Blog: Business

Car Rental Sign
July 23

A Revolution in Car Rental: Maximizing Revenue & Yield with Weather Data

Have you ever shown up to a car rental counter only to find the lights off and a sign stating “no cars available”? The chances are good considering that revenue management for car rental companies has been referenced as being more difficult than nuclear physics.  A $100 billion global industry with a >20% no-show rate, rental car companies are beginning to utilize artificial intelligence to minimize oversell situations and maximize revenue on rapidly depreciating assets. An existing (and oversimplified) view of factors considered by mainstream rental agencies in vehicle pricing, positioning, and segmenting. External Pressures Fuel Industry Challenges From rideshare...

Solar Panels in Field
June 20

Maximize Solar Energy Production with Weather Data

Across the globe, solar energy installations have taken off in the past decade – both at the home and utility-scale levels. Current statistics show that photovoltaic production has reached over 1% of all global energy and is projected to grow exponentially, with China leading the pack in terms of installed capacity. The rest of the world is not far behind though with the United States, German and Japan in hot pursuit. While it’s typically touted as a renewable, environmentally-friendly resource, solar energy is also becoming increasingly cost-effective as an alternative to traditional energy sources and, is improving in reliability annually....

Meal kit logistics and weather
May 29

Meal Kits & Food Delivery – How Leading Companies Are Leaning Into Weather

Meal kit services have changed the lives of many over the last decade – from reducing the stress of a single parent needing a quick, fresh, and healthy dinner to an amateur home chef researching the next new and exciting meal. Once just a novel concept born in Sweden, the industry evolved into a global force with players such as HelloFresh, Blue Apron, and Plated leading the way. By 2017, the global market was flooded with over 150 services competing for the now $2.2 billion pie and on track to surpass $10 billion by 2020. Meal Kits Meet Technology This advent of meal kits has not only allowed entrepreneurs to share...

Network Operation Improvements with Real-Time Weather
September 10

How Crack Network Operations Teams Are Learning to Preempt Weather-Related Issues

In today’s digital environment, even short periods of network downtime can result in frustrated employees, angry customers, and the loss of millions in revenue. That elevation in business risk has pushed today’s network operations professionals into the spotlight – one where the temperature is hot and there’s little room for error or delays. With advancements in computing and machine learning, reductions in network downtime have been achieved by preemptively identifying and addressing issues before they manifest into habitual pain points. Historically, teams have leveraged internal sources of data to power these insights. Unfortunately, those efforts have limitations in the incredibly...

Hurricane Blog
August 30

Minimizing Tropical Storm Risk With Real-Time Weather Data

by Paul Douglas Meteorologists track storms of all shapes and sizes, but there is nothing quite as awe-inspiring and destructive as a major landfalling hurricane. These Texas-size whirlwinds of trouble produce a weather-trifecta of risk: storm surge, high winds, and inland flooding. Called typhoons in the western Pacific and cyclones in the Indian Ocean, they are identical in structure and formation; drawing warmth from the oceans and converting it into raging spiral bands of shrieking winds and blinding rain. The lighter the winds aloft and warmer the seas, the greater the potential for a cluster of thunderstorms to strengthen into a...

AerisWeather + Zapier Integration
August 21

Introducing AerisWeather’s New Integration with Zapier

Whether you’re a full stack developer or brand new to the world of APIs, we are all looking to reduce friction in our daily work tasks & projects. AerisWeather has been offering integration toolkits (SDKs) for years and has a suite of robust integrations for developers, including iOS, Android, JavaScript, and Python.  However, to allow all skill levels to integrate weather data into their workflows and software, we partnered with Zapier and developed a public application for use on their platform. For those that have not experienced the ease of Zapier, they are an Integration Platform as a Service provider...

API Wizard
August 15

API Wizard Just For You

Just when you thought APIs were only for ninja developers, AerisWeather built an API wizard just for you. Our latest wizard is the perfect tool to get your project rolling without the overhead of learning how to use an API. Who Can Use the API Wizard? Anybody! That’s the beauty of it. If you’re able to open up a browser and navigate to this blog post, you’re able to use the API wizard. Our goal was to allow any level of technical expertise to start playing with our API, as well as showcase some of the API’s built-in features. So if...

July 24

Flooding Frequency and Intensity are Increasing – Are You Factoring the Latest Trends?

by Paul Douglas A tropical storm named “Agnes” flooded my home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1972; a traumatic event that ultimately led me to pursue a degree in meteorology at nearby Penn State. Many of us have a flood-related story or close encounter, and rising water is impacting more Americans with every passing year. There is precedent for concern: according to NOAA only extreme heat has claimed more American lives over the last 30 years. In fact, flooding is the costliest natural disaster in the United States. It accounted for more than $268 billion in damage in 2017, a number...

Lightning Strike Blog
June 6

Harnessing the Power of Lightning Strikes

by Paul Douglas “Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work” said, Mark Twain. Most of us have had a close call with lightning and no wonder. Cloud to ground lightning strikes the Earth approximately 50 times a second – roughly 1.4 billion flashes every year. According to NOAA, an average of 47 Americans are struck and killed by lightning annually – deadlier than tornadoes and hurricanes many years. Lightning is terrifying and vaguely mysterious – scientists don’t begin to have all the answers. But it serves a purpose in nature. These crackling electrostatic...

May 21

Leveraging Global Air Quality for Business

by Paul Douglas An old joke insists that Californians don’t trust air they can’t actually see. Unfortunately, air pollution is no laughing matter. According to recent research, more than 95% of the world’s population breathes unsafe air, contributing to more than 6 million deaths worldwide in 2017. In the US alone studies suggest 7,000 to as many as 200,000 premature deaths occur annually as a result of unhealthy air. At this rate, a conservative estimate can state that air pollution claims as many lives as traffic accidents each year. The statistics are staggering, but the first step is understanding. Air...