Date: October 25-26, 2022

Location: Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center
1800 Highway 26E
Grapevine, TX 76051

For reservations: Click here to get the EIM ROOM BLOCK at Hilton Reservations.
Room block cut-off date is October 11; room rate is $169/night.)

Instructor:  Jon Schreibfeder and Matt Schreibfeder

Agenda:  Click here to view agenda

Continuing Education credit: 14 hours



The Effective Inventory Management Workshop is not a typical inventory management seminar. It is an intermediate-level, two-day group session designed for those who want to take an aggressive, hands-on approach to dealing with their inventory challenges.

All inventory management seminars are designed to teach you how to maximize the profitability and productivity of your inventory investment. We present a series of concepts, tools, and “best practices” in this highly interactive workshop. Participants should have at least one year of experience working in an inventory-related area as a prerequisite.

Prior to the session, EIM supplies you with a list of information to collect from your organization and computer system. During the workshop, you use your data (or alternative sample data supplied by EIM) in a series of exercises and Excel® spreadsheets to achieve the following objectives:


  1. Understand everyone’s role in achieving effective inventory management.
  2. Make sure you have the right people in the right job.
  3. Accurately measure the productivity and profitability of your investment in inventory.
  4. Identify products that are not contributing to your overall inventory-related goals and might be candidates for liquidation.
  5. Identify and analyze possible unusual sales or usage.
  6. Recognize the specific components necessary to develop a meaningful forecast of future demand for each stocked product.  During this segment, we look at several popular methods of forecasting to determine the “best” method for your inventory.
  7. Measure and improve forecast accuracy.
  8. State how promotions, environmental factors, and special products can be incorporated into your forecast.
  9. Decide whether it is better to buy from a vendor, transfer from a central warehouse, or assemble a product in-house.
  10. State the effect that longer and shorter lead times have on your total inventory investment and the service you provide your customers.
  11. Decide on the “right” amount of safety stock or reserve inventory for each item to balance customer service and profitability, as well as several methods for determining this quantity.
  12. Determine how often you should issue replenishment orders for each source of supply (especially when vendors offer different terms for different-sized orders or you have to decide between several vendors).
  13. Identify the best replenishment parameters and reorder quantity for each stocked item.
  14. Determine the optimal inventory for each product (expressed as an average monetary amount and number of days’ supply) compared to your current inventory.
  15. Identify how much excess inventory your suppliers are forcing you to carry.
  16. Determine when it is in your best interest to take advantage of special discounts, payment terms, or other incentives.
  17. State how changing your business objectives affect your inventory performance.
  18. Implement a simple way to determine what product or vendor lines need the most attention from a buyer.
  19. Identify the particular challenges of importing and long lead time purchasing.
  20. Implement the best “total performance” measurements for your investment in inventory.

Because we are dealing with your data and “live” software, we perform a lot of “what if” analyses, and you discover how making small adjustments to your current practices can result in big improvements. Best of all, you discover your organization’s unique potential, because you perform all analyses with your own data.

As we proceed through the course, you develop a list of action items to complete in the upcoming several months. During the last segment of the course, we organize these action items into a comprehensive plan to achieve effective inventory management.

In order to achieve maximum benefit from the course, all participants should have a  laptop equipped with Excel® software. Participants should submit their data to EIM two weeks prior to the seminar for validation. A template for the data is used in the seminar and is emailed upon registration. If you do not have some of this data, please contact us to see if we can provide an alternative analysis.  For those participants who cannot obtain the necessary data from their organizations, a sample database is supplied.


Registration fee: $950 – Early Bird rate is $875; expires October 11.
Data due on Oct. 11 (if you wish to confidentially use your company data in the analyses and exercises).

Includes: 2 days of Workshop Instruction; continental breakfast and hot, buffet lunch both days; a copy of Achieving Effective Inventory Management, 6th ed. book; electronic copy of EIM Version 5 Spreadsheets; bound and electronic copies of all PowerPoint slides used during the Workshop, high-speed wireless internet in meeting room, complimentary shuttle between the Hilton DFW Lakes and DFW airport, free parking at Hilton DFW Lakes Conference Center.


Refund Policy


Full refund up to 30 days prior to the seminar. 50% refund granted if cancellation notice received 14-30 days prior to the seminar. No refund within 14 days of the seminar date. Substitutions are allowed at any time, but please notify us at 972.304.3325.