• 2018 holiday eCommerce season: will Irish eCommerce sales live up to industry expectations?

    Posted by Monika Ghita | Nov 20, 2018

    As Black Friday approaches, the 2018 holiday season is already shaping up to be one of the best in years for Irish retailers. Footfall in the first ten days of November is up 2% on 2017 figures. Consumer spending in 2018 is growing at a steady pace and projected to further increase by 4%, and this year eCommerce sales are expected to grow by a further 11%.
    Consumer confidence in Ireland is high, unemployment is low, and disposable income has increased by about 5% a year in each of the past three years. This strong economy is setting the stage for a spending surge this holiday season.

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  • Eircode Q218 Housing Supply Update

    Posted by Pat Donnelly | Aug 08, 2018

    There really isn't any good news in these figures, the increase in available residential units is insufficient to meet demand, and the rate of increase is not enough to provide optimism that it will meet demand this year. There was an increase of 4,563 residential ​units in the second quarter, with a further 10,285 under construction. This compares with 3,581 new residential units in the same quarter last year (increase of 27%) and 6,189 under construction (increase of 66%).

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  • Eircode at Three: the quiet success story

    Posted by Pat Donnelly | Jul 10, 2018

    As Eircode celebrates its third birthday on 13th July we review the two most common Eircode questions: how often is it used, and who is using it?
    Our customers ​made over 100 million Eircode address lookups in the past year. The vast majority of these are via our real-time address capture control deployed on Customer websites.
    This compares with 35 million in the prior 12 month period, a year-on-year increase of 188%
    Our mobile app continues to go from strength to strength, used regularly by twelve thousand courier/delivery drivers every month

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  • Eircode Q118 Housing Supply Update

    Posted by Pat Donnelly | May 14, 2018

    There was an increase of 3,867 residential ​units in the first quarter, with a further 9,266 under construction. This compares with 3,452 new residential units in the same quarter last year (increase of 12%) and 5,875 under construction (increase of 57.7%). The good news is there is a marked increase in construction activity, the bad news is that it has yet to translate into a marked increase in available residential units.

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  • Serverless in GIS

    Posted by Caoimhín Blake | Mar 07, 2018

    Autoaddress has leveraged serverless architecture to generate and serve spatial data, provide real-time API status on a map display and process batch file requests. All achieved with lower cost, reduced maintenance, improved stability and instantaneous scalability when compared with traditional cloud GIS server-based solutions.

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  • Eircode Q417 Housing Supply Update

    Posted by Pat Donnelly | Mar 07, 2018

    We have analysed the Eircode Address Database (Quarter 4 2017) to ​establish the increase in total residential units in Ireland in 2017. There was an increase of 4,372 residential addresses from October to ​December. The full year increase in residential units for 2017 was 16,047, with a further 8,158 under construction. This compares with figures of 14,889 and 5,387 for 2016, an increase of ​7.8% in new residential units with a ​51% increase in units under construction. The breakdown by County...

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  • What can we learn from the recent Black Friday weekend?

    Posted by Monika Ghita | Dec 06, 2017

    Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become a global sensation over the past few years. For decades it has been a store-based American holiday and now, with the popularity of online shopping, it has taken over the world, with shoppers getting great deals from the convenience of their computer screens.

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  • Eircode Administrative Boundaries Update

    Posted by Pat Donnelly | Dec 04, 2017

    One of the most useful tables in the Eircode Address Database is the ADMINISTRATIVE_INFO table. You can determine if a building is in a Gaeltacht area, or what Local Authority its in. Most usefully you can use it to link to the Census to get information at Electoral Division and Small Area level. We have incorporated the latest data that provides compatibility with Census 2016, you'll need to make a minor change to how you call our API to upgrade to the latest data.
    When Eircode was launched the latest Census was 2011. Census 2016 has been released and Eircode have added fields to the latest ADMINISTRATIVE_INFO table to return both the original administrative data related to Census 2011 and updated data provided by Ordnance Survey that relates to Census 2016.
    As described in the Eircode Product Guide and Release Notes for Q317 the existing fields have been overwritten with the new 2017 data. The previous data is now stored in separate columns with _2015_ added to the column name. This is a major change, but it was well flagged in the Q217 release notes by Eircode.

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  • Eircode Q317 Housing Supply Update

    Posted by Pat Donnelly | Dec 01, 2017

    We have run queries against the Eircode Address Database (Quarter 3 2017) to ​establish the increase in total residential units in Ireland in 2017. There was an increase of 4,642 residential addresses between July and September. This brings the year-to-date increase in residential units for 2017 to 11,675, with a further 7,074 under construction. This compares with figures of 10,410 and 5,226 for the equivalent period in 2016, an increase of 12% in new residential units with a 35% increase in units under construction. The breakdown by County...

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  • What can Eircode tell us about the Housing Market?

    Posted by Pat Donnelly | Sep 11, 2017

    Can we use the Eircode database to ​establish the increase in residential units in Ireland in 2016? While it is obvious that building a new apartment block will increase the number, it is less obvious that a change of building use from residential to commercial or from a number of flats to a single residence will decrease the overall housing stock. To arrive at our figure we calculated the increase in residential addresses at the end of 2016 compared to the end of 2015, excluding all properties marked as under construction.

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