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Engagement Synopsis

True Religion is looking to become more customer-centric and competitive by refocusing its supply chain strategy. Starting from the end customer’s perspective, True Religion is asking you to consider how their products and services appear to and interact with their end consumers, and how various processes and policies that support the supply chain can better enable the company to deliver on their promises and create a positive customer experience.

Business Challenge: Design a customer-centric supply chain to take advantage of prospective consumer needs and preferences.

Company Information

CompanyTrue Religion
HQGardena, California, U.S.
RevenueUnlisted
EmployeesUnlisted
StageMedium Business
Hiring PotentialFollow-on Projects, Formal Internship, Entry Level Full-Time, Upper Level Full-Time
Websitehttps://www.truereligion.com/

Company Overview

Apparel brand specializing in Denim. Our brand is sold around the world. Direct in owned and operated store, owned online and wholesale . The brand has a very loyal fan base spanning the original fans that purchased brands almost 20 years ago, to a new Gen Z & millennial customer.

Company Supervising Team

Company Admin

Ali Gholson

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Course Info & Engagement Details

SchoolSchool of Education & Professional Studies
Engagement FormatLive Case - Class Collaboration or Case Competition - This learning format allows educators to deliver experiential learning to students at scale. Students are often split into groups to work on a live case (or a series of cases) from a real host company that directly relates to key learning objectives.
CourseSupply Chain Live Case (Spring 2021)
LevelN/A
Students EnrolledN/A
Meeting Day & TimeTuesdays & Thursdays (9:30 AM ET - 10:45 AM ET)
Student Time Commitment4-7 Hours Per Week
Company Time Commitment2 Hours
Duration8.57 Weeks

Project Topics

Data Management

Growth Strategy

Operations

School Supervisors

Instructor

Savita Hanspal

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Students

Student

Robert Mulligan 

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Student

James McSpedon 

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Student

Brooke French 

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Student

Dustin Houppert 

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Student

Amario Jones 

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Student

teonca merchant 

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Student

Janay Douglas 

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Student

Jaclyn Bartell 

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Student

Aneliz Reyes Lino 

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Student

Kepere-Ausara Jackson

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Student

Shania Wurtz

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Student

Skyler Tessier 

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Student

Abigail Duquette

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Student

Brian Pod 

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Student

Keenan O'Gorman 

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Student

Javier Jimenez 

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Collaboration Timeline

Touchpoints & Assignments Due Date Submission
REMINDER OF CONFIDENTIALITY

REMINDER OF CONFIDENTIALITY

During this program, you'll be working on a real project posed by a real industry partner. By registering for the CapSource system and participating in this Program, you are bound by the Rules of Engagement, including strict confidentiality of information shared with you. Please be respectful and professional.
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Students Gain Access to Materials

Students Gain Access to Materials

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OFFICAL PROJECT END

OFFICAL PROJECT END

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Kickoff Webinar

Kickoff Webinar

Meeting link:
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KICKOFF EVALUATION DUE

KICKOFF EVALUATION DUE

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SUBMIT FINAL DELIVERABLE SUBMIT FINAL DELIVERABLE
May 16 Submission Required submission-required
FINAL SELF EVALUATION DUE

FINAL SELF EVALUATION DUE

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FINAL PEER EVALUATION DUE

FINAL PEER EVALUATION DUE

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Mid-Point Q&A Webinar

Mid-Point Q&A Webinar

Meeting link:
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QUESTIONS FOR Q&A WEBINAR DUE

QUESTIONS FOR Q&A WEBINAR DUE

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TEMPERATURE CHECK SURVEY DUE

TEMPERATURE CHECK SURVEY DUE

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Final Presentations Webinar

Final Presentations Webinar

Meeting link:
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March 11 Submission Required submission-required
TEMPERATURE CHECK SURVEY DUE

TEMPERATURE CHECK SURVEY DUE

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April 13 Submission Required submission-required
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April 27 Submission Required submission-required
Question and Answers

Question and Answers

Meeting with the client for a second round of question and answer session.
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Key Milestones & Project Process

  • March 9, 2021 - Quick Dive Into True Religion and Target Customers

    • Conduct a deep analysis of the company’s mission and values and how these are “lived” by the company.
    • Deep dive into the company’s product/services and customer portfolio.
    • Define the True Religion’s Customer
      • Customer segmentation analysis
      • What is the outside, customer perspective coming from

    Suggested Deliverable:

    Report highlighting understanding of products and customer segments relevant to the current project objectives.

  • March 16, 2021 - Define Common Customer Needs for Each Segment

    • What are the “must have’s” from the customer’s perspective?
    • What features do customers expect?
    • What are the expectations customers have regarding access and availability? eCommerce?
    • Value? Is the product priced appropriately for the value the customer will get from it?
    • How does True Religion meet customer needs? How is TR customer feedback obtained?

    Suggested Deliverable:

    Report detailing the “perspective” and needs of identified customer segments.

  • March 23, 2021 - Market Analysis: Beyond Rivals & Immediate Market

    • dentify 2-3 other brands, beyond True Religion’s rivals and immediate market, that are innovative, inspiring, and operate seamlessly to provide a friction-free consumer experience. See Allbirds as an example suggested by True Religion.
      • How would you describe their social image?
      • What themes relevant to supply chain, such as sustainability, are essential to their brand and message?
        • What messages?
        • How do they engage consumers around these themes?
        • What makes the company a “good fit” for the consumer?
      • What communication channels and digital platforms are they using to engage consumers?
        • How do these companies unify their conversations with customers over multiple channels/platforms?
        • What are some ways they use electronic medium for offline marketing purposes?
        • How do they create opportunities for off-business/non-transactional engagement with the consumer?

       


    Suggested Deliverable:

    Market Analysis

  • April 8, 2021 - Understand the Supply Chain Process

    • Where are True Religion’s manufacturing facilities located?
    • How is the relationship with these manufacturers
    • How do current key stakeholders feel about these manufacturers and locations?
    • What is the cost of manufacturing? How does this compare with other manufacturers?
    • How does the relationship affect sales and inventory position? Are there any challenges/barriers on the horizon?

    Suggested Deliverable:

    Supply Chain Agility Assessment and Supply Chain & Logistics Matrix

  • April 19, 2021 - Translate Customer Needs to Supply Chain Process

    1. How can True Religion create greater availability for customers and enhance nimbleness in the supply chain process? For instance:
      a. Where are there opportunities in the supply chain to shorten the turn-around time?
      b. How can True Religion streamline the order management process to minimize time between concept to store? How should this inform their eCommerce strategy?
      c. What are options for shipping products based upon inventory levels and customer demands?
    2.  How can networks be optimized? For instance:
      a. Are supply chain managers effectively integrated with the product development team?
      b. Do any providers or manufacturers present potential benefits for the company (improved quality or reduced cost)?
      c. Can supplier and manufacturer agreements be modified to ensure demands are met?

    Suggested Deliverable:

    Supply Chain Planning Matrix & Report, Presentation

Project Resources