Pilgrim’s Pride plans to employ robots

Another manufacturer employs robots to help with production.

Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., the second-largest U.S. producer, is adding robotics and X-ray technology for processes such as deboning the front half of the birds, chief executive officer Bill Lovette said Thursday during the company’s secondquarter earnings conference call. Pilgrim’s is working with Scott Technology Ltd., a New Zealand automation company controlled by Pilgrim’s corporate parent, the Brazilian meat giant JBS SA.

Reference: Pilgrim’s Pride plans to employ robots

New Jersey Bails Out

This is an interesting podcast talking about a social application of data analytics to fix the bail system of New Jersey.

In New Jersey, defense attorneys, judges, and prosecutors got together to try to reform a system that treated poor defendants so differently from rich ones. In the end: they got rid of bail.

… The Risk Assessment Algorithm predicts the probability of failing to show up in courts and the probability of committing to another crime before the next trial in a 1-to-6 scale. It considers the following factors

  • Does the person have a priori conviction of violance within the past x years?
  • Have the person had failed to appear in courts in priori cases?
  • The age of the person when the crime was committed, and others.

… Data shows that, if your age was under 23 when committing a crime, the person is more likely to commit a new crime than an older person.

… Some specific factors such as race and wealth are excluded in order to prevent bias, whereas keeping the forecast reliable.

… Since the introduction of the algorithm, people are detained with real information. The jail population is reduced by almost 30%. The result is very profound.

Reference: New Jersey Bails Out

Sodas lift McDonald’s

Some interesting trend in fast food business:

  • introducing in-store ordering kiosks,
  • expanding delivery through UberEats, and
  • launching a mobile order-and-pay option.

Reference: Sodas lift McDonald’s

All in with online, can J.C. Penney get up to digital speed?

I had a few occasions chatting with the IT people of the company in the past few years. They were reluctant to adapt to the on-line trend of the retail market. One year, they wanted to expand their on-line catalog business; the next year, they closed the on-line catalog business and moves the majority of their IT people overseas in the following years. This time, it appears that the new SVP, Mike Amend, hired from Home Depot, is ready to face the on-line retail business challenges.

This article highlights a lot of positive actions for the company to transition itself from a traditional retail business to an on-line one.

  • Recognizing its market strength: Research from comScore tells Penney that its customers have household incomes of $60,000 to $90,000, and they tend to be hardworking, two-income families living both in rural and urban settings. They don’t have the discretionary income to commit to membership fees.
  • Last month, Penney added the ability to ship from all its stores, which immediately made about $1 billion of store inventory available to online customers and cut the distance between customer and delivery.
  • About 80 percent of a store’s existing inventory is eligible for free same-day pickup.
    Last week, it offered free shipping to stores with no minimum purchase. Large items like refrigerators and trampolines are excluded.
  • JCPenney.com now stocks four times the assortment found in its largest store by partnering with other brands and manufacturers.
  • More than 50 percent of its online assortment is drop-shipped by suppliers and doesn’t go through Penney’s distribution. Categories added range from bathroom and kitchen hardware to sporting goods, pets and toys
  • JCPenney.com now has one Web experience regardless of the screen: phone, tablet or desktop.
  • Its new mobile app and wallet include Penney’s new upgraded Rewards program. Customers can book salon appointments on it. The in-store mode has a price-check scanner.
  • Penney set out to “democratize access to the data,” so that not only the technical staff could understand it, now dashboards and heat maps allow the artful side of the business — the merchants — to measure such things as sales to in-stock levels or pricing to customer behavior.

Reference: All in with online, can J.C. Penney get up to digital speed?

What does every pizza joint knead? Robots

Robots are not ready for pizza industry yet.

Reference: What does every pizza joint knead? Robots

QlikView to Qlik Sense Converter

Great tool to Qlik community.

The QV Convertor tool is available from the Dev Hub in QS 3.2+.  It’s a pretty slick tool that converts QV Variables, Dimensions and Expressions to Master items and converts QV charts to Master QS Visualizations.  It does not attempt to replicate the sheets,  but expects you to place the visualizations on sheets yourself as required.

It’s a very useful tool with a good UI that allows for filtering and limiting what gets converted.

Reference: QlikView to Qlik Sense Converter

Amazon’s and Walmart’s latest moves confirm the death of the middle class as we know it

Amazon, whose Prime service claims more than 70% of upper-income households in the US — those earning more than $112,000 a year — is suddenly going after customers on government assistance who earn less than $15,444 a year for a one-person household.

The retailer on Tuesday announced it would slash the cost of its monthly Prime membership nearly in half, to $5.99 a month, for customers who have an electronic benefit transfer card, which is used for government assistance like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as food stamps.

Reference: Amazon’s and Walmart’s latest moves confirm the death of the middle class as we know it