Kudler Fine Foods (KFF) is a specialty food store located in San Diego, CA in three locations: La Jolla, Del Mar and Encinitas and plans to open a new store in Carlsbad. Each store has the following departments: Bakery, Meats, Produce, and Cheese and Wine. KFF was established by Kathy Kudler who goal was to create a premier gourmet grocery chain for shoppers who are in search of the finest cheeses, meats, wines and produces. "Her vision was to create one store that would stock a wide selection of the freshest ingredients as well as all of the tools a gourmet cook could ever want" (Apollo Group, Inc., 2007).
KFF is continuing to grow, and the structure of our management must be compliant with such growth. I created this Plan Summary in order to provide us with guidance to achieve a more effective management system.
Nowadays Kathy is the mainly operations manager for the entire organization and controls most of the purchases made by the stores, taking her away of more strategic planning or the development of new products, as the catering service that she wants to offer.
Having this scenario the plan I developed recommend the hire of five new positions.
-1 purchasing manager-4 purchasing clerksThe purchasing manager will be responsible for overseeing and controlling all the purchases made by the stores, possible contracts, best deals, availability, quality, support and/or warranty and reliability of the supplier as well as the product offered, always keeping in mind that KFF wants to offer products with the highest quality at the lowest possible cost.
Each purchasing clerks will be assign to each store, including the new location. The purchasing clerks will answer immediately to the purchasing manager and alongside with him will help to find the best deals for KFF.