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    Attached is a spreadsheet with two accounts. Each account has the same retail and invoice. One school has a small enrollment and the other has a larger enrollments. There is a handling fee of $2 per enrollment. There are only two variables that can be changed: brochure cost & incentives. Also, the larger the enrollment, the larger the brochure cost. Brochure Cost can be reduced only a certain amount. The cheapest it can be reduced is 110% of # of students. So for John Spicer, the Brochure Cost could be reduced to 683.10 (621 students x 1.10 = $683.10)

    The goal is to reach a 36% gross profit margin...which is (profit / invoice). Profit is Invoice - Total Expenses

    There should be a way to figure a lump sum of the amount you have to spend on brochures and incentives. For example of Spicer, you can spend $843.10 on brochures and incentives....which is $683.10 on brochures and $160.00 on incentives.

    I can figure adjust brochure cost & incentive cost to reach the 36% but I know there is a formula to make it easier.

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    In order to solve this problem, let's first write the definitions of Total Expenses, Profit and Gross Profit %.

    Total Expenses = Brochure Cost + Product Cost + Freight Cost + Prizes + Incentives +
    + Techer Gifts + Samples + PackOut + Delivery + Handling

    Profit = Invoice - Total Expenses

    Gross Profit % = Profit/Invoice

    You are interested in finding the sum of Brochure Cost + Incentives such that the gross profit percentage is 36%. Since you mentioned that costs that are not brochures or incentives are "fixed" ...

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