Business Idea: Adding A Supervised Play Area For Children To All Whole Foods Grocery Stores. Harvard Case Solution & Analysis

Business Idea: Adding A Supervised Play Area For Children To All Whole Foods Grocery Stores. Case Study Solution


As the business idea will travel through different stages of life cycle, the company will get many chances to reduce costs and increase the revenue. In the beginning of the launch of the idea, there are chances of facing initial loss but the budgeted costs and estimated sales shows profit in the first year of the project’s launch (Exhibit 3) this means from the very beginning the company is generating profit. In the next few years the sale is increasing by a good percentage and it keeps growing till the third year. This is the best time for the company to generate profits and reduce costs. The company can introduce something that’s an add-on like a gift on winning some kind of game or reaching a high-score, this will keep attracting customers. There is a high chance that maturity period will be prolonged if the company keeps bringing new ideas to cater the customers. These ideas won’t cost the company a lot and they can enjoy a good amount of sales. This is a grocery store and so they can merge the two businesses and introduce deals, like on shopping for a good amount will get your child an hour of free time in the play place. This will boost the sales of the store and attract children and parents to the play area as well. When the cycle reaches the decline stage the company will need to incur some costs to introduce a new initiative to attract customers. Otherwise the business idea will move to its death stage where the company will not be able to keep the business idea running.

Phase-out plan

After the decline of the business idea there comes a time when the project comes to an end and no matter how much you invest and try to revive the business it does not come to life. Prior to this situation the businesses start to make their phase out plans. Phase out plan is when you withdraw all the efforts from the business idea and shut down the idea totally. Another way to have a phase out plan is when the company plans an initiative along their business that gives a boost to the business. (Bjernulf, 2016)

In this case the company can introduce a gaming zone along with the kid’s play area. The steps to initiate the gaming zone will be;

  1. To plan the initiative thoroughly and budgeting the costs and profits.
  2. They need to advertise it and make it attractive for the teenagers who do not want to do grocery shopping with their parents.
  3. The company will have to order inventory from suppliers, such as video games and hi-tech computers to make it more attractive.
  4. The pricing should be minimal to attract the customers.
  5. Initially, they will have to introduce it by giving out coupons and vouchers.
  6. In order to support the two businesses they can introduce schemes where the toddler and the teenager both can enjoy and the parents have to pay the minimum amount. This can also include a membership card which will assure the loyalty and frequent visits of customers.

Part II

  1. State your intentions for managing and balancing the scope-time-cost triangle.  (Westland, 2018)
  2. The company needs to plan the time of the project in which the company could cover its initial investment and generates profit.
  3. The scope of the company should stay in the limit of the time constraint and according to the cost that is budgeted in Exhibit 3.
  4. Highlight the key risks and obstacles that management will have to mitigate for the plan.
  5. Kids play area is nothing new in the market, there is a possibility that the growth rate will start to decrease sooner than expected.
  6. As soon as Whole Food will launch this idea in the market, the competitors will also plan something extraordinary to attract the customers back to their own grocery store.
  • Identify the triggers or signals that management will use to monitor if these risks are occurring or not.
  1. The company will keep a track of the growth percentage and will make sure to assess the life cycle stage of the company. They will have to introduce incentives to attract customers if they are unable to meet the growth that they budgeted.
  2. The company understands the competition it has with other grocery stores and so they have to stay alert and attentive as to what the competitors are doing. In order to stay ahead they have to plan the strategies that they can implement in given situations.
  3. Rough order of magnitude.
  4. In order to cater a high level of magnitude we have incurred a 7.5 magnitude which is when multiplied by 10 becomes 75%. This means if all the costs and sales grow by 75% what will be the impact on the business.

In Exhibit 4, all the costs are aligned and shows the costs that will be incurred, the highest expense and profit that a company could generate on a 7.5 magnitude..........


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Exhibit 1

Exhibit 2

Exhibit 3:

Budgeting (million)
Initial Investment 1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year 4th Year 5th Year
Estimated Growth % 20% 22% 14% 10%
Sales 2000 2400 2928 3338 3672
Operating cost:
Inventory Handling 80 80 80 80 80
Utilities 80 80 80 80 80
Repair Cost 30 30 30 30 30
Insurance 60 40 40 40 40
Maintenance 80 80 80 80 80
Depreciation (15% straight-line) 90 90 90 90 90
Salaries 760 760 760 760 760
EBIT 900 1320 1848 2258 2592
Tax (20%) 180 264 370 452 518
EAT 720 1056 1478 1806 2073

Exhibit 4:

Order Of Magnitude (7.5*10)
Budgeting (million)
Initial Investment 1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year 4th Year 5th Year
Estimated Growth % 35% 39% 25% 18%
Sales 3500 4200 5124 5841 6425
Operating cost:
Inventory Handling 140 140 140 140 140
Utilities 140 140 140 140 140
Repair Cost 53 53 53 53 53
Insurance 105 70 70 70 70
Maintenance 140 140 140 140 140
Depreciation (15% straight-line) 158 158 158 158 158
Salaries 1330 1330 1330 1330 1330
EBIT 1575 2310 3234 3951 4535
Tax (20%) 315 462 647 790 907
EAT 1260 1848 2587 3161 3628
Marketing Cost 175
Equipment Cost 1050
Planning and Production Costs 613
Free Cash Flow -1838 1418 2006 2745 3319 3786


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