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    Functions of managerial accounting

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    Scenario:

    Claire's Antiques, headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, builds reproductions of certain antique furniture. Claire's Antiques is beginning its 11th year of business. It continues to grow its product line and target customer market and it recently became a public company by issuing shares of its common stock with the NASDAQ exchange.

    Claire's Antiques reproduces just three types of antiques. Those products are clocks, dinette sets, and bedroom suites. The bedroom suites have a higher profit margin when compared to the other products, but it also has a lower sales volume. The clocks have a lower profit margin when compared to the other products, but it also has a greater sales volume. Its antiques are sold directly by Claire's Antiques and through independent distributors (typically antique shops and mail-order companies).

    Each antique is made of solid oak wood. A clock contains a glass door, clock mechanism, and a pendulum. The dinette sets include a table with four legs, one table extension, and six chairs. The bedroom suite contains one bed frame, two night stands, and a dresser with a mirror. Variable costs commonly include:
    ? Various component parts, packaging, etc.
    ? Production labor
    ? Sales commissions (percentage or per unit basis)
    ? Other costs allocated on a per unit basis

    Claire's Antiques tries to produce approximately the same number of antiques it expects to sell in a given period of time. However, Claire's Antiques can not always accurately predict the market. If it manufactures too few antiques, the company loses sales. However, if Claire's Antiques manufactures too many antiques, it may not be saleable because of the changes in consumer preferences. Claire's Antiques may have to sell its products at a discount or even at a loss to liquidate its inventory. To reduce inventory costs, management is considering implementing a "Just In Time" (JIT) inventory management system.

    Goals for the next year are to grow the business to other regions, increase profit margin, and expand its product distribution centers.

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    ***Deliverable Length: 4-5 Pages, proper APA formatting, list all reference cited sources

    The Vice President of Operations would like to increase profitability, improve customer service, and expand the business. Even though the external accounting department spends 5 days preparing each quarter's financial statements and disclosures, she does not examine those financial statements issued to the company shareholders.

    You are to attend an afternoon meeting to discuss why this is the case. You have been assigned the task of examining the pertinent information and proposing two recommendations for the Vice President. These recommendations are to take effect at the end of the quarter.

    **Create a word document presentation outlining your recommendations. Include all your supporting material.

    Objective:
    ? Discuss the role of performance measures in an organization.
    ? Describe the functions of managerial accounting and the external uses of accounting.

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    ***Deliverable Length: 4-5 Pages, proper APA formatting, list all reference cited sources

    The Vice President of Operations would like to increase profitability, improve customer service, and expand the business. Even though the external accounting ...

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    This explains the functions of managerial accounting and the external uses of accounting

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