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This event was very informative and there were great ideas presented that I will be using to improve our forecasting process.
Barbara Thomas, Demand Planning Manager, Ecolab, Inc.

Now in its 13th year, the Best of the Best S&OP Conference is renowned as a global gathering of the brightest minds in the industry. The Best of the Best S&OP Conference presented by ASCM and the Institute of Business Forecasting and Planning (IBF) is the leading educational and networking event for professionals in the field. The educational sessions presented here in Chicago will cover a range of in-depth topics to help you implement or improve S&OP within your organization.

At the event, you will learn to:

• Effectively use forecasting and demand planning in your S&OP process
• Employ integrated business planning techniques
• Enhance collaboration across sales, marketing, finance and supply chain
• Extend S&OP outside your organization and throughout the supply chain
• Manage and mitigate risk
• Use S&OP to enhance new product launches
• And so much more

Completion of this event is eligible for Continuing Education (CE) credit and maintenance towards your accounting, supply chain, analytics, APICS, and IBF certifications. Contact us for details.

Best of the Best Conference Conference Covid-19 Response

ASCM & IBF are closely monitoring the developments of the coronavirus and are guided by the latest advisories and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and local, state, and federal government guidance. We will communicate any updates directly to all registered attendees and exhibitors.

Cancellation Policy

Registrants may cancel without penalty up to 15 days prior to the date of the scheduled event and receive a full refund. All cancellations must be submitted in writing. Cancellations received less than 15 days prior to the conference are subject to the $195 (USD) service charge. No refunds will be given for cancellations made on the date and thereafter of the event.

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Conference Schedule
  • Conference Day 1
  • Conference Day 2
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Registration, Continental Breakfast and Exhibitor Connections
8:30 AM - 8:45 AM
Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:45 AM - 9:45 AM
The Future of Supply Chain Planning: Digital Brains, Synchronized Planning & The Future of Work

Innovation in the supply chain planning space will continue to accelerate over the next 5 years. The degree of synchronization of Sales & Operations Planning along with people, process, and technology ultimately paces a company’s digital capability. This hands-on session will highlight key organizational learning strategies for a future of work that is non-linear, demand driven, and digitally based. I will reveal how you can embrace this change as an opportunity to establish a competitive advantage with organizational learning strategies that develop the required skills and culture. What’s more, we’ll delve into the new world of non-linear planning where we’re moving from traditional time-series forecasting to the cause-and-effect modeling that drives insight into consumer behavior and allows us to move from reacting to demand to shaping it.

You will learn:

  • Key organizational learning strategies to accelerate the pace of change for planning organizations
  • What the demand driven, digital supply chain looks like and the role of people, process and technology in supporting it
  • The impact of non-linear planning processes and the benefits it provides
Peter Bolstorff
ASCMExecutive Vice President of Corporate Development
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
TRACK 1 | Understanding the Basics: How Demand Planning, Forecasting and S&OP Integrate for Efficiency & Growth

What is demand planning and how does it differ to forecasting? How does S&OP fit into the overall business planning process? In the world of forecasting and planning, it is not only important to define and clarify these functions, but to also understand their relationships to one another. In this session, you will discover how an effective forecast drives better S&OP and how demand planning’s collaborative approach is a catalyst for effective decision making, both for supply chain and the wider business. You will learn the foundational building blocks that successful companies rely on to balance supply and demand, and improve core business metrics like inventory turns, cash flow, EBITDA, and order fulfilment. Your journey to planning maturity starts here.

You will learn:

  • How the forecasting function of an organization aligns with the demand planning function to support S&OP
  • How to identify tactical relationships between forecasting and demand planning, and define steps to support overall strategy
  • How common misunderstandings of S&OP cause fractures in your planning process
Misty Doan-Eldridge
Escalade SportsSupply Planning Manager
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
TRACK 2 | Orchestrating Consensus: Working Off One Number for Better Planning

Consensus meetings are key to supply chain success. Why? Because they allow stakeholders to agree on a plan which gets all functions working together on order fulfilment and increasing growth. But getting the consensus meetings right requires some careful orchestration. This session will review who should attend, what the agenda should look like, what pre-work needs to be done, how to manage new product launches, and more. This interactive session is a primer for those unfamiliar with the process, as well as being a thought-provoking session to help experienced S&OP professionals tune up their processes with best practices. You’ll come away with the knowledge to integrate Finance, Sales and Marketing insight into the demand plan, as well as POS data, econometrics and weather – and get all functions singing from the same hymn sheet.

You will learn:

  • The basic logistics of a consensus meeting – who should attend, facilitate, and what the content should look like
  • How to integrate different internal points of influence over the demand plan (Sales, Marketing and Finance)
  • What a typical consensus output looks like and how to pass information to supply planning/S&OP

Patrick Bower
Sr. Director of Supply Chain
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
TRACK 1 | Leading From the Top Down: How to Gain and Maintain Support of Executives & Being a Change Agent

One of the main reasons S&OP launches fail is lack of ongoing support from executives. Getting their support for a new process is critical for success and managing their expectations and involvement can be a huge challenge. Forward-thinking companies recognize that implementing a well-functioning S&OP process is instrumental to operational efficiency, but to achieve successful S&OP you need everyone on board, starting at the top. In this session, we will discuss how to get executives’ buy in, both from the outset and for the long term. This includes aligning planning operations with the organizational goals to achieve a more accurate strategic decision-making process within the business. We will also focus on the importance of change management and ongoing oversight of an S&OP process to align with growth and cross functional collaboration.

You will learn:

  • The essential role of the executive in successful S&OP planning and implementation
  • How to engage your executive with the S&OP business case and your S&OP plans
  • How to encourage a change in mindset to build a culture capable of delivering truly transformational improvements
Christina Kyriakopoulou
Cognate BioServicesSupply Chain Project Manager
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
TRACK 2 | Unexplored Territory: Managing New Products Inside an S&OP Process

Managing new product launch processes is essential to your company’s growth but forecast error for new products is often high. How, then, do you mitigate the risk of new product launches and ensure maximum probability of success? You need a comprehensive and cross-functional new product introduction process to keep the consumer in mind every step of the way. This allows us to gauge the response to the product and understand if it will be a viable part of the portfolio going forward. In this session, you will learn how to develop new strategies for today’s competitive markets and implement best practices for product planning. This includes leveraging the portfolio management review to better understand new product performance and better manage new products lifecycles once released.

You will learn:

  • How to implement innovative forecasting techniques for new product launches while maintaining proper visibility in S&OP meetings
  • How to help your company drive alignment between the intersection of S&OP with Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
  • How to leverage the portfolio management review for improved new product forecasting
Daniel Bellini, CPIM
DSM Nutritional ProductsS&OP/IBP Manager LATAM
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Lunch & Keynote Presentation

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2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
TRACK 1 | Growing Old Gracefully: Bringing Product Life Cycle Management into S&OP

A thorough product review is a vital part of any mature S&OP process. Most companies have processes and reviews in place to actively monitor and manage new product launches - typically independent of any S&OP process. While the management of mature items and end of life products is often an afterthought and poorly planned, a complete product review from launch to end of life is critical to managing inventory and service levels. In this session, you will learn how to incorporate a product review that encompasses management of mature items, excess inventory, safety stock, and managing an item’s life cycle. Finally, you will see how forecasting plays an integral part in managing product life cycles and drives the process.

You will learn:

  • How bad assumptions can lead to bad life cycle management
  • Impacts of incomplete and bad forecasts on managing inventory, and how to gain visibility into MOQ and lead time cost
  • How defining a road map for change can lead to improved reporting
Camila Sierra
ConverseSr. Director, Global Planning
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
TRACK 2 | Prediction Power: How to Leverage Machine Learning, AI & Big Data to Improve Demand Planning & Gain Actionable Insights

With the technology today, there is a tremendous amount of data available, as well as a variety of techniques such as machine learning and data mining to provide unparalleled insight into demand. Understanding how to harness this innovation for more robust planning is not easy, but one thing’s for sure: The technology that we’ve been talking about for years is now here and ready to be implemented in your organization. This session will reveal how to convert the mass of both structured and unstructured data into value-added insight to help improve service, reduce costs, improve inventory management, and increase profits. With a clear action plan, you can accomplish all this and more.

You will learn:

  • How machine learning, artificial intelligence and other technologies are changing demand forecasting
  • How to use predictive analytics to improve forecasting, customer relationship management and inventory control
  • How to determine when to use qualitative measures instead of analytics for better planning and forecasting
Eric Wilson, CPF
Institute of Business Forecasting & PlanningDirector – Thought Leadership
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
TRACK 1 | The Other Side of the Coin: Organizing & Optimizing the Supply Review Process

The supply review process is the “other half” of the supply and demand balancing process, and is critical for long term management of capacity and inventory. Demand planning offers an unconstrained plan, while the Supply Review arrives at a constrained plan with options for resolution of issues that need to be elevated to a higher level. During this session, we will review the basics of the Supply Review process, while sharing best practices and what should be discussed during the meeting. This will include important metrics, tools, suggested participants, the cadence to keep, and more. With practical takeaways, you will learn how to make the supply process in your own organization as lean and efficient as possible.

You will learn:

  • How to develop your supply planning process and supply review for better S&OP
  • Cycle timing – should planning and reporting be done in days, weeks or monthly buckets?
  • How to leverage the Supply Review for strategic decision making
Liam Orton
Litehouse Inc.Strategic Planning Manager
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
TRACK 2 | Fed Up of Nasty Surprises? Using S&OP for Risk & Opportunities

S&OP and scenario planning look at changes in key drivers that impact supply, demand, inventory, and other variables. In other words, looking into the future to see how changes across these variables could impact the business. Scenario and What-If Planning done well and done consistently gives you the freedom to explore different options before they occur, allowing for better preparation and planning. This dramatically improves the effectiveness of your S&OP process, but what tools and methodologies do you need? This session will reveal how to close gaps in strategic and operational planning, highlight risk and opportunities, develop playbooks, and be ready to react to multiple scenarios in order to mitigate such risks.

You will learn:

  • How to minimize surprises, ranging from 6 months to 10 years in the future
  • How to select and prepare scenarios for an efficient executive S&OP meeting
  • How to react to multiple unexpected situations and limit damage to the bottom line
Johnathon LaLone
Bolthouse FarmsDirector of Supply Chain Planning / S&OP
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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The IBF Advantage:

IBF members include well-known company professionals that span a broad array of business sectors. By joining our organization, you can make certain that your company sets up the right forecasting & planning process and uses the best techniques available. Moreover, you can be sure that your forecasting and demand planning staff has the proper knowledge and skill set for success.

As an IBF member you receive:

  • A subscription to the Journal of Business Forecasting, which is primarily written by and geared toward practitioners.
  • Our Research Reports which include valuable benchmarking information and provide you with eye opening information on various topics in Business Forecasting and Planning.
  • Special discounts on our Conferences, Workshops, Training Seminars, Certification Program, as well as on any new products and services we will offer in the future.
  • Access to Journal of Business Forecasting Past Articles (FREE)Access to our growing online Knowledge section & Action Templates
  • Complimentary 1-day Tutorials at select Global events ($1000 USD Value)
The ASCM Advantage:

There's never been a better time to be an ASCM member. No matter what stage you're at in your career, ASCM membership provides opportunities to extend your knowledge base through members-only resources and cost savings on educational materials. By becoming an ASCM member, you'll be part of a community that is committed to your success and to preparing you for a brighter future.

ASCM membership provides you with resources that are unmatched in our industry:

  • ASCM magazine, ASCM Dictionary and other award-winning publications
  • Member savings on courses and certification exams
  • ASCM Career Center and career resources
  • Local, national and international networking opportunities
  • ASCM Supply Chain Channel, an online community
  • Exclusive industry research

It's important to invest in your future. ASCM offers access to exclusive and innovative career and professional resources. Join today to be a part of the ASCM membership community.

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May, 13, 17, 19, 21, 25, 27, 2021
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