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Join GEOLYTIX for a Chinese New Year celebration on 5th Feb, 6pm, London

You are invited to attend this Chinese New Year event, being run by GEOLYTIX, one of our two main sponsors.

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  • Date: Tuesday 6th February
  • Time: 3pm
  • Venue:The Royal Geographical Society – Kensington Gore, Kensington, London SW7 2AR

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“Join us for location/network planning presentations with an international theme, networking and drinks.

We already have about 70 location planners planning to attend, so quite a ‘gathering of the tribe’. If you could let us know if you can make it that will help us be sure to get enough food and drink arranged.

If nothing else, you will get to see, up close, this magnificent 17th Century Chinese map of the world.”

To book, please email Sarah Hitchcock

Introduction to Spatial Data & Using R as a GIS, Oxford, 1st Dec

CDRC logoUniversity of Oxford – 1st December 2017 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

The course will cover an introduction to R, how to load and manage spatial data and how to create maps using R and RStudio. We will show you appropriate ways of using classifications for choropleth maps, using loops in R to create multiple maps and some basic spatial analysis.

We will be using RStudio to work with the R environment. By the end of the course you will be able to load data into R, represent it effectively and be able to prepare an output quality map.

This course is ideal for anyone who wishes to use spatial data in their role. This includes academics, commercial users, government & other public sector researchers who have data with some spatial information (e.g. address, postcode, etc.) which they wish to show on a map. This course is also suitable for those who wish to have an overview of what spatial data can be used for. No previous experience of spatial data is required.

No experience of spatial data, GIS or scripting required. Some basic experience of using Google Earth / Maps would be beneficial.

Please note this course can be taken as a one-day course, or can also be taken in conjunction with another one-day course on 20 November 2017.

For further information or to register for the Oxford course please visit our website.

Introduction to Spatial Data & Using R as a GIS, Liverpool, 21st Nov

CDRC logoUniversity of Liverpool – 21st November 2017 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

The course will cover an introduction to R, how to load and manage spatial data and how to create maps using R and RStudio. We will show you appropriate ways of using classifications for choropleth maps, using loops in R to create multiple maps and some basic spatial analysis.

We will be using RStudio to work with the R environment. By the end of the course you will be able to load data into R, represent it effectively and be able to prepare an output quality map.

This course is ideal for anyone who wishes to use spatial data in their role. This includes academics, commercial users, government & other public sector researchers who have data with some spatial information (e.g. address, postcode, etc.) which they wish to show on a map. This course is also suitable for those who wish to have an overview of what spatial data can be used for. No previous experience of spatial data is required.

No experience of spatial data, GIS or scripting required. Some basic experience of using Google Earth / Maps would be beneficial.

Please note this course can be taken as a one-day course, or can also be taken in conjunction with another one-day course on 20 November 2017.

For further information or to register for the Liverpool course please visit our website.

Location Analysis – International Perspectives, London, 21st November, 2017

  • Host: Marks & Spencer
  • Address: 5 Merchant Square, London, W2 1AS
  • Nearest tube: Edgware Road
  • Date: TUESDAY 21st November
  • Time: 6pm for 6.30pm start; 8.00pm networking
  • Networking afterwards at The Lockhourse, 3 Merchant Square

Introduction

This October meeting will explore a number of international perspectives affecting location analysts. Despite Brexit, overseas retail interest in the UK remains high. We consider the locational implications of inward retail investment, looking both at the luxury retail sector and at home improvement/DIY. We also take the chance of reviewing innovations in European data sources relevant to analysts, courtesy of Geolytix. Three speakers will present their perspectives on this topic and the session will conclude with the SLA’s annual best student dissertation awards.

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  1. “Forecasting for New Brand Entry”
    by Kerry Smith, Network Planning Manager, Bunnings
  2. “The Geography of luxury retail & opportunity markets for 2018”
    by Marie Hickey, Savills
  3. “Global data to support location analysis”
    by Blair Freebairn, Chief Executive Officer, GEOLYTIX

Speakers include:

  1. Investment activity & the global luxury sector: Marie Hickey, Director of Retail & Hospitality Research, Savills (http://www.savills.co.uk/blog/author/33494/Marie-Hickey)
  2. Forecasting for new brand entry: Kerry Smith, Network Planning Manager at Bunnings, UK (https://www.linkedin.com/in/smithkerry1/)
  3. Global data to support location analysis, Blair Freebairn, Chief Executive Officer, GEOLYTIX (https://geolytix.net/?team)

SLA Student Awards

We will also take the opportunity of awarding this year’s SLA Student Awards at the meeting. This is an opportunity to reward graduate students as well as final year undergraduate students who have achieved excellence in the broad field of location analysis. The awards are open to students registered at UK Universities in the 2016/17 academic year and undertaking dissertations or extended projects involving location analysis.

You can read more here: https://thesla.org/the-sla-awards-2017/

SLA is sponsored by CACI and GEOLYTIX. We are grateful to them and to Marks & Spencer for providing the venue for this meeting.

Email info@thesla.org to register your interest.

Speakers’ Biographies

Marie Hickey, Director of Retail & Hospitality Research, Savills

Marie Hickey is a Director of Savills Commercial Research specialising in Central London retail and UK Hospitality sectors. She has a special interest in understanding retailing brands, wider global drivers and consumer trends in order to gain insight into the evolving retail and hotel landscape.

Kerry Smith, Network Planning Manager at Bunnings, UK

Kerry Smith has been Network Planning Manager for Bunnings UK since October 2016, where she has been building a team and developing the tools and processes required to lead the property strategy for Bunnings as they look to adapt and expand the original Homebase network across the UK and Ireland market. Before Bunnings, Kerry has held Property and Customer Insight roles at Sainsburys, Argos and Coles Group, Australia.

Blair Freebairn, Chief Executive Officer, GEOLYTIX

Blair has built gravity models for 10 of the 15 largest retailers the last 20 years. Previously head of analytics at MapInfo UK, in September 2011 he took the plunge, and set up his own business focused on helping businesses solve problems where location matters – GEOLYTIX was born.

Email info@thesla.org to register your interest.

Introduction to QGIS: Understanding and Presenting Spatial Data, Liverpool, 20th Nov

CDRC logoUniversity of Liverpool – 20th November 2017 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

This course will introduce spatial data and show you how to import and display spatial data with the free open source GIS program QGIS. We will also show you how to create choropleth maps and explain appropriate methods of visualising spatial data. We will also cover some basic spatial data analysis (e.g. calculating rates).

This course is ideal for anyone who wishes to use spatial data in their role. This includes academics, commercial users, government & other public sector researchers who have data with some spatial information (e.g. address, postcode, etc.) which they wish to show on a map. This course is also suitable for those who wish to have an overview of what spatial data can be used for. No previous experience of spatial data is required.
No previous experience of GIS or QGIS is required, but some experience of using spatial data will be beneficial.

Please note this course can be taken as a one-day course, or can also be taken in conjunction with another one-day course on 21 November 2017 (Liverpool) or 1 December 2017 (Oxford).

For further information or to register for this course please use the link for our CDRC Training and Capacity building website.

Retail Location & Customer Analysis 2017, Oxford, 15-17 March 2017

The changing retail landscape is characterised by uncertainties affecting consumers, technologies and competition. The store is not dead. However, stores need investment, focus and creativity in order to make them attractive places to shop.

In just five weeks, Oxford’s Retail Location & Customer Analysis 3-day workshop considers these issues head on.

Why not join us?

For over 30 years, the Oxford Institute of Retail Management, based at the University of Oxford’s Said Business School, has offered analysts, as well as managers with oversight of or day-to-day responsibility for planning and development, the opportunity to explore current thinking in retail location & customer analysis. Past participants on this workshop have been drawn from analysts and managers amongst retail, finance and other consumer services, property and retail professional service firms. Participants come from across the world and build global networks and understanding.

The programme forms part of the training offered by the ESRC’s Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC). The intensive three days are led by Jonathan Reynolds, Academic Director of OXIRM and Associate Professor in Retail Marketing at University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School in collaboration with Dr David Rogers from DSR Marketing Systems in the US.

  • Jillian Elder Walgreens’ Director of Enterprise Location Intelligence, will provide us with insights into market management and site location strategy within Walgreens Co.
  • Ben Dimson, Head of Retail Business Development at British Land will discuss his latest research on ‘The True Value of Stores’
  • Tim Pickworth, Location Planning Manager, Marks & Spencer, will speak about the firm’s experience of gravity modelling, alongside our partners GeoLytix
  • Professor Alex Singleton from the University of Liverpool will share insights into data integration and talk about ‘Open data/e-resilience’
  • Dhiresh Bhardwa, Business Manager, International Location Strategy, at CACI will discuss international experience and case studies.

Alongside these keynote speakers, other contributors will discuss:

  • Navigating the new retail landscape
  • The Analogue method in a digital age
  • Scenario planning for location analysis
  • The changing role of the location planner
  • … and more!

This is an excellent opportunity to discuss and debate the future of the sector with world-leading faculty and professionals. You will share expertise with senior level peers from across the globe and build your ongoing network.

Download the course brochure here.

If you, or a colleague, are interested in joining us, or in hearing more about the workshop, please contact Claudia Seiler (claudia.seiler@sbs.ox.ac.uk) or visit the workshop’s web page, here, for regular updates: http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/faculty-research/oxirm/workshops-and-training/rla

An Introduction to Small Area Statistics and Geodemographic Segmentation, 16 Nov

Description of course

This 1-day short course provides an introduction to open source georeferenced population data from the UK and geodemographic segmentation.

A mix of lectures and practical tasks equips participants with an understanding on how to obtain and analyse small area data to achieve a good understanding of neighbourhood characteristics. The course also teaches participants how to conduct statistical segmentation techniques in order to produce a composite geodemographic classification.
The practical sessions will provide an introduction to downloading and handling small area population data, and then proceed through a number of techniques used to segment and analyse geodemographic characteristics using multivariate population data. The final session will also teach participants how to visualise their data spatially using a geographic information system. The sessions will use open source software (namely R and QGIS), although no prior experience in these tools is required as a prerequisite.

Contact: Please contact Guy Lansley for further information g.lansley@ucl.ac.uk

Venue: Please note this event is being held at the University of Liverpool in London.

Registration Fees:
Students – £60.00
Staff employed within University, public sector, charitable sector – £100.00
All other delegates – £300.00

Booking link:
http://www.oxforduniversitystores.co.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&catid=148&prodid=593

More info:
https://www.cdrc.ac.uk/events/an-introduction-to-small-area-statistics-and-geodemographic-segmentation-2/

Format innovation & retail real estate, London, 5th October, 2016

Venue: DAC Beachcroft LLP, 100 Fetter Lane, London DAC Beachcroft LLP, 100 Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1BN
Nearest tube: Chancery Lane
Time: 6pm for 6.30pm start; 8.00pm networking

This is a joint SLA/SPR event. This October meeting will explore some of the physical & spatial consequences for retail real estate of the innovation and transformation of the sector. With innovations ranging from pop-up stores to reconfigured & refurbished shopping centres; and new distribution and logistics requirements for the omnichannel, the task of understanding the evolving footprint of the retail ecosystem becomes ever more complex. Three speakers will present their perspectives on this topic and the session will conclude with a panel discussion.

Speakers include:

Download the presentations

SLA Undergraduate Awards

We will also take the opportunity of awarding this year’s SLA Student Undergraduate Awards at the meeting. This is an opportunity to reward final year undergraduate students who have achieved excellence in the broad field of location analysis. The awards are open to final year students registered at UK Universities in the 2015/16 academic year and undertaking dissertations or extended projects involving location analysis. You can read more here: https://thesla.org/student-undergraduate-awards/

SLA is sponsored by CACI and Geolytix. We are grateful to them and to DACB for providing the venue for this meeting.

To reserve your place to attend this free event please email info@thesla.org

Speaker’s Biographies

Ben Dimson, Head of Retail Business Development, British Land
Ben Dimson is Head of Retail Business Development at British Land, having joined the company in 2011 as a Strategy Executive. Prior to that, Ben worked as a strategy consultant with Bain & Company, having completed an MBA at London Business School. Ben also sits on the board of Broadgate Estates, a property management company owned by British Land.