Institute of Business Forecasting Returns to New Orleans

    NEW ORLEANS, March 21 /CNW/ -- The Institute of Business Forecasting
(IBF) will return to New Orleans to hold its 15th annual Demand Planning &
Forecasting: Best Practices Conference on April 25-27, 2007. Attendees will
learn how to increase forecasting performance, as well as optimize and
calculate safety-stock levels, improve customer service, and reduce excess
inventory. Interactive sessions include a half-day Consumer Products & Goods
(CPG)/Retail Forum, a Statistical Forecasting Tutorial, along with workshops,
round-table discussions, and general sessions given by forecasting
practitioners eager to help attendees expand their business forecasting and
planning skills.
    "In addition to the workshops and general sessions, the CPG/Retail Forum
and Statistical Forecasting Tutorial will give attendees actionable tools they
can put to use as soon as they get back to their offices," said Constance
Korol, IBF's Marketing and Events Manager. As with all IBF conferences, this
one includes several sessions led by seasoned forecasting practitioners, eager
to share lessons learned in Forecasting and Demand Planning. This year's forum
is highlighted by a panel of experts from firms such as Maidenform,
Tasteykakes, The Container Store, and Wells Dairy.  Attendees also will take
away lessons learned from talks such as "Forecasting and Calculating Safety
Stock Levels" from Heinz's Demand Planning Manager and "Synchronizing the
Supply Chain with Consumer Demand" from the Director of MIS Business Systems
at Kimberly Clark Corp.  The Vice President of Supply Chain at Hines
Horticulture will deliver the keynote address, "Building a Sales & Operations
Planning Process From the Ground Up," which promises to offer an upper
management perspective on forecasting.
    "As always, we have a full schedule of learning opportunities in New
Orleans this year," said Korol. "In addition to our speakers, there are
networking events such as luncheons and an evening cocktail reception for
developing professional linkages." Coupled with the wealth of knowledge
attendees will take away, this will make this year's conference a worthwhile
investment.  To register and view full details, please visit:
    The IBF is recognized worldwide as the premier provider of forecasting
and planning education, training, and certification. This global
organization's membership includes many of the world's largest and renowned
companies; also, it is known for its flagship publication, the Journal of
Business Forecasting (JBF).  The IBF has helped organizations improve
forecasting accuracy and overall performance for over 25 years. For more
information, visit

    Jonathan Tafarella
    Marketing Coordinator
    Institute of Business Forecasting
    Tel 516.504.7576 x 105
    Fax 516.498.2029


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For further information: Jonathan Tafarella of Institute of Business 
Forecasting, Marketing Coordinator, +1-516-504-7576, ext. 105, Web Site:

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