I noticed that we’ve had several trial downloads and purchases from sourcing managers at automotive, computer and other large manufacturers. Supplier purchases can make up a large portion of costs for these companies. Mekko Graphics charts can provide the organization with a view into these purchases. The three charts below provide an illustration of the power of Mekko Graphics for strategic sourcing. Our example is a computer manufacturer that buys three types of keyboards–desktop, laptop and wireless–from four different suppliers. While I found the company names on the internet, all data is fictional.
The 100% stacked bar provides an overview of both units purchased from each supplier and spend by supplier. You can quickly see how many suppliers provide most of your purchase. By comparing the two bars, you can identify which suppliers are relatively more or less expensive.
The Marimekko chart maps your spend by both supplier and product segment. You can quickly identify which suppliers focus on specific segments and which are broad-based.
The Bar-Mekko allows for a quick view of both average price and volume purchased. You can identify your higher cost niche suppliers and lower-cost and higher volume suppliers. You might find two comparable suppliers with different cost structures.
I hope you found these charts helpful. If you’d like to download the deck, it’s available on SlideShare: