Is Dell a Supply Chain Leader Anymore?

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TaimoorZ
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Re: Will Dell's strategy work?
TaimoorZ   2/26/2013 4:21:57 PM
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"Dell's inability to come up with products that consumers want has slowed sales and reduced revenues"

@The Source: Yes, these are the reasons behind slow sales and reduced revenues but they may not necessarily impact the supply chain. The supply chain can remain intact if Dell is able to forecast the reduced demand and adjust production accordingly.


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Re: Future of Dell
Jacob   2/25/2013 3:04:22 AM
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@the source, I believe that still dell is the number 1 in laptop and desktop business. When competition becomes tight, only the margin/profit can be compromised. I mean they can decrees the profit level and not to be sell in loss.

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Re: Is Dell a Supply Chain Leader Anymore?
The Source   2/21/2013 4:35:57 PM
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SP,

I'm sure this will interest you.  Dell is laying off employees. Here's a link to the story

http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/news/2012/09/06/dell-confirms-unspecified-number-of.html

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Re: Will Dell's strategy work?
The Source   2/21/2013 4:04:14 PM
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TaimoorZ,

You said: "I don't think lack of innovation or failure to expand in a product line affects a company's supply chain."  Really?  I can't agree.  Dell has not developed products that consumers want to buy, and companies that can't innovate and develop new products that attract consumer demand will see a corresponding ripple effect in their supply chain. Products that can't compete don't sell, and that affects demand and supply, inventory levels, sales and marketing, etc. Dell's inability to come up with products that consumers want has slowed sales and reduced revenues.  It's a pitty that Dell has not been able to compete in the tablet and smartphone market. In the PC market Lenove and Acer are competing on price.  This is a very sad situation.   

 

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Re: Will Dell's strategy work?
Anna young   2/20/2013 2:28:55 AM
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TaimoorZ, I am aware of Dell's innovative supply Chains model. What I was basically hinting is Dell's well known PC business - where its greater revenue comes from is eroding with mobile devices markets.  Its storage business isn't integrating well. Dell has the expertise and clout to do well. Going private isn't sufficient for Dell.  

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Is Dell a Supply Chain Leader Anymore?
SP   2/19/2013 8:06:08 PM
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I guess Dell kept changing its strategies quite frequently and lost its no. one position. I remember they started setting up Electroncs R&D team here and interviewed many people. And soon they started laying off. Guess they were not clear. Now the competition is really tough in PC market. They really have to reinvent and keep focus.

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Re: Can it regain its mojo?
TaimoorZ   2/19/2013 6:11:58 AM
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"I'm sure that Michael Dell believes in his company and still thinks it has a chance to thrive and survive in the future"

@The Source: I think Michael Dell certainly believes a lot in his company and forsees considerable growth and profits in the future. This is perhaps the reason why he's looking to buy the company out.

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Re: Similar story
TaimoorZ   2/19/2013 6:09:05 AM
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"Dell will really need to innovate in some market to succeed as only being a low cost commodity configurer is a losing battle."

@Flyingscot: I think all the avenues that Dell can potentially step into have intense competition. I don't think there are many options for Dell to increase profitability by expanding into new markets. I think what they should focus on is bringing about operational efficiencies and cutting down costs.

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Re: Will Dell's strategy work?
TaimoorZ   2/19/2013 6:06:00 AM
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"For instance, the company has to do a better job in providing services and developing software. It currently lacks a firm foothold in the smartphones and tablets markets."

@Anna: I agree with this but I don't think lack of innovation or failure to expand in a product line affects a company's supply chain. Dell has been well-known for it's supply chain strength for over the years and I don't think their inability to make success in the tablet or mobile market has anything to do with it.


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Will Dell's strategy work?
Anna young   2/19/2013 2:39:46 AM
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Nicole, I'm sure Dell's management have carried out an in-depth analysis of its current situation and may also have various strategic moves up its sleeves, but I think going private may not resolve many of its current challenges. For instance, the company has to do a better job in providing services and developing software. It currently lacks a firm foothold in the smartphones and tablets markets. I'm curious to know where the company aims to reinvent itself.

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