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Barilla Spa Case Analysis

Autor:   •  October 10, 2011  •  Case Study  •  4,572 Words (19 Pages)  •  5,220 Views

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Table of Contents

Executive Summary……………………………………………………………….3

Introduction………………………………………………………………………..4

Problem Description……………………………………………………………….5

External and Internal Resistances to JITD program……………………………….9

Solution…………………………………………………………………………....11

Recommendations to the solution …. …….………………………………………12

Other recommendations…………………………………………………………...15

Customer response to the solution…………………………………………………16

Conclusion………………………………………………………………………....21

Executive Summary

Barilla SpA, an Italian pasta manufacturer is experiencing problems in manufacturing and distribution systems caused by fluctuations in demand. To eliminate these difficulties Giorgio Maggiali, the Chief of Barilla’s Logistics Department, has been trying to implement the Just-In-Time-Distribution, further referred as JITD, system proposed by his predecessor Brando Vitali. JITD can be called a remake of popular “Just-In-Time” manufacturing concept. Although Maggiali has been trying to convince his consumers that the JITD would definitely work, he has not made much progress. The program was met with significant resistance by the distributors and Barilla’s own Sales and Marketing organizations. Now Maggiali is looking for possible solutions of the problem.

In the following analysis we will provide recommendations, which will help Barilla to successfully implement the JITD system and thus decrease its costs, increase efficiencies and its profits.

Introduction

Barilla SpA was founded in 1975 by Pietro Barilla. From a small shop in Palma, Italy, it became a large, vertically integrated corporation with mills, plants and factories located throughout the Italy. Barilla’s success highly depended on its’ quality of product and innovative marketing programs, which created strong brand name.

The company was sold to Grace Inc. in 1971, because the building of a huge plant in Perdignano drove the owners “deeply into debt”. Grace brought additional capital investment and professional management practice

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