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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.

 
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How to Measure Supplier Performance

Taking the time to assess supplier performance is crucial since suppliers can make or break your business. Supplier reliability and flexibility have become performance factors that are just as important as price in order to protect your business reputation and top line. Setting up a method to monitor key supplier performance factors and studying demand patterns can help provide insight into supplier issues and set up a good path for reducing risk of the supply base on your company.

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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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Visibility and Transparency is Still a Challenge in Procurement

With all of our technology, big data storage choices, apps, data visualization tools and statistical packages, visibility and transparency remain a challenge for procurement teams. To make clear the difference between the two, when I speak of visibility, I am referencing the ability for procurement professionals to access and analyze their own internal procurement data. When I speak of transparency, I am referencing the exposure of procurement information to the public.

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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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How to Reduce Stock-out Frustration

To solve your inventory challenges, you went ahead and purchased an inventory management system. The software vendor demonstrated great capabilities to you and you thought your problems were behind you.

You took the time to add all of your part numbers to the system, your list of suppliers and their contracted lead times. The inventory system went live, your employees were all trained in how to use it, but in the end, you’re still experiencing unexpected stock-outs, displeased customers and frustrated customer service reps. Clearly, your new inventory software doesn’t work, right?

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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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