Heather Evans Case
October 17, 2011
With this opportunity, Heather would be making the best use of the changing trends in the clothing style of professional women who are looking for new stylish, yet professional looks for the workplace. This is a great opportunity for Heather because of the large potential for growth in this fragmented industry and because of the large market segment with almost $5 billion in sales. The short selling cycles (5 cycles per year) make sales and profits very volatile, and the firm could obtain high yields within shorter periods of time, but if the products are not to the customers’ liking, the company could be left with a large sum of unsold inventory. Although Heather set a professional project schedule, she did not follow her projected path, which led her to mistakes in delaying financial planning and investor meetings. By falling behind in her schedule, Heather did not leave too much time to prepare for the coming holiday season, which is a detrimental time for any business. Arden & Co. also did not show as much interest in her business plan as would have been preferred, which unfortunately left Heather relying on only one potential capital supplier. Even with all the effort she put into starting this business, she fell short on her planning skills. Ms. Evans also quickly proceeded with the rental of a business space to more accurately assess future risks while formulating a business plan, and although she wanted to lead the design technicalities, she did not have the best design proficiency. Her recruitment policy also has some associated risks because her assistants are completing most of the work without a higher level of commitment to the company. Positive relations with important providers in the industry such as distribution channels, suppliers, and showrooms, represent a very important factor for success, but she failed to present her strengths and weaknesses on this matter. While projected...
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