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Artificial Intelligence, Real Enhancements, Better Insights
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Artificial Intelligence, Real Enhancements, Better Insights

Blog Sisense News is your home for corporate announcements, new Sisense features, product innovation, and everything we roll out to empower our users to get the most out of their data. Ashley Kramer is our new chief product and marketing officer. She began her career as a software engineering manager at NASA, worked at Oracle, Amazon, and elsewhere before moving to Alteryx, serving as senior vice president of product. She recently spoke with SearchBusinessAnalytics about her vision for the Sisense platform and what it’s like being one of the few women helping shape software development at a major business intelligence and analytics vendor. SearchBusinessAnalytics: What led you to the decision to leave Alteryx and move to Sisense to head the development of its analytics platform? Ashley...
Flying High: Data-Powered Recovery in the Travel Industry
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Flying High: Data-Powered Recovery in the Travel Industry

Blog Analytics and data are changing every facet of our world. In The State of BI & Analytics, we expand on our original research, keeping you ahead of the curve on the world of analytics, data, and business intelligence. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted virtually every sector. Government responses the world over are still struggling to make headway against the virus and it’s left businesses and banks scrambling for answers as to when a recovery will take hold and what it will look like. This generation-defining crisis has dealt a monumental blow to the global travel industry. The UN World Tourism Organization predicts that worldwide tourism revenues could shrink by at least $1.2 trillion this year (for context, 2019’s world travel industry value was $2.9 trillion). However, the tou...
Finding Your Perfect Pivot Using Data and Analytics
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Finding Your Perfect Pivot Using Data and Analytics

Blog Every company is becoming a data company. In Data-Powered Businesses, we dive into the ways that companies of all kinds are digitally transforming to make smarter data-driven decisions, monetize their data, and create companies that will thrive in our current era of Big Data. One of the few certainties in any organization is change. Products and services change as technology improves them. Customers’ priorities, working practices, and lifestyles evolve. Their demands alter concurrently, and these must be met with changes. Ways of working within companies and between organizations also change rapidly. So, for organizations to succeed, they must embrace change, whether it’s gradual, or whether it needs them to make a sharp pivot, as it has in 2020. If they don’t, they risk failure and ...
Adding AI to Products: A High-Level Guide for Product Managers
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Adding AI to Products: A High-Level Guide for Product Managers

Blog In Augmented Apps, we examine how product teams are exploring AI and ML to make their products more intuitive and enhance the user experience.  AI and machine learning (ML) are not just catchy buzzwords; they’re vital to the future of our planet and your business. Datasets have quickly grown too huge, complex, and fast-moving for humans to grapple with. Integrating AI and ML into your product or service is becoming basic table stakes for staying in the market. Doing it right can mean the difference between thriving in the new world of data and disappearing from it. So what are the high-level steps to incorporate AI and machine learning into new and existing products? AI can add value to your product/service in many ways, including: Improved business performanceReduced costsIncreased ...
Public carrier and logistics CEOs talk about COVID-19-impact on operations
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Public carrier and logistics CEOs talk about COVID-19-impact on operations

Heading into the second quarter earning season there was some sentiment that the results posted by publicly traded freight transportation and logistics services providers would be one of a kind, or unique, in that they represented a quarter unlike any other, due, of course, to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. And that is clearly true, given that these companies saw demand fall off a cliff, as the global and domestic economies essentially came to a halt, due to stay-at-home orders, which left the country wondering what was coming next, when things kicked in back in mid-March. Since then, the U.S. economy has reopened, to varying degrees, and some of the takeaways have been quite positive (within the big picture). But it is really is only a start, as there remains a large amount of economic t...
USPS sees fiscal third quarter revenue gain while net losses mount
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USPS sees fiscal third quarter revenue gain while net losses mount

Many obstacles, including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, its own financial travails, and general economic uncertainty, among others, remain front and center for the United States Postal Service (USPS). That was made clear in its fiscal third quarter earnings results, which were issued today. For the quarter, the USPS reported $17.6 billion in total revenue, which represented an increase of $547 million, or 3.2% annually. Total operating expenses—at $19.8 billion—were up $477 billion, or 2.5%, compared to a year ago, and it reported a net loss of $2.2 billion, which was in line with a $2.3 billion net loss for the same period last year. And its controllable quarterly loss, of $1.5 billion, was steeper than the $1.1 billion loss for the fiscal third quarter in 2019. This quarterly net loss...
XPO Logistics rolls out new enhancements to XPO Connect to meet COVID-driven e-commerce demand
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XPO Logistics rolls out new enhancements to XPO Connect to meet COVID-driven e-commerce demand

At a time when the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to bring about increased e-commerce activity, with consumers more frequently buying big and bulky items—like furniture, exercise equipment, and other heavy goods—online, as they are at home more, Greenwich, Conn.-based global freight transportation and logistics services provider XPO Logistics announced this week it has rolled out new capabilities to its digital freight platform, XPO Connect. XPO Connect initially introduced in April 2018. The offering provides shippers with what XPO called a single point of entry for visibility across various transportation modes in real time, which, in turn, helps shippers identify both time- and cost-saving opportunities. And it also noted that XPO Connect enables shippers to gain access to usable ...
UPS announces additional COVID-19-based peak surcharges
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UPS announces additional COVID-19-based peak surcharges

As the level of COVID-19-related e-commerce activity continues to head in one direction—up—so, too, do peak surcharges for the shipping of orders made online. That was seen today, with Atlanta-based global freight transportation and logistics bellwether UPS announcing today it is implementing a new set of peak surcharges. This is not the first time UPS has issued a COVID-19-based peak surcharge in recent months. In late May, it announced that it would implement peak surcharges that went into effect on May 31, for certain international shipments from all origins to all destinations, including the U.S. And it added at the time that the Peak Surcharges applied to certain international shipments will continue to apply. Peak surcharges are subject to change and Peak Periods may be extended or...
The Trends Brokers and Carriers Need to Recognize in 2018 and Beyond
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The Trends Brokers and Carriers Need to Recognize in 2018 and Beyond

The transportation industry has been evolving over the last several years, with many factors influencing changes for truckers, retailers, and freight brokers alike. While these shifts offer some opportunities for new and established freight brokers and carriers, there are challenges ahead that must be recognized. In order to thrive in a saturated marketplace, both licensed freight brokers and carriers should take care to understand the current trends in the industry and how they impact their business models this year and in years to come. Growth in the Industry One of the most promising trends in the transportation industry is the opportunity for growth in the marketplace. According to a recent report, the freight brokerage business is predicted to grow 4.33% annually over the next four...
All You Need to Know About e-Commerce Returns in Europe
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All You Need to Know About e-Commerce Returns in Europe

Returns rates – how much is coming back? Blame it on the quality of product, the wrong size or having second thoughts: what consumers worldwide buy and then return totals a staggering $642.6 billion per year. To put this in perspective, the value of goods that consumers decide they don’t really want would rank as the world’s 21st largest economy. It is just behind Switzerland and ahead of Argentina, based on the World Bank’s most recent available global economies’ ranking. The biggest reason for returns is the condition of the purchased products. They are either defective or poor-quality products. But customers also return items because they bought the wrong item or size, or have found the same product at a lower price elsewhere. Wardrobing, a form of return fraud, also explains the gro...