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    Pilot Flying J Employs Business Intelligence Software

    Travel center operator also purchases Minnesota location.

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Pilot Flying J now employs Predixion Insight from Predixion Software.

    The software, which fully integrates with Microsoft Corp.'s business intelligence platform, is helping Pilot develop market basket association models that help it reduce overall costs from operations, according to Predixion.

    The owner and/or operator of more than 550 travel centers also will use Predixion Insight to identify possible product placement non-compliance in stores.

    "We are delighted to welcome Pilot Flying J to the Predixion Software customer family," said Simon Arkell, Predixion's CEO. "Gone are the days when 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."

    In other Pilot Flying J news, the company acquired a travel center in Inver Grove Heights, Minn. The travel center operator said it would remodel the location feature full amenities for professional drivers and motorists alike.

    The 7,500-square-foot travel center is located on 11650 Courthouse Blvd. near U.S. Highways 52 and 55. The Minnesota travel will remain open during the remodeling process.

    Once changes are completed, Pilot said the location will feature four fuel islands and five diesel islands with diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) at the pump. The travel center will also have a wide variety of convenience items.

    "We hope that Inver Grove Heights area residents and fleet customers will enjoy the convenience and amenities of our new Pilot Travel Center," said Jimmy Haslam, president and CEO of Pilot. "As the driver-driven company, we are proud that this travel center will serve this community through products and services as well as contribute to the local economy through jobs and tax revenues. And, we'll fill the needs of those carrying goods to communities across the nation."

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