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Demand Planners, Inventory Managers, Supply Chain Leaders...

This event is for you! (And also, Replenishment, IBP, S&OP, and Planning Managers – we don’t discriminate). It’s about time you had an event just for you to discuss:

  • 1.Best practice examples of demand planning, forecast accuracy and inventory management
  • 2.Lessons learned, mistakes made and answers to common pitfalls in the planning process
  • 3.The benefits of tech and whether it will help or hinder your planning
  • 4.How to nail the fundamentals and become a strategic business partner
  • 5.Managing the expectations of customers in your supply planning

The Best Practice Demand Planning Summit is the ONLY event bringing together demand and supply planners across Australia. Happening online this 23 – 24 June, this event will tackle creating a benchmark for best practice and an action plan on how to achieve it with improved forecast accuracy, more effective inventory management, and a focus on delivering value to the end customer.

The summit will also bring together practical case studies from leading global companies to showcase how people, process and technology contribute to effective planning processes. With interactive round table discussions, panels and countless networking opportunities, demand planners across the country will have the opportunity to share ideas, solutions and forecast the future of their function. Featuring innovations with technology and systems, as well as insights into achieving efficiencies across the planning process, this is the one event for planners you can’t afford to miss. 

Network, learn and brainstorm with:

Other challenges we can solve

  • 1. How the demand planning function is changing (right now!)
  • 2. How AI, machine learning and automation will impact demand planning
  • 3. Improving and supporting data integration and visibility
  • 4. Benchmarking best practice looks like across diverse supply chains
  • 5. Developing a culture of continuous improvement for your planning
  • 6. Advancing inventory management through people, process & tech

Agenda Overview

Day 1 | June 23
Day 2 | June 24

Demand planning in the future supply chain 

  • 9:00
    International keynote: Optimising demand planning and benchmarking best practice business outcomes for Newell brands

    • Analysing the whole supply chain model to create a benchmark of best practice and KPIs to achieve 
    • Working with end-users to create efficiency in demand planning processes 
    • Understanding the downstream impact of your forecast and impact on the bottom line for your business 
    Emebet Yohannes
    Manager, Demand Planning – Newell Integrated Supply Chain Optimization Newell Brands (US)
  • 9:40
    Demand Planning Leaders’ Panel: Best practice demand planning

    • Driving collaboration to achieve high forecast accuracy across the business 
    • Developing good demand signals throughout the entire supply chain 
    • Understanding priorities for your demand planning processes and knowing where to compromise to achieve strategic business objectives 
    • Embracing technology to enable productivity from financial reporting through to growth delivery 
    Eric Wilson
    Director – Thought Leadership Institute of Business Forecasting
    Steve Stanley
    Senior Demand Planner General Mills
    Sonia Dunne
    Planning Director – Australia Carlton United Breweries
  • 10:20
    Demand Planning levelled up: Introducing AI, machine learning and Industry 4.0

    • Is AI the next sliced bread for your demand planning process? How to leverage the AI opportunity 
    • Integrating AI and machine-learning into your planning and forecasting – what you need to do now 
    • Creating the cultural foundations to optimise AI and move toward the future demand planning function 
    Fred Avellen
    Managing Director Optimity ANZ
  • Break
  • 11:00
    Case study: Improving demand planning execution through warehouse automation

    • Developing the business case for automation – why Woolies made the leap. 
    • Ensuring correct data input for optimal decision making with your inventory and warehouse automation. 
    • Using information to develop meaningful outcomes: What data-driven decision-making looks like in practice 
    Pablo Pelaez
    Automation Optimisation Specialist Woolworths Group
  • 11:40
    Advancing inventory management optimisation through using a hybrid technology approach

    • A case study highlighting how a hybrid technology solution can deliver improved stock and supply levels 
    • Blending technology & statistics with real-world practicalities of a retail-distribution business 
    • Blending legacy ERP systems with advanced OLAP tools to achieve inventory optimisation 
    • Getting the most out of your existing technology while bedding down people capabilities, internal collaboration & process maturity 

  • 12:20
    Setting your priorities straight: Best practice inventory management

    • Key metrics for your inventory management – understanding what to prioritise for your business  
    • Inventory management in a multi-channel environment  
    • Applying best practice principles to inventory management 
    Bruce Allen
    Supply & Demand Planning Manager National Tiles
  • 1:00
    Case Study: S&OP journey in heavy industry– Upskilling systems, process and planning

    • Understanding the relationship between a robust demand planning process and successful S&OP 
    • Evolving from re-active planning to tactical S&OP 
    • Nexan’s journey: Identifying the opportunities for growth through IBP 
    Mehran Mohtadi
    National Sales & Operations Planning Manager Nexans Olex

Demand planning in the future supply chain 


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