Module Title:Information Systems
Module Leader:Lynn Snape
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UNDERGRADUATE BUSINESS STUDIES COURSE SCHEME
Assessment - Semester 2, 2010/11
This Assignment relates to the case study: and meets Learning Outcomes LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4 Case Study
Aalsmeer Flower Auction
Aalsmeer Flower Auction in the Netherlands offers global growers, wholesalers and exporters a central marketplace in which to trade flowers and plants. It gives them access to a range of marketing channels and financial information, storage and logistics facilities. Within the floricultural value chain, growers are the initial suppliers. Demand comes from exporters, importers, wholesalers, cash and carry stores, and retailers. Within this chain, auctions play a mediation role – they bring together suppliers and buyers and so determine prices. Sometimes these are world prices, since many parties throughout the world use them as price indicators. Another role is to increase efficiency by breaking large consignments from growers into smaller amounts for buyers. This chain was originally dominated by growers who were able to sell what they produced in a steadily growing market. The auction was able to determine how to conduct business and took a fairly passive role. Three developments threatened that comfortable position.
1) The emergence of alternative, electronically driven flower markets.
2) The auction met the needs of growers, but not those of retailers. To satisfy changing consumer tastes the retailers asked for fresher products, more varieties, smaller quantities and multiple deliveries each week. They felt demand should have more influence on supply.
3) Mergers and acquisitions among retailers increased their size and power. At the same time growers became more professional, which led to a more formal way of doing business and interest in new, perhaps electronic, ways of selling.
The board of the Aalsmeer Flower Auction felt that they had to react to these changes to support its business processes and to connect with suppliers and buyers. The initial objectives of these e-business activities were to enable innovation, redefine the value chain reduce transaction costs, strengthen the link with wholesalers and retailers, and to increase market share. The board hired an...