Home and Garden Warehouse (HGW) is a large home improvement retailer, much like Home Depot or Lowe's.
A number of managers are interested in its financial situation. For example, Barbara Wilson, president of HGW, wants to know whether the company has been able to obtain planned discounts from suppliers and reduce selling and operating expenses.
Bob Watson, a manager at John Deere, which is one of HGW's suppliers, is also interested in HGW's financial situation. Deere is considering linking its information system to the electronic checkout systems at the more than 200 HGW locations so it can track sales and efficiently schedule production of products it markets exclusively to HGW. ...