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Mapping & GIS

We use mapping tools for analysis and visualisation, and for preparing geographic data for modelling within consultancy assignments - they enable various logistics network design and location analysis such as:

  • Facility relocation and weighted "centres of gravity"
  • Visualise size of flows
  • Allocate customers between fulfilment centres or depots

Read our talk through of a typical logistics mapping project.

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We have also helped clients in sales and marketing:

  • Identifying customer hot spots
  • Prioritising sales leads
  • Competitor adjacency analysis

And in areas such as managing territories for field engineers.

Maptitude showing deliveries & depots

What is Maptitude and what else can it do?

Maptitude Geographic Information System (GIS) software is cost-effective comprehensive desktop mapping software from Caliper. With Maptitude you can:

  • Know exactly where your customers are and what sites are best for your business
  • Identify hot-spots, geographic patterns and trends that cannot be seen in database tables and spreadsheets
  • Use demographic data to model what additional business is likely to look like for your company
  • Ask questions of your data based on its location, specific attributes and/or what else is in the vicinity
  • Enhance your reports and presentations with maps and charts

You can see some of the other imaginative analysis and presentation options in Maptitude here on Caliper's website.


Maptitude Training

Maptitude includes extensive geographic data so you can get started as soon as you install the software. You can learn how to use Maptitude yourself - there is built-in help, the user manual is also comprehensive including many tutorials, and then there are plenty of helpful videos on Maptitude's site and on YouTube. However many people find that a more time-effective method is to undertake training.

Aricia provides UK-based in-company training aimed at getting you started with Maptitude and more tailored training for specific needs. Aricia's training is suitable for business users who need to create maps and analyse data in a geographic way, but who are not GIS experts (and don't particularly want / need to be!). The training is a mixture of some subjects that are covered in depth and awareness of other features so that the user can return to them as required.

Or, if you need assistance with something specific, we can help you with on-the-project coaching, so you come away with useful results immediately. Minimum 2 hours (=£220+VAT) or pro rata - we try to keep Friday mornings free for this.

Maptitude Tips

We usually change one of the tips every week or so:

Tip A: You can create really high quality maps for use in Powerpoint, for instance, by saving as .png – have a look at the "options" which allow you to increase the dots per inch.

Tip B: As well as creating 'buffers' around points for demographic analysis, you can also create buffers along the line of existing routes – useful in visualising eg potential backhaul opportunities and the data points can be easily exported for further analysis.

Tip C: There's a great new analysis tool in the 2021 version of Maptitude if you're interested in market share: the Huff Model. I've contrasted Asda & Waitrose in the map below - I've not weighted the stores at all, but you can do if you have a numeric field such as square footage. And you can either go for a contoured heatmap, as shown on Maptitude's page of new features, or a thematic shaded map by areas such as Middle Super Output Areas, as shown here. No surprise I'm more likely to shop at Waitrose, as there isn't an Asda for miles! NB Data from Geolytix free-to-use retail points.

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Maptitude showing Huff Model

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