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Leveraging Actionable Insights to Capitalize on the Growing Electric Automotive Industry

Jun 30, 2021

What is the Role of Actionable Insights for Procurement in the Electric Automotive Industry?

Electric vehicles have brought about a new era of change and innovation to the automotive industry, leading to a highly competitive, challenging, and dynamic market. Due to various factors, including government policies, increased focus on carbon footprints, reducing popularity of fossil fuels, and rising consumer awareness, companies in the industry now need a strategic and sustainable advantage. Actionable insights provide companies with data-backed, crucial information regarding the right course of action, the best strategies to adopt and implement, and the ideal approach to decision-making regarding any major initiatives or goals within the business. In the electric automotive industry, companies are facing a daily need for data-driven decision-making, unparalleled strategies, novel offerings and ideas, and long-term business plans. Competing in a rapidly evolving market requires a comprehensive understanding of the market, the company’s capabilities, and the trends that may impact business. As the industry continues to grow, CPOs and supply chain managers are faced with a range of challenging decisions, and the need to surpass competitors with differentiated offerings, novel business ideas, and unique selling points. Understanding the role of actionable insights in the electric automotive industry is necessary to efficiently capitalize on its significant benefits.

What are the Key Benefits of Actionable Insights for Automotive Industry Players?

Improved Spend Management: The automotive industry is an expensive and spend-focused industry, wherein companies must make crucial decisions regarding purchasing, prices, and raw materials on a constant basis. Further, efficiently planning purchasing decisions, and maintaining a cost-effective approach along the supply chain is necessary but challenging. Actionable insights provide automotive industry players with the crucial information, data-driven strategies, and actionable recommendations required to make cost-effective, strategically sound, and sustainable decisions. By analyzing data present along the supply chain and finding meaningful insights from the data, companies can significantly improve their spend management and reduce costs.

Increased Efficiency: The high rate of digitization, automation, and data-driven systems being utilized along the supply chain in the automotive industry, provide companies with the perfect opportunity to explore and leverage relevant data to improve operations. Efficiency can be improved through various strategies, minor adjustments, and major functional changes, and actionable insights enable a strong and data-driven approach to these changes. With the systems being leveraged in factories, companies have access to real-time data regarding the efficiency, speed, value, and progress of all processes, and can implement necessary improvements to the systems to increase efficiency, and bring an overall improvement to performance.

Better Business Relationships: In recent years, companies in every industry have become increasingly aware of the undeniable importance of collaborative partnerships and robust business relationships, particularly for procurement and sourcing. Developing a strong relationship requires a comprehensive understanding of a company’s own goals and targets, information regarding potential partners’ market, needs, and expectations, and data regarding the surrounding market. Actionable insights help companies enter partnerships with a data-backed strategies, that provide both parties with the relevant information, ideal course of action, and potential benefits of the potential relationship. It also enables informed transparency, clarity regarding both parties’ needs and expectations, and minimizes the risks of future challenges.

Higher Profitability: Achieving and maintaining high profitability has become increasingly challenging over the years, and companies often struggle to manage the various tenets of efficient sourcing, production, and distribution, while maintaining profitability. This has led to companies leveraging data and real-time information to better their decision-making, reduce costs, employ stronger partnerships, and improve logistical capabilities to increase profitability. To further improve these systems, companies can utilize actionable insights, and implement data-driven changes that enable more information-based improvements within the system, decisions that rely on relevant data, better spend management, and stronger relationships that ultimately help propel profitability.

Reliable Data Usage: As the automotive industry grows, companies must learn to leverage data in the most effective and efficient ways, to overcome industrial challenges, stay ahead of competitors, and improve overall performance significantly. However, using data can be challenging, and companies must learn to assess, analyze, and comprehend the information in the most accurate and practically applicable way. Actionable insights help turn data into a reliable, comprehensible, and easy load of information, that further promotes the utilization of said data to improve functionality, operations, and performance of the company. Additionally, actionable recommendations gained through this approach can help companies leverage reliable data and surpass competitors.

Success Story

The electric vehicles market has witnessed significant fluctuations in recent years, as different trends led to varying reactions from consumers, and changing government policies created various challenges, obstacles, and necessary initiatives to succeed. However, as the world enters a more environmentally-conscious, technologically advanced, and data-driven era, automotive companies must utilize data, information, and actionable insights to develop novel offerings, meet consumers’ demands, and match governments’ stipulated standards. Aiming to meet the challenging industry standards, a renowned automotive company recently began to explore the electric vehicles market, but was unsure of their capabilities, due to various shortcomings, challenges, and risks experienced in recent years. Before entering the new growing market, the company sought to partner with SpendEdge and leverage our expertise in assessing data and information, and providing actionable insights to improve performance. Our experts closely scrutinized the systems, processes, operations, and approaches utilized by the automotive company and identified various shortcomings that were visibly reflected in the data presented to them. The experts then provided the company with actionable recommendations regarding necessary changes and improvements required along their system and supply chain, and offered data-driven approaches to enable a robust and sustainable entry into the new market. With these actionable insights, the company successfully understood the necessary changes required, implemented improvements to their system, and entered the new market with differentiated offerings, robust partnerships, and efficient operations.

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