a comprehensive system designed to optimize the assignment of customer orders
to modular inventory. This system has been developed and tested with the input
of industry experts from manufacturing, data processing, customer service, and
FloorSoft has extensive experience with order-to-stock
optimization software. FOCUS and SMART are powerful routines developed by
FloorSoft for optimizing the allocation of orders for broadloom carpet to stock
candidates. We have drawn on this experience to develop MAP.
The primary development objectives and benefits from MAP
Customer Service - To speed up the delivery
of customer orders by fitting the most orders possible on available inventory.
Inventory Management - Through user-defined
discount policies governing slow-moving inventory, to concentrate assignments
to those lots that reduce the total amount of discountable cases of modular
goods in stock, leaving lots distributed in sizes that can be sold at full
Material Handling/Process Efficiency - To
reduce the number of piece pallets in inventory. The optimum inventory
condition that results from this approach is one containing no lot with more
than a single open (piece) pallet.
Due to the inherent differences in the packaging of
modular inventory, the program makes the following assumptions:
Modular goods are manufactured and dyed in
lots, then cut and packed in cases that are loaded onto pallets. Because of
slight color variations in the dyeing process, the cases produced are numbered
in sequence so that customer orders may be filled with the least color
During the manufacturing process, gaps of
various sizes may appear in the lot sequence. A customer order may limit the
size of the gaps that will be accepted. The customer may also limit the number
of lots that may be used to fill the order and the minimum size of such lots.
As the manufacturing process does not produce
lots of uniform size and quality, a lot may not be assigned to a customer order
before remaining in inventory long enough to become shopworn. Such aged lots
will ultimately have to be sold at a discount. It is desirable to use inventory
in a timely fashion to avoid a discounting situation.
As the pallets on which the cases of modular
goods are loaded take up valuable warehouse space, it is desirable to minimize
the number of partially loaded pallets.