Introduction

 

Kingfisher PLC is a multinational
company which is engaged in home improvement business. The headquarter is in
London and the company has its stores in more than 950 locations around 8
countries in Europe and Asia. The company was found in 1982 after a buyout of
British Woolworth supermarket chain by Paternoster Stores Ltd. The company than
expanded its business by series of mergers and acquisitions with brands like
B&Q, Comet, Castorama and Superdrug. The company recorded its revenue of £
10.4 billion in 2001 while the operating profit for the same year was whooping
£704 million. Around 80,000 employees are employed around its super market
chain.

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This
report will include the background information of the Kingfisher Plc
organization which will tackle the history of the organization’s formation and
development and its mission and values statement. The major stakeholders would
also be mentioned, and their powers and function shall be evaluated as well. This report will focus on the IT infrastructure
and concepts of this company.

 

 

Table of content

 

1)     
About
Kingfisher PLC

1.1 Introduction to Business

1.2  Organization Structure and Departments

1.3 Goals, Mission and Vision

      

2)     
Information
Technology IT Assists and Services Infrastructure     

 

       3) Analysis

3.1 Threats and Opportunities

3.2 Strength and weakness

3.3 Stake Holders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.     ABOUT KINGFISHER PLC

1.1 Introduction to business

In the year 1982, FW Woolworth was acquired by Paternoster.
This deal came with a small chain of home improvement stores. This was the
start of Europe’s biggest retail company. In 1984, this company bought the
chains of Cornet electrical whereas in 1987 they acquired the health and beauty
stores of Superdrug.

The company’s B continued its expansion in 1990’s when
it opened its Warehouse style stores.  In
1998, B merged with Castorama France’s leading home improvement retail
store and in the following year, B&Q opened its first store in China. This
era of 1990’s also marked other acquisitions such as Screwfix.

During the year 2000, the organization decided to focus its
expansion on the home improvement front, thus Woolsworth was demerged and
Superdrug was sold. In 2002, Castorama remaining stakes were acquired to
develop the home improvement chains throughout Europe. This organization
focused completely in expanding internationally by creating new businesses in regions
like Turkey, Russia and Spain. Their core businesses were developed in the
United Kingdom, Poland and France. The organization today has a total of 830
stores and eight markets across Europe and Asia.

1.2  Organisational structure and
department:

The organisational structure of Kingfisher Plc shows the
head being the Chairman – Andy Cosslett. Next in the heairchy would be the
Chief executive officer – Véronique Laury. There are around five major
directors who report to the CEO, which are Chief Financal Officer, Head of
Group reward, Chief technology officer, Head or Market relations and the Chief
customer officer.

 

 

 

                                                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fig:1.2 Organisational Structure

 

1.3 Goals,
Mission and Vision

Kingfisher
PLc’s key mission statement is to deliver more value for the shareholders by
focusing on three major key priorities which are management; capital and
returns. They are dedicated in having a consultative and participative
management rather than a directive management. They also encourage authority
delegation and decision making for the lowest possible member of their
organization. Collective effort and teamwork is always insisted, and it is
Kingfishers belief that a network of communication which is informal can lead
into trust, innovation and learning. Kingfisher also supports attractive
compensation to a people who have great performance.

Organizational
Values

Kingfisher
aims in achieving appropriate profit so that they can provide an attractive
return to its shareholders and in financing company’s growth. The profit for
the company is the reward for their efforts in offering the customers the right
kinds of products and services. The profit in the long run is the one of the measures
of their corporate performance. It is their belief that if the profit objective
is met on continual basis, the other corporate objectives will follow.

Kingfisher
believes their basic duty is to provide clients with quality services and products.
The organization main motto is that the customers shall always come first. The consumer’s
interest should be the company’s interest as well, and this will provide them
with a long-term partnership with each another. Kingfisher also ensures that their
products always represent value for money so that they keep their customers
happy. Also, it is Kingfisher’s strategy to exert efforts only in the markets
and industry where the organization can excel. (Essays, UK. (November 2013))

 

2.     IT Assets and Services and
Infrastructure:

 

Kingfisher
has its IT Services know as KITS which were formed to deliver robust but a very
cost-effective IT solution to various Kingfisher Group Operating departments.
The IT leadership has developed a strategy where they exploit the economies of
scale afforded by pooling resources wherever possible. Due to the major
acquisitions & mergers over the years has meant that KITS is made up of
disparate infrastructures consisting of a variety of technologies and
solutions.

Majorly a physical
consolidation was a need for a group-hosting infrastructure that linked the
legacy islands. The objective was to provide users. access to shared systems
from any Kingfisher Operating Company. The shared area will enable KITS to
rapidly deploy shared systems thus aligning with the “Delivering Value” plan
and business expansion across all market sectors. Many critical services were
required within the Kingfisher network to facilitate the delivery of a
reliable, useable, manageable and secure group hosting area. These services
included Active Directory, DNS, IP address management and NTP.

A third
party Gyrocom was engaged to provide Kingfisher with a clear framework of
Core Network Services. This focused on an integrated delivery of DNS, DHCP, and
IP Address Management (DDI) and enabled the KITS environment to integrate the
various operating companies and rapidly provision new services into the group
hosting area. The revised framework also integrates into legacy infrastructures
and provides a global view of the IP addressing estate across the entire
Kingfisher Group.

 

3.     Analysis

3.1 THREATS
AND OPPORTUNITIES

 

Threats:

·        
There
can be major increase in labour costs.

·        
With the acquisition of Asda by wall mart there
is a major competition among companies to increase the margins and volume. In
this case kingfisher would need to face the completion at global level.

·        
Technology mostly used by the market is cheap
and thus it will be a threat for kingfisher as they use latest technology at
high cost.

Opportunities:

·        
The company’s current market is limited to
Europe and Asia. Thus, they have potential of expanding to American and African
region.

·        
There are lots of small companies which can be
acquired by Kingfisher to expand its operations.

·        
Kingfisher can diversify its market to any other
suitable business sectors using its knowledge and experience rather than
relying on home appliances and products sales.

 

3.2  Strength and Weakness:

 

Strength:

·        
Kingfisher has strong brands such as B&Q,
screwfix, Brico Depot, and Koctas which competitors do not have

·        
Kingfisher offers new and stylish range of
products which make it a much more visited place.

·        
Kingfisher offers best prices among the
competitors thus leading to Loyal Customers.

Weakness:

Other than UK and France markets, kingfisher has lower
market share around the globe.

The Company pays very little attention to research and
development activities.

The recent performance of the company shows they have a weak
management.

 

 

3.3 Stakeholders:

The major
stakeholders are the customers, employees, management, government.

 

References:

https://www.kingfisher.com/index.asp?pageid=40

https://www.computing.co.uk/ctg/news/2343224/kingfisher-plc-to-revolutionise-it-service-desk-with-servicenow

Essays, UK. (November 2013). Corporate Strategy For
Kingfisher Plc Commerce Essay. Retrieved from https://www.ukessays.com/essays/commerce/corporate-strategy-for-kingfisher-plc-commerce-essay.php?cref=1

www.google.co.nzIntroduction

 

Kingfisher PLC is a multinational
company which is engaged in home improvement business. The headquarter is in
London and the company has its stores in more than 950 locations around 8
countries in Europe and Asia. The company was found in 1982 after a buyout of
British Woolworth supermarket chain by Paternoster Stores Ltd. The company than
expanded its business by series of mergers and acquisitions with brands like
B&Q, Comet, Castorama and Superdrug. The company recorded its revenue of £
10.4 billion in 2001 while the operating profit for the same year was whooping
£704 million. Around 80,000 employees are employed around its super market
chain.

This
report will include the background information of the Kingfisher Plc
organization which will tackle the history of the organization’s formation and
development and its mission and values statement. The major stakeholders would
also be mentioned, and their powers and function shall be evaluated as well. This report will focus on the IT infrastructure
and concepts of this company.

 

 

Table of content

 

1)     
About
Kingfisher PLC

1.1 Introduction to Business

1.2  Organization Structure and Departments

1.3 Goals, Mission and Vision

      

2)     
Information
Technology IT Assists and Services Infrastructure     

 

       3) Analysis

3.1 Threats and Opportunities

3.2 Strength and weakness

3.3 Stake Holders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.     ABOUT KINGFISHER PLC

1.1 Introduction to business

In the year 1982, FW Woolworth was acquired by Paternoster.
This deal came with a small chain of home improvement stores. This was the
start of Europe’s biggest retail company. In 1984, this company bought the
chains of Cornet electrical whereas in 1987 they acquired the health and beauty
stores of Superdrug.

The company’s B continued its expansion in 1990’s when
it opened its Warehouse style stores.  In
1998, B merged with Castorama France’s leading home improvement retail
store and in the following year, B&Q opened its first store in China. This
era of 1990’s also marked other acquisitions such as Screwfix.

During the year 2000, the organization decided to focus its
expansion on the home improvement front, thus Woolsworth was demerged and
Superdrug was sold. In 2002, Castorama remaining stakes were acquired to
develop the home improvement chains throughout Europe. This organization
focused completely in expanding internationally by creating new businesses in regions
like Turkey, Russia and Spain. Their core businesses were developed in the
United Kingdom, Poland and France. The organization today has a total of 830
stores and eight markets across Europe and Asia.

1.2  Organisational structure and
department:

The organisational structure of Kingfisher Plc shows the
head being the Chairman – Andy Cosslett. Next in the heairchy would be the
Chief executive officer – Véronique Laury. There are around five major
directors who report to the CEO, which are Chief Financal Officer, Head of
Group reward, Chief technology officer, Head or Market relations and the Chief
customer officer.

 

 

 

                                                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fig:1.2 Organisational Structure

 

1.3 Goals,
Mission and Vision

Kingfisher
PLc’s key mission statement is to deliver more value for the shareholders by
focusing on three major key priorities which are management; capital and
returns. They are dedicated in having a consultative and participative
management rather than a directive management. They also encourage authority
delegation and decision making for the lowest possible member of their
organization. Collective effort and teamwork is always insisted, and it is
Kingfishers belief that a network of communication which is informal can lead
into trust, innovation and learning. Kingfisher also supports attractive
compensation to a people who have great performance.

Organizational
Values

Kingfisher
aims in achieving appropriate profit so that they can provide an attractive
return to its shareholders and in financing company’s growth. The profit for
the company is the reward for their efforts in offering the customers the right
kinds of products and services. The profit in the long run is the one of the measures
of their corporate performance. It is their belief that if the profit objective
is met on continual basis, the other corporate objectives will follow.

Kingfisher
believes their basic duty is to provide clients with quality services and products.
The organization main motto is that the customers shall always come first. The consumer’s
interest should be the company’s interest as well, and this will provide them
with a long-term partnership with each another. Kingfisher also ensures that their
products always represent value for money so that they keep their customers
happy. Also, it is Kingfisher’s strategy to exert efforts only in the markets
and industry where the organization can excel. (Essays, UK. (November 2013))

 

2.     IT Assets and Services and
Infrastructure:

 

Kingfisher
has its IT Services know as KITS which were formed to deliver robust but a very
cost-effective IT solution to various Kingfisher Group Operating departments.
The IT leadership has developed a strategy where they exploit the economies of
scale afforded by pooling resources wherever possible. Due to the major
acquisitions & mergers over the years has meant that KITS is made up of
disparate infrastructures consisting of a variety of technologies and
solutions.

Majorly a physical
consolidation was a need for a group-hosting infrastructure that linked the
legacy islands. The objective was to provide users. access to shared systems
from any Kingfisher Operating Company. The shared area will enable KITS to
rapidly deploy shared systems thus aligning with the “Delivering Value” plan
and business expansion across all market sectors. Many critical services were
required within the Kingfisher network to facilitate the delivery of a
reliable, useable, manageable and secure group hosting area. These services
included Active Directory, DNS, IP address management and NTP.

A third
party Gyrocom was engaged to provide Kingfisher with a clear framework of
Core Network Services. This focused on an integrated delivery of DNS, DHCP, and
IP Address Management (DDI) and enabled the KITS environment to integrate the
various operating companies and rapidly provision new services into the group
hosting area. The revised framework also integrates into legacy infrastructures
and provides a global view of the IP addressing estate across the entire
Kingfisher Group.

 

3.     Analysis

3.1 THREATS
AND OPPORTUNITIES

 

Threats:

·        
There
can be major increase in labour costs.

·        
With the acquisition of Asda by wall mart there
is a major competition among companies to increase the margins and volume. In
this case kingfisher would need to face the completion at global level.

·        
Technology mostly used by the market is cheap
and thus it will be a threat for kingfisher as they use latest technology at
high cost.

Opportunities:

·        
The company’s current market is limited to
Europe and Asia. Thus, they have potential of expanding to American and African
region.

·        
There are lots of small companies which can be
acquired by Kingfisher to expand its operations.

·        
Kingfisher can diversify its market to any other
suitable business sectors using its knowledge and experience rather than
relying on home appliances and products sales.

 

3.2  Strength and Weakness:

 

Strength:

·        
Kingfisher has strong brands such as B&Q,
screwfix, Brico Depot, and Koctas which competitors do not have

·        
Kingfisher offers new and stylish range of
products which make it a much more visited place.

·        
Kingfisher offers best prices among the
competitors thus leading to Loyal Customers.

Weakness:

Other than UK and France markets, kingfisher has lower
market share around the globe.

The Company pays very little attention to research and
development activities.

The recent performance of the company shows they have a weak
management.

 

 

3.3 Stakeholders:

The major
stakeholders are the customers, employees, management, government.

 

References:

https://www.kingfisher.com/index.asp?pageid=40

https://www.computing.co.uk/ctg/news/2343224/kingfisher-plc-to-revolutionise-it-service-desk-with-servicenow

Essays, UK. (November 2013). Corporate Strategy For
Kingfisher Plc Commerce Essay. Retrieved from https://www.ukessays.com/essays/commerce/corporate-strategy-for-kingfisher-plc-commerce-essay.php?cref=1

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