### COST ANALYSIS

Level Strategy versus chase strategy

The costs associated with the level strategy include the production of the required number of units, the payments to employees, costs of inventories, costs for materials, cost associated with overtimes

The costs can be broken down as shown below;

1. The costs of producing the normal 500 units in one month.

500*30=1500

=Total normal production in 12 months

=Costs of generating in one month* 12 months

=1500*12=18000

1. The costs associated with carrying an inventory over normal production.

Chase strategy

Chase strategy refers to a production strategy which leads to production of as much as needed production. In chase strategy, there is zero inventory, no holding cost, and no shortages. It is quite difficult to achieve a zero inventory because work hours are not necessarily flexible. In the chase strategy, there is low inventory costs which is accompanied by high smoothing

 Month F-cast Start stock Net Production Inventory cost (Inventory*50/12) Workers hired Cost of workers (Workers*Cost of eachWorker) Actual Output Ending Output January 600 200 700 833 5 5000 500 100 February 700 100 700 416 10 10,000 600 0 March 800 0 800 0 15 15,000 800 0 April 700 0 700 0 10 10,000 700 0 May 600 0 600 0 5 5000 600 0 June 500 0 500 0 0 0 500 0 July 600 0 600 0 5 5000 600 0 August 700 0 700 0 10 10,000 700 0 September 800 0 800 0 15 15,000 800 0 October 900 0 900 0 20 20,000 900 0 November 700 0 700 0 10 10,000 700 0 December 600 0 600 0 5 5000 600 0

The problem computation:

Workers required in January=The extra production required / the number of units each added employee can produce per month. (The result should be rounded up since human beings have to be treated as integers)

= (600-500)/20= 5. Therefore, the number of workers required in Jan =5

No of workers to be added in February= (700-500)/20= 10

No of workers added in March= (800-500)/20=15

No of workers added in April = (700-500)/20=10

No of workers added in May= (600-500)/20= 5

No of workers added in June= (500-500)/20=0

No of workers added in July= (600-500)/20= 5

No of workers added in August = (700-500)/20= 10

No of workers in September= (800-500)/20=15

No of workers in October= (900-500)/20=20

No of workers added in November= (700-500)/20=10

No of workers added in December= (600-500)/20=5

The total cost for the chase strategy would then be (total costs of inventories+ costs of salaries charge due to charge in production)

=(110,000+1249)=11,1249

Level Strategy

Level strategy is used in production for a constant amount each and every time. The production has a stable workforce and has no subcontracting.

 Month F-cast Start stock Net Production Inventory cost (Inventory*50/12) Actual Output Ending Output January 600 200 700 833 500 100 February 700 100 700 416 600 0 March 800 0 800 0 800 0 April 700 0 700 0 700 0 May 600 0 600 0 600 0 June 500 0 500 0 500 0 July 600 0 600 0 600 0 August 700 0 700 0 700 0 September 800 0 800 0 800 0 October 900 0 900 0 900 0 November 700 0 700 0 700 0 December 600 0 600 0 600 0

The production strategy would cost the company no additional costs.

The production method suitable for the two companies would be the level strategy because it is cheaper compared to the chase strategy.