SalesPad announces registration for PANELS 2018 is now open

The largest technology conference for manufacturing, distribution, warehousing and retail professionals will take place Aug. 6-8 in downtown Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - SalesPad, a Grand Rapids-based software company, announced today that registration is open for PANELS 2018, the Midwest's largest technology conference for manufacturing, distribution, warehousing and retail professionals, Aug. 6-8 at the JW Marriott and the L.V. Eberhard Center in downtown Grand Rapids. New to the conference this year is an Operational ERP Spotlight track, open to the public, which provides educational insights for anyone in warehousing, distribution, light manufacturing and mid-sized retail.

"Over the last 5 years, SalesPad has brought hundreds of customers, partners and technology integrators to Grand Rapids to network and explore the latest in enterprise resource planning (ERP) trends and to share our latest insights and tools," said Jennifer Jurgens, president of SalesPad. "I am especially excited about this year's event, which will present our largest and broadest curriculum so far. With the advances in technology, the trend toward cloud-based or hybrid, postmodern ERP solutions, and the projected growth in manufacturing and wholesale trades, it's the perfect time and place for innovation to occur. Every attendee will learn something that helps bring their operations to the next level." 

The conference attracts SalesPad customers and partners from across North America every year and provides an in-depth look at the latest tools and insights to help businesses streamline operational processes. Participants will take part in roundtable discussions, hear from industry leaders and learn about the latest features in the SalesPad product suite. The Operational ERP Spotlight track includes a two-day pass to attend the conference and keynote address. Other three-day conference tracks are open to SalesPad software users.

"My favorite thing at PANELS is networking with other companies from different industries, but have similar issues and similar things that they're trying to gain. Learning what other people have done and how we can apply that to our business is important," said Ben Burris, Operations Manager at Brookings, South Dakota-based Millborn Seeds, who attended PANELS 2017.

"SalesPad is a very personable company, which is huge for us. It's a fun event and there's a lot of good information for all user levels. Our team loves visiting Grand Rapids and talking to other SalesPad customers who have similar processes and challenges, and working through those together," said Matt Forsyth, Information Systems Manager of Savannah, Georgia-based Circa Lighting and 2017 PANELS attendee.

Since 2003, SalesPad has been creating software that helps manufacturing and distribution companies by giving them more visibility and control of their customer data, purchasing and inventory.

Early bird rates begin at $49 for a two-day pass or $149 for a single three-day pass. Group rates are available. Register for PANELS 2018 at


About SalesPad

Built from a partnership between a small business owner and a developer, SalesPad knows operational ERP. It's why we exist, and why more than 15,000 people trust SalesPad to manage their distribution operations. We believe that inventory is the lifeblood of a business. After all, you can't sell what you don't have. This is why we empower businesses by providing them 100% visibility into their inventory management process. We work alongside existing accounting platforms like Microsoft Dynamics GP and QuickBooks to deliver meaningful customer data without compromising the security of core financials. For more, visit