Readers Respond: Identifying weakness

'Employee training' and 'Information technology' rank high our latest survey.

BY HBSDealer Staff

In previous weeks, HBSDealer has identified threats an opportunities among businesses in the hardware and building supply industry. It’s all part of a collective S.W.O.T. analysis – a tool corporate strategists use to identify Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.

The most recent poll question sought to identify corporate weaknesses. Answers varied widely. Here’s the breakdown.

Employee training, 21%;
Information technology, 16%;
Strategic planning, 12%:
Marketing, 12%;
Supply chain, 11%;
Company culture, 7%;
Leadership, 6%;
Customer relations, 6%;
Location, 4%;
Other, 4%;
Financial backing, 1%

As always, we encourage your thoughts on this or any other business topic. Write to us at [email protected].


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Which of the following would you consider a "weakness" at your company