Harrier: Using Data to Forecast Sales Volume
Harrier has been printing photos in Newton Abbot for over 40 years. In that time, technology has seen a transition from 110 film through 35mm to the mass market digitised photos of today. The business has expanded rapidly in the last 3 years and diversified into the wider, high-volume personalised photographic product and short run digital printing markets.
The Impact Lab project investigated Harrier's data to enable comparative volume forecasts. Until recently, the company has used simple year-on-year, times-series based comparative volume forecasts, to create daily forecasts. The Impact Lab investigated other external sources that significantly influence sales, using this information to create accurate and meaningful predictive models.