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Three Tools for Optimal Production Planning

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By Jon Santavy, Arena International Partner Manager

Seasonal demand challenges have an effect on production planning throughout the year. In particular, the fashion and apparel industries are fiercely driven by seasonal demand, and this industry requires accurate planning to ensure the right products are on the shelves at the right time. With Arena, I’ve had the opportunity to work with some of the largest athletic apparel, food, and specialty manufacturing companies struggling to manage production planning in the face of seasonal/uneven demand. In this article, I'll share with you three tools industry leaders are using for optimal production planning.

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