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Physical inventory of Latner Shoe Distributor Company

You encountered the following situations during the December 31,
2007, physical inventory of Latner Shoe Distributor Company:
a. Latner maintains a large portion of the shoe merchandise in 10 warehouses through -
out the eastern United States. This ensures swift delivery service for its chain of stores.
You are assigned alone to the Boston warehouse to observe the physical inventory process. During the inventory count, several express trucks pulled in for loading.
Although infrequent, express shipments must be attended to immediately. As a result, the employees who were counting the inventory stopped to assist in loading the express trucks. What should you do?
b. (1) In one storeroom of 10,000 items, you have test-counted about 200 items of high value and a few items of low value. You found no misstatements. You also note that the employees are diligently following the inventory instructions. Do you think you have tested enough items? Explain.
(2) What would you do if you test-counted 150 items and found a substantial number of counting errors?
c. In observing an inventory of liquid shoe polish, you note that one lot is 5 years old. From inspection of some bottles in an open box, you find that the liquid has solidified in most of the bottles. What action should you take?
d. During your observation of the inventory count in the main warehouse, you found that most of the pre-numbered tags that had been incorrectly filled out are being destroyed and thrown away.

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Q: Latner maintains a large portion of the shoe merchandise in 10 warehouses through -
out the eastern United States. This ensures swift delivery service for its chain of stores.
You are assigned alone to the Boston warehouse to observe the physical inventory process. During the inventory count, several express trucks pulled in for loading.
Although infrequent, express shipments must be attended to immediately. As a result, the employees who were counting the inventory stopped to assist in loading the express trucks. What should you do?

A: Of course it is better if there is no movement during a count. But most clients would not demand that the count start all over if this occurred. Assure that the items that are shipped (loaded on express truck) are not counted as both sold and ...

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Your tutorial is 196 words and gives you some potential ways to minimize the inventory count errors or issues when the count process is compromised.

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