Page 1: Introduction
Enterprise Rent-A-Car (Enterprise) was founded by Jack Taylor in 1957 in the basement of a car dealership in St Louis in the USA. The business began with only seven cars. Today, Enterprise is the largest car rental business in North America with more than 7,000 offices in the USA and more than 900 in Canada, Puerto Rico, the UK, Germany and Ireland. In 2007, Enterprise had 728,000 rental cars in use, employing over 65,000 people with an annual turnover of over £4.5 billion.
There are four operating units: Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Enterprise Fleet Management, Enterprise Car Sales and Enterprise Rent-A-Truck. Whilst customers within each of these markets need different products, all customers, whether business or private, need a speedy, convenient and reliable service.
The car rental market is increasingly competitive. Enterprise continues to expand its range of services to meet customers' needs. In addition to business rentals at airport and city locations, it also provides replacement cars for accident repairs, courtesy cars for garages and short-term holiday rentals for breaks or special occasions. Enterprise also offers a collection service to take customers to their hire cars.
Maintaining high levels of customer satisfaction is a key driver of growth for Enterprise. Enterprise emphasises delivering first-class customer service, regularly winning awards for its efforts in this area. Its small, local office structure and entrepreneurial team working means its employees are able to make decisions independently to achieve their goals.
This case study explores how Enterprise ensures it has the right people and skills to achieve its business aims and objectives.