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Red Flags

You do volunteer work for a local hospital auxiliary. The hospital supplies the stock to be sold at its gift shop. Even though the hospital is a not for profit organization, the goal of the gift shop is to break even or even earn a profit.
Unfortunately, the gift shop has been losing money for the hospital for quite some time. Since you have now have graduated with an Associates degree from Kaplan University, the Gift Shop Manager has asked you to examine the financial statements for the past five years to see if you can suggest any ways to improve the bottom line.
In your analysis, you discover the following six "Red Flags."

Red Flag 1
Although the revenue on snack food decreases every year, the cost of goods sold increases every year.

Red Flag 2
Some of the items in the gift shop appear dusty and "shopworn."

Red Flag 3
In your examination of the financial statements, you see that there is a bank loan on the books. The average balance of the loan is $14,000 at the beginning of the prior year, and $10,000 at the end of the prior year. The interest expense on the income statement for the year is $1,560.

Red Flag 4
The balance sheet shows that the checking account has over $20,000 in it, and the account does not pay interest. The gift shop does not have an interest bearing account.

Red Flag 5
You notice that in the floral cooler there are many flower arrangements which are looking as if they are dying.

Red Flag 6
There are five employees who are paid, one fulltime and the rest are part-time. The fulltime employee purchases the stock, which is to be resold. She places purchase orders, receives the goods, and pays vendors. Her sister is also a part-time employee.

Question 1
Choose three of the six Red Flags and make recommendations to the Gift Shop Managers. Your answer should be at least 100 words per Red Flag

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Dear student:

Each response is in excess of 100 words.

Question 1
Choose three of the six Red Flags and make recommendations to the Gift Shop Managers. Your answer should be at least 100 words per Red Flag

Red Flag 2
Some of the items in the gift shop appear dusty and "shopworn."
When a visitor wants to make a patient feel better, the visitor will go to the gift shop to purchase an item to make the patient smile. How can the patient smile if the item purchased is dusty and shopworn? The patient cannot. During downtimes in the gift shop, the person on duty must tidy up the shop giving it a warm appearance and feel not a used and dirty appeal. This is a simple factor to increase sales, increase turnover and ...

Solution Summary

The solution discusses "Red Flags" for a hospital gift shop.

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