Why Data is the Key to Unlocking the Value in Your Supply Chain Operations

By Phil Langdale on Mar 7, 2023

Having an agile, resilient, and efficient supply chain is critical to retain a competitive advantage in today's fast-paced and ever-changing business environment. The increasing complexity of modern supply chains has made it more challenging for organisations to manage operations efficiently, with disruptions becoming a common occurrence, organisations need to respond quickly to minimise the impact on business. This is where the value of data comes in...

Using Data Analytics to Optimise Supply Chain Operations

Supply chain operations are a critical component of any business, as they directly impact the efficiency and effectiveness of a company's operations and ultimately the bottom line. However, managing and optimising these operations can be a challenging task, especially as the volume and complexity of data continues to grow.

By leveraging data analytics and business intelligence, organisations can gain a deeper understanding of their supply chain operations and make data-driven decisions. One of the key areas where data analytics can be used to optimise these operations is in demand forecasting. By analysing historical sales data and relevant factors, businesses can create accurate forecasts of future demand, enabling better inventory planning and management.

Another area where data analytics can be used to optimise supply chain operations is logistics and transportation. Through analysing data on shipping routes, delivery times, and other logistics-related factors, businesses can identify bottlenecks and inefficiencies, leading to cost savings and improved productivity.

Data analytics can also be used to optimise supplier relationships, strengthening key relationships, and reducing costs. Through the analysis of supplier performance data, businesses can identify their critical suppliers and work to strengthen these relationships, while data on supplier costs and delivery times can be used to negotiate better terms and reduce overall costs.

The benefits of data for supply chain operations

One of the biggest challenges organisations face is the lack of visibility and transparency in their supply chain operations, making it difficult to identify potential issues. By integrating data from various sources, organisations can gain a 360-degree view of their supply chain operations and provide real-time insights, helping identify potential challenges before they become problems. Some of the benefits include:

  1. Increased visibility and transparency: With data analytics and business intelligence, organisations can gain a deeper understanding of their supply chain operations and identify potential issues before they become problems.
  2. Improved decision-making: With access to accurate and timely data, organisations can make data driven decisions and optimise their supply chain operations, reducing costs and improving performance.
  3. Enhanced agility and resilience: With real-time insights, organisations can respond to supply chain disruptions quickly and efficiently, minimising the impact on their business.
  4. Improved collaboration: By integrating data from various sources, organisations can improve collaboration with their suppliers and partners, creating a more efficient and effective supply chain.
  5. Increased Efficiency: Data analytics and business intelligence can help organisations optimise their supply chain operations, reducing inefficiencies and improving overall productivity.

Empowering Supply Chain Operations with Data Analytics and Business Intelligence

A Business Analytics Supply Chain Checklist is a comprehensive list of key factors that organisations should consider when analysing their supply chain operations. The purpose of this checklist is to ensure that all relevant information is taken into account when making decisions regarding the management of the supply chain.

Our team of consultants have developed a Supply Chain Operations checklist to ensure you are getting the most out of your data. It will prompt you to consider several factors in your operations, and by incorporating these in the decision-making process you can improve supply chain operations, reduce costs, and increase customer satisfaction.


CLICK HERE to download our checklist.


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Phil Langdale

Phil Langdale is Inside Info's co-founder, Director and Qlik Managing Consultant. Having introduced Qlik to Australia in 2003, Phil has extensive experience in applying Qlik and data discovery analytics strategically, with industry awards to his credit. Phil is a Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA) and certified Qlik Consultant with over twenty years’ experience working within finance, BI and supply chain management roles in the UK, USA and Australia.

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