Posted by PLS Logistics on June 29, 2017 at 8:06 AM

Managing a supply chain is all fun and games until you bring efficiency and profitability into the mix.  No matter how good the product is, a poorly-managed supply chain will give your business no chance at real success.

A supply chain is a complex network of multiple elements, each having its own characteristics and priorities. These elements must work in sync with one another to produce results while keeping costs down and increasing customer satisfaction.

Managing this complex structure efficiently is crucial for the overall success of the company. Staying on top of the constantly changing market, customer demand and their expectations can be a challenging task.  

Taking an analytical approach to supply chain management helps businesses shape their decisions and ensure long-term benefits:

  1. Get smarter and optimize processes

Proper supply chain analytics determines a set of metrics and KPI’s which are used to evaluate historical data, identify and eliminate major process disruptions.

Changes and improvements based on this data increase overall efficiency and lead to cost optimization and higher customer satisfaction rate as a result of more reliable and consistent supply chain.

  1. It’s all about the dataiStock-522303674.jpg

Analytical data determines unbiased trends and predictions, which trigger evaluated decisions backed-up by the quantitative and proven data. Decisions based on the objective analytical results help shape the company strategy. Any strategy capable of ensuring long-term goals and success should be responsive and able to adapt to the fluctuating market and demand.

  1. Contingency planning and risk evaluation

Evaluating risks and their potential impact on the business is one of the main purposes of analytics. It’s aimed at forecasting and anticipating changes which can cause financial losses and service disruptions. Being prepared and having contingency plans in place helps a business to keep its balance and avoid negative impact.

  1. Did someone say sales boost?

Our end goal is to sell products to generate revenue. Efficient, profitable sales and business development efforts are a must-have for any successful business.

Analyzing the patterns and the underlying reasons for redundant stock or underdeveloped markets and applying this data to accurate forecasting contribute to more targeted and thus effective sales and development strategies.

  1. Continuous improvement

Underperforming suppliers, production disruptions, delivery delays and any other negative factors tend to pile up and cost businesses a fortune. Investing in the supply chain analysis helps to optimize processes and raise service standards continuously.

Efficient and flexible supply chain, synchronized with the current demand and expectations, ensures customer satisfaction and loyalty, and well as stable growth and overall profitability.

Proper supply chain analysis can help businesses stay ahead of the market fluctuation, maximize their profit, and increase the service level while keeping costs down and minimizing risks.

Need help optimizing your supply chain analytics? Contact us.

 

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Topics: Logistics, Supply Chain, Management, Optimization, Big Data, Risk Management, Suppliers

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