1. What is Costco’s current business model and why is it appealing? Costco’s business model is predicated on a best-cost theme. They take the low-priced supplier approach and mix that with creating price of the many stakeholders by targeting on wonderful client service, a severe code of beliefs, treating staff like family, concerning suppliers, satisfying shareholders, and a robust intelligence of environmental place. They need enforced distinctive cost-saving methods in their production, operations, and selling that have allowed them to draw in the foremost affluent customers in discount selling.
CRM (Customer Relationship Management) The key to success is finding a way to exceed client’s expectations. So, the hotel must keep track their client’s behaviour to maintain the relationship. Previously, The hotel uses manual way to collect customer information such as personal information, their previous booking, when and how long they stayed at the hotel, etc. In order to improve the hotel grow revenue make a success of the business in the long term, the hotel need CRM strategy. The objective of CRM or Customer Relationship Management is about analysing customer data in order to satisfy their need.
The Five Competitive Forces of Industry will influence prices, costs and investment (Porter, 1980). The potential retaining of customers, profitability of a holiday inn can be determined by being aware of the strengths and weaknesses of the hotel industry. (Figure 2.2: Porter’s Five Forces Model (Source: Adapted after Porter,2008) Porter’s 5 model helps in success of Holiday inn between suppliers and buyers. Giving customers the service they are looking for, acquire customers, retain customers and looking externally how the competitors are doing is very important. To ignore the power of customer relationship is not an option.
Ownership and control of anything --tangible or intangible-- often lead to striving for more of whatever one obtains. However, ownership of intangible things can have a more valuable impact on one’s sense of self than tangible things, which can often blur one’s identity and can take over his or her life. Tangible items often take over
attempted to analyze how meeting planners perceive the performance of a hotel’s meeting services across four different stages of meeting planning including sales phase, pre-event phase, event phase and post-event phase; and how such perceptions can develop their overall satisfaction. By using a dynamic model of meeting planners’ satisfaction, it has been found that the event-phase performance was most important to the overall satisfaction of the meeting planners holding meetings in hotel. One year later, Lee expanded the study to address the needs of both sides, the demand side of the industry, the conference organizers and the supply side, the hotel managers. This study also explores operational issues that hotels hosting meetings commonly face. The findings of this study conclude that there are definite differences between the meeting planner and the hosting hotels with regard to requirements necessary and the existing problems that occur when hosting a
Market segmentation has been the positioning strategy for Intercontinental Hotels, and it is important that it is done well to consider critical features of each segment adequately. Moreover, market differentiation must promote the difference between the different brands so as to create awareness to each target consumer of the most appropriate brand. For instance, the strategy must inform the market of the difference between the Holiday Inn brand and the Holiday Inn Express brand. This differentiation is important since it will encourage business travelers to opt for Holiday Inn Express while those looking for recreation chose Holiday Inn. Consequently, each consumer will get the best service that is suited to their needs and hence create customer satisfaction in the varying
Mahmoud S. Abou Kamar : According to Mahmoud, in the present scenario, the hotel industry needs to continuously ramp up its operations by improving the quality of its products and service and devise competitive strategies to reduce operation costs and increase capacity. In order to improve their operations and enhance their performance, hotels across the world are actively engaged in a wide variety of quality improvement initiatives such as TQM and Six-Sigma. After initial success in manufacturing organizations, Six-Sigma has gradually gained widespread application in service organizations, including hotels and lodging. Mahmoud’s study attempts to assess the effectiveness of Six-Sigma and examine its impacts on various performance measures
Franchising and decision variables The article in Franchising versus company-run operations: Modal choice in the global hotel sector discusses the various aspects considered by well-established hotels when they face the dilemma of whether to franchise a new hotel in a new geography or actually own the hotel themselves. The article is helpful in drawing the parallels for franchising decisions in service industry and especially pretty apt for the services which include high initial capital investment. The authors (F J Contractor & S K Kundu) borrow the definition of franchising from Caves & Murphy 1976 at the onset of the article and visualize the prospective franchisee as the sales agent or distributor of the brand owner. The authors are of