Project #79913 - Costoco Case Study

WRITTEN CASE ANALYSIS 1:

 

 

 

Case 2: Costco Wholesale in 2008: Mission, Business Model and Strategy

 

 

 

Please prepare a report that answers each of the questions listed below in detail.  Use tables and charts as necessary to support your conclusions.  The report should be submitted in MSWord, double-spaced, with your name in a header in the upper right corner of each page.  The format of the report should be a narrative, using subject headings as needed to transition from question to question.  Do not use a question/answer format, as you are no longer in grade school!  Professionalism counts, so proof your work before you submit it.

 

Assignment Questions

 

1. What is Costco’s business model? Is the company’s business model appealing? Why or why not?

 

2. What are the chief elements of Costco’s strategy? How good is the strategy?

 

3. Do you think Jim Sinegal is an effective CEO? What grades would you give him in leading the process of crafting and executing Costco’s strategy? What support can you offer for these grades? Refer to Figure 2.1 in Chapter 2 in developing your answers.

 

4. How well is Costco performing from a financial perspective? Do some number-crunching using the data in case Exhibits 1 and 4 to support your answer. Use the financial ratios presented in Table 4.1 of Chapter 4 (pages 104-105) to help you diagnose Costco’s financial performance.  Remember to do both cross-sectional and longitudinal analysis.

 

5. Based on the data in case Exhibits 1 and 4, is Costco’s financial performance superior to that at Sam’s Club and BJ’s Wholesale?

 

6. Does the data in case Exhibit 2 indicate that Costco’s expansion outside the U.S. is financially successful? Why or why not?

 

7. How well is Costco performing from a strategic perspective? Does Costco enjoy a competitive advantage over Sam’s Club? Over BJ’s Wholesale? If so, what is the nature of its competitive advantage? Does Costco have a winning strategy? Why or why not?

 

8. Are Costco’s prices too low? Why or why not?

 

9. Does Costco pay its employees too much? Does it make sense for Costco to compensate its employees so much better than the employees at Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club? Why or why not?

 

10. What recommendations would you make to Jim Sinegal regarding the actions that Costco management needs to take to sustain the company’s growth and improve its financial performance?

 

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Due By (Pacific Time) 08/23/2015 02:00 pm
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