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What could a Logitech staff accountant have done if he/she knew that the CFO and controller failed to write down the discontinued Revue parts inventory?

In the fourth quarter of 2010, Logitech International released the Revue, a TV set-top box designed to integrate cable/satellite TV with internet content. The Revue Google search bar would be able to find any desired content from any provider and project that content to the TV screen. The Revue was manufactured by contract manufacturers, not […]

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Introductory financial accounting Jeopardy game for end-of-semester review

At the end of the semester, I thought it might be useful to have a review game before the final exam. I have created a Jeopardy-style game that covers basic topics within an introductory financial accounting course. This PowerPoint file contains a Jeopardy-style game suitable for use in an introductory financial accounting class. There are […]

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What does The Cheesecake Factory’s inventory include and where is it located on its financial statements?

The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated (NASDAQ: CAKE) operates over 200 restaurants and two bakeries in the United States. In its two bakeries, it bakes and prepares more than 70 desserts, both for its own use in its restaurants and for sale to a wide variety of wholesalers and retailers. The Cheesecake Factory’s inventories consist of restaurant […]

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What is the impact on Abercrombie & Fitch’s financial statements from the write-down of its logo-adorned merchandise inventory?

Recently, Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF) has been implementing a turnaround strategy since its sales had been falling for the past few years (11% decrease in 2014, 8% in 2015, and just 3% in 2016.) One part of Abercrombie’s new strategy has been to abandon its logo-adorned merchandise, replacing it with a subtler look. Abercrombie […]

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How could the different inventory costing methods used by Best Buy, Amazon, and Target impact their respective income statements and balance sheets?

Three retailing giants, Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY), Amazon.com, Inc., (NASDAQ: AMZN), and Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) each use a different inventory costing method. Best Buy uses weighted-average cost, Amazon uses FIFO, and Target uses LIFO. Here is a hypothetical example that highlights the potential differences in income statements and balance sheets that could […]

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8 revenue recognition exercises for introductory financial accounting featuring LL Bean

In 2015, FASB updated the revenue recognition standards. While most of the impact of the revised revenue standard will impact Intermediate Accounting coverage, some changes will also need to be made to update introductory financial accounting coverage. Using hypothetical examples featuring LL Bean, I have developed a set of classroom exercises (and solutions) that can […]

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Are the articles of secondhand clothing offered for sale on thredUP’s online store included in inventory on thredUP’s balance sheet?

ThredUP is a startup online consignment and thrift store. Consumers can buy like-new, carefully vetted brand-name clothing from thredUP’s online store at discounts of up to 80% off of the original retail prices. Consumers can also send in their unwanted clothing articles for thredUP to resell.  ThredUP’s professional buyers go through the articles of clothing […]

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What does Home Depot’s 2015 Form 10-K communicate about its inventory?

Home Depot (HD) is a retailer of home improvement and construction products. Home Depot is currently the world’s largest home improvement retailer with revenues exceeding $83 billion in its fiscal year ending February 1, 2015. The most commonly used inventory valuation methods are first-in first-out, last-in first-out, and average or weighted average cost. See the […]

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How does the SEC allege that Diamond Foods fraudulently increased earnings?

Diamond Foods produces and markets Emerald snack nuts, PopSecret popcorn, and several other snack brands. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently charged Diamond and two of the company’s former executives (the CEO and the CFO) with misleading investors by fraudulently manipulating income (see “Diamond Foods to Pay $5 Million to Settle SEC Fraud Charges,” […]

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