Read through this case study and summarize alternate solutions as well as proposed strategy and conclusion into the power point template provided. So basically just slides 9-15.

Target attempted to expand their brand into the Canadian market but missed many signs of setbacks. If these setbacks had been identified and addressed, Target could still be thriving in Canada today. Target strategy caused them to succumb to the problem of expanding too quickly and lost sight of what their real goals were. They opened more stores then they could procure merchandise for which lead to customer dissatisfaction. Customers entering stores without anything to buy is a real indicator of how poorly the Canadian Target stores were being managed. Through strategic analysis, we identified all aspects of the organization and the forces that influenced the business. We evaluated SWOT, CREST, Porter’s 5 forces model, and a stakeholder analysis to help gauge the environment and conclude what Target should do in its current situation. Our team proposes three alternative actions Target could take, the first being an extended trial period where Target should delay opening over 100 stores and prolong their soft launch of 17 stores. The second alternative is to create a stronger forecasting plan for Canada and come up with a contingency plan in case suppliers cannot meet the customer demand of products. The final alternative is developing a cost leadership strategy and diversify the product line to help compete with Walmart and give the company better profit margin. The strongest action Target should take is the first alternative, the prolonged pilot test run, since this alternative has a low chance for error and will require a lot less investment then the other alternatives. Opening only 17 stores for a longer soft launch until Target can identify the issues in the supply chain will likely increase Target’s success opportunity for the Canadian expansion.

Target Corporation, a successful retail merchandiser operating in the United States, has built a business model of selling quality products at low prices. In their strategy to expand into a new geographical market, Target decided to expand into Canada in 2011 by buying Zellers from HBC and utilizing the existing Zellers retail spaces in Canada to open Target stores. Canada’s strong economy and consumer spending was identified as an advantageous expansion strategy; Target forecasted a great opportunity for increased revenue in the new market. Target chose an aggressive expansion strategy by opening 124 stores across the country in a span of 2-3 years.
As early as the soft store openings, there have been many controversies that have challenged Target’s expansion strategy. Some complaints include stock replenishment issues and higher price tags. Target’s lack of expertise and poor growth strategy in a new geographic market ultimately caused their expansion failure.
In this report, our team will identify the expansion problem facing Target and analyze the causes of the expansion problem using SWOT, CREST, Porter’s 5 Forces analysis and stakeholder analysis. We will then propose three alternatives on how to effectively expand the business into a new geographic market. Finally, we will propose the best strategy to successfully expand Target in Canada using an improved strategical expansion plan.

 

Sample Solution

Sample solution

Dante Alighieri played a critical role in the literature world through his poem Divine Comedy that was written in the 14th century. The poem contains Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. The Inferno is a description of the nine circles of torment that are found on the earth. It depicts the realms of the people that have gone against the spiritual values and who, instead, have chosen bestial appetite, violence, or fraud and malice. The nine circles of hell are limbo, lust, gluttony, greed and wrath. Others are heresy, violence, fraud, and treachery. The purpose of this paper is to examine the Dante’s Inferno in the perspective of its portrayal of God’s image and the justification of hell. 

In this epic poem, God is portrayed as a super being guilty of multiple weaknesses including being egotistic, unjust, and hypocritical. Dante, in this poem, depicts God as being more human than divine by challenging God’s omnipotence. Additionally, the manner in which Dante describes Hell is in full contradiction to the morals of God as written in the Bible. When god arranges Hell to flatter Himself, He commits egotism, a sin that is common among human beings (Cheney, 2016). The weakness is depicted in Limbo and on the Gate of Hell where, for instance, God sends those who do not worship Him to Hell. This implies that failure to worship Him is a sin.

God is also depicted as lacking justice in His actions thus removing the godly image. The injustice is portrayed by the manner in which the sodomites and opportunists are treated. The opportunists are subjected to banner chasing in their lives after death followed by being stung by insects and maggots. They are known to having done neither good nor bad during their lifetimes and, therefore, justice could have demanded that they be granted a neutral punishment having lived a neutral life. The sodomites are also punished unfairly by God when Brunetto Lattini is condemned to hell despite being a good leader (Babor, T. F., McGovern, T., & Robaina, K. (2017). While he commited sodomy, God chooses to ignore all the other good deeds that Brunetto did.

Finally, God is also portrayed as being hypocritical in His actions, a sin that further diminishes His godliness and makes Him more human. A case in point is when God condemns the sin of egotism and goes ahead to commit it repeatedly. Proverbs 29:23 states that “arrogance will bring your downfall, but if you are humble, you will be respected.” When Slattery condemns Dante’s human state as being weak, doubtful, and limited, he is proving God’s hypocrisy because He is also human (Verdicchio, 2015). The actions of God in Hell as portrayed by Dante are inconsistent with the Biblical literature. Both Dante and God are prone to making mistakes, something common among human beings thus making God more human.

To wrap it up, Dante portrays God is more human since He commits the same sins that humans commit: egotism, hypocrisy, and injustice. Hell is justified as being a destination for victims of the mistakes committed by God. The Hell is presented as being a totally different place as compared to what is written about it in the Bible. As a result, reading through the text gives an image of God who is prone to the very mistakes common to humans thus ripping Him off His lofty status of divine and, instead, making Him a mere human. Whether or not Dante did it intentionally is subject to debate but one thing is clear in the poem: the misconstrued notion of God is revealed to future generations.

 

References

Babor, T. F., McGovern, T., & Robaina, K. (2017). Dante’s inferno: Seven deadly sins in scientific publishing and how to avoid them. Addiction Science: A Guide for the Perplexed, 267.

Cheney, L. D. G. (2016). Illustrations for Dante’s Inferno: A Comparative Study of Sandro Botticelli, Giovanni Stradano, and Federico Zuccaro. Cultural and Religious Studies4(8), 487.

Verdicchio, M. (2015). Irony and Desire in Dante’s” Inferno” 27. Italica, 285-297.