Virtually working from home has been a change a lot of people have had to get used to in the past year. So imagine how tough it is to tackle that along with multiple time zones... Coco, based in China, discusses the perks (and challenges) of being part of a team spread across the globe
2020 was a year without travel, and in an industry where site visits are part of the job, we were restricted to site visits from a laptop! As the world is slowly coming out of lockdown, our location planners based in Australia have been lucky enough to go on real site visits again!
With vaccinations now leading the daily news coverage of COVID-19, I decided to focus on some positive data, a better alternative to reading the 'worsening news'. Using the XYZ framework which underpins MAPP, we have built an open app that visualises vaccination rates across the world.
With COVID muting hanami (flower-watching), the true meaning of Sakura - people gathering under the cherry blossoms drinking and picnicking - I decided to visualise the seasonal phenomenon (and plan my celebrations for next year).
With more stores closing than opening in 2020, it is not surprising that UK high streets are left with empty retail units. Instead of leaving the spaces unused, developers are turning to new ways to use the space.
With the nation locked away, its not surprising we turned to the world of AR and VR. To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Pokémon, we delve into the phenomenon of Pokémon GO, and the impact on mobility and tourism alongside the growing presence of AR in the retail world.
Retail Places identify areas where potential customers are attracted to interact with a retail environment. Retail Venues sit within these to specifically define a concentration of retail within a retail place.
Mobile ping data is now integrated into MAPP allowing you to use real-life mobile activity data to inform your location decisions. Combining this with our Retail Recovery Index you can track retail recovery trends comparing against both regional and national averages.
The UK’s new indoor lifestyle has prompted a boom in the board game industry over the past year, building on past successes. Waiting to eat up this new demand are the country’s surviving board game cafés, provided we haven’t been too scared away from meeting up in person.
Covid-19 and lockdowns in particular have affected how the UK is shopping, predominately a surge in online shopping. Once lockdown is lifted, will we be itching to get back to the high-street or will online shopping continue to rise in popularity?
The pandemic has accelerated the so-called Retail Armageddon and we are facing a dramatic oversupply of retail space in the UK. The repurposing of vacant or declining department stores, shopping centres and high streets will require creativity and imagination, but it will also require data.
GEOLYTIX MAPP has been shortlisted for the Clouds Award 2020. Having grown considerably in the last 5 years, our bespoke predictive location intelligence and mapping tool is now used by many major retailers, leisure and F&B operators globally. We're eagerly anticipating the announcement next month
2021 and the UK woke up in another lockdown. We're interested to see how the retail industry is handling a second lockdown; our data already indicates some similarities with last lockdown. Will a preparedness for lockdown have any impact this time round?
Tesla reached record sales last year, narrowly missing its half a million target. And with Tesla's entry-level Model 3 sedans now being manufactured at the Shanghai Gigafactory, Tesla is staying on top of the Chinese electric-car sales leader board.
Retail Points is a comprehensive data set of supermarket and convenience store locations across the UK. Geolytix release this as open data allowing for unrestricted use, no licensing requirements and without cost.
2020 was a year we will never forget and it changed the way we socially interacted as a nation. The food industry was significantly impacted, which opened doors for an old British favourite...the milkman.
Anecdotally, town and city centres have been busy since England Lockdown 2 ended last Wednesday. We’ve been busy processing up mobility data from Saturday to see what it tells us about the 18,000 Retail Places we monitor.
Wednesday marked the end of England’s four-week Lockdown II. Many retailers will now be looking to salvage what they can following a tumultuous year. The run-up to Christmas is always a condensed & critical period but in 2020 this is exacerbated. So, what can we expect during these next three weeks?
While Thailand has been successful at managing the Coronavirus pandemic the economic toll has been high with a sharp decline in international tourist arrivals and falling private investment leading to a forecasted -7.3% contraction of GDP in 2020.
Across the country, 2020 has been challenging in a way that none of us expected it to be. Every village, town and city across the country has its own story of how the year has unfolded, and the impacts of COVID-19 have been felt.
The Wales Firebreak that came into effect on 23rd October attracted a great deal of media attention last week, with photographs of cordoned off ‘non-essential’ aisles a regular feature. But has the Wales Firebreak worked in terms of reducing activity?
As retailers increasingly take a more regional or even global view of multi-channel strategy, the importance of defining and applying a consistent data and analytical approach across borders has also increased.
How can you use data to identify ‘similar’ locations? For retailers, looking for areas similar to those with high performing stores, this may be a simple enough task. Counts of surrounding population, competition and demographic data lend themselves well to similarity modelling.