Putting a Lid on Excessive Inventory

Facing strong competition in toilet seats from Chinese competitors, Bemis Manufacturing Company has responded with a strong innovation program and very high service levels for such demanding channels as mass merchants, home center channel and wholesalers.

The privately held company, based in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, is the world's largest manufacturer of toilet seats and also produces disposable plastic health care products for hospitals and clinics. To improve inventory management, Bemis implemented Demand Solutions Forecast Management and Requirements Planning for both its toilet seats and its health care lines of business, said Mike Subat, manager, demand planning.