Burt’s Bees to Share Collaborative Forecasting Best Practices

Consumer Goods Manufacturer to Discuss Success with Atlas Planning

CHICAGO – February 17, 2009 – John Galt Solutions announced today that Burt’s Bees will present a session on collaborative forecasting at the Institute of Business Forecasting’s Supply Chain Planning & Forecasting Conference, February 22 – 24, 2009 at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort in Phoenix, AZ.

Burt’s Bees is the leading manufacturer of Earth-friendly natural personal care products. They manufacture over 150 face care, body care, hair care, lip care, men’s grooming, baby care and outdoor remedies products. These products are distributed via 30,000 retail outlets, including major grocery and drug store chains such as Target, Walmart, CVS, Walgreen’s and RiteAid along with traditional gift and health retailers.

The Burt’s Bees presentation will focus on the value of collaboration between field sales and demand planning to accurately forecast customer demand. Speakers will address using field sales input for three types of demand: replenishment demand, promotional demand, and new product demand. They will also discuss monthly S&OP timelines and the steps by which this key input from the field is incorporated into the demand plan

The presentation will focus on using tools to facilitate collaborative forecasting. Speakers will share specific experiences from the implementation of John Galt’s Atlas Planning Suite, their web-based collaborative forecasting system. The talk will also explore some of the company’s biggest challenges during the implementation, including data integrity and end-user training, as well as tips for addressing these challenges.

Attendees will learn:
• How a collaborative forecasting process can help increase forecast accuracy
• How to integrate field sales input into the demand plan
• What to expect during a collaborative forecasting systems implementation

Other supply chain leaders presenting at the IBF Supply Chain Planning & Forecasting Conference include: Del Monte Foods, Hollister, McDonald’s, APC/Schneider Electric, Chicken of the Sea, Novozymes, Motorola, and Wacker Chemical.

The Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning (IBF) is recognized worldwide as the premier full-service provider of forecasting and planning services. For more than twenty years, the IBF has been helping businesses improve their forecasting accuracy in an effort to improve their bottom line. To learn more or register for the conference visit www.ibf.org

About John Galt Solutions
John Galt Solutions helps increase forecast accuracy and optimize inventory levels in consumer-driven supply chains. With the ForecastX Wizard, the Atlas Planning and Consumer Centric Planning Suites, we provide a wide variety of affordable, easy to implement, supply chain planning solutions designed for growing mid-market companies.  Over 5,000 customers have profited from our solutions, which offer up to improvement in 50% forecast accuracy and reduce excess inventory by 5 to 40%.  To learn more please visit www.johngalt.com or call 312.701.9026.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING THIS ANNOUNCEMENT, CONTACT 312.701.9026

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