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John Boylan

John Boylan

Professor of Business Analytics, Lancaster University
John Boylan is Professor of Business Analytics at the Centre for Marketing Analytics and Forecasting, Lancaster University
His interests relate to short-term demand forecasting and its interface with inventory management. He is currently working on research relating to intermittent demand forecasting, seasonal grouping of demand series and reproducibility of forecasting research.

Nando’s chicken shortage: how the pandemic has made supply and demand tougher to predict

Aug 23, 2021 11:54 am UTC| Business

Peri-peri chicken fans were disappointed and frustrated when Nandos announced the temporary closure of nearly 50 restaurants. A chicken shortage has been blamed, and while reactions to the closures were satirised on social...

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Economy

Iran prepares to pilot national cryptocurrency

Iran is preparing for the pilot phase of its digital currency project once the countrys Money and Credit Council approves, according to the Central Bank of Irans (CBI) newly-appointed Governor of the Ali Salehabadi....

Russia may partially replace dollar reserves with cryptocurrency to counter US sanctions

Russia is pondering on partially replacing the US dollar in currency reserves and trade settlements to limit their dependency on the greenback in a move dubbed as dedollarization. The plan was to counter the expanding...

McDonald’s Australia announces the addition of new spicy chicken range to its menu

McDonalds Australia unveils new menu items for its customers. The fast-food chain is offering new options for its spicy chicken menu line. McDonalds Australia said that it is bringing the heat with the arrival of its...

Burger King’s first vegetarian restaurant opens in Madrid

Burger King is offering something exciting for its customers who do not eat meat. The fast-food chain has opened its very first vegetarian restaurant outlet in Madrid to cater to vegetarian customers. The new Burger...

Starbucks, Amazon reportedly in talks to launch cashier-less cafe outlets

Starbucks and Amazon are said to be in the discussion for the launch of coffee shops featuring the Just Walk Out technology for a cashier-less transaction when paying. The potential tie-up will place the e-commerce and...

Politics

Joe Biden reiterates need for massive investments in US infrastructure during Scranton visit

This week, US President Joe Biden visited his birthplace of Scranton, Pennsylvania, to shore up more public support towards the two infrastructure bills in Congress. During his remarks, Biden reiterated the need for major...

Capitol insurrection: Laurence Tribe says Donald Trump's lawsuit to block records from House Committee is 'laughable'

Twice-impeached former President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit against the House Committee to block records from his White House related to the Capitol insurrection and on January 6 from being turned over. Former Harvard...

Joe Biden, Democratic lawmakers make progress with Build Back Better bill

This week, US President Joe Biden is looking to reach a deal amongst lawmakers of his own party over the bill that makes up the bulk of his economic agenda. Biden met with both progressive and centrist Democrats this week...

Capitol insurrection: Donald Trump's lawsuit to be presided by federal judge who condemned Jan. 6 riots

In an attempt to block the House Committee from seeing White House records, former President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit maintaining executive privilege. The lawsuit is set to be handled by a federal judge who is known to...

Science

LG Chem develops substance for creating cheaper, lighter plastic solar panel frames

LG Chem combined polycarbonate and acrylonitrile styrene acrylate (ASA) to develop LUPOY EU5201 to be used in plastic frames for solar panels. Consequently, LG has become the first in South Korea to develop plastic...

Owls used in helping California vineyards get rid of rodents

A Humboldt State University team is attempting to prove that owls can be an effective eco-friendly option at protecting grapes from rodent attacks. Graduate students at the universitys Department of Wildlife under...

S. Korean researchers develop process that uses agri-waste to produce biofuels, plastics

The Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER) had developed an enzymatic process that uses agricultural waste to produce the 4-hydroxy valeric acid--an ingredient for biofuels and plastics. The KIERs enzymatic process...

France probes Nestlé, 100 other firms over bisphenol-A use

The French government is investigating 101 companies, including Nestlé, for not disclosing their use of bisphenol-A in food packaging. In its statement of objections, Frances competition authority accused the 101...

Kansai found to have more genetically predisposed coffee lovers than elsewhere in Japan

Tokyo-based genome data analysis firm Euglena found that those with rs671 genotypes of ALDH2 are more predisposed to liking coffee and more prevalent in people from the Kansai area than other parts of Japan. Euglena...

Technology

‘Starfield’ is set in 2330 in an area called Settled Systems

Bethesda previously released teasers for three locations to be featured in the Starfield maps. Each area appears to house different factions that exist in the game, but it is unclear if players will have to choose which...

Snapdragon 898 and Dimensity 2000: New leak says both chips will use 4nm architecture

Qualcomm and MediaTek are anticipated to reveal their latest flagship mobile SoCs that are expected to be named Snapdragon 898 and Dimensity 2000, respectively. Their core specifications might have been revealed in a...

27-inch iMac to sport 120Hz ProMotion mini-LED display, analyst reports

Apple may have big plans for the iMac line in 2022. The tech giant continues to sell an Intel-based iMac, but that might change in the coming months as the company is rumored to introduce a new 27-inch iMac. The 14-inch...

MacBook Air could have a display notch in 2022

Many were skeptical when a leak appeared online, claiming that the new MacBook Pros would have a display notch until it was confirmed during Apples October launch event on Monday. Now, it appears that the new design...
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