Last week in class we discussed the importance of managing inventory and managing suppliers. It has been stated in class many times that a company is only as strong as its weakest supplier. Simply stated, suppliers can make or break your business.
An interesting article on MSNBC (click here) discusses how J.C. Penney is revamping its inventory’s pricing with discounts of at least 40%. What exactly does this mean? As the title of the article simply points out, lower prices and fewer sales.
The article discusses how many Penney shoppers usually capitalize off the many sales the store offers, however, the frequency of the sales were confusing many consumers. Now, instead of all the sales, Penney will just have drastically cheaper products. The company is trying to make itself more like WalMart and Target.
The article doesn’t explain how exactly Penney plans on cutting the prices, but if it is adopting methods used by the likes of WalMart, it can be assumed that they’ll be cutting costs directly through suppliers. WalMart is the leader of supply chain management, which is how it has managed to keep prices so low.
One of the issues that the article mentions that may backfire against Penney is the loss of the customer who enjoys sales. Personally, I think it could be a very interesting psychology essay to go on and research how consumers think when it comes to sales. Personally, I don’t necessarily go out and look for sales, but when I do find out I’ve saved money due to being at the right store at the right time it makes me happy.
What do you all think? Is J.C. Penney making the right decision? Can it begin to compete with the likes of WalMart and Target, or is the company just a liability?