5 COMMON ISSUES WITH SUPPLY CHAIN DATA

We are Supply Chain and Logistics Consultants who have been in business for over 30 years and have a very successful track record and a high rate of repeat business.

A fundamental of controlling and managing your supply chain is the ability to accurately measure activities, transactions, outputs and to attribute logistics costs to these. This means logistics data needs to be captured, processed and analysed to provide actionable insights for your supply chain management team.

Having good data enables supply chains to be modelled to aid understanding of the present ‘as-is’ network, its flows, processes, costs and performance. It also facilitates modelling of ‘to-be’ future scenarios in the support of business planning and budgeting.

Obtaining good quality supply chain data is often one of the biggest challenges in the projects Bisham gets involved in.

Here are 5 common issues we regularly see and help our clients to correct:

  1. Master data or BOM inaccuracies or gaps, which prevent accurate future state modelling, as physical weights, volumes and hence costs cannot be accurately assessed.
  2. Activity volumes misrepresented as KPIs – they are not, they are just the volumes that the business dealt with over a specific period. KPIs relate to performance measures such as productivities, conformance rates, cost per unit rates etc.
  3. KPI report elicits a ‘So What’ response. Do the KPIs being measured actually support management action in the priority areas or are you measuring the wrong things?
  4. Logistics costs in P+L are over-aggregated and not structured to capture costs at sufficient granularity, meaning other non-related costs are included and logistics costs cannot be attributed to specific activities.
  5. Cost saving numbers not anchored to the P+L account. This is an issue in 3PL contracts, where cost saving initiatives declare numbers that cannot be seen in P+L improvements.

Logistics and Supply Chain Consultants: Experience you can trust

“Bisham used their experience & expertise to ensure we sourced the right partner and took a safe path through supply chain transformation, which ultimately allowed us to meet our strategic supply chain objectives”

Justin Porter, GM Finance & Operations 

Pioneer DJ Europe

“Brammer has worked with Bisham Consulting on a number of projects over the years. I have invariably been delighted with their approach and the quality of their output. Bisham Consulting has supported Brammer on new warehouse design and delivery, the implementation of warehouse systems, and facilitated the definition of supply chain strategy. All the members of the Bisham Consulting team that we have worked with, and continue to work with, are experienced and pragmatic. They are intellectually rigorous, but with a real-world approach to solving sometimes very complex problems.”

Nigel Trend, Director of Business Integration

Brammer

Bert van den Berg, Service and Parts Development Director
Hiab USA Inc.

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