Baldwin’s product manager is considering lowering the price of the Best product by $2.50 and wants to know what the impact will be on the product’s contribution margin. Assuming no inventory carry costs, what will Best’s contribution margin be if the price is lowered?
Refer to the HR Reports in the Inquirer. Through past investments in recruiting and training Digby has obtained a productivity index of 109.4%. This means that Digby’s labor costs would be increased by 9.4% if it did not have these productivity improvements. This is a competitive advantage that Digby can sustain or even widen further if its competitors have no HR initiatives. Now, refer to the Income Statement in Digby’s Annual Report. How much did Digby’s productivity improvements save it in direct labor costs (in thousands) last year?
From a marginal analysis perspective, what is the inventory carry cost for Andrews if the company carries one additional unit of Ate in inventory at the end?
Looking forward to next year, if Chester’s current cash balance is $19,743 (000) and cash flows from operations next period are unchanged from this period and Chester takes ONLY the following actions relating to cash flows from investing and financing activities:
Issues 100 (000) shares of stock at the current stock price
Issues $200 (000) of long-term debt
Pays $40 (000) in dividends
Which of the following activities will expose Chester to the most risk of needing an emergency loan?
Retires $20,000 (000) in long-term debt
Purchases assets at a cost of $15,000 (000)
Liquidates the entire inventory
Sells $5,000 (000) of their Long-term assets
Boat’s product manager continues to perform well in the market. However, a competing product is coming on strong and is looking to take over as the market share leader in the segment. Without sacrificing contribution margin, what can the Boat product manager do in order to improve upon the buying criteria, and thus potentially increase demand?
Reposition Boat to make it even smaller and higher performing
Increase the promotion budget to gain greater awareness
Lower the selling price since it is the second most important buying criteria
Increase MTBF by 2000