Exhibit 6 shows the current staffing in each subsidiary and the projected annual savings under direct distribution. The IDSC was designed to be a bulk storage and transfer facility, where finished products were received, stored, and shipped in bulk, primarily in pallet quantities moved with forklifts.
To address the backorder problem, the IDSC tried to have subsidiaries transfer inventory to other locations when needed. In preparation for a more integrated European market, many companies were shifting from nationally-based strategies to more regionally-oriented approaches. The factory in Enschede, Netherlands manufactured film for consumer cameras and conducted chemical processing for operations in Scotland.
In addition, the transportation group in Cambridge considered the possibility of having a third-party logistics provider assume responsibility for Polaroid management and central warehouse distribution and warehousing.
Exhibit 12 shows the current service provided by the U. An alternative candidate for direct distribution, which had the support of the European regional office, was Austria.
The European managers argued that the computer system was responsible for the effectiveness of the U. In SeptemberWorld Wide Licenses, a subsidiary of The Character Group plc, was granted the exclusive rights for three years to manufacture and sell digital cameras under the Polaroid brand for distribution internationally.
Service was changed to once-a-week delivery; each customer was guaranteed delivery on a particular day of the week.
Efforts by Logistic providers for pan-European service capabilities 4. These site at Enschede also served as a central distribution site and export center. The IDSC shipped products to the remaining subsidiaries once a week; many of these shipments were in full truckload quantities, although less than truckload quantities were shipped when necessary.
Furthermore, subsidiaries sometimes felt that their own methods for product identification for product groupings, for examplewere superior to those specified by headquarters.
Furthermore, there was concern that growth in road traffic could cause substantial traffic congestion. By working from a common platform, we were able to put in a distribution requirements planning system, rolling sales forecasts, and an inventory information system with standard pan-European definitions.
When Kodak announced instant film cameras inPolaroid announced they were suing them, accusing Kodak of having stolen its patented instant photography process. For example, if the Italian subsidiary adopted direct distribution, the Italian subsidiary would transmit information about customer-specific orders to the IDSC.
Opposition from Unions in different subsidiaries against the layoff could cause serious problems like high severance package and possible strikes Benefits Of Centralized Warehouse system: The national subsidiaries had knowledge of customer-specific distribution requirements, such as special packaging needs, customer preferences about product delivery times and locations, and how to handle rush orders.
Particularly important accounts included the drugstore chain Boots the Chemist, which sold film, Dixons, which sold cameras, and Tesco, a grocery chain that sold Polaroid video tape. The company marketed a wide variety of instant photographic products to consumers and commercial customers around the world.
Exhibit 1 presents selected financial statistics for Polaroid.
In contrast, others felt that Enschede would fully develop the appropriate capabilities when it was put to the test. The plant at Enschede had a layoff earlier in the year and the plant manager was worried that another layoff of staff at the same location could cause a manufacturing strike.
Marketing managers in the European subsidiaries were very concerned that the proposed changes required heavy reliance on computer systems.
Some consideration had already been given to the possibility of using third-party distribution services in Italy. Studies of Polaroid dealers found that they perceived the change in service to be an improvement. All of the subsidiaries had had significant contact with Enschede, and some had experienced service problems, such as shipment delays, in the past.
Using a third party to provide logistics services was viewed as having several advantages, including the fact that a third party would be able to invest in and maintain state of the art warehousing facilities that Polaroid would be unable to provide.Transcript of Polaroid Case Study. Polaroid Case Study presented by Eduardo Duran, Kingtrix Fernandes, James Janney, Eli Shaw, Yifan Tang Having support of European Management Maintaining most jobs for employees in European subsidiaries Recommend Centralized Distribution with the IDSC being central warehouse.
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