Healthcare Ltd. is one of the leading and diversified global conglomerates in Bangladesh, with offices in all major cities, employing over 3000+ employees and dedicated to bringing the highest quality products and services to the customers. They have an annual turnover of US $60 million with diversified interests in Pharmaceuticals, FMCG, Information Technology Services, Aviation Services, Printing & Packaging Services, Trading Services, C & F Services, Apparels and more.
The conglomerate has an outstanding record of all around excellence and growth in the relevant business activities.
Like a Captain in the Ship, Leads the Bangladeshi local industries since 1954.Starting from Pharmaceuticals business is now managing more than 12 SBO. In the path of glory starts FMCG business in 2005, named as Agrovet & Beverages Ltd. Now has 9 different products items in its product basket. From Collection of “Raw material” to selection of “Packing material” everywhere keeps its commitment to the nation. carefully select the entire members perform inbound logistics to outbound logistics. select distributor as there distribution partners, maintain some criteria to select them. Sales forces of are the real star of the organization. The actually provide the sales revenue for the organization. As do not perform sufficient ATL activities so sales force has to do lot of activities.
So surely I can say that the report gives us a clear view about “Activity of Agrovet and Beverage Ltd.”
Bangladesh is a developing country, day by day the number of organization is increasing. So it is very difficult to choose any organization where have chance to learn something for future development.
With a vision to ensure the health, vigor and happiness for all, began its journey in 1954 with a small pharmaceutical production facility. In the year 2005, celebrated it’s 50th anniversary of establishment.
Over a little more than 50 years, has become one of the largest conglomerates in the country. In pursuit of excellence, flourished its business in various sectors including pharmaceutical, FMCG/Agrovet and Beverages, Textile and information Technology. With a yearly turnover of $70m, and work force of more than 3200 Guardian has become a phenomenon in the country.
Using the experience of manufacturing ethical medicine, ventured to establish THE AGROVET AND BEVERAGES LTD. in 2005. Primarily it started with a small range of products like ACME mango and orange juice, which is followed by the introduction of mineral water. Currently THE AGROVET AND BEVERAGES LTD. is pondering to introduce a wide range of products, some of which are under process of development.
I have done my internship program in Agrovet & Beverage Ltd. This paper prepared on the basis of the activity of Agrovet and Beverages Ltd.
In addition to the activity analysis of the agrovet products, this paper also provides me with a brief set of recommendations to what this company can do in order to enhance their market share.
Since 1954, The Laboratories Ltd. has been doing their operation in Bangladesh and today, it is one of the most successful business conglomerates having sister concerns and investments in various sectors in lot other areas in Bangladesh.
The history of The Laboratories Ltd. dates back to 1954 when a proprietorship firm was founded to manufacture ethical drugs. It started with the modest introduction of a few oral liquid products. The late Hamidur Rahman Sinha was the founder of the firm and was the main visionary of the organization until his sad demise in 1994.
The firm was converted into a private Limited company in the year 1976. Commercial operation at the modernized plant equipped with sophisticated and advanced facilities began toward the end of 1983. Many challenges were overcome successfully to transform the company from a small unit to what it is today.
continuously seeks to expand its production facilities, add employees and increase its sales and marketing efforts. According to the latest statistics, out of about 300 pharmaceutical companies in the country, The Labs is one of the top four.
has also endeavored to strengthen its network in international marketing operations to export its products abroad. We are optimistic about our continued growth and success.
Over the years our high achievement drive, our hard working and competent staff and confidence in our quality products have contributed to our growth. We have clear goals that inspire us and we believe to be possible for us to reach. We continuously strive to reach our goal of being the best in our field which indeed is what literally stands for.
refers the “the apex” or the “highest point”. Health vigor and happiness is the philosophy of the Laboratories. Its endeavor is to produce, distribute best quality drugs for the society and maintain the quality of the product in every steps of production. It also accelerates its activities for materializing the WHO (World health organization) ensuring health for all with in 2015.
is one of the leading and diversified global conglomerates in Bangladesh, with offices in all major cities, employing over 3000+ employees and dedicated to bringing the highest quality products and services to our customers. continuously seeks to expand its production facilities, add employees and increase its sales and marketing efforts. According to the latest statistics, out of about 300 pharmaceutical companies in the country, The ACME Labs is one of the top four.
The Laboratories Ltd, the pharmaceutical major and the flagship Company of the Group, is a Manufacturer and Global exporter of Human, Herbal and Veterinary Pharmaceutical products. Our comprehensive Product List ranges from Antibiotics to Histamines to Vitamins.
Historical Achievement of the ACME Laboratories Ltd:
is one of the leading pharmaceuticals company in Bangladesh. The top most pharmaceuticals company that has large contribution in the society and controls the drug market possessing huge market share in Bangladesh is one of those. Late Md. Hamidur Rahaman is the founder of the E Laboratories.
1954- Laboratories established as a proprietorship for manufacturing Pharmaceutical items.
1976- Laboratories converted into a private limited company.
1978- Introduces to produce Tablet and Capsule in new premises.
1983 – Commercial operation with modern facility at Dhamrai, 6 acres land 32 km from Dhaka.
1987-cCream and ointment added in production.
1990-Achieve average 25% growth rate compared to the 13% registered by pharmaceutical sectors.
1992- Introduce inject able products.
1997- Agro vet Division of manufacturing of veterinary and animal health care drugs in independent factory.
Names and Characteristics of the Founders
Establishment of was a great entrepreneurial effort of Late Hamidur Rahman Sinha way back in 1954 and is a vivid example of a great mind’s vision and its materialization. Post colonial Bengal was a place of great uncertainty and hardship. Industrialization facilities were meager and inadequate. One man came forward with his vision, amidst the political turmoil and utter lethargy of the then-new Government. It’s not an easy task to set up a highly sophisticated industry, and moreover do it without bank loans and governmental assistance. So it demanded immense effort, strong determination along with vision and dreams.
1954 was a milestone year in the history of the pharmaceutical industry. Late Hamidur Rahman Sinha might have thought it was a private entrepreneurial effort on his part, but in reality it was a resolute and brave footstep which played a part in pioneering the present pharmaceutical industry.
At the precise moment when this visionary man established the company at Narayangonj, though on a small scale, he had actually sown the seeds of today’s burgeoning almost self-sufficient pharmaceutical industry.
Now Bangladesh is exporting drugs to different countries of the world. Had Late Hamidur Rahman Sinha not taken such a courageous step, perhaps it would not have been possible for us to reach such heights of success.
It has been said that behind every successful man is a woman supporting and sustaining his efforts. We also remember his beloved wife, Mrs. Noorjahan Sinha, whose sacrifice, and unconditional support was always a source of inspiration to this visionary man.
As we celebrate 50th anniversary they are no longer with us, but their memories will forever remain in our hearts. At this auspicious moment, we pay our homage to them.
About Acme Agrovet and Beverage Ltd.
With a vision to ensure the health, vigor and happiness for all, began its journey in 1954 with a small pharmaceutical production facility. In the year 2005, celebrated its 50th anniversary of establishment.
Over a little more than 50 years, has become one of the largest conglomerates in the country. In pursuit of excellence, Guardian flourished its business in various sectors including pharmaceutical, FMCG/ Agrovet and Beverages, Textile and information Technology. With a yearly turn over of $70m, and work force of more than 3200 has become a phenomenon in the country.
Using the experience of manufacturing ethical medicine, ventured to establish THE AGROVET AND BEVERAGES LTD. in 2005. Primarily it started with a small range of products like mango and orange juice, which is followed by the introduction of Guardian mineral water, Guardian Spice and Tea. Currently THE Guardian AGROVET AND BEVERAGES LTD. is pondering to introduce a wide range of products, some of which are under process of development.
Our holistic approach is to ensure Health, Vigor and Happiness for all by manufacturing ethical drugs and medicines of the highest quality at affordable prices and reaching out even to the remotest areas by proper distribution network. We view ourselves as partners with doctors, our customers, our employees and our environment. At present, Globalization is our top corporate priority.
Our Vision is to reach out even to the remotest areas of Bangladesh and improve lives with quality products at an affordable price.The Guardian Agrovet and Beverages Ltd. started its venture in 2005 with orange and mango juice. Then it introduced drinking mineral water.Latest of their product is Guardian Spice and Guardian Premium Gold Tea. It has established a modernized plan in Bangladesh located at Hemayetpur. The plant is equipped with modernized technological facilities and run by qualified personnel in accordance with the stringent guideline of BSTI.
Organ gram of Acme Agrovet & Beverage Ltd.
Importance of the Study
This report is very important from the company’s viewpoints as well as me. Besides giving me a real world exposure, this report would also enable the company to understand the market from a different angle. With lot of tea products, mineral water and juices in the market, the competition is getting intense with foreign players already playing a key role to shape the perception and choices of the consumers. When it comes to juices, people in Bangladesh do not understand the importance of daily juice consumption, as it is very much visible in the western world. Moreover, Spa, Mum, Fresh and other mineral water brands are capturing market share fiercely. On the other hand Tea and mustard oil is a newer product for Guardian and it is not yet distributed to a large scale. Therefore this research would help the company and allow me to study the current market.
Objective of the Study
Obviously, the report would lead us towards what information we want from the market. Therefore, it is very important for us to have objectives of our own to carry out the report in order to have a proper guideline throughout the report.
To find out and analyze the current market scenario and marketing plan of the portfolio “ Guardian” and come up with different promotional strategies for, Guardian Sip Mango and Orange Juice and Guardian Premium Gold Tea, ACME spices and ACME Mustard Oil.
- To analyze the current market and compare the market shares.
- Developing a set of desired traits necessary for successful marketing plan.
- Find out comparative position of the company.
- To know about Guardian Agrovet and Beverage Company as a whole.
- To know about different activity done in a FMCG.
- To recommend solutions for solving the problems faced by the organization.
- Providing general idea about the spice, juice, tea and mustard oil industry of Bangladesh.
This report has been developed using both primary and secondary data collected from the related people including existing vendors, service providers and most importantly the sales force members. The internet was widely accessed to find vital data regarding the current trends and the organizational data. In addition to that, several magazines and journals were used to get detailed idea about this industry. Most of the data used in this report regarding the company policies and management practices were collected from the employees of “The Guardian Agrovet & Beverage Ltd.” at the corporate headquarters. I have adopted the under mentioned methods to conduct the activity-
Determining the source of information:
In the next step, I determined the source of information that would be required for the study. I used both primary and secondary data to conduct the study.
I have collected primary data by interviewing employees and clients of Guardian Agrovet and Beverage Ltd. Primary data were derives through discussion with the employees of the organization. I have collected primary data in the following way:-
- Face to face interview with both employees and clients.
- Observing the operational activities of the organization.
Different types of data are used in this study. Sources of secondary data are as follows:
- Internal source.
- Annual report of the company.
- Preceding research report.
- Different books and periodical related to marketing plan.
- Other internship reports
- Friends suggestions
- Supervisors advice
By blending all my knowledge, I tried my level best to keep the limitations as short as possible. But beside all the efforts, I faced the following limitations:
There were scarcity of adequate data and information on the relevant topic as same data are treated as very much confidential.
The topic of the report being a vast one.
The topic of the report involving multidimensional factors other than pure business related factors.
The industry being a high involving one from the seller’s perspective.
The minority of experience and knowledge of mine acts as constrains to prepare this report.
Preparation of a report on such topic requires more time than I got to do so.
Lack of detailed, to-the-point information about operations from the organization.
(Findings and Analysis)
Agrovet & Beverage’s Products
Meat Curry Spice:
GUARDIAN Meat Curry is Special types of ready spices mix ready to cook any types of Meat. It is delicious in taste and hygienic in the health point of view. 11 different variant spices are blended here to bring delicious taste in the Meat curry. All types of Meat curry ingredients are in the blend, only oil, onion and salt will be required to prepare the Meat Curry. It saves all types of hassle and time.
ACME Meat curry served in 25 gm pack.
Guardian Litchi Flavored Drink is a synthetic drink. These special types of Tasty drink specially prepared to achieve people’s non carbonated flavored drinks needs. This Guardian Litchi Drink fulfills the desire of having Litchi all the year round. Good amount of Vitamin C are in the Drink.
ACME Litchi Drink served in the 170 ml bottle.
The political situation is a big factor in any industry. This is a general factor for all of the business entities as well as for the general public. Any political disorder results in problems of the organizations’ daily hazards. For example, hartal, strike etc can hamper the normal product distribution of Guardian to the local or regional distribution.
It is a general factor that affects any profit making organization. It explains the market demand supply, public disposable income etc. Guardian would export product to that countries which has got people with high disposable income. The prices of the products are to be set accordingly. In the national level, few districts have higher sales, higher profit margin and also higher distributors or trader profit. For example Dhaka, Chittagong, Bogra, Sylhet, it can also be based on area, Dhanmondi, Gulshan, Banani etc.
This general factor is important because it defines the culture, rules and norms and other influences of the Society that the country is operated in. Guardian cannot easily have higher profit margin because our society is not accustomed to habit of having Juice or Tea in a regular routine manner. They do not understand the importance of juice in their daily diet or having pure refined mineral water on roads. They do not understand how having branded tea is useful to their health. So, it is affecting Guardian.
Guardian is a manufacturing company. So technology is a big general factor for any manufacturing company. The machineries that are being used are a part of the technology. Different machines have different production capacity. They need trained personnel to operate them. So the training facilities come into play as well. The workers of the plant need to be aware of the upcoming technologies and their preliminary education is also a factor. Here comes the question of their payment. This shows how important technology is and how it is affecting the operation of the organization.
An Assessment of the Company’s Current States of Operations and Future Directions
The type of government in control is a major general factor. For example, in these days of Globalization, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is a general thing. But it depends on the ruling government. If the government welcomes foreign direct investment then it becomes a problem for the local companies because lot of foreign giants would come to dominate the market which is currently dominated by Pran, Shezan, Starship, Guardian etc. Dabur is trying to enter Bangladesh but are not being able to. Government is also important because they can monitor the product prices, product quality and also set up new rules. Government lobbying is a very important factor in Bangladesh. The type of government is very influential and it can also affect the company, for example how corrupted the current government is or how high the transparency is.
This specific factor prevails in any industry and for any company. It sets up the prices, shows the quality of the promotional activities of the industry, taste of the product etc. On the other hand, Taaza is so advanced in its promotional activities that are creating a huge gap in competition where Ceylon tea or Guardian tea is not being able to compete.
It is a general factor that is there for every type of markets and products. For example, Guardian is a corporate brand. Our brand symbolizes sophistication. That is why the main target of our mineral water customers is restaurants, hotels, institutions and cafeterias. Sheraton, Four seasons and other restaurants use our mineral water. Recently, BSTI has announced that every product has to set up packaging in Bengali; we must use Bengali in product bodies. We have to write the product names in Bengali. This can hamper our brand image in that sort of hotels, and now, we have to change our package printing in that way. This is a matter of time and costing and also a determinant factor for the external customers. This external factor is a big issue for any company in any industry.
This specific factor gives the company the narrow direction that is should hold on to. To be specific, this factor gives the organization the phenomena on which to make the profit. It is as important as the name suggests. For Guardian, there are different target markets for different products, Juice 150, 250 and 1000 ml have different target markets. Same goes with water Tea and Spice.
Demographics (Population Size):
It is the population size, shape and overall estimation of the general population. No matter it is one of the most influential general factors for every market. It describes the population size and provides an estimation and calculation for the Market size. Dhaka has a population of 20 million, but that does not mean that 20 million is the market size of Guardian. Our market size is within the population which is characterized and described by Demographics.
It is specific for specific industries. For Guardian, the supporting industries are Distribution, Media, Software, Packaging agencies; Trade Market etc. these industries support the operation of Guardian. For example, TV channels, Newspaper, Billboards and all other media enables Guardian to communicate with the target market, packaging companies like tetra pak helps us to enhance better packaging for our products. Advertising agencies like paper rhyme and Carrot helps us build our product and prepare our communication and marketing plan. These are all different industries but it shows how importantly and closely they are related to our operations.
Supporting industries in general view:
We have talked about the supporting industries of Guardian. Now let’s look at it from a general perspective. Supporting industries discussed in the specific factor are different industries which play very important part in the operations of other companies as well. They may be our competitors or our sister concerns. Now, from general viewpoints, how well or how differently other companies can use them makes a lot of difference in any industry. For example, let us look at how brilliantly they are being used by Unilever or Square, or even Ericsson or Nokia. This is changing the market about the effectiveness and efficiency of how well they are being used. These are difference making effects on the whole market and the overall business.
Factors Critical for the exchange Rate Movements of Currencies:
This is very important for the companies as well as for countries in the international market. Talking about it in the specific sectors, let us take the case of Guardian exporting products to UK. We have to take consideration of the income level, inflation rate, exchange rate between Taka and pound. When the inflation rate of UK is higher than that of Bangladesh, there would be high prices of UK products in UK. But compared to the UK local products, the prices of Bangladeshi products would be cheaper. Therefore, there would be an upward pressure on the demand for the Bangladeshi goods which also includes Guardian products. This would also enable Guardian to earn higher profits. On the other hand, if the exchange rate is high, for example 100 TK gives £1, then ACME would have certain amount of profit, but when it is !20 TK to £1, then the profit calculation changes. Now, this exchange rate is influenced by critical factors like Income Level between the two countries, Inflation rate, interest Rate, and also the economic factors of the two countries.
International Financial Market:
In the Macro view, there are lots of things that can affect the exchange rate movement between two countries and also between the capital flows of the business operated in both the countries. These factors includes like Balance of Trade, Export, Import, Duty, Taxes, Quotas, Balance of Payments, Financial Aid, Current Account and Capital Account. These things affect any business both internationally and nationally.
Customers are the most important stakeholders because they are the key to our purpose of running our business. Directors are the persons who are responsible for the existence and continuation of the business. Guardian is a private limited company so there is no question for shareholders. The government is another stakeholder because they are affected by the nature of the product we sell and our tax payment and our operations countrywide. Supporting industries can be our Banks and all other companies that provide their services to us.
Strategic Operational and Legal Issues & Problems
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Human resource Management process:
Human Resource Planning:-
Human resource planning consists of how many and what categories people need for achievement the goal of an organization and per forming tusk efficiently.
Importance of Human Resource Planning
- In an organization there are various types of people works, so it is needed to plan their activity.
- Every organization must have a human resource planning, without it no organization cannot operate it s function efficiently.
- Human resource planning helps management find the right people for the right job at the right time. Human resource planning attempt to match demand and supply of the employee in the organization.
Human resource planning is critical to the success of companies because Human resource is the essence, the lifeblood of an organization.
Human resource planning process:-
- Assess Current Human Resource.
- Forecasting Future Human Resource
- Forecasting employee demand
- Forecasting employee supply.
- Compare Future Demand and Supply
- Formulate Human Resource Strategy.
- Evaluate and Update.
Recruitment and Selection:-
Recruitment is the selection of large number of people, how many people needed in an organization that surplus terminated, shortage new employee should be employed. New and qualified people are selected by recruitment. It is an instrument to attract qualified candidates to select right people for right job. Recruitment occurs before selection of employee.
Recruitment involves searching for and obtaining qualified job candidates in such numbers that the organization can select the most appropriate persons to fill its jobs needs. it paves the way for selection procedures by proceeding smallest number of candidates.
Recruitment is the set of activities used to obtain the organization most important assets, its human resources. it has a magnificent role in the organization , it can lead an organization to the path of success by selecting qualified employees. So, the recruitment process must be done in compliance with legal regulations.
Recruitment and selection process of Guardian Laboratories:-
Human resource division takes the responsibility to recruit the qualified people for the organization who can contribute most for achieving the goals.
Recruitment is necessary for –
Meeting the demand the current need of employee for achieving the long term and short-term goal of the organization.
Replacement of the vacant position.
Sources of recruitment:
Guardian Laboratories recruit in different process –
Continuous CV receiving process.
Advertisement in the Daily Newspaper.
Job web site.
Source and method of recruitment:
Internal source: Internal source Include – promotion, transfer, job rotation.
Promotion: from with in is the practice of advancing current employees to higher level jobs.Internal employees can be better qualified. Even jobs that do not seem unique require familiarity with
Recruitment process in Guardian Laboratories Ltd:-
ACME Laboratories is an ISO Certified company. So every activities relating to recruitment and selection of employee in this company must be documented.
Step -1: Existing vacant position should informed to the Human Resource Division through divisional head in personnel requisition form referring job specification and job description for recruiting the best person.
Step-2: Head of Human resource Department approved by the Management.
Step -3: Advertise in the daily newspaper, online or internal announcement.
Step -4: Human Resource Division and concerned department receive CV and applications from the interested person.
Step -5: After screening short listed candidates are invited for the interview by telephone or mail.
Step -6: Invited for written test for the potential candidates.
Step -7: Concerned departmental Head and Human resources divisional head discuss performance ratting and complete recruitment process with the approval of top Management.
Step -8: Selected candidates informed about their selection and asked to report to the head of the Administration for salary negotiation.
Step -9: Acceptance of offer, candidates will be given all papers or recruitment to that returned to human resources division.
Step -10: Completing recruitment formalities duplicate copy of appointment letter will be signed by candidates and returned to Human Resources Division.
Step -11: Completing recruitment formalities duplicate copy of Appointment letter will be signed by candidate and returned to human Resource Division as acceptance.
Step -12: On the joining the incumbent sign joining letter that is returned to Human Resource Division.
Step -13: Head of the Human resources division check original certificates.
Guardian Agrovet & Beverage Ltd
While producing the Products Guardian Agrovet & Beverage Ltd. consider about something before production.
- Quality Control
- Raw material
- Packing material
Total Quality Assurance (TQA) is Acme’s premier strength for ensuring the highest obtainable quality. As Guardian Agrovet comes from a parent company like Guardian laboratories so it is always very much careful about its quality control. Guardian ensures best equipment and well trained staff. All procedures for testing, sampling and inspecting are clearly documented, approved and implemented with pin-pointed precision.
Guardian produces raw materials from the best possible sources. Guardian believes that quality of product depends on the quality of raw materials.
For mango juices, concentrated mango pulp comes from the best sources of India and Pakistan, which are produced from continental mangoes of best quality.
For orange Juices, the raw materials as concentrated orange pulp are being procured from the best sources of Brazil, which are produced by blending a pool of selected fresh oranges.
Guardian collects best raw materials for the spices. Guardian normally collects raw materials locally specially from north Bengal.
Guardian Tea is collected from the best sources and best tea leaf producers.
Water treatment plant is place a high place in terms of Guardian Agrovet division
The water treatment process includes reverse Osmosis which undergoes 20 stages of filtration process, Ozone and Ultraviolet Ray treatment before the water is bottled as premium drinking water for marketing.
Our juice products are packed aseptically using the unique Tetra Pack technology ensuring
- Longer Shelf Life
- No deterioration during shelf life
- Free of preservative related side effects.
The Guardian Agrovet & Beverages Ltd. established a modernized plant in Bangladesh located at Dharmrai under Dhaka district about 30 km west of DhakaCity. Plant is equipped with modernized technological facilities and run by qualified personnel in accordance with the stringent guideline of BSTI.
Total Sq. ft: 55000 Sq. ft.
Commercial Production: 2005
Guardian ‘s plant is a testimony to its basic commitment for manufacturing the highest standard of ethical drugs. The plant has the most sophisticated imported machinery and equipment.
- While designing and constructing the plant, proper attention was paid to the latest
- Concepts of cross contamination,
- High efficacy of air circulation handling,
- Particle free finishes,
- Equipment layout,
- Process flow,
- Hygiene and safety.
- Special care has also been given in selecting
- Machinery and laboratory instruments.
- The plant has the most sophisticated imported machinery and equipment.
Physical Supply Channel:-
Placing orders (by the company):
Many companies now-a-days have indulged in the use of internet to carry out their order placement for their supply chain management due to reduced cost and time, but Guardian follows a strategy which contributes in managing their supplies in a more productive way which basically focuses on building and maintaining a strong relationship with their supply chain partners. They usually place their orders over telephone and fax, as they believe that direct and/or face-to-face contact with their suppliers will help to build a stronger personal relationship, which will motivate them to supply their materials efficiently and in a timely manner reducing the risk of delayed supply or the possibility of wastage of the materials. After placing the orders,
Inbound Logistics Activities and Parties:
Guardian Premium and Classic Mango and Orange Juice- The juice products are packed with the unique Tetra Pak technology. It ensures longer shelf life, No deterioration during shelf life and free of preservative related side effects. To ensure quality of product, Guardian does the procurement from the best source available. The company gives greatest emphasis on the quality of their products, for which they also give high importance to the quality of raw materials. The raw materials of Mango juice, mango pulp, are imported from India and Pakistan. These are continental mangoes of the best quality. For Orange Juice, concentrated orange pulp is procured from the best places of Brazil, produced by blending a pool of selected fresh oranges.
After the supply of raw materials is received from external sources, the import process is finished. Then freight forwarders load all the shipments in specific containers. Then the freight forwarders forward or transport all raw materials to their factory Dhamrai.
Premium Drinking Water
Guardian premium drinking water symbolizes Purity. As per guideline and standard set by BSTI, it is bottled in environment friendly PET bottle. It contains proper mineral balance and is for all age groups. Guardian buys machinery from china but they buy ‘mould’ from any local company. It’s very important to labeling bottles. That is why for labeling purpose they have bought high quality machine from German and china. For better perforation Guardian has also imported the best machineries in our country.
After the Supply of water from deep Tube well it is processed, purified and bottled in to the factory which is located in Dhamrai. Then all products are sent to the central sales center using mini trucks.
Terms and Conditions:
To ensure smooth product movement and storage efficiency, it is very crucial while making contract with the suppliers to specify in the contractual documents the conditions in which the goods are to be supplied and method by which they will be handled.
- Credit Purchase: As Guardian purchases their raw materials in bulk amounts so it is necessary for them to buy these materials on credit instead of in cash. So they specify the terms and conditions for the credit purchases through various written documents such as Bill of Lading, Letter of Credit.
- Delivery Cost: There are various methods of allocating delivery expense of a shipment e.g.; FOB shipping point, FOB destination, CIF etc. Guardian usually follows FOB destination method in its transactions. Thus the expense of hiring the vessel to ship the product up to Bangladeshi port is borne by shipper that is foreign suppliers and from there on the expense of transporting the shipment to the factory warehouse via truck or trailer is borne by Guardian.
- Insurance: The cost of insurance premium is borne by Guardian but the insurance policy is purchased by the carrier (that is shipping vessel). The insurance policy comprehensively includes who will bear the liability in case of all possible incidents.
Determining Supply Requirements (Vendor Selection):-
The vendor selection process has undergone significant changes during the past twenty years. These include increased quality guidelines, improved computer communications, and increased technical capabilities. In today’s competitive operating environment it is impossible to successfully-produce low cost, high quality products without satisfactory vendors. Thus one of the most important purchasing decisions is the selection and maintenance of a competent group of suppliers. Vendor selection decisions are complicated by the fact that various criteria must be considered in the decision making process.
- Quality Assurance: Guardian gives most emphasis on providing superior quality products to their customers. In order to ensure this, they look for the suppliers who can provide the best quality raw materials i.e. mango pulp and orange concentrations. That is why they use foreign sources like India and Brazil instead of local sources. But they also have to purchase their equipment all the process include.
- Price Considerations: As ensuring superior quality is the topmost priority of Guardian, it has to somewhat sacrifice in terms of cost of raw materials. However, as beverage (fruit juice and mineral water) falls in the Guardian category, the consumer market is extremely price sensitive. The bottom-line about becoming successful in this industry is to offer the product at the lowest possible price to ensure highest volume of sales, with a low per unit margin. This can only be achieved if the raw materials are purchased in bulk quantities and at a lower cost.
- Order fulfilling: While selecting vendors, Guardian also considers the past records of the suppliers in terms of order filling, less backorder, etc.
- Shorter lead-time: Guardian considers not only the order filling rate and number of back orders while choosing suppliers, but they also consider whether they are delivering on time or not.
Physical Distribution Channel:-
1) Forecasting of Market Demand:
The volume of the product and services to be handled by the supply chain, more specifically the demand level, provides the basic inputs for the planning and control of all the functional areas, including logistics, marketing, production and finance. This planning and controlling of supply chain activities require accurate estimates of demand. These estimates are typically in the form of forecasting and predictions and that is why, forecasting demand levels or supply requirement is vital to a firm as a whole. Demand levels and their timing greatly affect capacity levels, financial needs, and general structure of the business. But usually, the logisticians alone do not bear the responsibility to produce the general forecasts for the firm. Marketing, economic planning, or a specially designated group is more likely to be assigned to do the task. Under certain circumstances, especially for short-tem planning such as inventory control, order sizing, or transport scheduling, the logisticians often finds it necessary to take it up to him or her to produce this type of information.
In Guardian Agrovet & Beverages Ltd., sales forecasting is done by the company’s central logistics department- part of the marketing department. Their marketing officers estimate the future market demand with the help of the Planning Procurement and Inventory Control (PPIC) section. PPIC is completely separate from Guardian’s logistics department. It works for the Guardian Laboratories, not a part of Agrovet & Beverages Ltd, but it still helps the Agrovet & Beverages in forecasting supply requirement since its main task is to maintain liaison between the production and sales department. After reviewing marketing officers’ report, and making adjustments if necessary, PPIC sends the report to the top management for approval since all decision making is centralized and they are the only authority to take the decision.
Guardian uses both quantitative and qualitative forecasting. At first, they use quantitative techniques. Here, the sales trend of previous years is analyzed to predict the future demand of products. Although in most of the times the market demand for Guardian juice and mineral water exceeds Guardian’s production capacity, but still this forecasting is necessary to estimate what will be the demand in future and how much to produce for the time. To reduce the high demand uncertainty, they also consider the seasonality and festivity of our country. People consume more drinks in summer season than any other season while they consume least during winter season. And it will be also high during various religious and cultural festivities such as Eid, 1st Day of Bengali year, etc. So seasonality and festivity are important consideration for forecasting. But stock out situation may still happen when the demand increases in more percentages then they have forecasted, and vice versa. For example, the long summer in this year was highly unexpected which certainly resulted in huge lost sales, that is, there must have been excess demand then the supply provided by ACME. Then again, the late rain must have also created bad effect on sales since people would consume much less in wet weather. Besides, our economic and social environment is very unpredictable, highly fluctuating too.
Guardian also uses qualitative techniques of forecasting, which includes use of subjective judgment, intuition, surveys or comparative techniques to produce quantitative estimates about the future. The information relating to the factors affecting forecasts are typically non quantitative, soft, and subjective. The nonscientific methods nature of the methods makes them difficult to standardize and validate for accuracy. But they are usually used when historical data are not available or may be of little relevance to the forecast at hand. However, these methods are usually may be all that is available when trying to predict the success of new products, government policy changes, or impact of new technology. These qualitative methods are likely to be methods of choice for medium-range to long-range forecasting. For example, since there has been very little rain this year, it can be straightforwardly predicted that this year’s winter will be much colder than usual, for which beverage consumption will be much lower during that season.. So, Guardian Agrovet & Beverages Ltd should produce less in this winter compared to previous year’s winter.
Information system and order processing:
The major purpose for collecting, retaining, and manipulating data within a firm is to make decisions, ranging from strategic to operational, and to facilitate the transactions of the business. Logistic information system should be comprehensive and capable enough to allow for communication not only between the functional areas of the firm but also the members of the supply chain. Now Guardian is sharing selected information about sales, shipments, production schedules, stock availability and order status and the like with vendors and buyers, in order to reduce uncertainties throughout the supply chain as the users find ways of benefiting from information for doing their logistic functions. For better performance, to do activities effectively and successfully, Guardian uses software like Oracle, SAP, C++ and many more. Within the logistic information system, the major subsystems that Guardian more or less uses are Order Management System, Warehouse Management System and Transportation Management System. Each contains information for transaction purposes but also decision support tools that assist in planning the particular activity. Information flows between them as well as between the LIS and the firm’s other information systems to create an integrated system. The information systems are typically expressed in the form of computer software packages.
1) Order Management System:
Invoicing: Guardian checks whether a party can avail product due to his high credit records or not.
Fulfillment Location: Guardian allows location status to compare how much time will require fulfilling an order.
Product Allocation: Guardian follows proper sequence of next order processing or fulfillment.
Credit Checking: Guardian keeps record of each and individual parties past record regarding loan status, credit score etc.
2) Warehouse Management System:
Receiving: Guardian puts record both in Dhamrai and Hemayetpur central warehouses information regarding ‘check in’ from inbound dock.
Put away: Guardian maintains proper placement of products by their nature into stores, departments and warehouses.
Inventory Management: Guardian monitors the product stocking, suggests replacement quantity etc.
Order processing and retrieving: Guardian picks the product, accessories and packages for order filling.
Shipment Preparation: Finally after final packaging and labeling, Guardian prepares product for final delivery.
3) Transportation Management System:
Mode Selection: Guardian stores data on multiple modes, freight rates, availability, frequency and time.
Freight Consolidation: ACME also keeps tracks for economical loads.
Routing and scheduling shipments: Guardian maintain proper track of route scheduling, selecting stop offs and restrictions on the route.
Claims processing: Guardian provides auto processing of claims for their distributor and retailers.
4) Inventory Management and Warehousing
Inventory management can be referred to as the total of those activities necessary for the acquisition, storage, sale, disposal or use of stock of materials/finished goods. Managing inventories involve deciding about- what to order, when to order and how to order- so that stock is available on time and at an efficient cost.
To measure how much stocks have to be kept in which warehouses (factory, intermediary or retail) for which period (immediate, midterm and long term), estimates from both quantitative and qualitative forecasting methods are used by the company. The stocks or material held by Guardian can be divided into three basic forms-
Raw materials/components: input or materials stored in advance for industrial and production processes for ACME includes mango pulp and orange concentration for juice water pumped out from underground via deep tubewell resin(mould) for Plastic bottles Tetra packs for juice packaging
Work-in-progress: input awaiting processing, packaging or operation
Diluted pulp and concentration
Empty bottles blown up from the resin to be filled by juice
Purified water in the reservoir
Finished goods: stocks at the end of value addition process are in factory warehouses
Packaged juice ready to be shipped
Bottled water ready to be delivered
Guardian maintains proper placement of different juice and mineral water, according to their demand level, in near places, or further behind the stores, departments and warehouses
Guardian monitors the product stocking, decides on reorder point or replenishment quantity etc
Inventory at the stocking points are maintained and managed by the intermediary distributors themselves, Guardian just manually monitors and suggests on how much to keep.
Barcode: Guardian does not use any barcode system for its own inventory management, rather they do it manually. Guardian uses barcode system for the products they export and for those products they supply to the superstores like Nandan, Agora etc. They attach the barcode labels on the products which later scanned by the receiver’s detectors and data stored in the database. Guardian does not use any barcode system for its own inventory management, rather they do it manually.
Outbound logistics of product transportation
Although inbound logistics is different for juice and mineral water, but outbound logistics is same for both types of products. They use the same transportation system and distribution channel for both types. As mode of transportation, Guardian uses just the roadway that includes trucks and vans. Distribution starts from the factory warehouse at Dhamrai, from which goods are sent to Central Sales Centre in Hemayetpur using trucks. From there, the goods are then sent to their 18 sales centers (depot) situated across the country. The goods are then sent to the local distributors and retailers, to avail the products to the customers.
To manage the distribution properly, they have categorized their distribution workforce into Area Manager (AM), Territory Manager (TM) and Sales Representative (SR). they have also divided the regions into different zones which vary according to the regions. For example, in Dhaka region, Guardian has appointed 2 AMs (Area Manager) for 2 zones- Dhaka North and Dhaka South. Each AMs has 3 to 5 TMs (Territory Managers), which vary according to market demand of each regions. But each of the TM has exactly 5 Sales Representatives working under him. Each sales representatives go retail store to retail store they are assigned to, to get the order from the retailers. Retailers may also give order to the distributor’s delivery man. TM does not go to retail shop to retail shop like SRs has to, he monitors the work of SRs, while the TM is monitored by the AM. But a critical point in Acme’s distribution is that, the point of sale (POS) is when the goods reaches the distributors. Guardian outsource their goods to the distributors, Guardian just monitors their activities through their SR and TMs.
In average, Guardian incurs total of 10-12,000 TK (BDT) for all trucks and vans. They have their own carriers (trucks & vans) for transporting goods from one place to anoher. But when there is excess demand, they sometimes have to hire other transportation service provider.
A vendor is any person or company that sells goods or services to someone else in the economic production chain. Parts manufacturers are vendors of parts to other manufacturers that assemble the parts into something sold to wholesalers or retailers. Retailers are vendors of products to consumers. The term is commonly applied to suppliers of goods and services to other companies
Though Guardian doesn’t have any exclusive or any other authorized dealer, but they have some criteria to select their supplier. They give huge importance to select their distributor, as they are the people who work as an intermediary person to reach the customer with their company’s product. Guardian has the vision of becoming the best; so the company also needs good supply partners to achieve their goals.
When they select their distributors they always check out some issues about the distributor, those are:
- Transportation Capabilities: Guardian chooses those suppliers who have the proper transportation service and which is cost effective for the company.
- Integrity: The right vendor provides the right product, the right quality, on time, at the right price with the right level of service. If the supplier don’t keep its promise and supply other competitor’s product instead of Acme’s product then it will be disastrous for the company. And it can be check by the suppliers past performance.
- Past Performance: checking past performance of the supplier can be helpful in the decision-making process that who will be the vendor. For example checking performance of the supplier on previous orders and comparisons of lead time which the supplier takes before delivery of the product.
- Storage Capacity: the supplier must have the warehouse, where they can hold the Acme’s product according to the market demand. The warehouse must have to full fill some other criteria. As the Acme’s juice and water are perishable item so it must have to keep in a standard temperature otherwise damage rate will go up.
- Financial and Organizational Capability: The suppliers need to have some minimum level of financial capacity. Because if a retailer wants to purchase the product on credit but the supplier refuses to give them on credit, then the retailer will purchase from other competitors product and ultimately Guardian will be in loss in future. Therefore, Guardian chooses those distributors who have stronger financial condition.
- Selection of vendors also depends on geographical basis. In different districts, the numbers of dealers are different; dealer’s number mainly varies with the market demand. Guardian has around 100 dealer in Dhaka where as the company has only 12 vendors in north Bengal as people has low purchasing power in that area.
The selection process does not always follow the same path and is not always applied in the same way, because circumstances differ and product and services required differ.
Purchasing policies of the organization also influence the process of selecting a specific vendor.
Dealer & retailer motivation:
As Guardian is not using any authorized or exclusive dealer, so if the company cannot make them happy then the dealer and retailer will be demotivated and switch to other company and will not distribute Acme’s products anymore, rather only product of other companies to the market. In this case, the company will lose out its more of its market share.
Acmes follows both push and pull strategy to sell their product to the distributor as well as the retailer.
How pull strategy works for Guardian:
Guardian always maintains the quality of their juice item and water and keeps the price less. So customer get the quality product at less price compare to other competitor’s product. For this reason always Acme’s juice and water have market demand. Therefore, automatically distributor purchase Acme’s product to fulfill the market demand, and also retailer purchase from the distributor.
How push strategy works for Guardian:
As maximum suppliers main concern is expected return. So where the distributor and retailer have more profit they switch over to that company. For this situation Guardian have some incentive and motivation policy for the distributor and retailer. Those are:
Guardian arranges a training program for the dealer or for the delivery man. Because they don’t know properly how to deal with the retailer and what information they have to provide regarding the product. Thus distributor can maintain easily a good and long time relationship with the retailer.
In case of retailer’s motivation the sales representative goes physically to the retailer shop and tell them, if they can increase the sale of Guardian’s juice and water up to 50% then the company will give them “refrigerator or light box” for their retail store as prize.
When the company gives them this kind of highly priced prize then retailer psychologically becomes brand loyal to the company and they become very much interested to purchase Guardian’s beverage.
Sales Force of Guardian Agrovet & Beverage Ltd:–
Guardian manages a great number of sales forces in order to ensure smooth selling. It is proven that if a sales force is effective then company can earn satisfactory market share. That is why Guardian spends higher on personal selling than on any other promotional method
ACME carefully considers how to design and manage its sales force in order to be successful in the marketplace. When designing a sales force, Guardian thoroughly consider several issues in order to establish an efficient sales system. These issues are:
Development of sales force
Guardian works on those issues and tries to develop a success sales force.
Understanding the objective is the core for the sales force of Guardian. Objective of maintaining the huge sales force should be clearly transmitted from top to bottom.
Objectives commonly defined by Guardian are: prospecting, targeting communicating, servicing, information gathering, and allocating. Guardian clearly defines the specific objectives they want their sales force to achieve.
With respect to strategy, Guardian uses sales representatives strategically so that they approach customers at a time when they are most likely to buy. There are several approaches that can be used by salespeople depending upon which best fits the situation. . Once Guardian decides on a sales approach, it maintains a market focus. This means that salespeople know how to analyze sales data, measure market potential, gather market intelligence, and develop marketing strategies and plans. Finding the right resources to accomplish these goals is something that Guardian take into account when designing a sales force. To develop a right strategy management of the sales force is really important-
Designing the Sales Force
Big Companies spend over millions annually on personal selling. This is more than Guardian spending on any other promotional method. Furthermore, majorettes of part-timers are employed in sales and related occupations. Sales forces are found throughout the business environment from the insurance industry to college recruiting and just about everything in between. Therefore, Guardian carefully considers how to design and manage its sales force in order to be successful in the marketplace. This paper will discusses how businesses should design a sales force and how managers can effectively manage their sales force. When designing a sales force, a company must thoroughly consider several issues in order to establish an efficient sales system. These issues are: the development of sales force objectives, strategy, structure, and compensation of the sales force. Sales force objectives are the specific goals that companies expect their sales representatives to achieve. Sales quotas inform a salesperson of exactly what their objective should be for a given period of time.
Additionally, besides quotas, there are other ways of delineating sales objectives. For example, objectives commonly defined by companies in addition to quotas are: prospecting, targeting communicating, servicing, information gathering, and allocating. Essentially, companies must clearly define the specific objectives they want their sales force to achieve and, if these objectives are met, it will lead to product sales for the company. With respect to strategy, Guardian uses sales representatives strategically so that they approach customers at a time when they are most likely to buy. There are several approaches that can be used by salespeople depending upon which best fits the situation. For example, an individual sales representative can approach a particular individual buyer or a buyer group. Or, a sales team can approach the individual buyer or buyer group. Also, sales representatives can employ a technique called seminar selling, where a company team conducts an educational seminar for the customer company about state-of-the-art developments. Once Guardian decides on a sales approach, it maintains a market focus. This means that salespeople know how to analyze sales data, measure market potential, gather market intelligence, and develop marketing strategies and plans. Finding the right resources to accomplish these goals is something that Guardian take into account when designing a sales force.
Management of the sales force
In any organization or company, there must be an effective management to let the goal achieved by using the employees. Without having a very strong and clear management procedure; it is next to impossible to survive in the business industry. This is true for all the industries of the world.
Once the sales force foundation of Guardian has been effectively designed, the next step on the road to building a successful Guardian is successfully managing the sales force. There are various procedures and steps that they utilize to effectively manage a sales force. For example, there are four main steps involved in Guardian for managing a sales force: training of the sales representatives, supervising the sales representatives, motivating the sales representatives, and evaluating the sales representatives. Training is the first essential step in managing a sales force in Guardian New sales representatives who are sent directly into the field with little or no training beforehand are rarely successful. Customers expect a sales representative to be knowledgeable about not only the product they are selling, but also about the customer’s needs. Thus, for Guardian proper training is a crucial step in managing an effective sales team. Supervision of sales representatives is also a critical area in managing a sales force. In general, sales representatives who work on commission in Guardian can be supervised less closely than those who are salaried. Motivating sales representatives is another area where Guardian is successful. Evaluating sales representatives in Guardian is another step in successful managing of a sales force. Evaluating salespeople frequently involves the use of sales reports, which tells the manager exactly how competent the sales representative is in selling the product.
The penalties for not being correctly staffed are costly in Guardian. This is because:
Guardian realizes the Understaffing loses in the business economies of scale and specialization, orders, customers and profits.
Guardian believes Overstaffing is wasteful and expensive, if sustained, and it is costly to eliminate because of modern legislation in respect of redundancy payments, consultation, minimum periods of notice, etc. Very importantly, overstaffing reduces the competitive efficiency of the business.
Planning staff levels requires that an assessment of present and future needs of the organization be compared with present resources and future predicted resources. Appropriate steps then be planned to bring demand and supply into balance. Thus the Guardian takes a ‘satellite picture’ of the existing workforce profile (numbers, skills, ages, flexibility, gender, experience, forecast capabilities, character, potential, etc. of existing employees) and then to adjust this for 1, 3 and 10 years ahead by amendments for normal turnover, planned staff movements, retirements, etc, in line with the business plan for the corresponding time frames.
The result is a series of crude supply situations as would be the outcome of present planning if left unmodified. (This, clearly, requires a great deal of information accretion, classification and statistical analysis as a subsidiary aspect of personnel management.) What future demands will be is only influenced in part by the forecast of the personnel manager, whose main task may well be to scrutinize and modify the crude predictions of other managers. Future staffing of needs in Guardian are derived from:
Sales and production forecasts
The effects of technological change on task needs
Variations in the efficiency, productivity, flexibility of labor as a result of training, work study, organizational change, new motivations, etc.
Changes in employment practices (e.g. use of subcontractors or agency staffs, hiving-off tasks, buying in, substitution, etc.)
Changes in Government policies (investment incentives, regional or trade grants, etc.)
What should emerge from this ‘blue sky gazing’ is a ‘thought out’ and logical staffing demand schedule for varying dates in the future which can then be compared with the crude supply schedules. The comparisons will then indicate what steps must be taken to achieve a balance. That, in turn, will involve the further planning of such recruitment, training, retraining, labor reductions (early retirement/redundancy) or changes in workforce utilization as will bring supply and demand into equilibrium, not just as a one–off but as a continuing workforce planning exercise the inputs to which will need constant varying to reflect ‘actual’ as against predicted experience on the supply side and changes in production actually achieved as against forecast on the demand side. Ultimately, managing a sales force in Guardian is to effectual training of the sales representatives, supervising the sales representatives, motivating the sales representatives, and evaluating the sales representatives.
Sales Force Management is discussed in detail in the following segment:
Recruiting and Selection procedure
Recruitment refers to the process of finding right people for the right job or function, usually undertaken by recruiters. It also may be undertaken by an employment agency or a member of staff at the business or organization looking for recruits. Advertising is commonly part of the recruiting process, and can occur through several means: through online, newspapers, using newspaper dedicated to job advertisement, through professional publication, using advertisements placed in windows, through a job center, through campus graduate recruitment programs, etc. Suitability for a job is typically assessed by looking for skills, e.g. communication skills, typing skills, computer skills. Evidence for skills required for a job may be provided in the form of qualifications (educational or professional), experience in a job requiring the relevant skills or the testimony of references. Employment agencies may also give computerized tests to assess an individual’s “off-hand” knowledge of software packages or typing skills. At a more basic level written tests may be given to assess knowledge and literacy. A candidate may also be assessed on the basis of an interview. Sometimes candidates will be requested to provide a résumé (also known as a CV) or to complete a Job application form to provide this evidence.
Recruitment and selection of employees:
Recruitment in Guardian is preceded by an analysis of the job (i.e. an analytical study of the tasks to be performed to determine their essential factors) written into a job description so that the selectors know what physical and mental characteristics applicants must possess, what qualities and attitudes are desirable and what characteristics are a decided disadvantage;
In the case of replacement staff a critical questioning of the need to recruit at all is prepared (replacement should rarely be an automatic process).
Effectively, selection is ‘buying’ an employee in Guardian (the price being the wage or salary multiplied by probable years of service) hence bad buys can be very expensive. For that reason Guardian uses external expert consultants for recruitment and selection.
Equally Guardian exists to ‘head hunt’, i.e. to attract staff with high reputations from existing employers to the recruiting employer. However, the ‘cost’ of poor selection is such that, even for the mundane day-to-day jobs, those who recruit and select are well trained to judge the suitability of applicants.
The main sources of recruitment for Guardian Agrovet and Beverage Ltd. are:
Internal promotion and internal introductions (at times desirable for morale purposes)
Careers officers (and careers masters at schools)
University appointment boards
Agencies for the unemployed
Advertising (often via agents for specialist posts) or the use of other local media (e.g. commercial radio)
Where Guardian does its own printed advertising it has some identifying logo as its trade mark for rapid attraction and it takes care not to offend the sex, race, etc. antidiscrimination legislation either directly or indirectly. The form on which the applicant applies (personal appearance, letter of application, completion of a form) varies according to the posts vacant and numbers to be recruited. It is very desirable in many jobs that claim about experience and statements about qualifications are thoroughly checked (the latter is not necessarily injurious to the applicants’ chance of being appointed as firms are required to employ a percentage of disabled people). Before letters of appointment are sent, any doubts about medical fitness or capacity (in employments where hygiene considerations are dominant) should be resolved by requiring applicants to attend a medical examination. This is especially so where, as for example in the case of apprentices, the recruitment is for a contractual period or involves the firm in training costs.
Interviewing in Guardian is carried out by individuals (e.g. supervisor or departmental manager), by panels of interviewers or in the form of sequential interviews by different experts and can vary from a five minute ‘chat’ to a process of several days. Ultimately personal skills in judgment are probably the most important, but techniques to aid judgment include selection testing for:
Aptitudes (particularly useful for school leavers)
(All of these need skilled testing and assessment.) In more senior posts other techniques are:
Group problem solving
(These are some common techniques – professional selection organizations often use other techniques to aid in selection.)
Training in interviewing and in appraising candidates is in practice in Guardian recruitment. Largely the former consists of teaching interviewers how to draw out the interviewee and the latter how to rate the candidates. For consistency (and as an aid to checking that) rating often consists of scoring candidates for experience, knowledge, physical/mental capabilities, intellectual levels, motivation, prospective potential, leadership abilities etc. (according to the needs of the post). Application of the normal curve of distribution to scoring eliminates freak judgments.
Minimum Qualification Required:
Guardian has some specific criteria to recruit some particular sales force employee. They have different designation or post to recruit sales force employee. So for the different designation, they required minimum level of qualification for recruiting or selecting the candidates. Minimum level of qualification is set by different designation. This is given below.
Training & Employee Development in Guardian:
What is “Supervision”?
There are several interpretations of the term “supervision”, but typically supervision is the activity carried out by supervisors to oversee the productivity and progress of employees who report directly to the supervisors. For example, first-level supervisors supervise entry-level employees. Depending on the size of the organization, middle-managers supervise first-level supervisors; chief executives supervise middle-managers, etc. Supervision is a management activity and supervisors have a management role in Guardian.
What Do Supervisors Do?
Supervision of a group of employees in Guardian often includes
1. Conducting basic management skills (decision making, problem solving, planning, delegation and meeting management)
2. Organizing their department and teams
3. Noticing the need for and designing new job roles in the group
4. Hiring new employees
5. Training new employees
6. Employee performance management (setting goals, observing and giving feedback, addressing performance issues, firing employees, etc.)
7. Conforming to personnel policies and other internal regulations
Effective Employee Supervision
In Guardian every interaction with the customer is critical, presenting an opportunity to either positively or negatively affect a purchasing decision. At the heart of these interactions is the way in which management has selected, trained, and treated their employees.
At Guardian it is becoming increasingly clear that the hiring and management of employees and the development of workplace culture is vital to the success—and often instrumental in the failure—of a company. Specifically, there are four key employee factors to evaluate that bear directly on the success or failure of interactions between an employee and a customer.
1) The employee’s competence.
2) The employee’s attention to detail.
3) The employee’s workplace attitudes.
4) The employee’s commitment to the success of the organization.
In Guardian each of these factors can be positive or negative, but—most importantly for our purposes—each can be positively affected by good management practices. Employees possess the necessary skills to do their jobs well, but consistent performance requires a commitment to excellence and a focus on the details that create a positive customer experience.
The single most common complaint heard from business owners is that employees aren’t committed to the business. When we consider that management cannot possibly oversee every interaction between employees and the customer, the idea of commitment begins to take on critical importance. Employees, for reasons we will discuss, have the capacity to derail the most resourceful organizations. Even companies with innovative products and services, the best facilities, the largest advertising budgets, and the finest customer support systems can be sorely compromised by one under-performing employee.
Ultimately in Guardian, a significant number of past employee failures can be traced to management dysfunction. First, management is responsible for the hiring decisions (controlling who comes into the organization), and second, leadership and control practices are determined by management (deciding how employees are directed and communicated with). It would, therefore, be much more effective to first examine management’s performance in these two areas prior to blindly assigning the blame for all performance failures exclusively to employees. But, these days, learning from the bitter experiences, Guardian Agrovet and Beverage Ltd. are far more careful in the field of sales force management.
Structure of the Sales Force:
Basically the Sales Force Strategy has implications for the sales force structure. Guardian sales force structure depends on the company’s sales objective, Resources, Condition of the Market and Economy. The Sales Force Structure of Acme is as follows.
Territorial: It means a geographical boundary where Guardian has to sell product in many locations.
Product: This Company producing too many products for their customer to satisfy and they are also providing a value added service.
Customer Group: Company has specialized for their Sales Force along with their related industry or, customer line.
Complex: Guardian serves their products in wide market.
Size of the sales force:
- Total Sales representatives: 269
- Distribution points: 269
- Territory sales assistant: 14 persons
- Territory Manager: 49
- Area Manager: 6 persons
- Zonal Manger: 1
- Regional Sales Manager: 1
- Duties and Responsibility of the Concerned Personal
As this report focuses on the sales force of Guardian Agrovet and Beverage Ltd., this segment will concentrate solely on the responsibilities and tasks of the direct sales people or the grass root level employees as they are the ones executing the sales process. Normally, the post of sales people is known as medical representative.
The key responsibility of this post is to assess demand by medical stores, promote new products and closing the sale by delivering medicines. However, the task of the upper management is quite different. The upper management deals with strategy formulation and execution. For example, at Guardian Agrovet and Beverage Ltd. the job responsibilities of sales manager at district or territory level is like this:
- Achieving sales objectives through the sales force
- Prepare marketing plans to expand market share of assigned brands.
- Feed the market demand with innovative ideas, information and strategies
- Visit customers as and when required to assess implementation and outcome of given strategies as well as to identify newer needs of the market.
- Evaluating performance of the assigned sales force
- Exploring new markets and identifying new customers
Whereas these jobs are about managing and supervising the grass root level sales force, the responsibilities of the actual sales force is quite different:
- Fulfilling the quota assigned in terms of sales
- Keeping excellent contacts with the super store and shops.
- Ensure customer service and maintain customer relation
- Ensure party-wise products distribution
- Expand market share of assigned brands
- Implementing the company sales policy by attaining sales goals
- Conducting promotional activities to promote new products
- Collecting info about competitor’s offerings, current trends and upcoming demands from the market
- Ensuring liaison between the organization and the market
In short these are the key responsibilities of the sales force of Guardian Agrovet and Beverage Ltd., which is the prime concern of this report.
Motivation and Compensation:
As might be expected, employers ranked wages as the item they felt workers cared most about, while employees ranked wages fifth on their list. Is adequate pay an important consideration to an employee? Of course it is; it’s just not the most important consideration. Not surprisingly, these results have been replicated with little variance in each of the last three decades. However, employees at any level require the following guidelines:
Do I know what is expected of me at work?
Do I have the materials and equipment I need to do my work right?
At work, do I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day?
In the last seven days, have I received recognition or praise for doing good work?
Does my supervisor, or someone at work, seem to care about me as a person?
Is there someone at work who encourages my development?
These factors not only provide clear guidelines for the employees but only boost the morale of employees enhancing employee performance and most importantly, employees consider these issues as compensation factors.
Encouragement and praise are two additional parts of effective employee communication, and they also play a significant role in building trust with a manager. If that’s not strength for your managers, it’s time to get some help in that area as well.
To retain good staff and to encourage them to give their best while at work, Guardian provides attention to the financial and psychological and even physiological rewards offered by the organization as a continuous exercise. Basic financial rewards and conditions of service (e.g. working hours per week) are determined externally (by national bargaining or government minimum wage legislation) in many occupations but as much as 50 per cent of the gross pay of manual workers is often the result of local negotiations and details (e.g. which particular hours shall be worked) of conditions of service are often more important than the basics. Hence there is scope for financial and other motivations to be used at local levels. Hence while the technicalities of payment and other systems may be the concern of others, the outcome of them is a matter of great concern to human resource management. Increasingly the influence of behavioral science discoveries is becoming important not merely because of the widely-acknowledged limitations of money as a motivator, but because of the changing mix and nature of tasks (e.g. more service and professional jobs and far fewer unskilled and repetitive production jobs).
As a result, employee motivation has become a vital issue for the management of any firm. So Guardian takes the following initiatives to motivate its employees:
Employee Motivation by Building Satisfaction:
Guardian believes that only way to generate sustained profits is to build a work environment that attracts, focuses, and keeps talented employees. In other words, they have to be motivated to show up, get committed and perform at a level of excellence. Employee motivation as it relates to employees satisfaction is vitally important. And, it goes way beyond just a “happier workforce”. Because there is an undeniable link between satisfied, motivated employees, and satisfied customers. In other words, focus on creating satisfied employees, focus on employee motivation, and those motivated, satisfied employees will take care of your customers.
Employee Motivation through Genuine Appreciation:
At times, Managers unknowingly sabotage employee motivation by failing to recognize the positive behaviors and achievements of their employees. As a result, employees don’t know whether or not they are doing a good job. Fortunately, managers can improve employee motivation by rewarding employees with personal attention. This can include a pat on the back, a hand-written note, or a quick comment in the hall. When showing appreciation, be specific. Instead of just saying, “We really are grateful for the good job you do around here,” the approach might be, “I really appreciate how you handled the Franklin Industries account last week when we had to get their rush order out late Friday afternoon. Your effort really made a difference.” By being specific, the employer comes across as much more sincere, and the employee realizes their actions are truly being watched. And, a highly level of employee motivation is the natural result. All these practices are evident in Guardian Agrovet and Beverage LTD.’s sales force management.
Employee Motivation through Recognition
Many people will do for recognition what they will not do for money. And, this is the manager’s secret weapon for employee motivation. Some people are motivated by the opportunity to get their name on the wall, receive a trophy at an annual banquet, or see their name in the company newsletter. It gives them an “emotional payoff” for their actions.
Look for ways to increase employee motivation by recognizing excellence in the workplace. Ring a bell every time an individual or team hits the production target. Put up posters with the photographs of team members who have had the most days without accidents. Give out awards for attendance records. Just do something. It is so inexpensive, yet highly effective in your efforts of employee motivation.
Employee Motivation through Inspiration:
Inspiration comes from leadership. This form of employee motivation includes the company’s mission, purpose and goals. People want to be part of an organization that is going somewhere, that stands for something, and that provides a meaningful service to the marketplace. In order to lead an inspired, mission-guided organization, Guardian follows these steps to enhance employee motivation:
Have a clear mission – in other words, know where you are going.
Be excited and passionate about your mission. After all, if you don’t get excited, they won’t either.
Be able to communicate the mission, its value to the marketplace. In other words, why it’s worthwhile.
Make sure everyone in the organization understands and can communicate the mission.
Be sure employees understand how they fit into the process of fulfilling the organization’s mission.
Make the connection between the mission and the individual values and goals of your employees.
Keep your mission in front of everyone in the organization.
Employee Motivation through Compensation:
Some employees are motivated by money. In fact, most are motivated by money; at least for their basic needs. Employee motivation through compensation can come in the form of raises, performance bonuses, commissions, profit sharing, or any number of “extra benefits” like, automobiles, vacations, or other tangible items purchased and used as rewards.
During our visit to the Guardian Agrovet and Beverage ltd. corporate HQ, we noticed an interesting program there. They have a sophisticated system for rewarding employees based on customer feedback. On a regular basis, Guardian Agrovet and Beverage ltd. conduct customer feedback surveys to determine the level of satisfaction among its customers. When customers comment on the performance of selling personnel, the employee accumulates points that can be used to purchase rewards like trips, gifts, and other incentives. Besides these secondary compensation packages, Guardian provides the acceptable salary among other FMCG to its employees which is why the best sales people go to Guardian.
Effectiveness of sales force of Guardian Agrovet and Beverage LTD:
Before starting this report, we conducted a survey among Territory Manager, sales to find out the factors that determine the success of a sales person in this sector. These are the findings:
- A rational rather than emotional appeal
- An empathetic attitude
- A unique style of communication
- Thorough idea about the product
- A positive body language
- Superb product demonstration
- Answering the queries and questions of the client
- Repeated sales calls
- Honesty and Trustworthiness
- Corporate image of the organization
- Sense of humor
- Excellent educational background and energetic physic
- Listening attitude
- Soothing appearance and spoken skills
From our survey these factors emerged as success factors for the sales people in the pharmaceutical industry. However, this report shows a very close relation between the management of sales force at Guardian and these factors. The whole management of sales force is targeted towards achieving these factors or traits in the selling people. Some of these traits are gained by nature, but Guardian strives to train up their sales people in these aspects to develop their deficiencies. From that point of view, it can be said that, Guardian is perfectly aware of the market needs regarding the sales people and they have a consistent sales force management technique that ensures the availability of the right type of sales people. Perhaps, this is the main reason behind Guardian continuous dominance in the Bangladeshi FMCG industry, being able to recruit, nurture and retain the right type of sales people desired by the customers.
In conclusion of above given information, it’s very clear that The Guardian Agrovet and Beverages limited company’s product sale is rapidly growing day by day. They have a very good strength in Marketing Management and promising to take the brand image. They could be able to hold their position on rank within short period of time. I wish the success of the company.
After finishing the report, I have gained some valuable experiences. I have learned different activity of Guardian Agrovet & Beverage Ltd. Like, Physical Supply Channel, Vendor Selection, Physical Distribution Channel, Raw materials/components, outbound logistics of product transportation, how pull & push strategy works for Guardian etc.
Though I have faced various kinds of difficulties but by doing the report I improved myself a lot.
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