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Measuring Supply Chain Management Performance

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Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Management (SCM) is the systemic, strategic coordination of the traditional business functions and the tactics across these business functions within a particular company and across businesses within the supply chain, for the purposes of improving the long-term performance of the individual companies and the supply chain as a whole (Mentzer et al, 2001).

When marketing meets finance: the break-even level of sales

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Break-even-analysis

In a previous blog post we investigated the Return on Marketing Investment, a metric that analyzes the marketing activity from a financial point of view that is more complex than the revenue from sales generated by marketing. The current blog post aims at exploring another area where finance meets marketing: the break-even analysis. In this area, we consider that finance actually needs marketing: the break-even analysis aims at determining from which point on (i.e. volume of sales), a business begins to generate profits.

When marketing meets finance: Return on Marketing Investment

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Return on Marketing Investment

One of the greatest challenges for marketing professionals is to “probate” the results of their activity in terms of financial numbers. To do so, a simplistic approach that might still be in use in organizations which lack an accurate performance measurement system is looking into the value of sales. Fair enough, marketing efforts should, in the end, lead to selling as much as possible. Brand building, image construction, client relationship optimization and all other marketing directions aim, in the end, at generating sales.

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