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WQZ Co is considering making the following changes in the area of working capital management:

Inventory management

It has been suggested that the order size for Product KN5 should be determined using the economic order quantity model (EOQ).

WQZ Co forecasts that demand for Product KN5 will be 160,000 units in the coming year and it has traditionally ordered 10% of annual demand per order. The ordering cost is expected to be $400 per order while the holding cost is expected to be $5.12 per unit per year. A buffer inventory of 5,000 units of Product KN5 will be maintained, whether orders are made by the traditional method or using the economic order quantity model.

Receivables management

WQZ Co could introduce an early settlement discount of 1% for customers who pay within 30 days and at the same time, through improved operational procedures, maintain a maximum average payment period of 60 days for credit customers who do not take the discount. It is expected that 25% of credit customers will take the discount if it were offered.

It is expected that administration and operating cost savings of $753,000 per year will be made after improving operational procedures and introducing the early settlement discount.

Credit sales of WQZ Co are currently $87.6 million per year and trade receivables are currently $18 million. Credit sales are not expected to change as a result of the changes in receivables management. The company has a cost of short-term finance of 5.5% per year.

Requirements:

a

Calculate the cost of the current ordering policy and the change in the costs of inventory management that will arise if the economic order quantity is used to determine the optimum order size for Product KN5.

Marks: 5
b

Calculate and comment on whether the proposed changes in receivables management will be acceptable. Assuming that only 25% of customers take the early settlement discount, what is the maximum early settlement discount that could be offered? 

Marks: 7
c

Discuss the factors that should be considered in formulating working capital policy on the management of  trade receivables.

Marks: 8

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Rakhi Gupta's picture
Rakhi Gupta
11/01/2020 - 18:18
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9980
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Rakhi Gupta's picture
Rakhi Gupta
11/01/2020 - 18:29
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9982
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Rakhi Gupta
10/01/2020 - 17:03
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9734
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Rakhi Gupta's picture
Rakhi Gupta
10/01/2020 - 17:20
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9736
7
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Rakhi Gupta
10/01/2020 - 17:33
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9738
8
MD. Mayan Ahmmad's picture
MD. Mayan Ahmmad
09/14/2020 - 08:48
a
9700
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MD. Mayan Ahmmad's picture
MD. Mayan Ahmmad
09/14/2020 - 09:13
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9702
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MD. Mayan Ahmmad
09/14/2020 - 16:49
c
9704
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Kawsar Ahmed's picture
Kawsar Ahmed
08/26/2020 - 17:47
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9526
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Kawsar Ahmed's picture
Kawsar Ahmed
08/26/2020 - 17:48
b
9528
7
Kawsar Ahmed's picture
Kawsar Ahmed
08/26/2020 - 17:48
c
9530
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Lokonath Debnath's picture
Lokonath Debnath
08/20/2020 - 23:24
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9466
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Lokonath Debnath
08/20/2020 - 23:53
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9468
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Apurba nandy
03/03/2020 - 14:45
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8992
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Apurba nandy
03/03/2020 - 15:04
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8996
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MD. Ohidur Rahman
02/28/2020 - 20:52
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8508
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Kamrunnahar Takia
02/05/2020 - 19:40
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8510
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