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By: Kenneth Connell BUS 550 June 3 rd 2013. The Origins. Founded in 1906 Export Trading Co. to over seas merchants. Warehousing and Manufacturing of Handicrafts Li- Profit Fung- Abundance Relocated to Hong Kong. The Prodigal Sons Return. William Fung MBA (HBS) Managing Director

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by kenneth connell bus 550 june 3 rd 2013
By: Kenneth Connell

BUS 550

June 3rd 2013

the origins
The Origins
  • Founded in 1906
  • Export Trading Co. to over seas merchants.
  • Warehousing and Manufacturing of Handicrafts
  • Li- Profit
  • Fung- Abundance
  • Relocated to Hong Kong
the prodigal sons return
The Prodigal Sons Return

William Fung MBA (HBS)

Managing Director

“Money Maker”

Victor Fung PhD Economics (HBS)

Chairman of the Board

“Deep Thinker”

stellar growth
Stellar Growth

Family Run Business Professionally Managed Firm

  • Planning & Budgeting
  • Li&Fung Holding Company
  • Expansion Throughout Asia
  • Acquisitions
by the year 2000
By The Year 2000
  • 3600 Employees
  • 48 Offices
  • 32 Countries
  • $2B in Revenue
  • 69% of Sales in US
  • 27% of Sales in Europe
drivers of growth
Drivers of Growth
  • Organic Growth
  • Expansion Through Acquisition
  • E-Commerce
organic growth
Organic Growth

The 3 Year Plan

  • 1st Plan: Filling the Mosaic

Focused on Filling Gaps in the Network of Offices

  • 2nd Plan: Margin Expansion

Focused on Improving Margins

  • 3rd Plan: Double Profits

Doubling Profits every 3 Years.

Achieving $3B in sales

acquisitions
Acquisitions
  • Buy Rival Sourcing Companies
  • Bought Closest Competitor
  • Bought Export Trading Companies

By 2000 They were nearly 5 times the size of closest competitor

e commerce
E-Commerce

“We need to think through e-commerce properly to formulate a proper Response”- Victor Fung

Channel Conflict?

Market Reaction?

Transformation of the Business?

B2B Relationships were:

  • “A Molecule thick and a Mile wide”
  • Lacked Focus and Depth

Victor had a profound understanding of what the internet meant to their business.

bubble in not bubble out
‘Bubble In’ not ‘Bubble Out’

Outsourcing:

  • Risky Dependency on Outsiders
  • Access to proprietary information
  • Create Less Value for the Firm

The Solution?

The Castling Group.

  • Internet Startup that helped defend old economy businesses against their online counterparts

Old Economy Vs New Economy

lifung com
LiFung.com

Castling Group + Li & Fung Corporation = LiFung.com

  • Financing
  • Expertise
  • Staff

The Three Stages of an Online Venture.

  • The Business Strategy
  • The Design-Build-Test Phase
  • Execution
the new economy
The New Economy?

Although the group is developing along the lines of a new economy, we’re still using an old economy mindset.”

-William Fung

“The Key is to have Old Economy know how and yet be open to new economy ideas.”

- William Fung

  • Top Down Market Research
  • Bottom up Focus Group research
business model
Business Model

Target SME’s Retailers with <$100M in Sales

Wholesalers with < $50M in Sales

“The Guys who work with The Gap and The Limited”

  • Aggregate Smaller SME orders
  • Limited Mass Customization
  • 10%-15% Commission
  • No Order Minimum

B2B Platforms were no threat.

NO VALUE ADDED

the outlook
The Outlook

“Beta means never having to say that you’re sorry.”

Would Li&Fung’s entire operation migrate online?

What of Channel Conflict?

Would a copy-cat mimic their business model?

question and answer
Question and Answer
  • What were two of the ways the Fung Brothers transformed the company from Family owned to a Professional Firm?
  • Cut Staff
  • Planning and Budgeting
  • Acquisitions
  • Divestments of business sectors
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2) The 3 year plan was part of which growth strategy?

  • Acquisitions
  • Organic Growth
  • E-Commerce
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3) What was the main advantage LiFung.com had over other B2B sites?

  • Mass Customization
  • Lower Commissions
  • No Minimum order quantity
  • All of the Above.