Five/Six Weeks Out Of Ten
July 15, 2010 Leave a comment
Well, I am now more than half way through my internship at Build-A-Bear Workshop. I cannot believe how fast this summer is going. It seems as though I just got home from Denver, yet so much has happened. This internship has been a great experience so far and I am looking forward to the second half.
Below is a list of the projects I have been working on so far. Some of these have been more involved on my part whereas others were more being a part of conference calls/meetings and offering my thoughts and suggestions.
- Updated Merchandising Assortment Guide (MAG)
- Updated and branded prospective franchisee materials
- Prepared Board of Directors PowerPoint presentation
- Compiled international store profit/loss analysis
- Analyzed seasonal global sales by country and product
- Created a “toolkit” to assist franchisees in driving sales during Quarter 4 / 2010 Holidays that involved compilation and creation of resources from across the company
- Helped plan the 2010 International Operations Summit
- Organized store information (pictures, blueprints)
- Researched 2011 International Licensing Opportunities
- Analyzed international supply chain/inventory flow and product loads by country as a tool for assessing the international franchise model
- Assisted franchisees in developing inventory forecasts, turnover, and ordering projections
- Reviewed new store proposal/design and real estate opportunities
- Offered feedback on business plans submitted by prospective franchisees
- Communicated regularly with franchisees worldwide
I have also met with, spoken on the phone, and/or emailed people in every continent except Antarctica. I’m pretty excited about that.
As I have been developing the Holiday Toolkit, I looked for resources to use in writing introductions to each section. One such resource is Maxine Clark’s book, “The Bear Necessities of Business: Building a Company With Heart“. Here is one quote I would like to share:
Bosses are in charge and dictatorial. Leaders listen to what their employees have to say and create a climate of reciprocal respect.
I have been lucky to work for leaders. I hope that trend continues. I am excited to see where the rest of this summer will lead…