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Using the pallet costing system to determine costs and stay competitive in the pallet industry

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Palmer, A. Jefferson Jr.; Hansen, Bruce G.; Hansen, Bruce G.

Year Published

2002

Publication

In: Smalley, Bryan, ed. Current topics in the processing and utilization of hardwood lumber, proceedings of the 30th annual hardwood symposium; 2002 May 30 - June 1; Falls Creek Falls, TN. Memphis, TN: National Hardwood Lumber Association: 82-87.

Abstract

In order to stay competitive and keep production costs at a minimum, wood pallet manufacturers must plan, monitor, and control their various production activities. Cost information on pallet manufacturing operations, must be gathered and analyzed so that the plant manager can determine whether certain activities are efficient and profitable. The Pallet Costing System (PCS) has been designed to compute the cost of fulfilling a pallet order by focusing on major activity centers and cost items. This paper presents PCS and describes how the program can be used to help determine pallet manufacturing costs. Alternatively, PCS may be used as a "what if" tool, wherein the manager can adjust various factors such as species mix, yield, and labor and machine costs to examine their impacts on total production cost.

Citation

Palmer, A. Jefferson Jr.; Hansen, Bruce G. 2002. Using the pallet costing system to determine costs and stay competitive in the pallet industry. In: Smalley, Bryan, ed. Current topics in the processing and utilization of hardwood lumber, proceedings of the 30th annual hardwood symposium; 2002 May 30 - June 1; Falls Creek Falls, TN. Memphis, TN: National Hardwood Lumber Association: 82-87.

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