These are some of the costs typically related to inventory in a manufacturing company:
- Labour (moving in, moving out, sorting)
- Transport (potentially)
- Stolen objects
- NWC-related costs
I have two questions, since I was asked something similar in a case:
1) How would you segment them? --> What are variable and fixed costs in this case? --> What are direct and indirect costs in this case? 2) Specifically, how would you categorize 'obsolence' and 'stolen objects'?
Thank you very much for your support!
Hi Ian, thank you for useful comment. I have one additional question regarding obsolescence (i.e. the fact that older artifacts may lose a bit of their value - not amortization/depreciation, maybe I didn't explain it correctly) and stolen objects. Since these costs depend on how many units (Q) we produce, shouldn't they be VC and not FC? Thank you in advance!
Hi there, glad it helped! So if obsolescence relates to your stockpile of produced products, then yes, it does fit in VC. In terms of stolen objects, well, this si debatable...are employees stealing a set amount each year, or does it depend on how many are in the storage unit? Would be worth clarifying, but it still feels like a systemic issue, i.e. fixed cost