Cascade’s management is considering the proposal from FHP. There are

 

Cascade’s management is considering the proposal from FHP. There are  many issues involving strategy,cost, risk, and capacity. Prepare a  recommendation to management. Use the following questions to guide
your analysis.

  1. Assume Cascade could service the contract with existing equipment.  Use Exhibit 1 to identify the relevant costs concerning the acceptance  of FHP’s request to add two additional loads per week. Which costs are  not relevant? Why?
  2. Calculate the contribution per mile and total annual contribution associated with accepting FHP’s
    proposal. What do you recommend? (Use 52 weeks per year in your calculations.)
  3. Consider the strategic implications (including risks) associated  with expanding (or choosing not to expand) operations to meet the  demands of FHP. Analyze this question from a conceptual point of view.
    Calculations are not necessary.
  4. After a closer examination of capacity, management believes an additional rig is required to service the
    FHP  account. Assume Cascades’s management chooses to invest in one  additional truck and trailer that can serve the needs of FHP (at least  initially). Assume the annual incremental fixed costs associated with  acquiring the additional equipment is $50,000. Further, FHP would agree  to pay $2.20 per mile (total
    including FSC and miscellaneous) if  Cascade would sign a five-year contract. What is the annual number of  miles required for Cascade to break even, assuming the company adds one  truck and trailer? What is the expected annual increase in profitability  from the FHP contract? (Use 52 weeks per year in
    your calculations.)
  5. Cascade has business relationships with independent contractors, though Alan is reluctant to use them.
    Another  possibility for expanding capacity is to outsource the miles requested  by FHP. One of Cascade’s most reliable independent contractors has  quoted a rate of $1.65 per mile. As with question 4, assume FHP would  agree to pay $2.20 per mile if Cascade would sign a five-year contract.  Further, assume Cascade would incur incremental fixed costs of $20,000  annually. These costs would include
    insurance, rental trailers,  certain permits, salaries and benefits of garage maintenance, and office  salariessuch as billing. How many annual miles are required for Cascade  to break even if the miles areoutsourced? What is the expected annual  increase in profitability from the FHP contract? What are your
    conclusions?
  6.     6a Why might Cascade use an independent operator if the variable  cost per mile is higher than if the company had purchased a rig and  hired a driver?

6b. At what point would management be  indifferent between the scenarios illustrated in questions 4 and 5?  Based on your analysis, would you recommend adding capacity by  purchasing an additional rig or by utilizing the services of an  independent contractor? Why?

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