SOURCE: Aberdeen Group

October 12, 2007 14:53 ET

Best-in-Class Firms Drive Global Supply Chain Improvement With Visibility Data Analytics

Best-in-Class Firms Report Improvements Across the Key Metrics; Higher-Quality Data and Using Analytics Are the Key Differentiators

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - October 12, 2007) - Leaders in global supply chain visibility report improved performance across key metrics, according to the latest research report on global supply chain visibility by Aberdeen, a Harte-Hanks company (NYSE: HHS). Over the past 2 years, Best-in-Class firms have been:

--  2.5 times as likely as Industry Average and 31 times as likely as
    Laggards to have reduced lead times from international locations
--  1.6 times as likely as Industry Average and 2.4 times as likely as
    Laggards to have reduced inventory levels
--  2.4 times as likely as Industry Average and 6 times as likely as
    Laggards to have reduced inventory carrying costs
    

"Data quality is one of the key differentiators of Best-in-Class companies in this study. These leaders exhibit better performance across key supply chain metrics; they are leveraging the global visibility data to achieve strategic advantages by performing relevant data analyses and utilizing the results to help drive their supply chain decisions," says Viktoriya Sadlovska, a Research Analyst on Global Trade and Financial Supply Chain at Aberdeen. Best-in-Class companies in this study are 1.5 times as likely as Industry Average and almost 3 times as likely as Laggards to report that data received during their event monitoring process are accurate more than 80% of the time.

Best-in-Class companies are twice as likely as Laggards to be currently using several information technology systems to support global supply chain visibility and are 55% more likely than all others to be using some kind of automated visibility data analysis. Best-in-Class companies are:

--  44% more likely than Industry Average and twice as likely as Laggards
    to be tracking actual total landed cost as shipment / order progresses
--  2.4 times as likely as both Industry Average and Laggards to use
    supplier / carrier scorecards using visibility information
--  2 times as likely as both Industry Average and Laggards to conduct
    performance trending and root cause analysis
--  76% more likely than Industry Average and twice as likely as Laggards
    to perform trade lane analysis (e.g., lead time variability)
    

A complimentary copy of this report is made available due in part to the following underwriters: Blue Sky Logistics, TrenStar, and Agistix. To obtain a complimentary copy of the report, visit: http://www.aberdeen.com/link/sponsor.asp?cid=4303.

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