You are required to read the case study and answer the following question
Hazel had worked for the same Fortune 500 Company for almost 15 years. Although the company had gone through some tough times, things were starting to turn around. Customer orders were up, and quality and productivity had improved dramatically from what they had been only a few years earlier due to a companywide quality improvement program. So it came as a real shock to Hazel and about 400 of her co-workers when they were suddenly terminated following the new CEO’s decision to downsize the company.
After recovering from the initial shock, Hazel tried to find employment elsewhere. Despite her efforts, after eight months of searching she was no closer to finding a job than the day she started. Her funds were being depleted and she was getting more discouraged. There was one bright spot, though: She was able to bring in a little money by mowing lawns for her neighbours. She got involved quite by chance when she heard one neighbours remark that now that his children were on their own, nobody was around to cut the grass. Almost jokingly, Hazel asked him how much he’d be willing to pay. Soon Hazel was mowing the lawns of five neighbours. Other neighbours wanted her to work on their lawns, but she didn’t feel that she could spare any more time from her job search.
However, as the rejection letters began to pile up, Hazel knew she had to make a decision. On a sunny Tuesday morning, she decided, like many others in a similar situation, to go into business for herself—taking care of neighbourhood lawns. She was relieved to give up the stress of job hunting, and she was excited about the prospect of being her own boss. But she was also fearful of being completely on her own. Nevertheless, Hazel was determined to make a go of it.
At first, business was a little slow, but once people realized Hazel was available, many asked her to take care of their lawns. Some people were simply glad to turn the work over to her; others switched from professional lawn care services. By the end of her first year in business, Hazel knew she could earn a living this way. She also performed other services such as fertilizing lawns, weeding gardens, and trimming shrubbery. Business became so good that Hazel hired two part-time workers to assist her and, even then, she believed she could expand further if she wanted to.
You are required to answer the following questions in your report:
1. Explain Hazel’s product. Identify the tangibles parts of this product and its service components.
2. Explain the competitive advantage does Hazel have over a professional lawn care service.
3. The town is considering an ordinance that would prohibit putting grass clippings at the curb for pickup because local landfills cannot handle the volume. Identify the options might Hazel consider if the ordinance is passed. Explain two advantages and two drawbacks of each option.
4. The business grow and Hazel is thinking about the purchase of new equipment or do subcontracting in order to fulfill the customer orders. She think it will increase in productivity and generate more income for next year. Explain the trade-offs should she consider in her analysis.
5. Explain what is service blue printing and advise Hazel whether she should develop the service blueprinting or not for her business.
[Really need long/detail explanation for each questions. TQ great tutor]
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