Pilot Flying J Selects Predixion for Predictive Analytics

Developing market basket association models that help optimize inventory, reduce costs

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Pilot Flying J, which operates 550 travel centers and travel plazas in North America, 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 market basket association models that help the company optimize inventory and reduce overall costs from its operations. In addition, Predixion Insight has assisted Pilot Flying J in identifying possible product placement noncompliance in it stores and kicked outliers out on a regularly scheduled basis for further examination by marketing personnel and sales analysts.

Pilot Flying J currently maintains a 10 terabyte Microsoft SQL Server-based data warehouse, three Microsoft Analysis Services servers, as well as Microsoft PowerPivot and Excel that serve more than 2,000 consumers of BI ranging from the COO down to store managers. For predictive analytics, the company initially used the Microsoft data mining market basket add-in but quickly out-scaled the solution, resulting in the company conducting a search for a more flexible, highly scalable solution.

The company recently adopted PowerPivot which is helping make the company's IT operations much more agile, and is a big user of Excel as well.

"We are delighted to welcome Pilot Flying J to the Predixion Software customer family," said Predixion Software co-founder and CEO Simon Arkell. "Gone are the days where predictive analytics could only be performed by a few, highly trained statisticians. We are pleased to be working with Pilot Flying J to bring these powerful analytical capabilities to its mainstream user community."

San Juan Capistrano, Calif.-based Predixion Software develops and markets collaborative predictive analytics solutions that are fully integrated with leading BI platforms and business applications. It provides predictive analytics in the common interfaces of Microsoft Excel 2010, SharePoint and other business applications. Its customers are in the healthcare, finance, retail and other industries. It has venture capital backing from established investors including DFJ Frontier, Miramar Venture Partners and Palomar Ventures. www.predixionsoftware.com

Pilot Flying J, based in Knoxville, Tenn., operates in 47 states and eight Canadian provinces.