Almost every week, we hear about a brand restructuring its retail store network. Most are downsizing, or rightsizing, their physical store estates, but some are seeking to open stores. It is representative of the considerable changes occurring across the retail landscape today, particularly in relation...

On June 20th 2019, the Central Statistics Office released the most detailed profile yet on Ireland's income distribution. What is especially interesting is that this is a geographical profile, paying particular attention to the spatial variation in wealth and income. We are particularly interested in the...

As consumers, we all want convenience; it makes our lives easier. Our pursuit of hassle-free shopping has led to the rise of online and click-and-collect channels, leaving bricks and mortar stores exposed. While they may offer the same products at a similar price, many of...

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...