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  1. As can be confirmed information on the Help Screen for a company’s Plant Operations Report (see the plant investment section), if a company adds a new plant capcity at a cost of 35 million, then its annual depreciation costs will rise by
  2. INTEREST COVERAGE RATIO
  3. If a company decides to help differentiate its branded footwear by offering buyers 500 models/styles to choose from, then company managers should evaluate the merits of trying to reduce the $14 million annual costs for production run setup costs associated with producing 500 models/styles at each plant by
  4. Which of the following statements about striving to reduce labor costs per pair produced at each of the companys plants is true?
  5. Based on the industry-low, industry-average, and industry-high values for the benchmarked data in each issue of the FIR, which on of the following is the strongest and most valid signal that one or more elements of a companys costs are too high relative to those of rival companies?
  6. Which one of the following is NOT a way to improve the S/Q rating of branded pairs produced at a particular plant?
  7. Which one of the following actions is most likely to result in higher production costs per branded pair at one of your companys plants?
  8. Based on the above data which of the following statements is false?
  9. In supplying private-label footwear to chain retailers, the sizes of a companys margins over direct costs (as reported on p.6 of each issue of the FIR) should be viewed as
  10. Based on the above income statement data, the companys net profit margin and eps are
  11. The most attractive way to reduce or eliminate the impact of paying tariffs on pairs imported to a companys distribution ware house in Europe-Africa is to
  12. According to the cost allocation procedures discussed on the help screens for the private label sales report and the marketing and admin report, which one of the following is not included as part of a companys production costs for private-label footwear?
  13. A company cannot effectively differentiate its branded footwear from the brands of rivals by
  14. The most important/essential results from the latest decision round that company managers need to review/study in order to guide their strategic moves and decisions to improve their company’s competitiveness and rank among the top-performing companies in the upcoming decision are
  15. If a company is pursuing a strategy to differentiate its branded footwear from the offerings of rival companies, its managers should make a point of examining the plant and production cost benchmarking statistics reported on p.6 of each issue of the FIR in order to
  16. Which of the following are effective ways for managers to try to boost a companys stock price?
    Ans. Increase the companys dividend payments to shareholders each year by at least .05 pershare, repurchase shares of common stock and make every effort to achieve annual increases in earnings per share.
  17. Under what circumstances should a companys management team give serious consideration to bidding aggressively to win contracts to supply private label-footwear to chain retailers in a particular geographic region?
  18. The branded market benchmarking data on p.6 of each issue of the footwear industry report showing the industry-low, industry-average, and industry-high values for operating profit per branded pair sold in each geographic region
  19. The benefits of pursuing a strategy of social responsibility and corporate citizenship include
  20. If a company’s managers want to succeed in creating a differentiation based competitive advantage (and a potential cost advantage in achieving this differentiation) that is difficult for rivals to quickly or easily copy (because every strategic move a company makes to out-compete Rivals and gain a competitive Advantage is not apparent from information contained in the fir
    and the competitive intelligence report), then managers have to
  21. Valid reasons to consider building a new plant in latin America include
  22. A company stands a better chance of achieving a sustainable cost-based competitive advantage over rivals if its managers
  23. Which of the following actions does NOT help a company’s social responsibility strategy result in a higher image rating?
  24. It makes good economic sense for company managers to consider investing $3.5 million per million pairs of capacity for a plant facilities upgrade that will boost labor productivity by 25%
  25. Which of the following combinations of actions will likely provide the biggest competitive benefits in helping a company achieve a differentiation-based competitive advantage over some/many of its rivals?
  26. It is both reasonable and wise for a company to consider shifting away from pursuit of a strategy to strongly differentiate its branded footwear from the offerings of rival companies and sell its footwear at a premium price when
  27. Which one of the following is not of much significance to company managers in deciding whether profitable opportunity exists to build (or purchase) additional plant capacity in the upcoming decision round?
  28. If a company’s actual results for revenues, net profits, EPS, and ROE turn out to be worse than projected, then it is usually because
  29. Which of the following are effective ways for managers to try and boost a company’s stock price?
  30. Which one of the following is an advantage of having plants to manufacture athletic footwear in all four geographic regions?
  31. Which one of the following is not a way to reduce costs and strive to achieve a competitive advantage based on lower overall costs per pair sold than rival companies?
  32. It is reasonable for a company’s management team to abandon efforts to win contracts to supply private-label footwear to chain retailers in a given year when
  33. Which of the following is a valid reason or strong signal that a company should consider changing from a low-cost/low price strategy to a different strategy?
  34. Which one of the following is most likely to be an effective or attractive way to try to reduce manufacturing costs per pair produced at a particular plant?
  35. Which one of the following options is usually an appealing way to try to increase a company’s ROE?
  36. Which one of the following results from the latest decision round are least important in providing guidance to company managers in making their strategic moves and decisions improve their company’s competitiveness and rank among the top-performing companies in the upcoming decision round?
  37. Managers are well-advised to consider whether the company can operate more profitably by selling some/all plant capacity in one or more geographic regions when
  38. 38. If a company has an unappealingly low branded market share in North America because it is being outcompeted by various rival companies, then company managers should
  39. Flawed ways to pursue a differentiation strategy include
  40. A companys strategy to be a low-cost provider of branded footwear can fail to produce good company performance when
  41. In which one of the following instances do the industry-low, industry-average, and industry-high values for the cost benchmarking data in each issue of the FIR signal that one or more elements of a company’s costs are likely to be too high relative to those of rival companies
  42. Which of the following actions is unlikely to help boost a company’s market share in all four geographic regions?
  43. Which one of the following actions is LEAST likely to increase labor productivity by an amount that is large enough to result in lower labor costs per pair produced at a particular plant?
  44. The plant upgrade option that reduces production run setup costs by 50% each year and the costs $8 million per million pairs of plant capacity (which causes depreciation costs at the plant to rise by 5% of the capital cost of the upgrade) merits immediate consideration by company managers when
  45. The industry-low, industry-average, and industry-high benchmarks for the cost per branded pair sold in each geographic region (including manufacturing costs, shipping, import tariffs, and exchange rate adjustments), Warehouse expenses per branded pairs sold, marketing expenses per branded pair sold, and administrative expenses per branded Pair sold that appear in each issue of the Footwear industry report
  46. While contracting with celebrities to endorse a company’s brand adds to the competitive power of its product offering vis-à-vis the offerings of rivals,
  47. Company managers should give strong consideration to bidding for private-label contracts in one or more geographic regions in the upcoming decision round when
  48. Which one of the following does NOT help boost a company’s image rating?
  49. The most attractive way to reduce or eliminate the impact of paying tariffs on pairs imported to a company’s distribution warehouse in latin America is to
  50. An appealing strategy that a company can use to reduce its exposure to adverse exchange rate adjustments to the costs of pairs shipped to a distribution warehouse from a plant in a different geographic region is to
  51. If a company is pursuing a strategy to produce branded Footwear at a low cost relative to any other rival firm, then it should regularly review the plant and production cost benchmarking data in each Year’s Footwear industry report to
  52. Which one of the following will NOT help a company boost its credit rating from A- to A?
  53. Which one of the following is a way to improve the S/Q rating of branded pairs produced at a particular plant?
  54. A dependable and appealing way for managers to try to boost their company’s EPS is to

 

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