Hampshire Company As A Tool For Measure The Business Activity

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The Hampshire Company was evaluating on which cost system would best fit their needs as a tool to measure the business activity. When conducting this process, Hampshire Company took a look at traditional cost method versus activity based costing. Traditional Cost method is defined as “The traditional method of cost accounting refers to the allocation of manufacturing overhead costs to the products manufactured. The traditional method (also known as the conventional method) assigns or allocates the factory 's indirect costs to the items manufactured on the basis of volume such as the number of units produced, the direct labor hours, or the production machine hours. We will use machine hours in our discussion. By using only machine hours to allocate the manufacturing overhead to products, it is implying that the machine hours are the underlying cause of the factory overhead. Traditionally, that may have been reasonable or at least sufficient for the company 's external financial statements. However, in recent decades the manufacturing overhead has been driven or caused by many other factors. For example, some customers are likely to demand additional manufacturing operations for their diverse products. Other customers simply want great quantities of uniform products. If a manufacturer wants to know the true cost to produce specific products for specific customers, the traditional method of cost accounting is inadequate.” AccountingCoach. (n.d.). “An advantage of using
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