Financial Aspects of Inventory Management

There are many issues related to how inventory is managed and reported in corporate financial statements. Please discuss some of these financial considerations and how they need to be managed. Among the factors you may wish to focus on are:
Timing of inventory reporting
Products in transit: when do they hit financial statements
How inventory is costed: how reported value is determined

How inventory carrying cost is calculated
What costs to use for claims, write-offs and donations