“Shilling attacks are a big problem for many e-commerce sites — but, much like spam is to e-mail, there are many predictive and pattern-based algorithms that can lessen the impact of fake reviews.”

The accidental discovery of “lean retail” in

“You don’t always have to be right,” Wickard says of retailers. “You have to be wrong for a shorter amount of time.” (read more)

Blackstone Accelerates Growth Welcomes FieldStack into the Accelerated Ventures Program

Brunswick, Maine – Blackstone Accelerates Growth (BxG) today announced the newest Maine business selected to the BxG Accelerated Ventures program—FieldStack, which is based in Portland. FieldStack joins 18 other Maine-based businesses that benefit from the wide range of expertise and networking programs offered by BxG Accelerated Ventures. (read more)

In his new company, Bull Moose’s Brett Wickard uses statistics to infer customer buying patterns in MaineBiz

Bull Moose’s founder and President Brett Wickard, a self-described math geek, embraced the concept of lean manufacturing early in the company’s history. Using statistics that projected future orders based on past consumer purchases, he wrote software that assured the 11 Bull Moose stores never ran out of inventory and didn’t order items people weren’t buying. That software and services supporting it evolved into his new company, FieldStack LLC, which he founded in 2013 (read more)

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