Bayer CropScience to Speak at IBF Consumer Products & Retail Forecasting & Planning Forum

Manufacturer to Share Supply Chain Best Practices

CHICAGO – April 28, 2009 – John Galt Solutions announced today that Bayer CropScience will speak at the Institute of Business Forecasting (IBF) Demand Planning & Forecasting Conference, April 28 – May 1, 2009 at The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas.

Bayer CropScience is one of the world’s leading innovative cropscience companies in the areas of crop protection, non-agricultural pest control, seeds and plant biotechnology. The company has a global workforce of more than 18,000 and is represented in more than 120 countries. Bayer CropScience AG is a subsidiary of Bayer AG with annual sales of over EUR 6 billion (2008).

As the head of Consumer Forecasting at Bayer CropScience, Curtis Brewer leads the forecasting efforts and facilitates the Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) process for the Consumer Products group. His supply chain planning team leverages John Galt Solutions’Atlas Planning Suite to control supply chain costs while improving customer service with superior forecasting and inventory management.

The consumer forecasting team at Bayer CropScience gathers Point of Sale (POS) and other consumer data from channel sales and category marketing to generate an 18 month unit forecast. Then they convert this unit forecast into a financial forecast for use in the financial planning for the business. Finally, they work with the production planning group to generate a demand plan that will insure a 99% fill rate, and procurement to insure appropriate information is available for component price negotiations and advance purchasing.

Curtis holds a Bachelor of Science in Operations Management from North Carolina State University, a Masters of Business Administration in Supply Chain Management from Auburn University, and is a Certified Professional Forecaster. In addition to his involvement with IBF, Curtis is also a past president of the Triangle Chapter of APICS and holds both CPIM and CSCP designations.

Other customers of John Galt Solutions presenting at the IBF Demand Planning & Forecasting Conference include Tredegar Film Products and Honeywell.

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 visitwww.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.

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