Jessica M. Hyde
University of Phoenix
Problem Statement: Kudler Fine Foods
Kudler Fine Food’s has put themselves on the California map as a premier gourmet grocery store for shoppers who are searching for the finest meats, produce, cheese and wines. After opening its first store in La Jolla in 1998, Kudler Fine Foods (KFF) has expanded their business to both Del Mar and Encinitas California. The shift in growth of Kudler Fine Foods’ organization has put the business in the position where there is a need for new approaches by management to guarantee KFF’s ongoing success. As the company continues to develop and expand over the next five years, there is a need to invest in technology to increase overall productivity of management tasks to allow for more time to focus on strong company values. KFF’s growth is in part to strong organizational values which include a customer oriented focus, small business culture, and providing customers’ gourmet foods for their ultimate dining experience. Implementing technology which will automate the manual inventory and ordering system within KFF will minimize the responsibility on the owner to ensure the product is ordered correctly. At this current time there is the opportunity to reduce this responsibility by either hiring someone to help with purchasing and inventory levels or training other managers to use an automated system. Both options would render some costs, but to implement an automated system will save time and reduce mistakes for the organization. An automated inventory and ordering system would be a significant to a new management approach at KFF. This part of the business has always been managed manually by one person, the owner Kathy Kudler. This change will allow for management to reduce the time spent on manual processes, and focus on the core values of the company. Automating will allow for a competitive advantage against future direct and...