What costs at LimeBike, the bike sharing service, would be capitalized versus expensed?

LimeBike is a start-up founded in 2017 located in San Mateo, California. Its mission is to make shared bicycles accessible and affordable.  The company has taken the basic idea of shared bicycles and eliminated the need to return the bike to a docking station, which may not be near the cyclist’s destination. LimeBike charges $1 […]

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How will Dr Pepper Snapple’s dividend impact its financial statements?

On November 16, 2016, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. (NYSE: DPS) made the following announcement: “Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. (NYSE: DPS) today announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.53 per share on the company’s common stock.  The dividend is payable in U.S. dollars on January 5, 2017, to shareholders of record on December […]

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Would job costing or process costing be used by the manufacturer of the dye used to turn the Chicago River green for St. Patrick’s Day?

Since 1962, members of the Plumbers Local have been dyeing the Chicago River green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Similar river dyeing occurs in Tampa, Austin, and elsewhere. In 1961, the mayor of Chicago wanted to find out where raw sewage was being dumped into the Chicago River. He directed that a special green […]

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How long is the operating cycle of Williamette Valley Vineyards?

Oregon has the third most wineries in the United States; only California and Washington have more wineries. Williamette Valley Vineyards, Inc. (NASDAQ: WVVI) is one of these Oregon wineries and is publicly-held. Williamette Valley Vineyards produces and sells several types of bottled wines under its Williamette Valley Vineyards label, including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, […]

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What costs are relevant when determining how many pizzas a month Zume Pizza must sell to break even?

Zume Pizza uses a combination of robots, artificial intelligence (AI), and GPS in its food trucks to deliver pizzas to customers’ houses just as the pizza is finished baking. Pizzas are actually prepared and baked in the Zume pizza truck by an employee assisted by robots.  Zume Pizza started operations in April 2016 and is currently […]

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For a Zume Pizza delivery truck that uses a combination of robots, AI, and GPS in pizza preparation and delivery, what will be capitalized versus expensed?

Zume Pizza uses a combination of robots, artificial intelligence (AI), and GPS in its food trucks to deliver pizzas to customers’ houses just as the pizza is finished baking. The process starts with a customer using Zume Pizza’s app to order pizza. The pizza combinations offered by Zume have been derived by analyzing customer data […]

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How might Target use data analytics to help make decisions?

In a recent visit in early February to a Target (NYSE: TGT) store in northeast Ohio, snow shovels were on display next to swimming suits, offering an interesting juxtaposition. [The average temperature in northeast Ohio in February is about 31° Fahrenheit, accompanied by an average monthly snowfall of about 15.”] An article in the Wall […]

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How will Snapchat’s upcoming IPO impact its assets, liabilities, and equity?

For the past year, there has been speculation that Snap Inc., the parent company of Snapchat, was planning to have an initial public offering (IPO.) Finally, in February 2017, Snap filed the paperwork with the SEC indicating it was going to be issuing stock soon. Snap’s IPO is expected to be the most expensive tech […]

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How do the sale of its Craftsman brand, a loan from a hedge fund, and the sale of real estate impact Sears’ statement of cash flows?

In January 2017, Sears Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) sold its Craftsman brand for $900 million to Black & Decker, the manufacturer of power tools and accessories. That same month, a hedge fund affiliated with the CEO of Sears loaned Sears $500 million. Sears also has plans to sell about $1 billion of real estate assets […]

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What information is relevant when deciding whether to laser tattoo fruits and vegetables instead of using paper or plastic stickers?

Every piece of fruit and vegetables sold in U.S. grocery stores has a small sticker on it. These stickers include food type, origin, and whether it was grown organically. Laser Food is a company based in Spain that makes laser marking machines. These Laser Mark machines tattoo every piece of fruit and vegetable with identifying […]

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