The opinion piece published by the Los Angeles Times, “Amazon.com Is a 21st Century Deal with the Devil,” by Amy Koss states her central argument that Amazon is destroying jobs, malls, and stores in the outside world. I strongly disagree with the statement that Amazon is destroying jobs and stores because I believe Amazon brings convenience by allowing people to sell things they might not need that others do. According to Koss,” I also think that it is at the convenience of consumers who have a difficult time going outside because of a medical issue or if they’re just lazy because of the fact that they can order something and have it delivered to them in less than a few days with an even cheaper price tag. Online shopping on Amazon allows others to earn jobs as well because they might work from home and work for Amazon or they might deliver items to the consumer. Some people may even start their own online selling business on Amazon. Amy Koss even states that it’s a cheaper way of buying products ”’Do you want it cheap? Less than anywhere
Jeff Bezos the C.E.O of Amazon incorporated the company as Cadabra in 1994 but changed the name to Amazon for the website launch in 1995. Bezos selected the name Amazon because it was “exotic and different”. Moreover, he assumed company’s size as Amazon River, one of the largest rivers in the world. As it was his aim to achieve such heights. Headquarter of Amazon is in Seattle, Washington.
Amazon has achieved many milestones from starting in the founder’s garage in 1994 to the growth in revenue to US$147.8 million in 1997 and then to the revenue growth of US$177.866 billion in 2017 (Amazon, 2018a, Amazon, 2018b and Jurevicius, 2018). These milestones were achieved through tenacious focused strategies of meeting their customers’ needs and wants. These strategies have maintained and expanded their customer base locally and internationally and have increased its market shares and profit over the last two decades. In addition, projection for the company’s growth and expansion for the next three to five years looks positive as it predicted to grow at the same rate with its expansion internationally and continued focused in satisfying consumers’ wants (Amazon, 2018a). Although, some factors such as governmental policies, legal issues and natural disasters could pose a threat to Amazon’s growth plans, the management team led by the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) are working on mitigating the risk (Amazon, 2018a).
The business model of Amazon ensures that the product is available for the customer at the best possible price. The fast shipping strategies also ensure customer satisfaction. These aspects offer an excellent value proposition to the customer. Since Amazon is present globally and is successfully into business for a long time period, the strategies of Amazon are sustainable.
SUPPLY CHIAN NETWORK OF TARGET VALUE CHIAN ANALYSIS OF TARGET Value chain analysis is a set of inter - linked value creating activities performed by the organisation that begin with inputs, go through processing and continue up to outputs manufactured to customers. It is the set of activities that creates additional value for the customer. Value chain plays a central role in improving cost efficiency, quality and customer responsiveness. Each activity in the value chain adds to the value of product in each process from its creation to delivery.
Amazon is a domination force that all other retailers have to compete with and they will only get better. When they began to dominate the market, some retailers followed suit and increase their online presence like Walmart and EBay. They even began to lower their prices to compete with Amazon. This resulted in several other retailers, who did not
Amazon’s competitive strategy is cost leadership. Amazon has achieved a lot on a great scale that it gets the best prices from its vendors so they can operate in very flexible and thin margins and sell their items easily at retail prices and make money. They also provide shipping products for a reasonable cheap price. They also have improved their warehouses by giving some space to other sellers who want to sell their items through Amazon. They differentiate and provide better quality than their competitors across the industry.
Causes According to Amin & Noor (2013), the E-consumers generally refer to the purchaser of goods and services over electronic systems such as Internet and other computer networks. This new group of consumers is increasing in number over the years as on-line shopping become a trend and manifestation of modern life style. Based from the Paynter & Lim (2001), E-commerce would provide consumers with benefits such as interactive communications, fast delivery, and more customization that would only be available for consumers through online shopping. Product information in the Internet is more compact and it ranges from various sites.
This paper presents an overview of Kmart retail supply chain in New Zealand. Various IT systems and software used by Kmart are presented in this paper. The new IT systems and business applications are also proposed. In retail sector, IT is involved at every point right from supply chain management to POS terminals for transaction processing. Efficient use of technology and IT systems can bring innovation. The paper highlights an SLA and business case for a new business application proposed for Kmart New Zealand. The paper also through light on critique of created IT plan for Kmart and comparison with another plan.
Walmart, Amazon, and EBay 1. Analyse each of these companies using the value chain and competitive forces models. The value chain model of Amazon in itself is internally and operationally the best that adds value and maintains competitive advantage. The primary activities include Inbound logistics for example quality control, receiving, raw materials, control and supply schedules; Operations for example packaging , maintenance, quality control; Outbound Logistics for example
International Business Machines (IBM)- 1) Introduction IBM (International business machines) corporation is one of the biggest multinational computer technologies and IT consulting company spread over 170 countries with 330,000 employees. It has its headquarters in Armonk, New York, United States. IBM started its business on June 16, 1911. It is the manufacturer of computer parts for hardware and software and, consulting services and hosting services. And also offers services in infrastructure.
1.1. The aviation value chain The value chain shown below describes all the activities involved in air travel. Airports serve as a gateway to aviation and hence are a key link in the air transport value chain. They play a vital role in facilitating tourism and business travel and global supply chains as well.
Terms of Reference H&M also known as Hennes & Mauritz is one of the most leading apparel companies globally; one of creativity and style. The company is one which believes that it should offer to its customers fashion and quality at the best price. The aim of this report is to assess H&M’s company organizational culture as well as the core competencies and capabilities of the company; and how it has used these to attain the position at which it is at today in the fashion and apparel industry.
People can reach nowadays more information about the products and services that they are intending to buy. Consumers can either search for marketer-generated information or the information generated by other consumers. In addition, both consumers and marketers can post visual instruments via the Internet, such as images and videos. On the one hand, this is a great opportunity for marketers to release their products and services in a cost-effective way; and, on the other hand, this gives consumers an opportunity to get visually-supported information which will, in turn, help them to make better decisions. Furthermore, the Internet provides a convenient way for marketers and consumers to communicate with one another.
We all know that shopping at stores requires us to go to mall or department stores in buying supplies and spend our money. Now we live in the age of internet and buying things can now be done by clicking a mouse. Because of the numerous benefits of shopping online more and more people these days prefer online shopping over conventional shopping. But which one gives us the best benefits? Our discussion centered on three differences between shopping at stores and shopping online.