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# Question #3: The manager of Walmart's in Arkansas is considering the possibility of providing flower delivery...

Question #3: The manager of Walmart's in Arkansas is considering the possibility of providing flower delivery service. She hires you as consultant for this project. You suggested that Walmart should do some marketing research to understand the market needs. Walmart has conducted a survey, the major findings include:

• The estimated number of customers is 400.
• An average customer is willing to buy \$30 worth of flowers per order and pay \$5 for delivery.
• An average customer tends to place 10 flower orders per year.

To ensure on-time delivery Walmart's needs to invest \$30,000 on a new van, which will be straight line depreciated over 10 years with \$0 salvage value. The expenses of gas, repair, maintenance, and other operating costs incurred by this van will be \$2,000 a year. Staff compensation will cost \$50,000 a year. Advertising, promotion and other sales expenses will cost \$10,000 a year. The average variable cost of flowers is 60% of the flower sales. There is no variable cost assigned to delivery.

• What is unit contribution (per customer per year)? (2)
• What is BEV in each year? (2)

A )Contribution per unit= sales less variable cost per unit

Sales (30*10) = 300

Variable cost ( 60% of 300)= 180

Contribution per unit = 120

B) Breakeven value = fixed cost / contribution per unit

Fixed cost

Depreciation = 3000 ( ( 30000- 0)/10)

Operating cost of van = 2000

Staff compensation = 50000

Sales expenses = 10000

Total fixed cost = 65000

Contribution per unit = 120

Therefore BEV = 65000/120 = 541.67 (Approx)

Note : All the values given are in \$ currency

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