Reducing finished cardboard carton inventory: A case study

Gabriel Schroeder, Karen Treviño, Bernardo Villarreal

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This work describes a case study of aMexican company that manufactures a numerous number of cardboard carton box sku´s. The firm has the strategy of producing to order 26% of its sales and the rest is fabricated to stock. The main problem that requires the attention of upper management corresponds to the high level of finished goods inventory maintained by the company. After an exhaustive stage of analysis, it was found that the main aspects that contribute to the huge inventory levels are; poor handling of demand forecasting; deficient coordination with the area of production planning and control and; customer service management. The paper describes in a detailed basis the initiatives designed to improve the root causes. Also, it provides a summary of the results obtained in pilot testing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication4th North American IEOM Conference. IEOM 2019
PublisherIEOM Society
Number of pages1
ISBN (Print)9781532359507
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2019
Event4th North American IEOM Conference. IEOM 2019 - Toronto, Canada
Duration: 23 Oct 201925 Oct 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management
ISSN (Electronic)2169-8767


Conference4th North American IEOM Conference. IEOM 2019

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019, IEOM Society International.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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