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Analytics Articles for Business, Supply Chain and HR

Analytics Articles: Human Resources, Supply Chain, Diversity and Business Analysis

Numerical Insights publishes articles on a variety of topics including business analytics, data analysis, data visualizations tools, improving business results, supply chain analytics, HR Analytics, strategic workforce planning, and improving profitability. We aim to make our articles informative and educational.

 
Posts in Business Improvement
Data-Driven Decision Making for Restaurants and Bakeries

Individual locations of large restaurant chains are supported by the enterprise systems in their corporate locations. These systems assist each location in viewing sales, sales patterns, usage of ingredients, profitability, inventory analysis and more. An individual owner of a restaurant or bakery doesn’t have the luxury of corporate support and enterprise computer systems but still has to figure out how to compete with these chain locations. Data-driven decision making has become an invaluable tool for these entrepreneurs.

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The Monthly Metric: Demand Variability

A change of the calendar is always a time when supply management professionals think about challenges in the coming year. However, if recent history is a guide, there won’t be much debate on the biggest challenge for procurement in 2019. Throughout the decade, surveys and studies have identified demand variability as the biggest impediment to supply management success.

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Practical Analytics: The Value of Actions

In the analytics world, there are teams that are “stuck.” This article is to help those teams get “un-stuck.” Perhaps you headed down the path of analytics without a plan. Perhaps you had a plan but the ever-changing data privacy regulations halted that plan. It’s time to refocus so you can begin to move forward once again.

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Applying the Net Promoter Score Internally and Externally

The concept of the Net Promoter Score (NPS) was first published in 2003 in an article called,  One Number You Need to Grow. It was created as a way to measure and manage customer loyalty without the complexity of traditional customer surveys. Since that time, the same concept has been applied in multiple functional areas to replace longer surveys that require too much of a participant’s time. 

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17 Analytics Ideas to Get You Started

This list is provided to help you get started in analytics. Examples are from HR-People Analytics, Supply Chain Analytics, Legal, Marketing and general Business Analytics. If you’re only interested in one of these areas, I have identified in each example, the business areas to which the idea applies. You can use that to skip quickly through the list.

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Beginner's Guide: Measures, Metrics and Key Performance Indicators [KPIs]

Regardless of what you do each day, you’ve probably realized that you are surrounded by data. The quantity of data that exists in the world grows substantially with every passing hour and it is said that 95% of it has yet to be analyzed. That’s okay, because success in the data and metrics world is not about analyzing data for the sake of analyzing data. It’s about analyzing data to answer a question. There also has to be value in finding the answer to that question or you risk wasting valuable resources (time and money).

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How to Impress your Leadership with Practical Analytics

Show Me the Money: There are several ways that analytics professionals can produce “real money” from analytics…and you don’t need data as large as Amazon’s to do it. Think about two categories of money inside a company. There is the money that comes in from sales and there is the money tied up in various places in the company.

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Procurement, HR or Finance: Who Owns the Cost of the Workforce?

When we think about our workforce, we generally think about employees of our company. These are the full time and / or part-time people who are on the company payroll and whose names exist in HRIS systems. For this group of people, most of their experiences are driven by the activities of HR (training, performance evaluation, recruitment, promotions, etc.)

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