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Pumpkin Bags (PB) is a designer of high quality backpacks and purses. Each design is made in small batches. Each spring, PB comes out with new designs for the backpack and for the purse. They use these designs for a year, and then move on to the next trend. The bags are all made on the same fabrication equipment that is expected to operate at capacity. The equipment must be switched over to a new design and set up to prepare for the production of each new batch of products. When completed, each batch of products is immediately shipped to a wholesaler. Shipping costs vary with the number of shipments.

1. Identify the cost hierarchy level for each cost category.

2. Identify the most appropriate cost driver for each cost category. Explain briefly your choice of cost driver.

3. Calculate the cost per unit of cost driver for each cost category.

4. Calculate the total costs and cost per unit for each product line

5. Explain how you could use the information in requirement 4 to reduce costs

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The solution explains how to choose cost drivers and use activity based costing

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