FitoSpray is the product that everyone has been talking about for quite some time now. People are convinced that this diet supplement is their ultimate weapon in fighting one of the arch enemies of humanity which is a terrible health condition called the obesity. Many believe that the ingredients in this product like L carnitine, mango extract, Acai and Goji berries, will work and make them lose weight. While on one hand, this is somewhat true, on the other it is yet to be proven if this product is really efficient.
The creators assure the patients that all that is necessary for them to do is use the diet spray once a day by spraying it in the mouth and your hunger cravings should cease. This spray was invented as a counterweight to now very unpopular diet pills. It is also called a sublingual or under the tongue diet spray. It is made of the most popular combination today, a mix of fruits and herb extracts. Whether this product is really effective or not, remains to be seen. For now, people are still on the go with this diet product.
African Solar Rise:
Electrifying Rural Tanzania
by Sam Aflaki, Andrea Masini
Product Type: Case Publication Date: 04/2014 Product ID#: 1-429-384 Length: 20pages
Core Disciplines: Accounting/Finance; Base of the Pyramid; Economics; Emerging and Developing Economies; Emerging Markets; Entrepreneurship & Innovation; Frontier Markets; International Business; Marketing/Sales; Operations Management/Supply Chain; Social Enterprise (Social Entrepreneurship); Social Impact; Strategy & Management; Sustainability
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DESCRIPTION: 1st Place Winner – 2014 NextBillion Case Writing Competition. Daniel Uphaus—founder and CEO of African Solar Rise (ASR), a German NGO providing solar energy solutions in Tanzania—is faced with the question of how to scale up his organization’s operations. Doing so requires that he address two fundamental challenges: (i) how to improve supply chain operations and last-mile distribution in underdeveloped rural Tanzania, and (ii) how to solve the financial issues faced by the company and its potential customers. Providing effective and implementable answers to those questions is vital to ASR’s development if not its very survival. Failing to expand operations above a critical scale may prevent ASR from generating badly needed revenue, in which case the organization would remain vulnerable to fluctuating donor contributions.
After reading and discussing this case, students should be able to:
Recognize the operational context and operational challenges in developing countries, which are characterized by limited infrastructure, extreme climate events, lack of financial resources, and idiosyncratic consumer behavior.
Anticipate the particular characteristics of local customers in developing countries and stress the importance of adapting the design of products, supply chains, and financing mechanisms to those characteristics.
Understand the challenges of setting up a new distribution network in such a context by clearly identifying the pros and cons of each alternative examined (e.g., selecting and training resources for a new network versus relying on existing supply chains designed for different purposes).
Appreciate the complementarity of top-down and bottom-up distribution models.
Identify the role played by microfinancing models in addressing the needs of the lowest-income population segment, and realize the importance of a comprehensive viewpoint to surmount ASR’s three financial challenges.
Secondary Tags: Business and Society; Change Management; Customer Relationship Management; Energy and Utilities
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