Case of Woodmere Products

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Case 2: Woodmere Products Judith M. Schmitz

John Smith had just returned from what may prove to be one of his most important sales calls. John, a sales representative for a top furniture manufacturer, had been meeting with a representative from HomeHelp, a major home decorating retailer. It seems the buyer, Nan Peterson, and the product team she heads had just returned from the annual Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. At the conference, Nan’s team had attended several sessions on time-based logistics strategies. Even though Nan and her team had just been exposed to the new strategies, they felt it had the potential for significant competitive advantage in their industry. At the meeting with John, Nan explained that HomeHelp is an entrepreneurial company that encourages product teams to try new products and channel relations. The few rules a team has to follow are simple: (1) deal only with manufacturers (no independent distributors are contacted) and (2) keep costs low and service high. The second rule highlights HomeHelp’s basic business philosophy. HomeHelp is a design and home decorating retail chain that follows the warehouse club format. As such, a premium is placed on maintaining low overhead to support an everyday low price (EDLP) strategy. Service is also a premium since HomeHelp targets two distinct customer segments: do-it-yourself consumers, who need special in-store guidance; and interior decorators, who need speedy checkouts and convenient delivery or pickup. Nan explained that the team has been considering applying time-based logistics strategies to furniture. Such an arrangement had the potential to improve product availability for in-store customers while reducing overall inventory. HomeHelp’s close relationship with professional decorators required continued…...

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