The U.S. Marine Corps Exchanges have a new recruit to help improve merchandise selection for Marines and their familes – SAS retail analytics software.

Seventeen of the Marine Corps shopping marts are deploying SAS software with the goals of improving product selection by markets, planning – and profits.

(One of the big exchanges is located at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C.)

According to SAS, the Exchanges want to speed up planning for merchandise selection down to individual items and to help them focus on more higher demand products.

Profits from the exchanges go to Marine Corps Community Services.

The Marines have selected SAS Demand Forecasting for Retail, SAS Business Intelligence and SAS Merchandise Financial Planning.

With more than $2 billion in annual sales, SAS is one of the world leaders in analytics services.

“SAS is proud to provide technology to the MCX to help them serve their customers better and increase profitability,” said Karen Knowles, president of SAS Federal. “It is particularly rewarding to know that the profits go back into the community and ultimately help improve the quality of life of our fighting men and women and their loved ones.”