Florida State College Opportunities and Challenges of Going Private Case Analysis
Matt Weber and Zach Heuer, CEO and COO respectively of Naperville Hardware Distributors were frustrated with their fourth quarter financial results. At the beginning of the quarter they had been enthusiastic about the profit picture for the company. The economy had been in an economic slump last year, but the first quarter results of this year had shown a positive upturn in shipments. The second and third quarter results were even better. Matt and Zach had been almost exuberant even though profits had not shown much improvement. They both felt the profits in the fourth quarter would improve significantly because they had carryover expenses from the previous year, which they covered with revenue generated during the second and third quarters. While their net profits had again improved in the fourth quarter, the result were not what they expected.
They had their CFO, Carl Weber, do a “deep dive” on their costs for the year. Carl also did some benchmarking for them. Carl came to the conclusion that they were spending too much money on transportation and related distribution service. They were currently utilizing a third party logistics services company, LMZ. In addition to delivering the hardware products to wholesalers and large retailers, LMZ also received, these services, including the transportation.
Matt and Zach were surprised by Carl’s conclusion about the outsourcing of their transportation and related logistics services because they had been dealing with LMZ for about 10 years. But they were even more surprised by the recommendation to insource. Private transportation service and order fulfillment was not one of their core competencies. They had some reservations.
Your instructions are to help them with their costs by writing a 2- page paper (not including the title page and reference page) presenting the opportunities and challenges in going private.
This is a Transportation Management Course so the 2 page paper must cover transportation and logistics solutions. Also must in in APA style writing. The paper must be completed by 7/11/2020 11:59 PM EST. Also all references must be United States reference no outside the US references. I can provide access to course to gather information on Learning Objectives for this module.