# Is a vending machine a good investment?

## Overview

You work for Winnie Widget, the president of Acme
Widget Company. Acme is a small but growing company that has 26 current
employees. The company is housed in an old factory building with several
other small- and medium-sized companies. The area around Acme is very
industrial and there are not many places to eat nearby. A number of
employees have asked Ms. Widget to install vending machines in the
office. Ms. Widget wants to keep employees happy but also wants to keep
costs low. She needs your help. She has asked you to analyze the
situation using a spreadsheet and to write up a memo in which you
present the options and make a recommendation.

## Directions

Begin
by consulting the relevant documents in the Project resources,
including the employee survey and the brochures from two vending
companies. Define the problem as precisely as you can and formulate the
question you want to answer. Then, brainstorm possible solutions to the
problem.

Next, complete the Spreadsheet in the Project resources
to guide your analysis of the problem and possible solutions. Your

• the number of employees who want each machine.
• the average purchases per day for those who responded “Yes.”
• the monthly costs to Acme for each option.
• the monthly cost for employees for each option.
• the total monthly cost (Acme cost + employee cost) for each option.

Use
the spreadsheet to perform the required calculations. Do not perform
calculations yourself (on paper, with a calculator, etc.). Make sure to
use the following formulas and functions at least once:

• SUM
• AVERAGE
• PRODUCT or multiplication
• QUOTIENT or division
• COUNTIF or COUNTA
• IF

After you have finished the spreadsheet, answer the following questions, which are included at the bottom of the spreadsheet:

• Why is it useful to use formulas in this scenario?
• Which formula did you find most useful or hardest to use, and why?

This spreadsheet will be submitted as one of two deliverables for this Project.

Part 2: Memo

Flesh
out the details of your top three solutions that you think you will
each solution. Remember there are nonmonetary considerations as well.
You can certainly use your own real-world knowledge in coming up with
solutions, but be sure to work within the framework of the information
provided.

Analyze your top three solutions, and decide which one
is best and the key reasons why. Then, write a business memo to Winnie