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AirActive partners with the Melbourne Business School to develop yield management system
AirActive, the first smartphone app and digital marketplace to enable a consumption model for lifestyle activities, has entered into a unique innovation partnership with the Melbourne Business School to develop a real-time online yield management system for the fitness, recreation, sport and wellbeing sectors, designed to help activity providers fill capacity during off-peak times and offer consumers a variable pricing (dynamic pricing) structure.
Introducing the partnership, AirActive founder and Chief Executive Emmanuel Goutallier explained “we’re excited to collaborate with a world-class business school, which is at the forefront of innovation, bringing advanced analytic and algorithmic systems to the Australian fitness landscape for the first time.” The digital marketplace, officially launched in April, offers over 14,000 activities in 300 venues across Australia each week, becoming the country’s largest retailer of health and wellbeing providers and offering unprecedented choice as the premier pay-as-you-go consumer model.
While providers of the AirActive marketplace can, today, use variable pricing to incentivise users during off-peak times, the yield management algorithm, available from 2017, will dynamically modulate pricing based on a real-time assessment of unsold stock of physical activities. The end goal is to continuously align the demand with the product offer, widening the scope of choice for Australians to be active and allow provides to better optimise their revenue.
Headed by Professor Ujwal Kayande, the Centre for Business Analytics at the Melbourne Business School pioneers researching business analytics, and aims to provide AirActive with one of the more advanced technology-based solutions for dynamic pricing models in the world.
Professor Kayande adds “this new partnership with AirActive is an example of how we are drawing on our world class expertise in business analytics to drive a digital start-up and create a unique piece of intellectual property.
“Variable pricing models are widely used by many industries, most commonly in the travel sector, but we were particularly excited to apply and extend those principles to an entirely new sector, the health and fitness industry.”
Students from the Master of Business analytics program at the Melbourne Business School worked on an early version of the dynamic pricing problem in November 2015, with one team winning the AirActive prize for its outstanding solution.
The volume of actives housed within the AirActive marketplace will enable the Melbourne Business School to analyse a wide cross-section of the overall market and filter the results as required. By conducting real-time analytics of each activity type, examining variables such as time, location, reputation, capacity and socio-economic factors of the community, the yield management system will propose optimum pricing at various times throughout the day.
Goutallier concludes “research shows us most activity providers experience high-volume usage of their facilities and services at the beginning of the week, before work and after work hours, enabling the hours outside of those peak times to be marketed to new consumer groups, such as students who enjoy the flexibility in their schedule, but are constrained by budget.”
AirActive will offer the functionality to select activity providers from October, 2016, before making it widely available to all providers in early 2017.
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