Living Lean: Brian's Lunch Dilemma

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Elliott N. Weiss

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Rebecca Goldberg

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Abstract

This case is part of the "Living Lean" series, which presents accessible, everyday scenarios for a Lean process-improvement journey. In this episode on inventory management, a couple looks for ways to economize on lunches to save for a trip to Italy.

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UVA-OM-1435

Rev. Nov. 15, 2013

Living Lean: Brian's Lunch Dilemma

Brian and Tonya were constantly bickering about ways to put money aside for a vacation to Rome. For some reason, these discussions always seemed to involve the packing of lunches.

The two of them required 40 lunches each month. They calculated that sandwich-and-drink cart stops and sit-down lunch meetings averaged out to $ 15 each, whereas lunches brought from home averaged $ 5. The latter also tended to be both more nutritious and more conducive to weight control, a priority for both.

Theoretically, if they brought their lunches from home every day, they could put $ 400 a month into an escrow account for their Rome vacation, which over 12 months would net $ 4,800—enough for a nice 10-day stay.

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Keywords: lean, procurement

Suggested Citation

Weiss, Elliott N. and Goldberg, Rebecca, Living Lean: Brian's Lunch Dilemma. Darden Case No. UVA-OM-1435. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2974956

Elliott N. Weiss (Contact Author)

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

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Rebecca Goldberg

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States

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