Gibson Pharmaceuticalsmanufactures an over- the- counter allergy medication called Breathe. Gibson is trying to win market share from Sudafed and Tylenol. The company has developed several different Breathe products tailored to specific markets. For example, the company sells large commercial containers of 1,000 capsules to health- care facilities and travel packs of 20 capsules to shops in airports, train stations, and hotels. Gibson’s controller, Arlene Pittinger, has just returned from a conference on ABC. She asks Kyle Yand, supervisor of the Breathe product line, to help her develop an ABC system. Pittinger and Yand identify the following activities, related costs, and cost allocation bases: Activity Estimated

The commercial- container Breathe product line had a total weight of 8,200 kilos, used 900 machine hours, and 210 required samples. The travel- pack line had a total weight of 6,200 kilos, used 300 machine hours, and required 310 samples. The company produced 2,800 commercial containers of Breathe and 80,000 travel packs.

1. Compute the cost allocation rate for each activity.
2. Use the activity- based cost allocation rates to compute the indirect cost of each unit of the commercial containers and the travel packs.
3. The company’s original single- allocation- based cost system allocated indirect costs to products at $ 450 per machine hour. Compute the total indirect costs allocated to the commercial containers and to the travel packs under the original system. Then, compute the indirect cost per unit for each product.
4. Compare the activity- based costs per unit to the costs from the simpler original system. How have the unit costs changed? Explain why the costs changed as they did.

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