their products and services in such a way that they are able to respond to the needs of their increasingly diverse client base. People in different countries have different cultures, values, beliefs, customs, and habits. In order to thrive in foreign markets, organizations need to be aware of these differences, and to ensure that the same are effectively captured in their organizational structures and product designs. This appreciation for diversity within other cultures is referred to as 'worldliness', and is increasingly being adopted as a source of competitive advantage for businesses operating globally.
Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, is perhaps the best reflection of the concept of worldliness in management. Headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas, Wal-Mart…… [Read More]
Agrium is an international fertilizer producer, marketer and agricultural products and services retailer. Agrium began in early 30s when Cominco Ltd., a mining company decided to go beyond their usual metal manufacturing and venture into the business of producing and marketing fertilizers. For more than 60 years, the company enlarged their business by acquiring properties that develop nitrogen and potash in different parts of Canada. Agrium operates in Africa, South America, North America, Australia and Europe.
Strength and Weakness
The most competitive advantage Agrium has is perhaps their affordable products with little or no variation localization.
Agrium has over 500 retail shops in the United States and South America operating with the brand names Crop Production Services, Western Farm Service, and AgroserviciosPampeanos S.A.
The Advanced Technologies Agrium concentrates on are what the consumer stands to gain and the growth of the environment.
They have strong…… [Read More]
Due to the fact that Odwalla does not pasteurize its products and, therefore, it preserves the initial texture, but also internal microorganisms (E. Coli), an unfortunate incident occurred in Florida, leading to the sickness of 60 persons. Specialists made a connection between the sickness and the Odwalla fruit juice, so the Corporation was somehow made responsible for the situation created.
Action plan: The consultancy company that handles this case submits you the following action plan:
1. Organize a formal press statement that would be later on made public through all media and communication channels. The aim is to:
a) Apologize and explain to customers the reasons that led to this situation (the desire of the company to offer natural products, in contrast to synthetic ones);
b) Highlight once again the positive implications of using Odwalla products - offering strength, more energy, vitamins, etc., as well as enumerating the negative consequences…… [Read More]
More recent surveys have seen Nike continue to trail the industry average, indicating a long-term trend of only somewhat meeting customer expectations (ASCI, 2009).
holesale and retail channels are a critical external stakeholder because of the role that they play in the company's route to market. ithout support of wholesalers and retailers, Nike could only rely on its own-branded stores to bring its shoes and apparel to consumers. Nike's distribution is strong, and the company's merchandise enjoys relative ubiquity. This implies a general degree of satisfaction on the part of retailers with the support that Nike provides them. By the same token, there is no evidence of superior rates of satisfaction among Nike's wholesalers or retailers relative to other firms in the industry.
Nike has few obligations to competitors. In general, the company has a high degree of rivalry with its competitors. hile the competitors are impacted by the actions…… [Read More]
The main characteristics of the product are (1) its revolutionary concept and (2) the benefits it can bring to the industry and the persons directly involved. The company needs to keep in mind these two characteristics and relate to them as they are presented to the public.
There are several marketing means that can be used for an efficient propagation of the concept and product. The first one would be advertising in the poultry industry publications. Although the case study mentions advertising in magazines as a marketing tool, in my opinion, the company should go a little further than this and attempt to publish articles on the subject, including the research that has shown the hierarchical issues in the chicken pen are less traumatic with the use of the contact lenses. The effectiveness of the research articles would probably surpass simple advertising campaigns in the magazines and are more likely…… [Read More]
, 2006). The evidence reflects only a low level weight loss but is still worthwhile to consider in controlling weight at roughly 0.007 kg per week. It is useful for individual weight loss programs. Losing 0.2 kg per week requires a decrease of 220 kilocalories per day. Achieving a 32% reduction requires a sacrifice of 330 kilocalories a day from sucrose by substituting aspartame. Using aspartame replaces 70 g of sucrose or roughly two cans of soft drinks every day (Hunty et al.). This means less expense.
200 Times Sweeter and Cheaper
On the average, aspartame is 200 times sweeter than sucrose (Hu et al., 2008). Not only does it mean less calories but also less cost. The taste difference between them is that the sweetness of aspartame is detected by the taste buds longer than sucrose. This can, however, be resolved by adding acesulfame potassium. Aspartame also has limited…… [Read More]
Assuming the role of Itza Yu, explain the role of a manager in the organizing phase of the POLC and identify and discuss five major issues that Itza Yu must address in organizing the production floor for both existing production and the new project
The role of a manager in the organizing phase of the POLC encompasses organizing of the team and also distribution of resources and materials in accordance to the initial plan set. Two significant elements in this phase include work assignment and granting authority. Therefore, Itza Yu has to identify the various roles and make certain that the right and fitting number of employees are assigned to undertake the plan. In addition, Itza Yu will need to delegate power, assign work, and give direction to the team (Carpenter et al., 2009). Itza Yu must address five major issues in organizing the production floor for both existing…… [Read More]
etailer name, history of operation
Classification of etailer
The Target Customer
Analysis of Store Building
Method of Management
Customer Services Offered
Comparison of Both etailers' Overall Strategies
etailer name, history of operation
Target is among the leaders in retail trading in the U.S. The company offers perishables, dry grocery, dairy and frozen items and all food items comparable to traditional supermarkets. The company has three primary types of stores -- SuperTarget, CityTarget and TargetExpress. The company recorded a loss of 1.9% in 2014-2015 compared to the previous year with a fall in net earnings of 9.1%. The total sale in the period was $U72.6 billion.
The company has 1,799 stores in the U.S. along with 38 distribution centers. The company has staff strength of 347,000 worldwide. It also does business online through its website 'target.com'.
With the aim of easing…… [Read More]
Also cited as threats are those of:
(1) Product manufacturing and marketing risks;
(2) Cost and expense control or unusual events; and (3) Changes in laws and accounting standards. (Pfizer Inc. Report to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, 2008)
IV. Internal Environment -- Strength and Weaknesses
Stated as strengths of Pfizer Inc. are the following components of its organization:
(1) Written policies and procedures;
(2) a compliance officer and compliance committee;
(3) Effective training and education;
(4) Effective lines of communication;
(5) Internal monitoring and auditing;
(6) Enforcement through discipline pursuant to established guidelines; and (7) Prompt response and corrective action for detected problems.
(Pfizer, Inc., 2009)
Another component that provides strength to Pfizer Inc. is its effective training and education program. As well Pfizer boasts effective lines of communication including an 'open door' policy allowing and encouraging colleagues to "discuss any issues, concerns, problems and suggestions with…… [Read More]
Apple is one of the world's principal producers of a product mix consisting of a range of electronics goods and gadgets, as well as their related software applications, in a broad range of different international industry segments. The company operates on an oligopolistic model and sells products that are relatively inelastic. A microeconomic analysis is used to discuss the relevant factors and make recommendations based on these insights.
Analysis of Apple Inc.
History of Apple Inc.
Supply and Demand for iPhone 7
Analysis of Apple Inc.
Similar to the path that Moore's law, the number of people and devices connected to the internet is growing at an exponential rate; although this trend could never mirror the advances in processing power that has been achieved, it is significant nonetheless. For example, in 2016, it was estimated that 3.4 billion people are connected to…… [Read More]
Human esource Functions at XYZ Staffing, Inc.
Following periods of economic downturn, companies of all sizes and types frequently turn staffing agencies to help them refill vacancies that resulted from the previous downsizing initiatives that were needed to survive. In some cases, such staffing agencies provide suitable candidates for companies on a temporary basis, while in others candidates are provided for consideration for permanent employment; some agencies provide both temporary and permanent placements as well. Since staffing agencies are intimately involved in the human resource function, gaining a better understanding of how a successful organization competing in this industry achieves its goals represents a valuable and timely enterprise as well as how those activities relate to Saint Leo University's School of Business Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) -- Management Information Systems, Accounting, Economics, Management, Finance, Marketing, Legal, International Business, and Applied Decision Making. To this end, this paper analyzes XYZ…… [Read More]
Strategic evaluation for Home Depot, Inc.
Validating the organizational vision, mission and values statements for Home Depot will require several different approaches. McMillan and Hausler (2011) explain that not all mission goals can be explained quantitatively, and several of HD's values will require qualitative evaluation, such as "Doing the "right" thing" or "espect for all people" (The Home Depot, 2011). I will evaluate these qualitative goals by analyzing the mission statements for the different divisions within the firm, to identify performance measures that can then be ranked within the units over time and between the firm and other major competitors. "espect for all people" could be measured, for example, by comparing the number of discrimination complaints in hiring or from consumers over time, and comparing that (negative) growth rate against the industry. "Building strong relationships" will likewise be demonstrated through percentage of return visits using consumer credit flows…… [Read More]
Bargaining power of customers: Our main question here is whether al-Mart customers can walk away from buying a product at al-Mart and find it cheaper elsewhere. For the most part, the answer is no. al-Mart has built its reputation by providing products at a considerably lower price than its competitors (Is al-Mart good, 2005). Certainly, customers can try to find lower prices at other retailers; and the proliferation of the Internet also allows customers to visit several e-commerce retailers. However, al-Mart's ability to keep prices at rock-bottom, coupled with the fact that it has such dominant market share in America, means that the bargaining power of customers has been trending downward.
Bargaining power of suppliers: By most accounts, the bargaining power of suppliers is poor - al-Mart holds all the cards. If a supplier wants to sell to the U.S. retail market, it has to sell through al-Mart, given the…… [Read More]
Undestanding audience expectations and pefeences. CEO Rebh is looking to gow his business and is likely inteested in engaging a pofitable tansaction with a bike shop, given that he aleady has a elationship with Schwinn. I must be caeful that he does not take advantage of me, and ty to sell me advetising that could negatively impact my business because of its inappopiate natue o ovely obtusive installation.
Foecast pobable audience eaction. Rebh likely has stong incentive in becoming involved in a elationship with my business.
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The typical American diet is one high in sugars and processed foods. Accordingly, The United States has earned the unfortunate nickname of "Fast-food Nation." The initiation of the rapid growth in fast-food consumption rates in America is likely a result of this country's lack of a widely embraced and highly diverse national cuisine. The United States as a country is truly a melting pot for cultures, religions, ethnicities and beliefs. This vast assortment has certainly carried over into the world of food. That is, most Americans have easy access to a large array of different cuisines on a daily basis and this chronic presence of other cultural food choices has virtually destroyed any possibility of creating a truly American cuisine. Therefore, American citizens along with the rest of the world have transfixed fast-food into this national category. Without question, on the global stage, McDonald's and urger King are…… [Read More]
International Market Evaluation
Political and Legal Environment Comparison: Canada vs. Australia
Both Canada and Australia are reported to have a 'Country isk Tier (CT)' that reflects "A.M. Best's assessment of three categories of risk: Economic, Political and Financial System isk stated in the case of Canada and Australia to be CT-1 classification which is characterized by "very low levels of economic, political and financial system risk." (AMB Country isk eport, 2010) The economic risk in Canada is reported to be 'very low' and the political risk in Canada is also stated at very low since Canada is a "high income country with significant natural resources and an established legal system." (AMB Country isk eport, 2010) The economy of Canada is directly impacted by the U.S. financial system. The budget of Canada is reported to have moved "into deficit as the government has used fiscal policy to help stimulate the economy."…… [Read More]
Business and Corporate
business strategy analysis of kraft foods
Analysis of Business Level Strategy
Kraft Foods Inc. is the second largest food company in the world and makes annual revenues in excess of $54 billion (Kraft Foods Annual eport, 2012). It operates in a highly competitive consumer foods industry where high volume sales are essential for competitive success. Tapping into new markets and growing one's brand portfolio are also important for growth and success.
Kraft Foods Inc. pursues a number of business-level strategies to support its corporate level strategies. The business level strategies are determined by answering the question How do we compete? (Ireland, Hoskisson & Hitt, 2008). Kraft Foods Inc. has selected product differentiation and brand development as its primary business level strategy. Product differentiation involves creating and conveying to the consumer a unique feature of the product portfolio that distinguishes the company from the competition and…… [Read More]
This can contribute directly to human health and development (Agio). orlaug (1999), who won the Nobel Prize in 1970 for his work in developing high-yield wheat and other grains in third-world countries, stresses that genetic engineering is essential due to the worldwide population growth. Other organizations supporting genetically modified foods are the American Medical Association, the International Association of African Scientists, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations.
Of course, there are always two sides to every coin, and individuals such as Ronnie Cummins, national director of the ioDemocracy Campaign, a grassroots organization that promotes organic food and opposes genetic engineering in agriculture, states that genetically modified foods can result in production of items that are toxic, carcinogenic, and allergenic. She warns that widespread planting of GM crops could cause unexpected harm to the environment; as crops are engineered to…… [Read More]
The result would be a shift in consumer habits toward better value through store-name brands and higher nutritional value through smaller-label or independently owned firms. This denotes a critical challenge for Kraft to present itself as providing healthy and organic lines of food, absorbing the cost of this strategic investment and pushing for a general change in its long-held image as a factory-firm with little direct interest in nutritional quality control.
In response to the challenges imposed by a shifting set of market tastes in the U.S., Kraft's current orientation is toward a growing international marketing scope. This is highlighted by its recent acquisition of the London-based Cadbury company and its heightened focus on penetrating new markets. According to Ferrari, "Kraft's supply chain is about to undergo a rather dramatic transition. According to a presentation delivered by Chairwomen and CEO Irene Rosenfeld at this week's GAGNY conference in…… [Read More]
S. minimum wage standards.
As the above scenarios illustrate, it is impossible to rely upon a single moral theory when developing a corporate code of ethics. This is because each individual brings his or her own personal perspective about ethics, so that each theory is biased by personal perspective. While Kohlberg's Model of Cognitive Development attempts to incorporate these differences, it fails to answer the question of whether or not individuals can judge the morality of someone's actions when that person comes from a different ethical and cultural background. (AllPsych, 2004). Therefore, it seems like the best thing a corporation can do is to consult the cultural norms of its stakeholders and try to fashion a corporate code that respects all of those norms. Such a code would focus on individual rights, utilitarianism, and justice. Therefore, DWI's corporate code should pledge to create value and enhance quality of life for…… [Read More]
Consequences of Factory Farms
Armstrong, S.J. & Botzler, R. (Eds.). (2003). he Animal Ethics Reader. New York, NY: Routledge.
his anthology that has a comprehensive review of the factory farming debate. he book is also especially useful to me given its consideration of both sides of the debate. For instance, some contributors present and effectively counter some of the arguments that have been presented by those in support of factory farming. In this case, the contributors who include but are not limited to Mary Madgley and Peter Singer are leading luminaries in this particular field. I found the introduction offered by the editors before each chapter particularly useful in helping one digest the contents of the chapter.
DeGrazia, D. (2002). Animal Rights: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Like Armstrong, DeGrazia also examines one of the most consistent arguments that has been presented in support of…… [Read More]
The author of this response is to find out some details and information about the company Kraft Foods. Indeed, the facets and characteristics that will be summarized and described will include the organization's structure, how centralized it is or is not, the lines of authority and communication as well as the teams, committees and task forces that make up the organization. Next up will be the systems of Kraft including how the budgets are set, how the planning is done and what measures are used to evaluate performance. After that, the people of Kraft will be discussed. The facets of the people will include the skills, experience and knowledge of the employees, their depth and quality and their attitudes about the company itself and their jobs within in. Finally, there will be a description of the culture of Kraft. Topics for the culture will include their values, their…… [Read More]
Company Is One That Is:
Achieving its stated financial and strategic objectives is an above-average industry performer is evidencing growth in firm's sales and market share is Positively viewed by shareholders and customers
hows Continuing improvement in operating performance (Thompson et al., 2006)
The problem is that immersed in the hurly-burly of routine existence, a company may be unaware of its objective performance; it may under -- or -- over-estimate its results and character of operations. This is where a WOT analysis comes into play.
The WOT strategy helps us analyze factors for improvement within the company. WOT is an acronym for trengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. Filling in these categories requires research into the company in question, but the more intensive and comprehensive this research, the better we can answer the question and work towards designing a prospectus for improvement.
The WOT also tells us how well the company's…… [Read More]