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    • The changing retail landscape

      The changing retail landscape

      30th March 2021

      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.

    • Census 2021 - A big day for data

      Census 2021 - A big day for data

      19th March 2021

      With census day soon approaching on Sunday the 21st of March, we thought we'd get Blair's take on this once in a decade event.

    • Apprenticeship Reflection

      Apprenticeship Reflection

      17th March 2021

      After joining the team in August 2019, I have completed my Level 4 Analyst apprenticeship and was awarded a Distinction. I thought it would be time to reflect on my time at Geolytix so far.

    • Welcome to the (Amazon) Jungle:

      Welcome to the (Amazon) Jungle:

      9th March 2021

      Thursday 4th March 2021 marked a pivotal moment for the UK grocery market. After years of spinning at the rumour mill, ‘Amazon Fresh’ quietly launched their first store on this side of the Atlantic. Ealing has inadvertently become the epicentre for ‘hyper-convenience’ - but will Amazon thrive?

    • International Women & GEOLYTIX

      International Women & GEOLYTIX

      8th March 2021

      To celebrate International Women's Day, I thought it would be a brilliant time to celebrate all the fantastic women in the GEOLYTIX team

    • The Geography of Pokémon GO

      The Geography of Pokémon GO

      26th February 2021

      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.

    • Global Retail Places

      Global Retail Places

      25th February 2021

      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.

    • MAPP Q+A: Location Intelligence for Location Planning

      MAPP Q+A: Location Intelligence for Location Planning

      24th February 2021

      Jasmin, our MAPP product manager, answers some of our most common MAPP related questions

    • Weekly Retail Recovery feeds and activity hotspot maps in MAPP

      Weekly Retail Recovery feeds and activity hotspot maps in MAPP

      24th February 2021

      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.

    • Playing to win: Board Game Cafés and the Communal Meeting Space

      Playing to win: Board Game Cafés and the Communal Meeting Space

      22nd February 2021

      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.

    • Geolytix Supermarket Retail Points V19

      Geolytix Supermarket Retail Points V19

      18th February 2021

      Our comprehensive data set of supermarket and convenience store locations across the UK, Retail Points, has now been updated and released the 19th version.

    • 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

      Waking up in 2021, 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.

    • Data Analyst Role

      Data Analyst Role

      8th December 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, in and outside the UK.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.