Yeti Card & Gifts (Yeti) is an established retail business that offers a wide range of cards and gifts. Yeti's motto is "Fun, Functional, & Funky, that's Yeti." Yeti opened two years ago as a retail gift store specializing in Asian gifts and home decor. Yeti quickly out-grew its original space and is now located in the Wigman Hospital/Physicians & Surgeons South Building, open Monday through Saturday 10 am – 6 pm. Yeti is currently finishing tenant improvements on their second location, a space in University Heights. The grand opening is slated for July 4th.
Yeti has been successful in doing something that no other retail card/gift store has been able to do, successfully appeal to two distinct target market segments. Yeti's first target segment is university students. This segment is identified by their younger age and higher disposable income relative to their household income. For many students, the years at university is the first time they are living away from home and away from their parent's often watchful and restrictive eyes. This means that students like to use their disposable income to its full potential, sometimes (unfortunately for them) beyond their financial means. There are over 38,833 potential customers in this market segment.
The second distinct segment that Yeti has been successful in appealing to is the university faculty and staff, Wigman Hospital staff, and the greater Cleveland Heights/University Heights community. This segment is an older, more mature market relative. They are looking for a safe and friendly atmosphere that provides a sense of nostalgia mixed with youthful excitement. This segment has over 191,590 potential customers.
Yeti's competitive edge is their ability to effectively serve both market segments at the same time, a feat that no other gift/card shop has been able to do. Yeti has accomplished this by leveraging two competitive advantages. The first element is a wide product selection that appeals to both target markets. Yeti's other motto, "Risque not Raunchy" captures this idea well. While some of the products come close to pushing the limits of good taste, nothing is offensive or outrageously obscene. This creates an atmosphere that has an edge, but one in which anyone would feel comfortable. This wide product span helps allow Yeti to serve two distinct sets of customers. A wide product selection is not inherently enough on its own to serve two customer segments however. The second element of their competitive edge is the high level of customer service that supports the broad product selection. The store provides outstanding service to customers who feel like they are truly welcome and enjoy the entire shopping experience. All of the Yeti employees are trained to create a helpful, gracious, welcoming experience for all customers. The sales staff recognize that it is their job to provide the customer with whatever type of assistance they may need. The customer will leave the store feeling that Yeti exists to cater to their individual needs.
Having been open now for almost two years, Yeti Cards & Gifts has proven that they have been successful in meeting the needs of two distinct customer segments. The Yeti concept is being led by the husband and wife team of Dan and Ishada Gordon, both of whom bring a wealth of experience and skills to the company. Yeti is currently preparing for the grand opening of their second location and its overall growth looks quite promising. Sales forecasts indicate revenue of $169,000 for Year 3 and $180,000 for Year 4 with net profit of 5.96% and 7.59% respectively.
Yeti Cards & Gifts' goal is to provide new and exciting products in an environment that is fun and friendly for customer and staff alike. Customer service is our #1 priority.
"Fun, Functional & Funky, that's Yeti."
1.2 Keys to Success
The keys to success are:
- Offering items of a high quality-value relationship which are not available everywhere. This is essential for maintaining the niche market sectors mentioned in the Executive Summary.
- Advertising and promoting in areas that our target customer base will learn about our store.
- Continuously reviewing our inventory and sales and adjusting our inventory levels accordingly.
Yeti has two objectives for the organization. The objectives are lofty, yet achievable. By developing and tracking progress toward the goals, the organization will push everyone to perform their best.
- Open a second store in the University Heights community, increasing visibility and sales potential.
- Open a third store in Year 4.