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Predictive Analytics for Retail and Fashion

FIT’s Predictive Analytics for Retail and Fashion Certificate Program is an interactive 6-week course (June 14 – July 26, 2021, skips July 5th) that covers analytics techniques applied to retail and fashion-related industries. The course contains lectures, discussions, and case studies involving analytical techniques that can be applied to retail and fashion business scenarios. Both the analytics and business side of all calculations and techniques will be discussed. How these techniques are used and why they make sense for a business are woven together throughout the course.

You will learn how to analyze demand and retail data and how components such as seasonality, trend, and weather affect the data. You will apply statistical techniques to predict forecasts and measure their accuracy. In an extended case study for weather analytics, you will analyze the effect of weather on business data. For this you will work directly with visiting industry experts from Planalytics.

You will develop the ability to analyze inventory management decisions using the tools of statistics and probability and gain facility in decision making under uncertainty. This course will involve hands-on use of common spreadsheet tools with many specific applications involving demand, seasonality, trend, forecasting, tracking, lost sales, lead time, safety stock, promotions, advertising, pricing, and markdowns. Emphasis will be on common analytical techniques that can be leveraged for any business situation.

Planalytics’ Mohan Anand, Senior Director, Value Engineering and Strategic Analytics and Evan Gold, EVP, Global Partnerships and Alliances are presenting and will be part of the program.

*PLEASE NOTE: this is a Fashion Institute of Technology program.

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Bloomberg’s 2021 Global Ag Summer Outlook

Featured Speaker(s): Matthew Revell, Jeff Doran, Sterling Smith

The May edition of Bloomberg’s 2021 agricultural outlook comes at a critical time for Grains, Oilseeds and the wider Agricultural market at large. The discussion will aim to answer key questions around weather, fundamentals and price action.

Joining Bloomberg is Jeff Doran from Planalytics to provide his views on meteorology, the latest conditions across the United States, a look-back on Brazil and what to expect for the Northern Hemisphere through the start of Summer. We also welcome Sterling Smith, Director of Agricultural Research at Sompo International to provide colour on market fundamentals, price movers, forecasts for acreage, yields and what to look during the key crop season.

Robust demand-side themes, driven by multi-year high buying of Agricultural products from China have combined with a series of supply side concerns, with the market having come in to the latest crop year with tight stocks following weak production across the complex last year. Severe weather across much of South America, critically key growing states in Brazil for Corn have compounded the story, as did acreage projections coming in the March WASDE for both Corn and Soybeans. With strong planting progress and beneficial rains now being seen in much of the US, could we see some cooling off, or will we stay at elevated price levels in preparedness for weather shocks later through the year and resilient demand?

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