Identifying and managing unused capacity (continuation of 12-21). Refer to Exercise 12-21.
1. Calculate the amount and cost of unused administrative capacity at the beginning of 2017, based on the actual number of customers Gianni served in 2017.
2. Suppose Gianni can only add or reduce administrative capacity in increments of 250 customers. What is the maximum amount of costs that Gianni can save in 2017 by downsizing administrative capacity?
3. What factors, other than cost, should Gianni consider before it downsizes administrative capacity?
Strategy, balanced scorecard, merchandising operation. Gianni & Sons buys T-shirts in bulk, applies its own trendsetting silk-screen designs, and then sells the T-shirts to a number of retailers. Gianni wants to be known for its trendsetting designs, and it wants every teenager to be seen in a distinctive Gianni T-shirt. Gianni presents the following data for its first two years of operations, 2016 and 2017.
Administrative costs depend on the number of customers Gianni has created capacity to support, not on the actual number of customers served. Gianni had 3,600 customers in 2016 and 3,500 customers in 2017.
1. Is Gianni’s strategy one of product differentiation or cost leadership? Explain briefly.
2. Describe briefly the key measures Gianni should include in its balanced scorecard and the reasons for doing so.
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