Review the chapter’s opening feature highlighting Jacquelyn Tran and her company, Beauty Encounter. Assume that Beauty Encounter consistently maintains an inventory level of $300,000, meaning that its average and ending inventory levels are the same. Also assume its annual cost of sales is $1,200,000. To cut costs, Jacquelyn proposes to slash inventory to a constant level of $150,000 with no impact on cost of sales. She plans to work with suppliers to get quicker deliveries and to order smaller quantities more often.
1. Compute the company’s inventory turnover and its days’ sales in inventory under
(a) Current conditions
(b) Proposed conditions.
2. Evaluate and comment on the merits of Jacquelyn’s proposal given your analysis for part 1. Identify any concerns you might have about the proposal.