Highly seasonal product demand stressed the manufacturing capacity of the world’s top producer of office products to the brink, creating the need to ensure that strained capacity is used optimally. In the summer months, hundreds of retail back-to-school promotions can overload manufacturing facilities, and as promotions are finalized and forecasts and product mix change rapidly, rebalancing demand and supply quickly and optimally is critical. In many environments, inventory can be pre-built for seasonal spikes however with constraints on warehouse space for both raw materials and finished goods, using inventory as a shock absorber between demand and factory activity is not an option. Needing to better manage production schedules in this volatile and constrained environment, the client sought out an automated solution to replace their manual scheduling processes.

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