Answer & Explanation:You are to write the research paper in accordance with the Appendix: Case Analysis found in the rear of your text, incorporating APA standards and citing a minimum of eight (8) journal sources, and/or business trade resources.Please see attached. Case study has 3 questions to answer. If you can’t get 1250 word count please add question(s) from Minor Case Study Docx.
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Joseph “Pitt” Hyde opened the first Auto Shack auto parts store in 1979 in Forrest City, Arkansas.
Having served on the board of directors at Walmart for seven years, Hyde built on the big box’s
business model and concentrated on smaller markets in the South and South- east, emphasizing
service and everyday low prices. The auto parts retailer enjoyed early success and grew to almost
200 stores by 1984. Shortly thereafter, the Duralast private label was launched, and the company
changed its name to AutoZone. By 1991, the retailer had amassed nearly 600 stores and went
public. Sales topped $1 billion in 1992. John Adams replaced Hyde as CEO and chairman in 1997.
In 1998, AutoZone acquired Chief Auto Parts, converting its 560 stores—mostly in California—into
AutoZones the following year. The company also acquired Adap’s 112 Auto Palace Stores in the
Northeast. In the early 2000s, emphasis shifted from acquisition to inter- nal growth. In 2003,
AutoZone amassed 12 percent of the $36-billion DIY automotive aftermarket. By 2004, AutoZone
had grown into the leading automotive after- market retailer with over $5 billion in annual revenues.
AutoZone stores sell parts under a variety of brand names and private labels and offer diagnostic
testing ser- vices, but they do not sell tires or perform repairs. A typi- cal store stocks over 20,000
parts, with thousands more available by special order. Most AutoZone stores are free- standing,
with the remainder located in strip malls. AutoZone targets the do-it-yourself (DIY) consumer with
cars more than seven years old (i.e., what the company calls OKVs—“our kind of vehicles”). Today,
the company also continues to grow its do-it-for-me business by selling 10. At the global level, the
period from World War II to the late 1980s was marked by A. an increase in trade protection. B. a
decrease in trade protection. C. an absence of U.S. imports. D. none of the above 11. When the
value of the U.S. dollar increases, U.S. firms A. compete at an advantage in foreign markets. B.
compete at a disadvantage in foreign markets. C. tend to decrease exports to nations whose
currencies are directly tied to the dollar. D. none of the above 12. A decline in a nation’s GDP for two
or more consecutive quarters is known as A. a depression. B. a recession. C. economic stagnation.
D. none of the above n to professional repair shops through its AZ Commercial program, although
not all stores participate in this endeavor. Future prospects for both segments bode well for
AutoZone, however, as continued steady growth is projected in both the DIY and the do-it-for-me
segments. AutoZone’s emphasis on DIY consumers means that the company stands to benefit
with the average age of vehicles on the road. Put another way, when an economic downturn lowers
demand for new vehicles, consumers who continue to drive their old ones look to aftermarket parts
retailers like AutoZone to keep them in good condition. Today, AutoZone operates about 5,200 retail
auto parts stores in the United States, Mexico, and Brazil, accounting for $10.2 billion in total
revenue. Advance Auto Parts is number two in the industry, with $9.8 billion in sales and about
4,000 stores. Key competitors include Pep Boys, Carquest, and O’Reilly Automotive, as well as
discount retailers like Walmart and Target. Although the firm has made several acquisitions,
AutoZone emphasizes internal growth, opening 100–200 additional stores per year.
1. Does AutoZone perform best in a down economy? Explain.
2. The last decade has seen a proliferation of DIY vehicle maintenance videos on YouTube and
other Internet sites. Does this have an effect on retailers like AutoZone? Explain.
3. How can AutoZone differentiate itself from rivals O’Reilly Automotive and Advance Auto Parts? 4.
Is international expansion an attractive alternative for AutoZone? Why or why not?
Minor Case Study – Autozone, Case #3 of Chapter 3
MINOR CASE STUDY QUESTIONS – See Appendix: Case Analysis; and Case Analysis
Boxes throughout the text – see page numbers below for more specific explanations
of each point. For the Minor case now additional questions will be addressed. Following the
pattern below will ensure your readiness for the next steps.
1. Introduce the organization: basic facts and current status
2. Specifically identify the industry, life-cycle stage and the
competitors – see IBIS World database
3. Analyze the potential profitability of the industry
4. Who has succeeded and failed in the in the industry? What
are the Critical Success Factors?
5. What political/legal forces affect the industry?
6. What economic forces affect the industry? What is the market
7. What social forces affect the industry?
8. What technological forces affect the industry?
9. What is the current firm-level or corporate-level strategy?
10. What is the current business-level [generic] strategy?
11. What are the business strategies of the major competitors?
12. What is the organization’s Marketing Strategy?
13. What is the organization’s financial position and financial
strategy – how do they make and invest their money?
16. / 17. What are the organization’s Strengths and
Weaknesses? On what competencies should they build?
18. / 19. What are the organization’s Opportunities and Threats?
20. What strategic alternatives are available to the organization?
21. What are the pros and cons of these alternatives?
22. Which alternative should be pursued and why?
Minor Case Study Summary
Instructions: This project requires you to apply the concepts and methods learned so far
in the course. This is an individual project.
You are to write the research paper in accordance with the Appendix: Case
Analysis found in the rear of your text, incorporating APA standards and citing a minimum
of eight (8) journal sources, and/or business trade resources.
For your Minor paper, your paper submission should follow the below stated composition
and formatting guidelines; and be composed unto a “Word Document.”
• Title page with your name, course, date, and an appropriate title.
• You can use single or double space, Times New Roman, and 12pt font.
• Support your position.
• When all is done, give a brief conclusion.
• Upon citing works, add a separate reference page.
These APA additions are NOT a part of the word count that should approximate 1200-1500
words. Do not simply answer the questions; provide support and articulate a path forward.
Each individual will submit their paper to the Professor via the Assignment link.
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