CreatedTuesday, July 14,2020 at 9:38 AM
As more and more states begin to reopen their economy, the COVID-19 conversation is shifting from survival to recovery. In early June, Michigan entered phase IV which permits additional businesses to reopen provided they follow state-mandated guidelines.
As more and more states begin to reopen their economy, the COVID-19 conversation is shifting from survival to recovery. In early June, Michigan entered phase IV which permits additional businesses to reopen provided they follow state-mandated guidelines. This is welcome news for manufacturers as they are now allowed...
As more and more states begin to reopen their economy, the COVID-19 conversation is shifting from survival to recovery. In early June, Michigan entered phase IV which permits additional businesses to reopen provided they follow state-mandated guidelines. This is welcome news for manufacturers as they are now allowed to open their doors and get back to production. While there are several new COVID-19 guidelines, it does create the opportunity to focus on growth and profitability while maintaining a safe environment. Looking forward, manufacturing companies need to review their business situation and develop a “comeback” plan to guide them on the path of growth. Although it sounds fairly simple, the process can be challenging because of the various market, supply chain and other business risks involved in planning. While daunting, the good news is important clues impacting recovery may already exist. Through targeted data analytics, companies can access and analyze data to drive recovery planning. To help clients, prospects, and others, Clayton & McKervey has provided a summary of important details below.
One important change arising from the COVID-19 pandemic is that organizations around the world have changed how they spend, move, communicate, and travel. Industrial automation and manufacturing companies that leverage data about these shifts can gain important insights about trends and make predictions likely to materialize. Data analytics can lay the groundwork for companies as they work to recover, adjust, and strategize for the new normal.
Combating the virus has often been compared to fighting a war against an invisible enemy. However, it is difficult to learn any lessons from previous pandemics because there has not been one in the U.S. for over 100 years. Given the uniqueness of the situation, along with the potential scenarios which could still unfold, it is quite challenging to start the planning process.
It is quickly becoming clear that forward-looking driver-based analysis rather than backward-looking trend analysis is the only type that will provide real insights about the many potential scenarios. In a time like this, that forward-looking analysis must incorporate portions of external data.
Because most manufacturing and industrial automation companies serve multiple industries, it is necessary to analyze the relevant external data:
As businesses continue to recover, it is essential to have a plan for capturing new opportunities. In fact, McKinsey & Company recently published guidance on steps industry companies may want to consider in the process. There are several steps that can be taken to begin the process and many of them are data-driven.
For example, knowing that a small customer is experiencing significant financial difficulties should trigger an alert they may be reconsidering a purchase of new equipment. The manufacturing company can then:
If a third-tier supplier is faltering, companies can find themselves without a readily available alternative. This puts outbound deliveries and customer satisfaction at risk. Increase supply chain transparency and reduce risk by:
When companies begin to seek external data and incorporate forward-looking analytics, they move closer to converting transactional data into actionable insights. They can begin performing exploratory analysis using recovery scenario modeling and enhancing risk transparency. There are many stories of adaptability and innovation among organizations that are reevaluating their operations in the fight against COVID-19 and will likely be more to come.
The path to recovery, growth, and profitability looks different for each company. However, the inclusion of data analytics in the process helps to ensure the best decisions possible are made. If you are interested in learning how data analytics can help your business, Clayton & McKervey can help. For additional information call us at 248-208-8860 or click here to contact us. We look forward to speaking with you soon.
The above represents our best understanding and interpretation of the material covered as of the date of this post. Things are moving at a rapid pace, and as such, information is subject to change. This information is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for obtaining accounting, tax, or financial advice from an accountant.Ben Smith