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Brick and Mortar “Showrooms”? How Stores Can Survive in the Digital Age

Brick and Mortar “Showrooms”? How Stores Can Survive in the Digital Age

Retail Minded, September 11, 2019

Popular stores such as Macy’s, Old Navy, Gap, Kohl’s, and American Apparel have closed hundreds of stores in the past few years. Given the rapid rate of store closures, the future of physical retail is in question. How can brick and mortar stores compete with online retailers like Amazon?

Has the Push for Productivity Gone Too Far?

Has the Push for Productivity Gone Too Far?

SHRM, September 11, 2019

A mantra is posted everywhere at Amazon’s fulfillment center in Kenosha, Wis.:  

Work hard. Have fun. Make history. 

Indeed, employees at the distribution hub 65 miles north of Chicago appear to be working hard—certainly maintaining a brisk pace—as they pick and pack orders near wheeled robots and display screens. A network of conveyor belts whisks sealed boxes toward cargo bays, where a worker hand-fits the boxes into trailers.

When a Website Tells You What to Buy, Does it Work?

When a Website Tells You What to Buy, Does it Work?

Total Retail, September 11, 2019

Influencing consumer decisions is a priority for retailers, and in this quickly growing digital age it’s becoming more important to understand how and where to target them. Already, consumers’ every click is being tracked to see what products they like and dislike. And yes, that means even you're being followed. So how do retailers track and use that information to increase sales?

Research offers solution to increase organ donations and save lives

Research offers solution to increase organ donations and save lives

Medical News, September 5, 2019

Eighteen people die every day waiting for transplants, and a new patient is added to the organ transplant list every 10 minutes. Much of the problem surrounds the lack of registered donors. New research in the INFORMS journal Management Science provides incentives that could lead to a solution and ultimately save lives.

Student body diversity goals & giving parents a say in where their child goes to school

Student body diversity goals & giving parents a say in where their child goes to school

Science Codex, September 3, 2019

All parents want their children to get the best education possible, so how do school districts allow parents/guardians to have a say in where their child goes to school while still meeting diversity goals for the student body? New research in an upcoming addition of the INFORMS journal Operations Research has a solution, just in time for children to return to school for the 2019-2020 year.

Retailers' Branded Mobile Apps Drive Engagement, Sales

Retailers' Branded Mobile Apps Drive Engagement, Sales

MediaPost, September 3, 2019

Retailers' branded mobile apps are proving effective in increasing customer engagement as well as boosting sales on multiple levels, according to a new study in the Informs Journal Marketing Science.

It's All About Teamwork

It's All About Teamwork

Modern Restaurant Management, August 30, 2019

New research shows that as the service sector continues to struggle with how to manage and minimize low labor productivity that hinders profits, the key may be in one word — “teamwork” — according to a new study in the INFORMS journal Management Science after studying firms in the restaurant industry. Researchers believe, however, that the findings can be generalized among the service sector to include hotel and retail services.

New Study – One Third of Prescription Medicines Are Not FDA Approved

New Study – One Third of Prescription Medicines Are Not FDA Approved

Elmira Daily, August 27, 2019

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Accelerated Approval Program was created in 1992 to considerably speed up the ability to bring certain new drugs to market. Further research to be revealed in upcoming issues of the INFORMS journal Manufacturing & Service Operations Management shows numerous drug producers are failing to finish the approval course of, meaning a significant number of drugs on the market will not be but approved.

Concerns over too few health screenings and an aging population

Concerns over too few health screenings and an aging population

Healthcare Purchasing News, August 26, 2019

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cause of death due to cancer in the United States.  Regular medical screening can be effective in detection and treatment, but only about 40 percent of the population is doing it. So why would people risk a potentially deadly diagnosis? Research points to significant appointment delays among some of the most effective tests, such as a colonoscopy.

How Can Hospitals Best Manage the Uneven Flow of Patients?

How Can Hospitals Best Manage the Uneven Flow of Patients?

The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, August 23, 2019

Hospitals can seem like confusing, chaotic places for patients, even when the employees are following well-established protocols and resource management techniques. But there is always room for improvement. That’s the goal behind the research of Hummy Song, Wharton professor of operations, information and decisions, who focuses on improving the performance of health care delivery systems.

Researchers Can Predict Where Recruits Go

Researchers Can Predict Where Recruits Go

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, August 23, 2019

University of Iowa researchers are able to predict with a high probability where football recruits will ultimately attend college by analyzing Twitter accounts.