IBF Best Practices Conference To Feature Lessons Learned at Sam’s Club

The Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning is very proud to offer attendees of the Demand Planning & Forecasting: Best Practices Conference to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada from April 30th – May 2nd a special presentation which will offer insight into the inner workings of one of the most impressive forecasting and planning functions in the large, multi-category retailing industry.

Among other lessons learned, attendees will be treated to a lesson on "Forecasting for Multi-Category Retailers" from Josh Pollack, the Vice President of Replenishment & Planning at Sam's Club.

"We are quite pleased that someone of Josh's caliber and position wishes to share his experiences with our attendees." said Anish Jain, Managing Director of the IBF. It shows the growing importance that the forecasting & planning function is gaining within upper management." In addition to the keynote presentation from Sam's Club, participants can expect to hear practitioners share their lessons learned on topics such as utilizing POS data, Calculating Safety Stocks for New Products, Enterprise Recourse Planning (ERP), and much more. 

In addition to the general sessions and workshops available at the conference in Las Vegas, the IBF has put together its 6th annual Pre-Conference Consumer Products & Retail Forecasting Forum.  This year's forum is highlighted by a panel of experts from firms such as  W.L. Gore, Yokohama Tire, ShopperTrack RCT, and Sam's Club will be featured on the panel as well. The goal of this forum is to encourage multiple organizations to share forecasting knowledge and experiences with one another. Attendees at this half day session will enjoy sharing common forecasting & planning challenges and their solutions with both the panel members and their peers. Forum attendees can expect to pick up tips on Supply Chain Management & Forecasting, Strategic Planning and much more.

Lessons on how to prepare statistical forecasts will also be available by participating at the 1-Day Statistical Forecasting Tutorial. This program is intended to offer attendees a comprehensive understanding of the many quantitative methods used by practitioners today. The Statistical Tutorial will provide practitioners of all levels, knowledge on how to prepare accurate forecasts with statistical models used in business.  "This tutorial will give attendees the skill-set and knowledge on quantitative, as well as the qualitative aspects of forecasting needed to make intelligent and accurate forecasts which they can put to work immediately upon returning to their office" says Anish.

This event will also provide an opportunity for attendees to sit for the Certified Professional Forecaster (CPF)® exams for the IBF's unique certification program that validates ones experience, knowledge, and skill set in forecasting. For those already holding either the CPF or ACPF certification, attending this event will earn a valuable 10 points to put towards re-certification. Discounts apply to early registrations. To register and/or for more information on this event please go to: www.ibf.org/0804pr.cfm

Over the last 25 years, the IBF has established itself as the premiere organization providing tools and knowledge to help companies make better estimates of their demand and improve organizational performance via its conferences, Journal of Business Forecasting (JBF), research, as well as training workshops and forums. In addition, the IBF provides a certification program that offers two designations, Certified Professional Forecaster (CPF) and Advanced Certified Professional Forecaster (ACPF). The organization calls many of the world's largest companies as its members. With its vast array of educational information, the IBF can help you improve forecasting performance, and consequently, your bottom line.

For more information please contact:
Jonathan Tafarella
Marketing Coordinator
Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning
Tel 516.504.7576 x 105
Fax 516.498.2029
Email jonathan.tafarella@ibf.org