The Institute Of Business Forecasting (IBF) has confirmed the date of its annual Business Forecasting, Planning and S&OP: Best Practices Conference w/Leadership Forum. Held from October 16-19, 2018 in Orlando, Florida, it is one of the most popular events in the Forecasting, S&OP and Planning calendar. This annual landmark event is the only one of its kind to apply Planning and Forecasting not only to Supply Chain, but to the Sales, Innovation, Financial, and Commercial functions.

This year’s event includes speakers from Puma, Starbucks, Lenovo and more.

Attendees can take advantage of the Leadership Forum on October 17 which is geared toward senior level professionals. IBF members get complimentary access to a 1-Day Demand Planning & Forecasting Tutorial held on October 16.

The Leadership Forum designed for senior managers and executives will cover these Executive Streams:

EXECUTIVE STREAM 1: Designing & Maintaining a Successful Demand Planning Organization

EXECUTIVE STREAM 2: Surviving and Thriving in A Disruptive Business Environment With IBP and S&OP

EXECUTIVE STREAM 3: Talent Management To Build the Next Generation of Planning Professionals

EXECUTIVE STREAM 4: Best of the Best Technology Practices for Integrated Planning

Other presenting companies at this year’s event include Target, Dell, Nike, Dow Chemical, Johnson & Johnson, Coca-Cola, O-I, Medtronic, Bayer, John Deere, L’Oréal, and other Supply Chain-oriented multinationals.

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This year’s keynote speaker is Tim Hotze, Senior Vice President of Global Supply Chain and Logistics at Target. Tim will be speaking on how Target, a brick and mortar retail giant, leverages Demand Planning and Analytics to succeed in the age of eCommerce. Tim is delivering a free online webinar on July 12th, in which he’ll discuss this topic and more.

Other notable speakers include Sara Park, VP of Planning and Logistics at Coca-Cola, Carlos Londono, SVP Global Supply Chain at O-I, John Gallucci, VP of Demand Planning at Bayer, and Grant Hoffman, Corporate VP of Business Operations at Lenovo.

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Topics at this IBF flagship conference include Starbucks’s Demand Planning implementation journey, managing aftermarket S&OP at John Deere, how Citrix uses Salesforce to create forecasts, how best-in class planners approach S&OP at Johnson & Johnson, and more. Check the speakers page for the latest additions to the schedule.

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Held at the 5-star Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando, the event offers Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond packages. All attendees benefit from the 2-day conferences, breakfast and lunch, and a special cocktail reception. Diamond attendees gain access to the Leadership Forum, VIP Leadership Dinner and Reception, 1-Day Planning and Forecasting Tutorial and 1 year’s membership to the IBF.

The Leadership Forum is a chance to meet and talk with the leaders in the Demand Planning, Forecasting and S&OP fields, including SVPs at Fortune 500 companies and recognized thought leaders.

Super early bird pricing for IBF’s Business Forecasting, Planning and S&OP: Best Practices Conference is available for a limited time.

This year’s conference is sponsored by John Galt, SAS, SAP, Prevedere, Logility, OM Partners, Cross Module Analytics, DynaSys/QAD.

You can register here.