14 February, 2002
THE FRESHIES ARRIVE!
When the LM Gould arrives from Punta Arenas, Chile, it brings lots of cargo. Some of that cargo is scientific equipment. Some of it is construction equipment. There will be other items, like paper products and cleaning supplies. However, the cargo we really like to see is the group called "freshies".
Freshies are the fresh fruits and vegetables that we love. This also includes milk, yoghurt, and cheese. The cooks order the items they want to use for their menus. Carmen Lemon, the Logistics Support assistant, must then make sure that the order is placed with the buyers in Chile. When the ship arrives, Carmen and Rick Lichtenhan, the cargoperson, make sure that this precious cargo comes to the BioLab food refrigerators.
Carmen keeps the orders on her computer files. This time she has bananas, pears, zucchini, lettuce, peppers, cherries, and many other things on the list. When it was time to unload the freshies, people were asked to come to the bottom floor of the BioLab building. Rick used the Skytrak to bring the boxes of freshies from the pier. People put the boxes of freshies on a hoist. They were lifted to the kitchen storage area. The cooks worked hard to put away the freshies.
Then we had wonderful fresh food to eat!
Here's the math: Carmen put in an order for 1300 kg of rice, flour, and "freshies" (fresh fruit and vegetables). The cost of these items is $950,530.28 Chilean pesos. However, that is not the total cost. There is an 18% tax on those items. How much will this order cost when the tax is added?
Now, how much will that be in U.S. dollars? The exchange rate now is $655.00 pesos to each U.S. dollar. Figure out the cost of this order, including tax, in U.S. dollars. Carmen can remember when the exchange rate was a high of $712.00 pesos to the U.S. dollar. How much would this order be in U.S. dollars at that earlier exchange rate?
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