Developing Key Performance Indicators in Grocery

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Developing Key Performance Indicators in Grocery

Chart showing increase of product in grocery

A key performance indicator (KPI) isn’t just any metric to measure your business performance. The role of the KPI is much greater. It’s a metric that every business team should have. It’s a metric that should have meaning across your organization. So that you can measure, manage and achieve results.

The term “key performance indicator” is used (maybe overused) and often little understood.

In fact, to develop your KPIs, you need to start with the result you’re trying to achieve. Then, create an actionable scorecard for each KPI by selecting a maximum of 6 measurements that are most important to achieving your goal. All measurements should be specific and measurable (of course). You may need to prioritize your KPIs in order to ensure you select the appropriate number of KPIs.

In addition, you’ll need to decide who should receive reports of the results and how frequently you’ll report on the data. For example, success metrics for your grocery may be tracking utilization every day, asset availability every week, and kilowatt hours per square foot every month. Leverage site attributes (e.g., rack type, water system) and normalize your data, ensuring all equipment data (e.g., asset & warranty details) is in place.

Use your data and processes to drive benchmarking. Keep your strategy on track by:

  • Determining the source for your raw data
  • Identifying any system(s) or record that must be updated
  • Gathering required data elements that are “missing”
  • Developing standard operating procedures to ensure behavior drives good data

The source for your raw data will depend on the metric you’re tracking. For example, your source for kilowatt hours per square foot will be your utility bills.

Utilizing the business intelligence that you’ve gathered, leverage your analytics to drive change. First, you need to determine a benchmarking period and a comparison period. Use your standard operating procedures to ensure you get consistent results when normalized for other variables.

Now it’s your turn. Keeping in mind “what’s important” and “what drives performance”, think about a business challenge you have. Develop 3-6 meaningful success metrics. Determine how the metrics will be measured and the criteria to gather “good” data. Decide how you’ll report the results and who will be impacted by the success metrics.

Example: KPIs and Success Metrics

Rank KPI Definition Success Metrics
1 Best-in-Class Service Providers Service Provider Same Day Fix Rate on Emergencies

Fix Service Level Agreement Performance

Average Work Order Value (Refrigeration > Glass Door Cases)
Work Order Recall Rate
Invoice Rejection Rate
Optimize Spend vs. Budget
Annual Maintenance Cost Per Square Foot, By Site Type
Total Maintenance Spend vs. Budget, By Site, District, Region, Org
Average Order Value By Category, By Site Type, By Service Area (Ref > Small Store Format > Midwest)
Work Orders Generated Per Site, Per Month
Emergency Work Order Ration, By Site
Best-in-Class Energy Program
Energy Efficiency (kWh and dTh Per Square Foot Analysis) By Site Type (kWh/sqft)
Energy Walk Checklist Results
Energy Measurement Validation - Billed vs. Metered
4 Total Cost of Ownership Equipment Availability of Critical Assets
Repair vs. Replace Opportunities, By Asset Type (Slicers)
Most Common Break/Fix Faults and Actions (Compressor - Capillary Tube)
Mean Time To and/or Number of Failures, By Equipment Type (Slicer - Failure in Months)
5 Best-in-Class Compliance
Percentage of Planned Preventative Maintenance Events Completed On Time
Ratio of Compliance Events Completed On Time
Ratio of Technician Certification Records
Accuracy of Asset Information 

Remember that change is disruptive. Communicate changes to your stakeholders, including why these changes are important and how these changes affect them. To drive change, you need to publish your benchmarks for each metric and report on the results.

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