Each student who uses the service fi lls out a form and lists up to 10 companies that he or she
would like to have contacted. The clearinghouse has a choice of two methods to use for processing
the forms. The traditional method requires about 20 minutes to review the form and arrange
the information in the proper order for processing. Once this set-up is done, it takes only two
minutes per company requested to complete the processing. The other alternative uses an optical
scan/retrieve system, which takes only a minute to prepare but requires fi ve minutes per company
for completing the processing. If it costs about the same amount per minute for processing with
either of the two methods, when should each be used?