Price Quotes and Pricing Decisions Applied Problems

Dec 16th, 2013
Business & Finance
Price: $15 USD

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Problem 2 You operate your own small building company and have decided to bid on a government contract to build a pedestrian walkway in a national park during the coming winter. The walkway is to be of standard government design and should involve no unexpected costs. Your present capacity utilization rate is moderate and allows sufficient scope to understand this contract, if you win it. You calculate your incremental costs to be $268,000 and your fully allocated costs to be $440,000. Your usual practice is to add between 60% and 80% to your incremental costs, depending on capacity utilization rate and other factors. You expect three other firms to also bid on this contract, and you have assembled the following competitor intelligence about those companies.


Rival A

Rival B

Rival C

Capacity Utilization

At full capacity


Very low

Goodwill Considerations

Very concerned

Moderately concerned

Not concerned

Production Facilities

Small and inefficient plant

Medium sized and efficient plant

Large and very efficient plant

Previous Bidding Pattern

Incremental cost plus 35-50%

Full cost plus 8-12%

Full cost plus 10-15%

Cost Structure

Incremental costs exceed yours by about 10%

Similar cost structure to yours

Incremental costs 20% lower but full costs are similar to yours

Aesthetic Factors

Does not like winter jobs or dirty jobs

Does not like messy or inconvenient jobs

Likes projects where it can show its creativity

Political Factors

Decision maker is a relative of the buyer

Decision maker is seeking a new job

Decision maker is looking for a promotion

                    a. What price would you bid if you must win the project?

b. What price would you bid if you want to maximize the expected value of the contribution from this contract?

c. Defend your answers with discussion, making any assumptions you feel are reasonable and/or are supported by the information provided.

(Please show all your calculations and process. Discuss your answer in three-five complete sentences.)

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