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Navigating the Beans: Understanding Inflation's Influence on the Coffee Shop Market Environment


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Question: A market environment refers to all the internal and external factors that influence an organisation's marketing activities. Marketing managers need to be aware of the market environment to maintain success and tackle any threats or opportunities that may affect their work. Suppose you have a keen interest in the food and beverage industry and have always dreamt of starting your own coffee shop. Before embarking on this entrepreneurial journey in the coffee industry, it’s important to understand your market environment. 3.1. Discuss the impact of inflation on the market environment (25 marks

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Inflation refers to the rate at which the general level of prices for goods and services is rising, and subsequently, purchasing power is falling. It has a number of impacts on the market environment that are pertinent to a business, especially for someone planning to start a coffee shop: 1. Increased Costs of Inventory: Inflation often leads to an increase in the costs of goods and services. For a coffee shop, this could mean rising prices for coffee beans, milk, and other ingredients required for operations. This would increase your operating costs which might necessitate raising your prices to maintain profitability. 2. Reduced Purchasing Power: As the prices of goods increase, consumers' purchasing power decreases because they have to spend more to buy the same goods or services. This might lead to a drop in demand as customers may cut back on luxuries like visiting coffee shops when economic conditions are challenging. 3. High Interest Rates: In an attempt to control inflation, central banks often increase interest rates. High interest rates can deter entrepreneurs from taking loans to start or expand business operations due to higher costs of borrowing. 4. Wage Inflation: In a period of inflation, employees often demand higher wages to maintain their purchasing power. This can lead to an increase in payroll costs for the business. 5. Uncertainty: Inflation creates an unpredictable business environment. When prices and costs are fluctuating, it becomes difficult for businesses to accurately plan and forecast for the future. Understanding the impacts of inflation on your market environment can help you anticipate and tackle such challenges effectively, thereby ensuring the sustainability and success of your coffee shop amidst economic fluctuations. The key is to have a flexible business strategy that allows for adaptation in times of economic inflation.

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April 11, 2024, 8:05 a.m.

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Published: Thursday, April 11, 2024

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