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    Anne Teak, the financial manager of a furniture manufacturer, is considering operating a lock-box system. She forecasts that 400 payments a day will be made to lock boxes with an average payment size of $2,000. The bank's charge for operating the lock boxes is $.40 a check. The interest rate is .015 percent per day.

    a. If the lock box saves 2 days in collection float, is it worthwhile to adopt the system?
    b. What minimum reduction in the time to collect and process each check is needed to justify use of the lock-box system?

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    a. We need to compare the cost and benefit of operating the lock box on a per check basis. The cost is the lock box cost and the benefit is the savings in ...

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    The solution explains how to evaluate a lock box system.