At first, we will open one outlet inside the New Paragon Shopping Centre. This will become our "market testing area," and as we go further, Fresin Fries is planning to open another in nearby shopping malls. In attracting customers to try our fries, we will provide a see-through kitchen, so that people will see how we are committed to freshness in our products.
The kitchen will also let out an aroma of our freshly fried fries into the surroundings area, so that people will come and try our products.
Our strategy is based on serving our markets well. We will start our first outlet as a "market tester" that could become a model of the expanding number of outlets in the future. Concentration will be on maintaining quality and establishing a strong identity in the local market.
A combination of local media and local store marketing programs will be utilized at each location. Local store marketing is most effective, followed by print ad. As soon as a concentration of stores is established in a market, then broader media will be explored. We believe, however, that the best form of advertising is still "buzz." By providing a fun and energetic environment, with unbeatable quality at an acceptable price in a clean and friendly outlet, we will be the talk of the town. Therefore, the execution of our concept is the most critical element of our plan. We will actively build our brand, through the selling of supporting materials, such as merchandise, promotional items and other marketing gimmicks similar to those of other fast food franchises.
Our pricing strategy is positioned as "generic", meaning that S$4.00 is the average consumer spending for a snack or light lunch in Singapore. Leveraging the volume of fries, Italian Soda, and signature style sauces to be sold, we are serving the majority of Singaporeans.
Fresin Fries must establish a distinct brand to stand out from the other Western-style fast food competitors.
We will deploy three different marketing tactics to increase customer awareness of Fresin Fries. Our most important tactic will be "word-of-mouth" and in-store marketing. This will be by far the cheapest and most effective of our marketing programs because of the high traffic in targeted shopping locations.
The second tactic will be local store marketing. These will be low-budget plans that will provide community support and awareness of our facility. The last marketing effort will be utilizing local media. Although, this will be the most costly, this tactic will be used sparingly as a supplement where necessary.
Our main focus in marketing will be to increase customer awareness in the surrounding community. We will direct all of our tactics and programs toward the goal of explaining who we are and what we are all about. We will price our products fairly, keep our standards high, and execute the concept so that “word-of-mouth” will be our main marketing force.
The sales strategy is to build and open new locations in order to increase revenue. However, this plan will be implemented when the one "market tester" outlet showed potential growth. As each individual location will continue to build its local customer base over the first three years of operation, the goal of each store is S$104,250 in annual sales, with the original flagship store expected to earn almost S$200,000 per year.
We anticipate the highest peak on the months of November and December in our sales forecast, due to the holiday seasons. In November, there is Ramadan, and for non-muslim Malaysians and Indonesians, it means vacation time. Approximately 1.5 million Indonesians visit Singapore each year, mostly for shopping and dining. Then in December, we anticipate more tourists coming into Singapore; this explains the jumped of sales in these last two months of the year.
Our business requires a long relationship with raw suppliers as well as partner vendors. In Chinese, this relationship is called "guanxi," meaning business bonding. We already have a long and good standing relationship with Company V in our previous ventures. For Company Y, Mr. Joe Shmo, the managing director, is a prominent figure in the society and we hope to strengthen further our business relationship with him and the company.
During the initial set up of the company, the 4 founders (Guy Fry, Harry Hip, Sam Sauce, and Carl Cone) will conduct the planning and implementation in building the brand and the construction of our first outlet. The planning and construction will take approximately 8 months, in addition to the revision and refinement process that will take the rest of the 12 month period before our opening in early 2005.