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Gradable Assignment 2
Assignment 2: Case of The Living Room: Redefining the Furniture Industry
(Case Reference from the Text Book: Strategic Management by Hitt, Ireland,
Hoskisson and Manikutty)
Answer all the following Questions

1. Identify the elements of its current corporate strategy in terms of (i) the kind of
business, the company is in (ii) the current products scope for the next 4 years
2. List down the companys strengths and weaknesses
3. Examine the growth options for the company in terms of (i) Product Range
Existing and New (ii) Customers Targeted Current Customers and the for the
New Products (iii) Geographic Coverage Current areas and Proposed New areas

1. Identify the elements of its current corporate strategy in terms of (i) the kind of
business, the company is in (ii) the current products scope for the next 4 years
Answer:
In the early days the brand name was not important. The products sold based on
their designs. Over the years the brand The living room became synonymous
with quality. Over the years the brand had changed owing to greater competition
and more choices became available to the customers in Mumbai.
The living room made a wide range of home furniture. It comprised of the Sofa set:
30%, beds, wardrobes, dressing tables and other Accessories. 25 %, dinning sets

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20%, kitchen cabinets, wall units and study tables: 25%. TLR had also introduced
office furniture like workstation, office tables, running tables, side runners etc.
TLR typically caters to the small offices, which did not have the sufficient volume
to buy other institutional sellers. Quality and long life was the core strength of the
TLR products. This was ensured by high standard in manufacturing, workmanship
and quality components.
TLR had a variety of models in all its products. TLR recognized a sofa cum bed,
introduced new models in in this product category. The designing was done in
house after knowing the market trends and customer feedback. The designs were
mostly standardized. However the product dimensions could change according to
the requirements. Besides style, utility was most important aspect in design of TLR
products such as wardrobes, kitchen, sets etc. Innovative designs were made for
maximizing space utilization. TLR made different style dimensions to meet the
changing customers taste. However changing customer perception was a challenge.
2) With the increasing number of information technology enabled services
companies, the resident profile of many cities in India was rapidly changing. Thus
TLR saw great opportunities in the cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmadabad,
luck now, Surat and Gurgaon. In these cities where already a well organized
furniture business in prevalent, the challenge would be competition. In small cities
the furniture market was still dominated by unorganized sector. The challenge
would be to create a brand. In Mumbai TLR made a break through by a sofa cum
bed. However in new cities it may not gain this type of acceptance and trust. Other
related decisions will be to involve market communication, brand building and
selection of retail channel to reach the customer most effectively.
TLR could continue selling through its original model of exclusive showrooms,
which are fully owned or franchised outlets. In the latter case, the issue of control
of franchises would be important.
TLR can also form partnership with the existing players in these cities.

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TLR could also substitute the brick and mortar model with the web enabled
business model. It could the customers the additional benefits of designing their
furniture online. The showrooms could source the components centrally and
assemble at the front end. On product offering TLR should decide either to
standardize its offering across the cities or make it more localized responding to
the culture and preference.
2. List down the companys strengths and weaknesses
Answer:
The main strategy of TLR living room furniture is Hybrid, which means that the
division wants to compete other competitors on price and as well to control the
cost of furniture to maintain the gross margin of the company. There are a series of
advantages and strengths as follows:
Strengths:
Good price to attract customers: After the recession of economy the price of goods,
especially furniture, become the main competitive advantage to attract customers
to consume products on company. As the main reason that led to the economy
crisis is the subprime lending which is related to the housing industry; and makes a
drop in the sales of houses in Mumbai. Although the recession had a negative
impact on TLR living room furniture, good price of its products keeps attracting
the customers to purchase TLR living room furniture.
Variety of products: this means that based on variety of products, TLR living room
furniture is able to survive during the crisis. Even one product fails in the market,
there are still other products succeed in the market to make up the loss that cost by
the failure of that product. Besides, different kinds of products make those brand
loyalty customers to purchase more and also increase the image of the brand. This

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helps the company achieve the mission of becoming the best furniture company all
over the India.
Maintain the gross margin: Obviously, this technique assist the company to
maintain the gross margin by controlling the cost of furniture. By using Hybrid
strategy, the division still possesses the ability to control the cost of products. On
the other hand, by adding more value through design, build and deliver the
furniture to the customers, the products of TLR living room furniture are still
attractive.

Weaknesses:
Inevitably, there are some negative impacts by using this kind of business level of
strategy, which can be identified as weaknesses. And the weaknesses of using
Hybrid strategy are presented as follows:
More funds spent on implementing the strategy: In order to supply and offer more
furniture products to the customers, more funds will be spent on Research and
Development, Design to find more solutions offered to the customers. Besides, the
division possesses its own stores which cost much of its capital on investing in
purchasing fixed assets, which may become a potential problem to the cash flow of
the company.
Competition of the similar products in the company: It can be seen from its website
that the division provides more than 100 furniture products to customers to find out
the most suitable furniture for their living rooms. Therefore, this results in the
competition among the products within the same category. Although from some
perspective, this attracts customers to purchase in TLR living room furniture, it

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increases the competition in the products of the company, which can not be
ignored.
Lack of quality: It can be known that the products of TLR living room furniture
rely on quality and the mission of becoming the best furniture company in Mumbai
and even all over the world rely on quality; meanwhile, the business model of TLR
living room furniture depends on the quality of products. If the company
concentrates on controlling the cost, such as the outsourcing price offered to those
manufacturing companies, which may affect the quality of products of living room
furniture. Then it will affect the paradigm of the division in the industry and then
reduce customer brand loyalty.

2. Examine the growth options for the company in terms of (i) Product Range
Existing and New (ii) Customers Targeted Current Customers and the for the
New Products (iii) Geographic Coverage Current areas and Proposed New areas
Answer:
TLR had a variety of models in all its products. TLR recognized a sofa cum bed,
introduced new models in in this product category. The designing was done in
house after knowing the market trends and customer feedback. The designs were
mostly standardized. However the product dimensions could change according to
the requirements. The living room made a wide rang of home furniture. It
comprised of the Sofa set: 30%, beds, wardrobes, dressing tables and other
Accessories. 25 %, dinning sets 20%, kitchen cabinets, wall units and study tables:
25%. TLR had also introduced office furniture like workstation, office tables,
running tables, side runners etc. TLR typically caters to the small offices, which
did not have the sufficient volume to buy other institutional sellers. Quality and
long life was the core strength of the TLR products. This was ensured by high
standard in manufacturing, workmanship and quality components. . Besides style,
utility was most important aspect in design of TLR products such as wardrobes,

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kitchen, sets etc. Innovative designs were made for maximizing space utilization.
In the early days the brand name was not important. The products sold based on
their designs
II: TLR could extend its presence in the product spectrum, catering to the lower or
higher value products. Moving lower would mean direct competitions with the
local players, solely competing on price. In this case it would not be economical to
provide the same product quality and after sales service that TLR currently
provides. Not providing the same on the other side would dilute the brand.
TLR could also have the option of moving up to high value products. The method
of selling of these products is very personalized. The furniture will have to be
designed for each of the home by an interior decorator, who then ordered the
highly customerized products. TLR did not have adequate exposure in this market
and hence would have to use the services of the interior decorator. The company
would likely to face the challenge of control of relationship with the clients.TLR is
strongly entrenched as a value for money brand trusted for the quality for
longitivity of its products. From its experience in the industry there was another
class- the aspiration driven upper end of the middle class segment. They would like
to possess the upper class furniture and acceptability of the brand would not be an
issue. TLR could upgrade to this segment by offering furniture that offer value for
money. In 2005 TLR entered the office furniture market. It catered to small
enterprises, which did not have the volume to go in for institutional segments. With
the increase in number of BPO and IT firms, the market for office furniture was
also growing. TLR could also venture into this market, increasing its customer
market to a larger clientele.
III) . In Mumbai TLR made a break through by a sofa cum bed. However in new
cities it may not gain this type of acceptance and trust. Other related decisions will
be to involve market communication, brand building and selection of retail channel
to reach the customer most effectively. TLR could continue selling through its
original model of exclusive showrooms, which are fully owned or franchised
outlets. In the latter case, the issue of control of franchises would be
important.TLR can also form partnership with the existing players in these

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cities.TLR could also substitute the brick and mortar model with the web enabled
business model. It could the customers the additional benefits of designing their
furniture online. The showrooms could source the components centrally and
assemble at the front end. On product offering TLR should decide either to
standardize its offering across the cities or make it more localized responding to
the culture and preference. With the increasing number of information technology
enabled services companies, the resident profile of many cities in India was rapidly
changing. Thus TLR saw great opportunities in the cities like Bangalore,
Hyderabad, Ahmadabad, luck now, Surat and Gurgaon. In these cities where
already a well organized furniture business in prevalent, the challenge would be
competition.