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    • Australia: WFH to a COVID safe workplace.

      Australia: WFH to a COVID safe workplace.

      15th February 2021

      We look at the effect 2020 has played on the workforce and employment patterns around Australia, a country on its journey out of lockdown.

    • Will the most walked path be the online high-street in 2021?

      Will the most walked path be the online high-street in 2021?

      8th February 2021

      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?

    • How to reinvent retail spaces for a more sustainable future?

      How to reinvent retail spaces for a more sustainable future?

      1st February 2021

      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.

    • MAPP shortlisted for best Business Intelligence & Analytics Solution at the Cloud Awards 2020

      MAPP shortlisted for best Business Intelligence & Analytics Solution at the Cloud Awards 2020

      27th January 2021

      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

    • Groundhog Day

      Groundhog Day

      27th January 2021

      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?

    • A 4-Month journey with Tesla: a change made on fuelling up

      A 4-Month journey with Tesla: a change made on fuelling up

      25th January 2021

      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.

    • Supermarket Retail Points

      Supermarket Retail Points

      18th January 2021

      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.

    • A bit more help than just the Milkman

      A bit more help than just the Milkman

      18th January 2021

      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.

    • Happy New Year

      Happy New Year

      13th January 2021

      2020 was tough for all, but we hope 2021 offers some brighter news.

    • Life After Lockdown

      Life After Lockdown

      9th December 2020

      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.

    • Did Somebody Say…It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas…

      Did Somebody Say…It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas…

      4th December 2020

      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?

    • Harnessing Mobility Data in Thailand

      Harnessing Mobility Data in Thailand

      27th November 2020

      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.

    • Senior Data Scientist

      Senior Data Scientist

      20th November 2020

      At GEOLYTIX we seek new and innovative ways to make spatial analytics accessible, exciting and indispensable. Our customers span the retail, financial, property, leisure and food & beverage industries, across the world.

    • Barnsley – the future looks bright for a town with real heart and soul

      Barnsley – the future looks bright for a town with real heart and soul

      19th November 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

      The Wales Firebreak

      4th November 2020

      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?

    • Consistency Across Borders

      Consistency Across Borders

      3rd November 2020

      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.

    • Tiers and Tears

      Tiers and Tears

      27th October 2020

      Since areas of the UK began entering local lockdowns in September, we have assembled these boundaries as a useful resource to track what is going on.

    • Historic England - High Street Heritage Action Zones

      Historic England - High Street Heritage Action Zones

      21st October 2020

      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.

    • Geolytix Town & Suburb Boundaries

      Geolytix Town & Suburb Boundaries

      12th October 2020

      A common remark we get from clients is their surprise that there is no official published source of suburb/town/city boundary. 8 years ago, Geolytix’s created the Town and Suburb data pack.

    • Geolytix scoop the ‘Data for Environment’ top spot at the Data IQ Awards

      Geolytix scoop the ‘Data for Environment’ top spot at the Data IQ Awards

      1st October 2020

      “Because once Green Spaces are lost, they are lost forever” - Fields in Trust

    • Geolytix Seamless Town & Suburb Boundaries

      Geolytix Seamless Town & Suburb Boundaries

      29th September 2020

      A common remark we get from clients is their surprise that there is no official published source of suburb/town/city boundary. 8 years ago, the first iteration of Geolytix’s Seamless Town and Suburb were created.

    • The road to recovery: monitoring UK Retail Recovery using MAPP

      The road to recovery: monitoring UK Retail Recovery using MAPP

      27th August 2020

      Town centres, high streets, retail parks & shopping centres across the UK are experiencing varying rates of retail recovery as lockdown eases.

    • Geolytix Retail Points - August 2020 - Including UK coverage of Spar

      Geolytix Retail Points - August 2020 - Including UK coverage of Spar

      25th August 2020

      As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, many supermarket store openings and closures for this quarter were delayed.

    • Geolytix Mapp: Spatial intelligence customised for you

      Geolytix Mapp: Spatial intelligence customised for you

      17th August 2020

      MAPP, our online mapping tool, allows anybody to use location data for business decision-making. The tool, which is accessed on an internet browser via unique login-credentials, is secure and available whenever and wherever you are.

    • How can data help our tourist towns recover?

      How can data help our tourist towns recover?

      10th August 2020

      We’ve been pondering this question at Geolytix. Here in our local state of Victoria, Australia, our tourist towns have been hit by the double whammy of horrific bushfires followed by the Covid-19 Pandemic.

    • The office, to be or not to be? Or is the real question... where?

      The office, to be or not to be? Or is the real question... where?

      29th July 2020

      Like many an office biscuit tin, ours is sadly on a career break.

    • Retail Trend in Mainland China - 2019 Review & Outlook

      Retail Trend in Mainland China - 2019 Review & Outlook

      22nd July 2020

      Over the past three years, the top 10 consumer cities in mainland China witnessed the opening of 437 brand new shopping malls – an average increase of 43 malls in each city! And that hasn’t taken into account any reopening’s after upgrading or redevelopment.

    • PRESS RELEASE: Geolytix Retail Recovery Index

      PRESS RELEASE: Geolytix Retail Recovery Index

      8th July 2020

      There seems to be a broad consensus on top-level recovery rates in the UK as lockdown eases. But every city, town, village, shopping centre, retail park and local parade has its own story.

    • Retail Recovery - Que Sera Sera?

      Retail Recovery - Que Sera Sera?

      29th June 2020

      We’re often asked what a good level of forecast accuracy looks like. The answer is always: it depends. Some things are hard to forecast. Really hard. Even harder than convenience store turnover. Like, will things ever return to normal?

    • COVID-19 and the rise of Click & Collect

      COVID-19 and the rise of Click & Collect

      19th June 2020

      I didn’t order anything in the first 10 weeks of lockdown, conscious that I didn’t want to pull a delivery worker out if it wasn’t an essential visit.

    • Geolytix UK Postal

      Geolytix UK Postal

      9th June 2020

      "For speed and certainty always use a postal district number on your letters and notepaper"

    • Tokyo’s Covid-19 Experience – What Happens Next?

      Tokyo’s Covid-19 Experience – What Happens Next?

      29th May 2020

      Tokyo today is likely to join the rest of Japan in having the coronavirus “State of Emergency” lifted.

    • Geolytix UK Retail Places

      Geolytix UK Retail Places

      22nd May 2020

      Geolytix Retail Places is the ultimate product for profiling, describing and modelling UK retail. The data set currently has 21,942 identified areas of retail reaching from City Centres to parades of 3 units. It continues to be a popular and established product since it's very first release in 2012.

    • Retail Points - Spar and Dunnes in Northern Ireland

      Retail Points - Spar and Dunnes in Northern Ireland

      17th May 2020

      We are releasing the 16th version of our open Retail Points data. For this update we have included Spar and Dunnes stores for Northern Ireland.

    • Retail Network Planners – Your World Needs You.

      Retail Network Planners – Your World Needs You.

      27th March 2020

      Retail powers our modern world. The bars, the shops, the gyms, the post offices, the coffee shops, the estate agents, the bookies, the car showrooms, the petrol stations, the pharmacists. Everything.

    • COVID-19, Community Spirit, Colleague Support and Candy

      COVID-19, Community Spirit, Colleague Support and Candy

      19th March 2020

      It’s not often that I get involved in blogs for Geolytix and you won’t hear much from me in the future but I thought I would take the opportunity to write one on this occasion. It's mainly to promote the difference that an enjoyable working environment & team can make to the wellbeing of its people.