According on Reuters resources, Ralph Lauren now operates 396 stores itself, up from 379 last year. It is repositioning itself in China, closing locations that were run by local partners and replacing them with its own in better locations. Retail now generates 52 percent of sales for Ralph Lauren, compared with 38 percent five years ago. Sales to department stores were long its biggest business. b)
Apparently, it involves the cooperation of nations in social, cultural, political, economic, industrial, technological and other institutional exchange. Japan’s automotive industry can be the best example of this phenomenon. One cannot deny the fact that Japan’s automobiles are the answers to the German’s expensive and efficient cars. Japanese automobile’s cost-effective and powerful engines are its best characteristics that lure the attention of most car consumers, whether local or overseas (Yeo, n.d.). One best example is the automobile company Toyota.
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This shows that Ford Motor Company had a high volume of sales in 2014. Similarly, General Motors Company had sales of 155,929,000,000 and inventory of 13,642,000,000 giving an inventory turnover of 155,929,000,000/13,642,000,000=11.43 (General Motors Company, 2015, pp. 28, 68). General Motors ' inventory turnover is lower than Ford Motor 's but is still pretty good compared to other automotive companies. Profit margin is another important ratio in the world of accounting that looks at the company 's profitability for the given timeframe (Investopedia).
Currently over $18 billion in debt, the backing of Chinese investors seems to be a good idea. But if Detroit is going to reclaim its place as one of the world 's greatest manufacturing cities, it cannot sell off its wealth. If there was a thought that China was simply looking to help the people of Detroit get back on their feet, consider the thoughts of some of the millionaire investors. “There are factories, commercial real estate and upscale areas around Detroit with proximity to good schools that are worth investing in". Another posted, "700,000 people, quiet, clean air, no pollution, democracy — what are you waiting for?” What is who waiting for?
Apart from being a large manufacturing hub, China is also a global manufacturer and exporter which has helped to drive its economy. Over the years, China has been exporting high-technology goods. Its electronic exports accounted for 30% of Asia’s total in that industry (Hale & Hale, 2003). At the end of 2010, China has surpassed Japan as the world’s second-biggest economy (Flanders, 2011). Being a dual hub (Hale & Hale, 2003), with high levels of exports and imports, involved in manufacturing and trade, China holds an essential position in the global supply
The automobile industry in China started from 1953, and has had a rapid development. According to data showed by China Automotive Industry Association (2012), the total yield of cars were 5,7 million and the sale of domestic vehicles was 5,8 million in 2005, respectively increased by 12.55% and 13.54% compared to 2004, shown in Figure 1. With addition of the sale of around 160,000 imported cars, Chinese automobile market exceeded the one of Japan with the total size of nearly 5,92 million cars, ranked second in the whole world. And the production and sales of cars in China was over 18 million in 2010, resulting that China became the biggest automotive market in the world (Chen, et al., 2012). Figure 1.
The majority of these were Cars and a sizable minority in cases like General Motors (2.89 million or nearly a third of their vehicles) and Ford (2.67 million nearly half of their vehicles) were Light Commercial Vehicles (SUVs, pickup trucks, etc.). The luxury of being in the U.S. allows these two to tap in to the U.S. citizen’s taste for the LCV and exploit it to their advantage. The rest of the competition quickly slide in to the category of 2 million or more vehicles manufactured per year (Honda, Renault, Suzuki, BMW, Nissan, etc.). Here Fiat Chrysler Automobiles again demonstrates the manufacturers targeting the U.S. market for LCVs derive nearly half of their units produced from them (2.35 million units manufactured). Likewise, Toyota, Hyundai, Honda, Nissan and Suzuki all make the majority of their sales out of cars, not LCVs as their main markets are in Asia where the majority of customers do not care for SUVs or pick-up
They started out with providing customer satisfaction, which was not the trend in automobile sector during those days. They are credit to have brought a revolution in the sector, to be the first company to be a mass production company, and sell more than a million cars in a year. The company has 2 manufacturing plants in Gurgaon and Manesar, which have a joint production capability of 1.5 million vehicles annually. A third plant is being proposed to be functional very soon in Mandal, Gujarat. The company exports its vehicles to over 120 countries across the globe.
In the year of March 2014 the multinational corporation consisted of about 338,874 employees around the world and as of November of 2014, it is considered to be the twelfth-largest company in the world by revenue. Toyota was the largest automobile manufacturer uptill 2012 in terms of production ahead of Volkswagen Group and General Motors. In July of the year 2012, the company posted the production of its 200-millionth vehicle. Toyota is considered as the world’s first automobile manufacturer to produce more than 10 million vehicles per year. This feat was achieved in the year 2012 according to OICA, and also in 2013 according to the data of Toyota.