A more social experience - quantifying trends in UK shopping centres

30 July 2019 by James Anderson

As shoppers increasingly value the convenience of online shopping and look to physical retail space for socialising, UK shopping centres are slowly changing their offer for consumers.

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It’s a small world after all – the increasing demand for world cuisines in the UK

20 May 2019 by James Anderson

The palettes of restaurant-goers appear to have changed dramatically over the last three years. Back in 2016, Local Data Company data showed that the fastest growing cuisine at that point was American/Burger restaurants (chains like TGI Fridays, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Byron among other burger restaurants and steakhouses) but the scene has changed significantly since then. In 2019, American restaurants have fallen to become one of the fastest declining restaurant categories highlighting the nation’s changing tastes, but also the saturation that took the bite out of the burger market.

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The impact of the extinction rebellion protest on Easter footfall in London's West End

29 April 2019 by James Anderson

Last week saw hundreds of passionate 'Extinction Rebellion' protesters hit the streets of London, protesting to raise awareness of the impact of climate change across the world. The impact on traffic, commuters and businesses has been widely reported, with retailers' sales being hit hard during the week. I wanted to take a look at the impact on footfall across this area, with our SmartStreetSensors being active in this area, comparing the Easter week last year (week 13) and the slightly later Easter this year (week 16). Here are some of my top-line findings:

 

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Moving in: the trend for retailers sharing space continues

20 March 2019 by James Anderson

Retailers sharing space (concessions or store-within-a-store) is not necessarily a new concept. Historically we have seen a plethora of brands operating under one roof in department stores, which until more recent times has been a successful channel for many retailers. However, with recent market changes, the need for retailers to think outside the box for new ways to share space has given rise to a whole range of possibilities

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What impact do Christmas markets really have on footfall?

07 February 2019 by James Anderson

Christmas is once again a distant memory - we’ve taken down our trees, put away the decorations and Britain’s festive market stalls have closed until they are dusted off once again at the end of this year. We’ve seen big changes in the last decade in Christmas markets; an increase in number, duration, size, and ultimately popularity, but the key question still remains – are Christmas markets having a significant impact on footfall levels?

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Technology in the leisure sector - is it too little too late?

09 January 2019 by James Anderson

Wherever you look, whether it is your weekly online shop, your digital wallet on your phone or your Smart TV, it is clear to see that technology is making its way into every aspect of modern life 

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Black friday footfall analysis

28 November 2018 by James Anderson

Love it or hate it, Black Friday is one of the major retail events of the year with some retailers offering huge discounts across products in a bid to attract shoppers to their stores. Insight Analyst James Anderson reviews the data from our network of SmartStreetSensor footfall devices to understand the footfall trends for this year compared to 2017.

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