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Production planning in the footwear industry

Reviewing the key principles underpinning an optimum approach to this important manufacturing step, and suggests that the traditional planning model may be changing.

Shoe manufacturers constantly strive to meet the demands of a changing industry. Challenges are many and varied, and particularly involve costs, labour availability and, of course, the unpredictable nature of fashion. However, one challenge that has become increasingly important in recent years is ‘production planning’.



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