Select an organization that started as a brick and mortar business and is now engaged in e-business (e.g., Toys 'R' Us or Home Depot).Explain how e-business has affected your selected organization's business processes.
Select an organization that started as a brick and mortar business and is now engaged in e-business (e.g., Toys 'R' Us or Home Depot). Prepare a 700-1,050-word paper explaining how e-business has affected your selected organization's business processes. Be sure to give a brief history of the company and to analyze the advantages, limitations, and risks of using or not using the Internet for business activities.
Please read the above carefully - the history is to be "brief" and at least 75% of the paper is to be on e business - including how it specifically affected the business you selected!
Founded in 1978, The Home Depot (Retail) is the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer and the second largest retailer in the United States, with fiscal 2005 sales of $81.5 billion. The company employs approximately 345,000 associates and has 2,056 stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. Through its Home Depot Supply Division, the company operates one of the nation's largest diversified wholesale distributors, with operations in 41 states and Canada. The Home Depot has been recognized by FORTUNE magazine as the No. 1 Most Admired Specialty Retailer and the No. 13 Most Admired Corporation in America for 2006. According to the income statement the profitability of the Home depot is healthy and it has increase to the $5.8 bn in 2005 and also Sales have grown to $81.5 bn.
The company was also well known for its entrepreneurial and laissez-faire culture, a culture fostered by co-founders Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank, who led the company from 1978 to 2000. In late 2000 however, the board appointed Robert Nardelli, a GE veteran, as CEO. Nardelli was given the task of solving the problems that the company ran into in the late 1990s.
Home Depot's culture from an entrepreneurial and informal one, to one that focused on processes. He also introduced a fair amount of centralization and managed to link the various departments and regions of the company together.
The company operates The Home Depot Stores that offer an assortment of merchandise and services, including building materials, lumber and millwork, plumbing, electrical and kitchen, hardware and seasonal, paint, flooring and wall covering products, generators, and furnace and central air systems, as well as provides installation services, such as carpeting, flooring, cabinets, countertops, and water heaters. The Home Depot was founded by Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank in 1978. The company is based in Atlanta, Georgia. The Home Depot, Inc. acquired Hughes Supply, Inc. in March 2006.
The Home Depot also operates EXPO Design Center stores, which provides home decorating, remodeling, and installation services for middle-to upper-income DIFM customers. It also offers products through its Web site, www.homedepot.com.
The Home Depot sources merchandise from over 40 countries. We directly import from 268 vendors, with 555 factories. Over 80% of our products are sourced from ...
This explains the impact of e-business on business processes