Case | HBS Case Collection | December 1982 (Revised September 2015)

Halloran Metals

by Roy Shapiro


Two competitors in the Northeast steel service center industry have made very different choices with regards to logistics and operating strategy. One distributes from a large central location; the other operates seven widely scattered warehouses. Students can diagnose and discuss the significant impacts of these choices, especially in an economic downturn.

Keywords: Logistics; Business Strategy; Competitive Strategy; Business Cycles; Decision Choices and Conditions; Metals and Minerals; Supply Chain; Steel Industry; United States;


Shapiro, Roy. "Halloran Metals." Harvard Business School Case 683-062, December 1982. (Revised September 2015.)