Unformatted text preview: ure appeals to the customer who wants something
unique for his or her home or apartment. Most Ligne Moderna furniture
is built by special order, because a wide variety of upholstery, accent
trimming, and colors are available. The product line is distributed
through exclusive dealership arrangements with well-established retail
stores. Casa de Diseño’s manufacturing process virtually eliminates the
use of wood. Plastic and metal provide the basic framework, and wood is
used only for decorative purposes.
Casa de Diseño entered the plastic-furniture market in late 1998. The
company markets its plastic-furniture products as indoor–outdoor items
under the brand name “Futuro.” Futuro plastic furniture emphasizes
comfort, durability, and practicality and is distributed through wholesalers. The Futuro line has been very successful, accounting for nearly 40
percent of the firm’s sales and profits in 2003. Casa de Diseño anticipates
some additions to the Futuro line and also some limited change of direction in its promotion in an effort to expand the applications of the plastic
Ms. Leal has decided to study the firm’s cash management practices.
To determine the effects of these practices, she must first determine the
current operating and cash conversion cycles. In her investigations, she
found that Casa de Diseño purchases all of its raw materials and production supplies on open account. The company is operating at production
levels that preclude volume discounts. Most suppliers do not offer cash
discounts, and Casa de Diseño usually receives credit terms of net 30. An
analysis of Casa de Diseño’s accounts payable showed that its average
payment period is 30 days. Leal consulted industry data and found that
the industry average payment period was 39 days. Investigation of six
California furniture manufacturers revealed that their average payment
period was also 39 days.
Next, Leal studied the production cycle and inventory policies. Casa
de Diseño tries not to hold an...
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