For the company, find out what decisions they have to make, who is the decision maker, and come up with some solutions/recommendations (no more than 4). Then provide rationale for those solutions/recommendations. Format please follow the sample I provided.4 pages are all about the case(solutions,recommendations etc.), the case requirement I already provided in the “paper details”.
1. What is Panera Bread’s strategy? Which of the competitive strategies discussed in Chapter 1 most closely fit the competitive approach that Panera Bread is taking? What type of competitive advantage is Panera Bread trying to achieve?
2. What does a SWOT analysis of Panera Bread reveal about the overall attractiveness of its situation? Does the company have any core competencies or distinctive competencies?
3. What is your appraisal of Panera Bread’s financial performance based on the data in case Exhibits 1, 2 and 8? How well is the company doing financially? Use the financial ratios in Section III as a guide in doing the calculations needed to arrive at an analysis-based answer to your assessment of Panera’s recent financial performance.
4. Based on the information in case Exhibit 9, which rival restaurant chains appear to be Panera’s closest rivals?
5. What strategic issues and problems does Panera Bread management need to address?
6. What does Panera Bread need to do to strengthen its competitive position and business prospects vis-à- vis other restaurant chain rivals?
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