The paper "The Layout and Flow of an Operation in Tesco PLC" is a great example of a business case study. The layout and flow of operation describe the physical location of its transformation of the available resources. In simple terms, the layout is deciding where to utilize the resources including the facilities, machines, equipment, and employees or staff members in the execution of a project or operation. The layout is one of the most distinctive features or elements of an operation. It is the element that almost everyone would first identify on an ongoing operation at first instance because it the form and appearance of an operation.
It also determines the means by which the transformed resources including the materials, information, and the clients flow in the intended operation (Slack et al 674). Tesco PLC is a firm based in Britain which deals with grocery and general merchandise on an international scale in the form of a retail chain. The firm is the biggest in Britain retail market at least in the grocery sector in consideration to both local market share as well as global sales with profits exceeding £ 2 billion. The author of the paper states that Tesco climbed to fourth place as the largest retailer in 2008.
Although the firm initially dealt with food and drink, it has since expanded and invested in other fields such as clothing, electronics, telecoms, dental processes, retailing, and general trading in DVDs, Internet services, software, financial operations, home services, health care services car services and several other areas related to the above mentioned (Walker 6). The author argues in a well-organized manner that operations management plays an important role in ensuring that the core performance objectives of TESCO are realized.
In all of its operations, whether to improve on its current operations or to venture into other areas, the manner in which the firm utilizes and allocates its resources in various programs will have a great impact on the success of the activities.
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