Lowe 's has taken on large amounts of debt in the years leading up to April 2016. For the fiscal year ended January 2016, Lowe 's held $11.5 billion in long-term debt and $1.06 billion of current maturities of long-term debt. The majority of Lowe 's long-term debt is included of unsecured notes with interest rates ranging from 3.13% to 6.76% and maturity dates ranging from fiscal 2020 to 2045. Rising debt liabilities have complemented increasing financial leverage as Lowe 's has relied more on debt financing among low interest rates. The company 's debt-to-total-capital ratio was 0.62 in January 2016 which is bigger than 0.53 in 2015 and 0.47 in 2014.
When I wish to do home improvement or purchase home materials, I think of Lowes or Home Depot. I also think about Sherwin Williams, Builder’s Supply, and Ace Hardware. While I was looking for further information on Lowes, I discovered that Lowes has done a great job and is number two in the home improvement industry. To be truthful, my class project for my Financial Statement Analysis was on Home Depot and Lowes. I got a good idea about where Lowes was financially, but I thought I’d like to know more about their business side as well.
This report will analyze the company's profits, number of employees, countries of operations, and products or services
Walmart stores is one of the largest retailers not only in the United States but across the world. They hold tremendous power from a retail level and on a political level with governments in the US and outside. Ratios help create Walmart as a company and allows investors to be able to gauge and understand the metrics of the organization. These metrics and ratios help investors understand the specific direction of the company and the effectiveness of executive leadership. The primary ratio that must be understood regarding Walmart's earnings-per-share is the price earnings ratio.
In Attachment 8, this chart shows the Hi-Value Supermarket shopper interview results the studies that were conducted. This breaks down all 3 stores and provides more in-depth knowledge of their superior characteristics. In Attachment 9, it shows the financial situation which breaks down the 5%, 7%, and 10% possible price reductions. It is easier to compare the numbers in the different categories. Gross profit margin and breakeven sales numbers were conducted so
Public companies may quite appropriately wish to focus investors’ attention on critical components of quarterly or annual financial results in order to provide a meaningful comparison to results for the same period of prior years or to emphasize the results of core
Companies all over the globe will experience some sales and profit decrease. Home Depot in the growing housing industry benefited greatly from the houses being built. The accounting concept portrayed in this situation for home depot is called operating leverage. Operation leverage is when managers view a small change in revenue and magnify it to dramatic changes in revenue (Edmonds, Tsay, & Olds, 2011). With a decrease in the market for construction materials, Home Depot is experiencing a 3% decrease revenue and a 21% decrease in profitability.
Retail positioning aims to provide competitive edge by differentiating the retailer from its competition. This differentiation can be achieved through retail offerings that appeal to, and are easily identifiable to by its target market. This process is done by selecting market segmentations and matching them to the retail offerings as precisely as possible. It is vital to understand the consumers needs and wants in order to make a proper match and be distinguished from other retailers. Nordstrom distinguishes itself from other retailers by positioning itself as an upscale fashion store with outstanding customer service, and its multichannel approach.
Therefore, we have positioned and balanced our tenants in such a way that it’s hard for online firms to replace them. For instance, we have a shopping center that has Starbucks and restaurant that are surrounding the bigger retailers such as Ross and Office Max. Therefore, we draw customers to our shopping centers where all their needs can be met which is an advantage we have over online
Most people today, own one at least one technological device which could be one of the access platforms that form online channels the company may apply for their digital marketing to achieve profitability and retention of customers. Chaffey and Ellis-Chadwick (2012) state that a digital marketing strategy is constantly needed to provide a sense of direction for an organization’s online marketing activities so that they integrate with its other marketing activities and support its overall business goals. According to Parise et al.
Amazon is purely an online sales portal. Based on premium web rating organizations Amazon has a position ranging from 4 to 10 on a global ranking of premium websites. The presence of Amazon in the virtual world of internet is unquestionable. Big Data is a technology area which is highly talked about during the last several years. During the last 18 months, companies in the retail sector, manufacturing, construction, and technology areas have realized the extreme potential of Big Data and are trying to gain maximum advantage from it.
For the business-level, Trader Joe’s adopted a differentiation focus strategy. According to our textbook with this strategy, Trader Joe’s seeks to differentiate in its target market. They rely on providing better service than broad-based competitors. Specifically, they focus on the special needs of the buyer in other segments (Dess, Page 159). Joe’s differentiates its self from other grocers by providing a unique shopping experience fortified with their private label goods and great service from their crew members.
Impact of Digital Marketing and Online Brand Alliance A Case of Wal-Mart and Amazon 2.0 Literature review 2.1 Introduction This chapter explains the objectives and variables of the study under the light of previous scholars to develop a clear understanding on this topic. This chapter entails the studies on current topic by past researchers and scholars. This chapter highlights the impact of digital marketing and brand alliance in the case of Wal-Mart and amazon in view of previous scholars and researchers. The relationship is observed in case of Wal-Mart and amazon brand alliance.
In just a month of its establishment Amazon was selling books to all 50 states of the US and Canada. From the onset the company had ambitions of being an “everything store” (funding universe, 2004). Over the years Amazon increased its offerings to include DVDs, electronics, furniture and other consumer goods (Amazon.com, 2015). The product range increase was accompanied by a series of acquisitions. Oliva et al (2003) describes Amazon to be using a get big fast (GBF) strategy which is premised on keeping prices low while expanding market