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The worker’s union of GrainCorp., a grain processing plant, is attempting to obtain a pay raise from GrainCorp. management. To pressure GrainCorp. management into accepting the union’s proposal, the president of the union has proposed a boycott against SquareMart food stores, which are owned by Megafood, the parent company of GrainCorp.

The answer to which of the following questions is LEAST directly relevant to the union president’s consideration of whether a boycott of SquareMart will lead to acceptance of their pay rate proposal?

A. Would the loss of business at SquareMart stores materially affect MegaFood?

B. Are the staple food products purchased by consumers at SquareMart stores readily available at other stores not owned by MegaFood?

C. How many SquareMart are within the region of the GrainCorp plant?

D. Have other unions successfully employed the same strategy?

E. Is MegaFood the only corporation that operates both grain-processing plants and food stores?
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This is E for me. Though C sounds a likely candidate but I feel E is worse

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The worker’s union of GrainCorp., a grain processing plant, is attempting to obtain a pay raise from GrainCorp. management. To pressure GrainCorp. management into accepting the union’s proposal, the president of the union has proposed a boycott against SquareMart food stores, which are owned by Megafood, the parent company of GrainCorp.

The answer to which of the following questions is LEAST directly relevant to the union president’s consideration of whether a boycott of SquareMart will lead to acceptance of their pay rate proposal?

A.Would the loss of business at SquareMart stores materially affect MegaFood?

B.Are the staple food products purchased by consumers at SquareMart stores readily available at other stores not owned by MegaFood?

C.How many SquareMart are within the region of the GrainCorp plant?

D.Have other unions successfully employed the same strategy?

E.Is MegaFood the only corporation that operates both grain-processing plants and food stores?


I guess C.

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Straight E here guys.

C is totally relevant. Since it is a workers union of a grain processing plant all the members of the union will be located around the plant they work at. If the union is planning a boycott the number of stores around them is definitely a factor. If all the plants are 300 miles away then a boycott of a store nowhere near them will have no effect.

E on the other hand is totally useless. Why does it matter if other corporations run the same sort of operation? They're focused on Grain Corp here.

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I'll go for E. Others clearly affect boycott....

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Straight E

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The OA is E. somebody can help me explain why?

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Straight E here guys.

C is totally relevant. Since it is a workers union of a grain processing plant all the members of the union will be located around the plant they work at. If the union is planning a boycott the number of stores around them is definitely a factor. If all the plants are 300 miles away then a boycott of a store nowhere near them will have no effect.

E on the other hand is totally useless. Why does it matter if other corporations run the same sort of operation? They're focused on Grain Corp here.


I am a bit confused with B, it talks about consumers of the stores how are they in any case relevant to the workers union boycotting the swauremart stores. Is B not irrelevant as it talks about a diff set of people than workers union.

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eschn3am wrote:
Straight E here guys.

C is totally relevant. Since it is a workers union of a grain processing plant all the members of the union will be located around the plant they work at. If the union is planning a boycott the number of stores around them is definitely a factor. If all the plants are 300 miles away then a boycott of a store nowhere near them will have no effect.

E on the other hand is totally useless. Why does it matter if other corporations run the same sort of operation? They're focused on Grain Corp here.


I am a bit confused with B, it talks about consumers of the stores how are they in any case relevant to the workers union boycotting the swauremart stores. Is B not irrelevant as it talks about a diff set of people than workers union.


B.Are the staple food products purchased by consumers at SquareMart stores readily available at other stores not owned by MegaFood?

Well, B is relevant indeed because knowing that, we can assume whether boycotting the stores where the staple foods are available will affect directly MegaFood because, lets say if these products are not available anywhere else apart at stores owned by MegaFood, then Yes it will affect directly MegaFood and the plan will probably succeed but if NOT, then the plan will not succeed because it will affect just a part of stores owned by MegaFood and another part, which is not concerned by the plan; Hence B is relevant ..
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what i sthe OA my option is D. Kindly explain

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what i sthe OA my option is D. Kindly explain


Hi ruchikaarya41
I’m glad to help.

First, this question comes from Kaplan GMAT 2014 Strategies, Practice, and Review. OA is E.

Second, if you read the question stem carefully, you can understand why E is better than D.
Question stem is : The answer to which of the following questions is LEAST directly relevant….. It asks you to compare which answer support the LEAST. It means that D & E may not support the conclusion at 100%, but if D can help even 1%, E helps nothing ==> E is the correct answer.

D.Have other unions successfully employed the same strategy?
If other unions employed successfully the same strategy, It would be a good motivation for the union of GrainCorp to apply this strategy. D could help (even not sure 100%).

E. Is MegaFood the only corporation that operates both grain-processing plants and food stores?
You can ask yourself whether this fact helps Union of GrainCorp to win its strategy? No, Because Megafood is the only corporation that operate both X and Y ==> does not mean Megafood is the only corporation operates only Y. If union boycott against SquareMart food stores, customer can buy food from other stores. ==> The boycott strategy does not help. Hence, E helps the LEAST.

Thus, E is the correct answer.

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Ravshonbek wrote:
The worker’s union of GrainCorp., a grain processing plant, is attempting to obtain a pay raise from GrainCorp. management. To pressure GrainCorp. management into accepting the union’s proposal, the president of the union has proposed a boycott against SquareMart food stores, which are owned by Megafood, the parent company of GrainCorp.

The answer to which of the following questions is LEAST directly relevant to the union president’s consideration of whether a boycott of SquareMart will lead to acceptance of their pay rate proposal?

A. Would the loss of business at SquareMart stores materially affect MegaFood?

B. Are the staple food products purchased by consumers at SquareMart stores readily available at other stores not owned by MegaFood?

C. How many SquareMart are within the region of the GrainCorp plant?

D. Have other unions successfully employed the same strategy?

E. Is MegaFood the only corporation that operates both grain-processing plants and food stores?



Conclusion :union president’s consideration of whether a boycott of SquareMart will lead to acceptance of their pay rate proposal

A.Yes- loss affect Megafood . Then company will consider for a rise in pay for workers
No- no effect . no consideration for a rise in pay for workers

B.Yes- People will buy from other stores which will lead to less sale for Megafood .
No - demolishing conclussion .People are bound to buy from Megafood

C.Yes - other SquareMart are within the region of the GrainCorp plant . People will buy from other plants which will decrease sell of Graincorp .
No - People are bound to Buy from Graincorp

D.Yes - other unions successfully employed the same strategy . Graincorps worker union will succeed
No - partially demolishing the conclusion

E.irrelevant

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