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Complex Operational and Organizational Problems

PROJECT: Entering the Dress Business

Dr. Dean S. Hartley III

Project Metadata Keywords
Label Name Other Year DurationYrs
Client Milliken & Co. Fashion Fabrics Milliken & Co.
Dates 1978 0.25
Employer Milliken Inc
Partner N/A
Analysis of messy data
Data collection
Financial analysis
Industrial issues
Inventory control
Statistical inference


As an operations research manager for Milliken, I was asked to see how Milliken could enter the dress business.  The dress business was largely style driven.  That meant that a given fabric color and pattern was sure to have a short life.  Even the basic fabric (construction, materials, etc.) demand was not constant.  Milliken's manufacturing cycle was just too long to deliver the goods that were being demanded.  Working with our fashion experts, our manufacturing people, and using historical analyses of past data, I managed to develop a plan effectively shortened the manufacturing cycle, yet minimied the financial risks of obsolete inventory.

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