Locations - Field censuses
The Codata database of locations comprises first and foremost field censuses carried out by the team of data collectors trained by Codata.
As a general rule, censuses are carried out at least once a year in all urban agglomerations that count more than 40,000 inhabitants in France, Belgium and Luxembourg. Regarding smaller or less consulted urban agglomerations, the censuses are carried out every two years. Regarding Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Switzerland, field censuses are carried out every three years.
In any case, the two last dates of census appear on top of each site index card, each location index card or while rolling over each location.
Locations - Exhaustive censuses
For each commercial site, Codata has defined a census perimeter that includes all main axes. It is defined largely enough to allow the user to understand the retail organisation within this perimeter. Censuses are exhaustive within the defined perimeters. This means that all units are analysed and taken into account, whether they are occupied or not by a shop and whether the shop belongs to a network or is independent.
Locations - Additional censuses
In order to complete the locations database, additional censuses are carried out in addition to the annual field visits in the defined perimeters. The aim of these additional censuses is to list and geolocate the shops that belong to distribution chains. In each country, these additional censuses are first of all carried out for retailers intending to play the role of an anchor store: food, DIY and department stores. They are then extended to other types of retailers.
Commercial projects – Field censuses and Annual programme of data collection
Codata identifies Projects during field censuses carried out by its team of data collectors and/or thanks to the daily work of the support team. This specialised team works on the basis of an annual programme and ensures information monitoring on commercial Projekts in the 10 countries studied by Codata.
Retailers - Annual programme of data collection
The Codata database of retailers is compiled by a specialised team. On the basis of an annual programme, this team is assigned with the update of every retailer index card.
Service providers - Annual programme of data collection
The Codata database of service providers is compiled by a specialised team. On the basis of an annual programme, this team is assigned with the update of every service provider index card. The team is also responsible for linking the sites, on which the service provider operates as owner, investor, developer, leaser, manager or advisor, to the service provider index card.