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Case Study Prompt
Our client is a large department store chain. The CEO knows that men’s dress shirts are much less profitable than the rest of his product lines. He believes that if they were evaluated on a fully loaded (inclusive of all costs associated with the product) basis that they would in fact be unprofitable.
He is considering taking action to correct this problem.
What would you want to know to determine whether or not the CEO is correct?
Case Study Overview
In this Bain style case study with answers, you have been called in to help the CEO of your client determine the fate of their line of men’s shirts. He suspects they are unprofitable and it’s up to you to dig deep into Profitability and find the data to either support or negate his assumption so you can help him make an informed decision.
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There is one math exhibit in this case, so make sure your quant skills are in high gear. This is an advanced case study with answers and has a qualitative difficulty is 3 out of 4, making it a case you would likely run into in a second round at Bain.
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