Supply Chain professionals must deliver goods and services using disparate information systems on tight deadlines. Tableau Software can help you with your supply chain analysis by exposing critical problems and opportunities:
- Analyze shipping scheduling
- Improve transportation and inventory planning
- Increase your transportation management efficiency
- Track just-in-time delivery metrics
- Model product demand
The ability to pull information from disparate sources into one console is critical to successful distribution analytics. Tableau has powerful features that let you do this, including built-in geocoding, data blending and cross-data source triggers, support for WMS mapping services, connectivity to external web services and built-in calculation support.
In this visualization the logistics system that Tableau connects to includes knowledge about fulfillment centers (FCs) and retail locations. You can see the distance from the FC has been color coded, while size is based upon tonnage. A link to web based directions provided by Google is also included below.
Analysis of quantities on hand (QOH) versus forecasted sales is a crucial aspect of an accurate supply chain. Tableau can help with the reporting, visualization, and forecasting by combining multi-dimensional views of your product chain.
On this QOH dashboard there is a unified view into the product bundles that make up this supply chain. A manager can log into this dashboard and select a product bundle to see forecasted QOH trends and regional sales in one view.
Many academic and real-world approaches exist to gauge product distribution, inventory controls, customer order processing, invoicing/crediting and more. Tableau provides an elegant and powerful view into your existing metrics and allows you to create new, customized algorithms.
In this visualization, a complex forecasting model has been created in Tableau’s built-in calculation window. You can choose various modeling methods such as “Aggressive”, “Deterministic”, or “Cost Optimization”. These are bespoke calculations and can be built by your organization, allowing for flexibility to model the specifics of your business.
Supply chain solutions often contain multiple software and logistics systems. Tableau integrates easily with many of the most common data sources. Use Tableau to combine views from multiple data sources so that you can highlight, filter and see trends, no matter where your data lives.
From sales revenue versus costs, to changes over time, to forecasting based upon existing metrics, Tableau lets you integrate your multiple logistics systems into flexible, interactive dashboards. You can combine dashboards to create powerful tabbed applications.
This visualization combines sales metrics, geographic demographics, and YOY change thresholds, all in one consolidated view.