At the Checkout grocery conference in Dublin in February, a number of themes repeated in the presentations from the global industry experts. One such theme was the growing importance of convenience. Time is critical to the busy consumer and, along with an increased concern about...

Photograph: “Good Cheap Fast”  — Poster by Mr-Cup I attended the Checkout Conference 2018 in Dublin on the 13th February to get my regular update on trends in the grocery world, and indeed, on retail in general. Many of the speakers covered common themes. Most notable were those...

Last week some of our location analysis team were on location in London to attend an event run by our friends at Geolytix, who were marking the arrival of the Chinese New Year with an event that looked at retail location analysis across Europe and...

  Plan, Optimise, Monitor and Market your Store Network Storecast 4.0, UK & Ireland latest version is coming out in Q1 2018, now incorporating three SAAS modules: Sentry – monitor your store network, competitor network, and changes in omnichannel trading patterns vs target performance. Builder – design and rightsize...

The detailed Census 2016 Small Area Population Statistics are out today. We have written before why we’re excited about this dataset. We are digging through the data now, and in the next few days, we will begin updating our models and analytics engines with this new...

The CSO published more Census 2016 data last week, Profile 3 – An Age Profile of Ireland. We are eagerly awaiting the publication of all the other census data at the extremely detailed Small Area level which is due later this month. In the meantime, this publication contains a...

The 2015/2016 Household Budget Survey was released by the CSO yesterday, 21st June. Based on thousands of detailed expenditure diaries carried out over a year, it is used to update the basket of goods, and the item weights, that comprise the Consumer Price Index. HBS...