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Ann Chovies, owner of the Perfect Pasta Pizza Parlor, uses 20 pounds of pepperoni each day in preparing pizzas. Order costs for pepperoni are $10.00 per order, and carrying costs are 4 cents per pound per day. Lead time for each order is 3 days, and the pepperoni itself costs $3.00 per pound.
The need for safety stocks can be reduced by an operations strategy which: