How to avoid using costly containers unless necessary

How to avoid using costly containers unless necessary

A rule can be added to a Container to prevent it from being used unless it is the only Container that can accommodate a Product's size.

Below optimized Load is an example with two Container IDs and two Product IDs. Quantity for each Container can be up to 99. The Quantity for each Product is 24 for the regular widget, and 4 for the long widget.

The result is only two 72 inch long cartons are used when the example Load is optimized, no 24 inch long carton is used.

This Load above can be optimized to avoid using the 72 inch carton unless required.

Prevent loading a Container if it is unnecessary using the "Avoid use unless required" feature.

The "Avoid use unless required" feature is enabled by: 1) click Containers menu and navigate to a Container, 2) select the Data tab, and 3) check the "Avoid use unless required" checkbox.

Here is the re-optimized example Load after the "Avoid use unless required" rule is applied to the 72 inch carton.

The result of using the "Avoid use unless required" rule in this re-optimized example is 4 cartons are used instead of 2 cartons. One is a 72 inch long carton and three are 24 inch long cartons.

This re-optimized example above now avoids having to use two 72 inch long cartons, only one 72 inch carton is used instead. All four long widgets are loaded together. And although all twenty-four regular widgets can fit into one 72 inch carton, the 72 inch carton is avoided and three 24 inch long cartons are used instead.

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