Discuss the internal factors as means of improving business, Operation Management

1.Read the following case: 

'Mr Soft n Cool Gelato' is an Ice Cream business owned by Alfredo and Guido Corleone. Since they started the business 18 years ago the firm has expanded steadily from a single ice cream parlour to a 25-parlour chain across the city of Turin. The ice cream for all of the parlours (which are all rented from a large property organisation) is manufactured by a workforce of 50, a large number of whom are relatives of the brothers. Manufacture takes place in a small factory leased from a local government business development agency. The ice-cream is made to a series of secret recipes given to the brothers by their mother on her death bed.  Currently the workers are paid on an hourly basis, although it has been regular practice to work 3 hours overtime two evenings a week (at double pay) for the last 2 years to achieve the levels of product output required. Unlike the majority of their competitors who have become heavily automated, the brothers pride themselves on the fact that their ice cream remains hand-made and blended. 

Despite the constant expansion of the business, the percentage profit (following tax and other deductions) on turnover made by Alfredo and Guido has not improved. The brothers are therefore considering an attempt to consolidate their business at its current level by carrying out a productivity assessment. 

Discuss the internal factors which the brothers could consider as a means of improving their business productivity. Remember that consolidation is intended at the current business level, and assume that the brothers are not in a position to move the location of either their factory or any of their retail outlets.

Posted Date: 3/19/2013 1:52:18 AM | Location : United States







Related Discussions:- Discuss the internal factors as means of improving business, Assignment Help, Ask Question on Discuss the internal factors as means of improving business, Get Answer, Expert's Help, Discuss the internal factors as means of improving business Discussions

Write discussion on Discuss the internal factors as means of improving business
Your posts are moderated
Related Questions
Do you think Diet Coke could have been repositioned to change consumers' perceptions of it enough to be considered a drink equally appealing to men? Why or why not?

A suburban specialty restaurant has developed a single drive-thru window. Customers order, pay, and pick up their food at the same window. Arrivals follow a Poisson distribution, w

Credibility - Customer Satisfaction and Service Quality Involves trustworthiness, believability and honesty. It involves having the customer's best interests at heart. Contrib

Explain Participation of workers in management. Workers' Participation in Management: Participation of workers in management can be in any shape, from establishing work-commi

The issue of fraud must be considered when managing risk as it could present a major liability to the organization. Fraud is an act that requires an aggressive response and correct

Explain the three fundamental principles of statistical thinking. Use an example from either your personal life or a work process to illustrate


How do you think management changed over the years in respect to the following? Organizational culture Corporate responsibility and ethics Culture and diversity conflicts

You are the project manager for the following project which started Feb. 1st, 2009. It is now March 1sr, 2009. Prepare a monthly status report for February 2009, using the project

Explain objectives and applicability of Factories Act 1948 . Objectives and Applicability: The Factories Act controls the conditions of work (health and safety) in factories