Case studies

Every situation we encounter is unique in terms of the problem, the work thats already occured, the availablity and quality of the raw data and the understanding that our clients have. We also find a lot of preconceptions and assumptions which can be the cause of blind spots in the clients thinking or a reason why what should be obvious is not obvious.

Systematic review

Sometimes, just a systematic walk through of the problem space can reveal the flaw, maybe a couple of days of consultancy and a logical sounding board with a forensic eye can help move the problem resolution forwward.

Retail

Retailers typically have complex supply chain processes and capture stock counts and tractions at various points along the way. We've worked with retailers to examine how well that data reflects the business and to draw out specific process and transactional issues which are creating anomolies in their stock counts and perpetual inventry, helping point to issues in picking issues, the creation of phantom stock, issues causing and resulting from negative stock counts and so on.

Orthogonal thinking

Organisations can also be very set in their ways. There are well established patterns of thinking and even the consultancies and suppliers to that industry gear themselves around what has gone before. In essence, the ecosystem perpetuates the same modus operandi.

We pride ourselves in the diversity of industries that we've worked on. It may appear to be a "get out of jail" card that we do not class ourselves as deep domain experts in any one field, but we see this as a positive advantage, bringing cross fertilisation and new thinking. We try not to be constrained by history.

Health

A review of GP prescribing using publically available information shows a wide disparity between costs, average costs, quantity of prescriptions, branded v generic drugs, class of drugs etc between practices per head of population.

The automotive industry have warranty claims and one of the skills sets is to examine the root causes of the claims and the fix first time rate, rather than just look to arbitarily squeeze the costs down and optimise the reviews.

By extending the experiences gained in the automotive space, we can look at GP expenditure not in terms of costs, but the efficacy of the prescibing and the resulting clinical outcomes, non-elective admissions to hospitals for instance. The combination of techniques and taking a cross CCG view was not one provided by existing service providers. They were focused on simple expenditure benchmarking or switching to generic drugs. The benefits came from understanding the value of prescibing not the cost.

Long term data collection

Information about goods and services are often on the news, especially for high value items available to the public such as houses and cars.

Price comparison engines exist for hotels and people are becoming increasingly good at using these to buy the best value items when they go to buy. But its relatively new that the timing of the purchase is being assessed sp that you time your purchase more accurately. On a similar basis, understanding the early indications of product changes, price falls, car depreciation rates etc help inform the decision. Equally, the same analysis helps retailers such as used car dealers, appreciate the stock they should buy and the price they should pay.

Tesla

When Tesla started selling in the UK cars were all on long lead times and stock was in short supply. Unsurprisingly second hand values remained high. However, the brand is relively niche, the cars are expensive and the transition from early adopters to more mainstream buyers has lead to an inflection in the market.

By collecting lists of all the Tesla cars for sale in the UK on leading used car sites and from Tesla themselves, we are able to see the approximate volume of sales, by model, at an approx price, and how those prices are changing over time.

We share a summary of this information to the public free of charge, this provides a one stop shop for the used car market and a premium search facility where features can be selected to find the cars you desire. We also process the information and provide corporate services to retailers to assist them in pricing and market intelligence.