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Case Study Prompt

Your client is looking at investing a significant amount of money to create an online auction company that facilitates sheep sales from producers to large customers.

They will only do this if they could make roughly $10 M annual profit in 5 years, and they have enlisted your help in determining the go/no-go decision.

Also, here’s some additional information:

  • All large processors (buyers) use computers
  • Sales via auction and contract will not migrate- there is no steal share between channels

How would you structure your approach to this problem?

Case Study Overview

This case from the case library catalog involves a company that wants to create an online auction company. The company wants to make $10M profit per annum by year 5. Is the idea viable/profitable?

Apply the Market Study Framework to help solve the case, but don’t stop there. Use your frameworks experience and your business acumen to create a custom, data-driven framework that will help you solve the case.

The case has a qualitative difficulty score of 2/4. The case is like what you would expect to see in a first round at Bain. There are several math exhibits you’ll need to derive insights from.

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