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Location Analysis - Efficient Assessment of Your Branch and Retail Networks

Location analyses help ensure you select the right location and make the right decisions for your future success in your expansion and branch network planning. They allow you to make more accurate sales forecasts for your branch and retail network.

WIGeoGIS assesses existing and potential locations based on real figures. These figures include regional market densities and market shares. Further key figures include market data, such as number of residents, employees, footfalls, competitors and purchasing power.

WIGeoGIS helps you with the following analysis and consultation modules:

  • Correlation analysis: what factors are relevant to your success?
  • Generation of location reports
  • Scoring models
  • Branch network optimization
  • Sales forecasts through gravity analysis

It is essential to first determine the relevant location factors and their varying relevance. WIGeoGIS will help you determine exactly what factors are important for your business. Thus, geomarketing analyses provide objective and comparable results for each individual location.


Scoring Model for Location Analyses

Scoring models make an objective comparison of the profitability of different locations possible. Location factors are normalized and reference values are determined.

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With gravity analysis, sales probabilities can be calculated per branch location

Gravity Analysis for Location Planning

Gravity analysis makes location-specific sales forecasts possible based on individual location and attractiveness factors.

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Location Allocation Models in Location Planning

Location allocation models help retailers optimize the planning of a nationwide branch network.

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 Find the relevant data for your analysis

Find the relevant data for your location analysis

You can statistically check what environmental factors influence the success of a location with a geostatistical correlation analysis.

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Location Analysis: Methods and Consultation

Location Reporting: All the Relevant Facts at a Glance

Location reports provide a quick, qualitative summary of the structure of each catchment area. Location profiles are the perfect tool to help you make the right decision in your branch network and expansion planning and to objectively assess the opportunities and risks of an investment.

You define the contents and structure of your custom location report together with the WIGeoGIS experts. You are then provided the desired data for a specific location, for example as an on-demand service from WiGeoGIS.

If you prefer, we will also be happy to show you how to generate automated location reports yourself in Esri ArcGIS for Desktop. If you require regularly updated figures on the spot, we recommend our WebGIS: WIGeoLocation will provide your custom location exposé in just 3 easy steps.

Correlation and Regression: Which Location Factors Make a Branch Successful?

At the beginning of a geomarketing analysis, it is often asked which market and address data is really meaningful. An initial geostatistical analysis helps answer this question. It shows which location related factors positively or negatively influence the success of a location. Regression analysis provides information about how much the success of a location depends on the environment. This is an important prerequisite for licensing reliable market and address data and for valid further analysis.

Location Scoring Model: Which Locations are Really Profitable?

Scoring models are ideally suited for the assessment of branch or retail networks in terms of actual market potential. For scoring, all the location factors are normalized and assigned a reference value (score) for each location. Thus, it is clear at a glance how high the potential is in the catchment area of each location. The individual location-related factors can also be weighted differently.
You can subsequently compare the performance of existing locations with the achievable market potential, making it clear:

  • Which locations are successful from an objective point of view?
  • Which locations need to be optimized?
  • Where should branch relocations occur?

A scoring model is also ideally suited for benchmarking the potential of existing branches or possible new locations. Locations considered for closure can be tested to see if they are truly achieving their full potential.

Branch Network Optimization and Retail Network Optimization

If a location network is to be optimized or restructured, different what-if scenarios are considered:

  • What is the optimal distribution of the branches in the market area?
  • How many locations are needed to best supply the market and where should they be positioned?
  • Where is there potential for new locations without cannibalizing existing branches?
  • How many locations can the current market situation still support ?

The simulations are compared to the existing branch network. Thus, it is made clear which sites should be retained in any case and where there are additional high potential locations. The results provide recommendations as to which branches should be merged, relocated, expanded or closed. A successful branch network restructuring is always based on up-to-date market data and regional sales figures.

Sales Forecasts Through Gravity Analysis: To Make Statements About the Profitability of Locations

WIGeoGIS supports you with location-based sales forecasts. Gravity models make it possible to realistically simulate customer traffic and therefore sales probabilities. Such models use microgeographic inhabitant and household figures as well as information on the regional consumer potential, be it the retail purchasing power or the product-specific purchasing power.

A decisive factor for a meaningful analysis is always the definition of attractiveness for each location, including your own locations and those of the competition. The attractiveness of a location includes information such as retail space, product range, number of employees and cash registers and available parking. Based on the distance, on the location of the demand and on the attractiveness of the sales location, gravitational analysis shows the chances of a potential customer visiting the sales location and thus provides clear statements on the expected sales.

Sales forecasts are dependent on the company and the industry. WIGeoGIS has extensive experience with predictive analysis and works with you to design your individual forecasting model. We determine the model parameters and their weighting together with you in a workshop. Ultimately, the combination of methods used depends on the industry and the defined goals.

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The Right Tool for Location Analysis

WIGeoGIS also helps you with your daily location analyses and assessments with WebGIS software, digital maps and regional market data.

WIGeoLocation for Your Analysis
8 of 10 location decisions made with the help of geomarketing are successful. Without Geomarketing, the success rate drops to just 5 out of 10.


WIGeoGIS supports your location assessment with extensive know-how. WIGeoGIS offers three different solutions. 1) A full service solution in which WIGeoGIS performs all the analyses for you and provides you with the results. 2) Our online solution WIGeoLocation. For GIS professionals, WIGeoGIS offers a modern web-based software solution. WIGeoLocation guides the user to a custom location report in just 3 easy steps. 3) WIGeoGIS provides you with a desktop software solution including all the necessary regional market data, personal training for you and your team and programs individual extensions as required for automating recurring tasks.
WIGeoGIS relies on an extensive set of methods for location analysis and planning. This includes the calculation of catchment areas based on road networks, distance matrices, reachability analysis, scoring models, gravity analysis, multivariate regressions and location-allocation models. The relevant mix of methods in a particular case depends on the one hand on the existing data, and on the other hand on the objectives and requirements that have been defined. For years now, WIGeoGIS has been performing location analyses for numerous companies in a wide variety of industries.
Which market and address data are relevant for your location analysis depends on your individual requirements. In addition to population figures, information about footfalls and traffic volumes, B2B potential and population projections are also suitable. Above all however, the right mix of up-to-date detailed potential data and regional company data ensures particularly accurate location analyses. Additional distance-related factors, such as the distance to competitors and footfall generators and public transport stops or information about possibly cannibalizing your own locations improve the quality of the analysis.
Yes, at the beginning of a location analysis the respective catchment area must be determined. The way in which that is done is highly dependent on the goal of the analysis. The common variants are the calculation of a catchment area based on travel time (e.g. 10 minutes by car), calculation of a catchment area based on a specific regional market potential (e.g. 10,000 inhabitants) or a gravitational analysis. Alternatively, catchment areas can also be determined based on the distribution of customers.