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Read Paco Underhill’s book, “Why We Buy” by 10/21/20. Do not attempt to do this project without first reading the book. (It is suggested that students take notes while reading the book).
After signing up for a retailer to analyze (details and sign-up will be provided on 10/21/21) (Links to an external site.), go to and analyze your assigned “brick & mortar” store. If analyzing a larger store (department store, discount store, big box category killer store) with many areas, if desired, you may narrow the area of analysis to a single department or category. Student must analyze the retailer they signed up for in order to receive full credit for this project.
Write a paper that is no less than 4 pages and no more than 5 pages (not including works cited page or pictures).Identifying 5 key important points/situations about the store environment according to Underhill (must list as 1,2,3, along with a heading)
Various situations to look for:

situations that follow Underhills recommendations (describe the Underhill recommendation and how the store follows it and why it works)

situations that don’t follow Underhills recommendations, but should (describe the situation and what the store should do instead according to Underhills recommendations)

or situations where the store doesn’t follow Underhills recommendations, but it seems to work anyway (describe how the store doesn’t follow Underhills recommendations and discuss why it seems to work anyway)

Any combination of the above three situations can be used (or all 5 of one type of situation). (10 points each = 50 points)

Utilize a professional/business style of writing
Papers must be free of spelling and grammatical
Write in the third person (do not use I. Do not write in first person, verbiage should be based upon observations and related to Underhills research, not as in my opinion).
Students should take the approach as if they were an outside consultant or analyst and a professional business approach should be use. I think, and stuff like that verbiage should not be
Observations should be stated as fact. Descriptions of how the retailer is doing things right must be based upon what was read an applied from Underhills book. Suggestions for improvement must be based upon what was suggested in Underhills
Papers must be double spaced using Arial or Times New Roman font of 12. Papers must have headings for each situation being discussed (see #3 above). The presentation of the information is as important as the information itself. It is not enough for students to simply offer information but care little for the writing presentation of that information. Sloppy or unprofessional writing is a direct reflection on the student. A paper that impresses with both the information expected and good writing gives a much more positive impression of students efforts, seriousness about learning, and ability to demonstrate their
Pictures of the situations at the retailer should be included where possible (some retailers will prohibit, so finding images online may be an alternative). If pictures are submitted, they must be incorporated into the 5-page paper (not separately), however, when/if the pictures would be removed, the minimum of 4 pages must still be accomplished.
Files must be submitted as MSWord documents or a PDF and should be saved as (replacing italics with your name and retailer): Studentfirstname_lastname_WWBPaper_for Name of Retailer_F20 (20points)
A brief introduction to the paper should include what store is being analyzed, the type of store (what format; refer to your Ch. 2 notes to determine) the number of stores in the company and the location of the headquarters/buying offices. A detailed conclusion at the end of the paper should connect what has been learned in this course and about how the retailers competitive advantages and strategies are impacting the in-store (20 points)

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