Questions to answer about industry:
When discussing industry, the business plan can include research on the following subsections:
Structure- Research how other companies in the industry are set up: their size; hierarchy; resources; and so on. Investigate other companies' distribution channels (e.g. horizontal, vertical) and how they transport their product. Consider how the structure of your business is unique in comparison to others.
Competition - Consider researching the competition's market and market share, what their products are and how they advertise.
Stage - What stage is the Industry in: startup, growth, maturity or decline?
Trends - What trends do you want to examine? Consider industry growth, technology trends, and customer buying patterns.
Government Regulations - Research the industry's government regulations. Remember, it is best to error on the side of caution. Facets to consider include:
Promotions - Investigate the promotions other companies are utilizing. Consider what promotion opportunities exist in your business. More about promotions is explained in the Marketing Plan page.
Pricing - What pricing mechanisms are used by other companies? How does competitor pricing affect the pricing structure for your business? More about pricing available on the Marketing Plan page.