Trends and Predictions: Graphs and Data
Sales team leaders in several stores talk about keeping shelves stocked; tracking sales; comparing what they're doing to other departments, other stores, and their past sales; and using the data to make projections. An outdoor equipment store uses the Internet to find graphs of conditions at vacation spots so they can advise customers. By tracking items customers buy, a grocery store can make sure it stocks favorites. A research biologist tracks the fish population in the state's lakes. A manufacturing plant worker shows how graphs help workers spot patterns and make improvements.