Editor's Blog

How You Should be Using Analytics

Written by Scott Koegler
Published on Tuesday, 12 April 2016
analytics1Business owners have been using analytics to analyze their business data for many years. The real question is, what do we do with that data? Up until recently, there really hasn't been much guidance when it comes to interpreting and utilizing that data to meet your business needs. However, in today's highly competitive supply chain it is more important than ever to know how to utilize those analytics to solve problems in your supply chain. Think about it: If you can't use that analytical data to solve real world problems for your business, what is the point of the analytics in the first place?


Some of the most common supply chain problems that most businesses will face at some point in time are inventory problems. Most business owners are blindsided by these inventory problems when a customer places an order for products that are no longer available, or when business owners are unable to get a certain product from a supplier, causing a domino effect. According to MoreBusiness, one of the best ways that business owners can prevent these problems is by using both past and present analytics to predict patterns in sales volumes , so you can anticipate when a problem might arise and be prepared for it. Of course, an inventory management program can go a long way to solve these problems as well.

Of course, keeping costs in control is always a common problem, no matter which industry you are in. According to Supply Chain, one of the best ways to keep costs under control is to utilize your analytics. If you know how to utilize and interpret analytics properly, you can see exactly which processes are running up your costs, and what you need to cut back on in order to see some savings. By taking a close look at your analytics, you can see precisely which areas are causing you problems financially, and which areas you might need to rethink your financial strategy in.

As most business owners already know, things like performance issues and bottlenecks happen, no matter how much you plan. These issues can be a real detriment to productivity, and can cause a plethora of problems. Our friends over at sologic suggest that businesses can work with their analytics data to help solve those issues and remedy those bottlenecks. By closely looking at your analytics you should be able to see where the hold ups are and what is standing in the way.

 

If you have access to your suppliers' analytics as well, even better! You will already be one step ahead and be able to plan for downtime and production problems. Building a close relationship with your suppliers is something that can go a long way towards reducing supply chain problems.

The bottom line is that all of us as business owners need to be taking a closer look at how we can make analytics work for our businesses. It is easy to just simply look at our analytics and see all the numbers and data. However, it is important to really study that data and think outside of the box about how you can use those analytics to make real, tangible changes in your business.

 

All businesses have problems and issues that they need to work through, and the most important thing is being able to use the information that you have at your disposal to make the necessary changes to continue to be successful in business. Once you begin to really make use of your data, you will be able to see real and exciting changes in your business, and that is something we all like to see!

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