Industry NewsAnyLogic relocates to Chicago
AnyLogic North America, LLC, a simulation modeling software and services company, has moved its North American headquarters from Lisle, Ill., to Chicago. The new address is 20 N. Wacker Dr., Suite 2044, Chicago, IL 60606, inside the historic, newly renovated Civic Opera Building.Read More
Special ArticlesKaplan elected president of INFORMS
Yale School of Management Professor Edward H. Kaplan, whose pioneering work in public health and homeland security has received international recognition and numerous awards, was recently elected president of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).Read More
Special ArticlesINFORMS aviation security expert weighs in on Ebola and airport screening
Sheldon Jacobson, a professor at the University of Illinois and a longstanding expert in the field of airport security and the design of aviation security systems, has taken a public stance to challenge the way airports screen for Ebola, recommending much more aggressive measures than are currently being employed worldwide. An active member of INFORMS who in August completed a two-year term as program director for Operations Research at the National Science Foundation, Jacobson explains in a recent opinion piece published in the Washington Post how airport quarantines and blood tests should be used to prevent the virus from spreading further in the United States and elsewhere.Read More
Pilot Flying J uses predictive analytics to optimize business operations
Pilot Flying J, which operates 550 interstate travel centers and travel plazas in North America and is one of the top 10 privately held companies in the United States, has purchased and deployed Predixion Insight™, Predixion Software's collaborative predictive analytics solution that fully integrates with Microsoft Corp.'s business intelligence (BI) platform.
Pilot Flying J is using Predixion Insight to develop powerful market basket association models that help the company highly optimize inventory and reduce overall costs from its operations. In addition, Predixion Insight has assisted Pilot Flying J in identifying possible product placement non-compliance in it stores and kicked outliers out on a regularly scheduled basis for further examination by marketing personnel and sales analysts.
"Gone are the days where predictive analytics could only be performed by a few, highly trained statisticians,” says Predixion Software CEO Simon Arkell. “We are pleased to be working with Pilot Flying J to bring these powerful analytical capabilities to its mainstream user community."