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Taking on the giant: Redbox vs Netflix

| Chain Store Map, StatsMap | September 23, 2014

Welcome to StatsMaps, where every map tells a story!

redbox_kiosk

The closing of Blockbuster, North America’s mammoth video rental stores, has a lot of people seeing RED…REDBOX, that is!

Redbox,owned by Outerwall Inc. (OUTR), first made its appearance in the Washington Metropolitan Area in 2002, with a mere 11 video kiosks. By 2012, the number of Redbox kiosks had exploded to more than 42,000 in the United States and over 1,300 in Canada.

With the majority of them accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Redbox, provides a convenient and inexpensive service to movie-lovers and video game enthusiasts, alike.

With more than 42,000 Redbox kiosks in the  United States, Americans don’t have far to go to rent the latest movies and video games.

Redbox_USA_2014

Redbox Map USA – 42,172 locations

 The number of Redboxes in Canada grew from just 265 locations in 2012 to over 1300 locations in 2014.

Red Box Canada 2014 - 1308 Locations

Red Box Canada 2014 – 1308 Locations

Redboxes: just a trend, or here to stay?

While both Redbox and its major competitor, Netflix, offer DVD rental services, each has some pros and cons. For example, Netflix offers a wider variety of movies and television shows, free snail mail delivery to your home and no return dates. Redbox, on  the other hand, offers the convenience of grabbing new-release movies on your way out of the grocery store and many other retail locations. It just comes down to a matter of personal preference. But the big question is, will the uber convenience of streaming video kill the DVD rental services, altogether?

Redbox Instant: taking on the giant!

With the success of Redbox kiosks under its belt, Redbox Instant by Verizon is the new kid in the playground and it’s ready to take on Netflix, which is currently the world’s leading Internet subscription service for movies and TV shows. So how do they compare? Well, for $7.99 a month, Netflix subscribers can watch unlimited movies and TV shows streamed over the Internet to PCs, Macs and televisions. And, the expanding base of devices streaming from Netflix include Microsoft’s Xbox 360, Sony’s PS3 and Nintendo’s Wii, Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, as well as Apple TV and Google TV. All tolled, more than 700 devices can stream from Netflix! The Netflix database currently boasts more than 60,000 movies!

Redbox isn’t flinching, though. Its’ new video-streaming service, which made its debut in March of 2013, has been designed specifically with movie-lovers in mind. For $8 a month, Redbox subscribers can enjoy streaming movies plus four nights of DVD rentals every month. The same package deal through Netflix will run subscribers $16 a month. While Redbox Instant’s database of movies is about 55,000 compared to Netflix’ 60,000, it continues to grow daily.

The bottom line…

Redbox has grown exponentially over the past few years but, how long will those Redboxes be around now that Redbox Instant is available?

Will Redbox Instant streaming movies become a serious threat to it’s biggest competitor, Netflix?

What do you think?

P.S. Redbox Instant is not yet available in Canada.

Be sure to come back regularly for a new StatsMaps story. Please leave us a comment letting us know if you like our new StatsMaps feature! Also, if you have an idea for StatsMaps, let us know!

Gloria Sauve
Director of Marketing

Chain Store Maps – Walgreens and CVS Store Maps

| Chain Store Map, StatsMap | August 29, 2014

Welcome to StatsMaps, where every map tells a story!

With so many brands and locations to choose from these days, most of us have a favorite coffee shop, fast food restaurant and supermarket, right? With the corner drug store long gone, we now have a choice of pharmacies, too. That’s great news for consumers! But, what’s the difference between the two largest chains, CVS and Walgreens?

While both CVS and Walgreens enjoy a huge retail presence, there’s more to these two giants than meets the eye. But, first, have a look at the Red Lion Data location maps to give you a better idea of just how many there are.

WALGREENS PHARMACY STORE MAP

The total number of  Walgreens pharmacies, which includes those across the United States, Puerto Rico, District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands,  is currently at 8107 (Red Lion Data, June, 2014), with a heavier concentration in the eastern half of the United States.

Walgreens map

Walgreens map – click for large map

 

CVS PHARMACY STORE MAP

The CVS pharmacies number 7530 (Red Lion Data, July 2014), which includes those in the United States, Puerto Rico and Brazil. This number puts CVS  in a close second behind Walgreens. As with Walgreens, CVS shows a heavier concentration on the eastern half of the United States.

CVS Store map

CVS Store map – click for large map

 According to Fortune 500…

So, how do these two mammoth companies rank on the Fortune 500 scale?

cvs_logo_largeSurprisingly, despite having fewer locations, CVS ranks twelfth on the Fortune 500 scale, with total revenues of $126,761 billion and total profits of $4,592 billion

 

Walgreens logo

Walgreens comes in at 37th place, with total revenues of $72,217 billion and total profits of $2,450 billion.

That, folks, is a huge difference and, as they say, the numbers don’t lie. So, while CVS and Walgreens offer similar products and services, and both are responding to the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) by offering on-site primary care, why is CVS outplaying Walgreens?

First of all, make note of the fact that Walgreens is still the largest drug retailer in the United States. But, with an expanding business model, CVS is the largest retail health care provider in the country.

Walk-in clinics–they’re taking off like wildfire

Retail health care clinics first started springing up in the year 2000. However, the economic crisis put a hold on the initiative until the Affordable Care Act came into effect on March 23, 2010. As a result of that legislation more Americans now have access to primary health care than ever before. Hence, the need for more affordable primary care health services.

According to an article in Forbes, published  June 5, 2014, Walgreens  has 388 clinics in 19 states. Further, at the Forbes 2014 Healthcare Summit, the world’s most influential healthcare event, Walgreens did not announce future growth targets for its Walgreen Healthcare Clinics.

CVS currently operates 834 MinuteClinics (Red Lion Data, August 2014) in 28 states, with plans to open 150 more  this year and to have 1,500 in operation by 2017. This increase in MinuteClinics  will rival the 1600 retail clinics currently in operation across the country. 

 “MinuteClinic has earned a certain status among the healthcare establishment, forcing that establishment to recognize the retail clinic movement as a legitimate part of the health- care ecosystem,”  Tom Charlandof Merchant Medicine wrote in his report published this week. (Forbes June 5, 2014).

Red Lion Data

As the numbers of primary health care providers and pharmacies grow, Red Lion Data will continue to update its data.

Be sure to come back every week for a new StatsMaps story check the Red Lion Data catalogue regularly for new data sets. Please leave us a comment letting us know if you like our new StatsMaps feature! Also, if you have an idea for StatsMaps, let us know!

Gloria Sauve
Director of Marketing

Red Lion Data Launches Location Data Download Subscriptions

| News | April 24, 2014

Friday, March 7th 2014

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Red Lion Data, one of the world’s leading providers of business location and POI data for the Canadian and U.S. retail industries, is now offering subscription-based access to their catalog of over two thousand retail brands, totaling more than 2 million retail locations.

Customers may subscribe to the entire catalog of data, or pick and choose from specific verticals, such as restaurants, pharmacies, supermarkets and chain stores.

“Every subscription includes unlimited downloads, access to all new store location data and all updates to existing data,” explained Red Lion Data’s CEO, Peter Rochon, “subscribers also enjoy priority support and amazing discounts. Our customers asked for bulk-data pricing and we are thrilled to offer our new subscription plans. Our catalogue expands every day with new retail brands, increasing the value of the subscriptions and ensuring our customers have the most up-to-date data.”

Red Lion Data’s customers include retail consultants, marketing professionals, app developers, online publishers and providers of location-based services. The data is pivotal to making informed, strategic business decisions for expansion, as well as identifying the most effective areas for promotion. The company can also create custom data sets according to client requirements.

“Our data is widely used in application mash-ups, mobile apps; business locator services; business directories; geo-mapping products and services; market and competitive analyses; and business intelligence,” said Rochon.

Consistently chosen by businesses of all sizes, Red Lion Data is committed to providing value to its customers, by recognizing the need for quality location data that is available for immediate download. The company’s repeat customers and rapidly expanding client base are testimony to the company’s quality and service.

Red Lion Data Advantages

Red Lion Data has over 2 million individual retail and restaurant store locations, covering all major retail channels.

Customers typically use the location data for site selection, competitive analysis, mapping, merchandising, marketing campaigns, and logistics. The databases are updated daily with new store locations and changes to existing store locations.

Dedicated to providing the most detailed, accurate and up-to-date information possible, Red Lion Data’s databases, are compiled and verified using a variety of highly efficient methods.

Industry standard formats for easy importing, complete addresses for each retail chain, instant downloads, and superior customer service, are just some of the reasons why Red Lion Data’s customer base continues to expand with new and repeat customers.

About Red Lion Data:
Red Lion Data is a leading online provider of retail location data bases and POI data. Consistently chosen by businesses of all sizes, Red Lion Data is committed to providing value to its customers, by recognizing the need for quality location data that is available for immediate download. Custom data sets are also available upon request.

For more information about us, please visit http://www.redliondata.com

Contact Info:
Name: Gloria Sauve
Email: info@redliondata.com
Phone: 613-882-1708

Chain Store Maps – Shoppers Drug Mart Canada Locations

| Chain Store Map, StatsMap | October 2, 2013

Welcome to StatsMaps, where every map tells a story!

This week’s buzz is all about the acquisition of Shopper’s Drug Mart, Canada’s largest retail pharmacy chain, by Loblaws, Canada’s largest food retailer.

On September 16, 2013, by final order of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Loblaw and Shopper’s Drug Mart became one big happy family! The cost: $12.4 billion. Although completion of the arrangements is conditional on compliance with Canada’s Competition Act, it is anticipated that the deal will be completed before the end of the first quarter of 2014.

So what’s the big question on the minds of Canadians? “What about my Optimum points? “The good-news answer is  that the Shopper’s Optimum program might be kept or merged with PC Plus or PC Points within the next three years after the sale closes.

Shopping will be even easier! After the sale is closed, Loblaw will stock Shoppers Drug Mart Life brand products and President’s Choice products could appear on Shoppers Drug Mart shelves. Life brand products might also show up at other Loblaw stores like Real Canadian Superstore.

So, it’s all good news for Canadian shoppers. And, remember: hang on to  your Optimum, PC  and PC Plus points cards!

Check out the StatsMaps below to see the Shopper’s Drug Mart locations across Canada and the Territories, and be sure to click on it for a closer look.

 

Map of Shoppers Drug Mart Canada Locations

Map of Shoppers Drug Mart Canada – 1318 locations

 

Be sure to come back regularly for a new StatsMaps story. Please leave us a comment letting us know if you like our new StatsMaps feature! Also, if you have an idea for StatsMaps, let us know!

Gloria Sauve

Director of Marketing

Chain Store Maps – Tim Hortons vs Starbucks

| Chain Store Map | June 26, 2013

Every map tells a story!

Welcome to StatsMaps, a brand new feature here at Red Lion Data.
This week we’re going to find out just who likes their coffee more–Canadians or Americans.
Check out the StatsMaps below, and be sure to click on them for a closer look.

Wow! Americans really like their coffee! Or, do they?

Tim Hortons has 3,422 locations in Canada

Starbucks has 11,174 locations in the USA

With the current population of 35 million, there is one Tim Hortons coffee shop for roughly every 10,000 Canadians.
The current population of  the United States  is 316 million, which means there is one Starbucks for roughly every 28,000 Americans.

Who woulda thunk?

And now, for a little history! 

Tim Hortons USA Locations

Tim Hortons has 804 locations in the USA

Starbucks Canada Locations

Starbucks has 1228 locations in Canada

It was  in 1984 that Tim Hortons opened its first U. S. restaurant in Tonawanda, N. Y. Since then, Timmie’s (as it is lovingly referred to in Canada) has made a push for major expansion into the U.S., with 804 locations in  Indiana, Maryland, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia–and many more to come! And, by the way, for you Canadian snowbirds vacationing in Florida, you can now get your Timmie’s fix in Tampa Bay!

Way back in 1987, the first Starbucks opened at the Seabus Skytrain Station in Vancouver.  But, it wasn’t until 1996 that Starbucks began its Canadian expansion, when it opened five new locations in Toronto, Ontario–all on the same day!  As of July 2013, there were 1,228 Starbuck’s locations in Canada, from Victoria, British Columbia to Toronto, Ontario; from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to its most northerly coffeehouse in Whitehorse, Yukon.

Be sure to come back every week for a new StatsMaps story. Please leave us a comment letting us know if you like our new StatsMaps feature! Also, if you have an idea for StatsMaps, let us know!

Gloria Sauve

Director of Marketing

 

Map of the Week–Red Lion Data in Action!

| Red Lion Data in action | April 2, 2013

April 1 brought more great news for Red Lion Data. No April Fool`s jokes, here!

The much read on-line news magazine, The Loop by Sympatico, published a fascinating article entitled, Target vs. Walmart: Canada’s big box battle

The article, which appeared in the Map of the Week section, features a map showing the 371 Walmart locations across Canada–data provided by Red Lion, thank you very much–and the locations of their newest and most fierce competitor, Target.

The  Target vs. Walmart map is just one more example of how Red Lion`s location data is being used in today`s high-tech marketplace.

Take a minute to read the article and check out the map.

Gloria Sauve

Director of Marketing

P.S. Before you go, have look at the range of services  offered by Red Lion, or browse our catalog. You can search by retail name or ask us for a custom list. It`s just that easy at Red Lion Data!

Gloria Sauve
Director of Marketing

It’s a wonderful time of the year!

| Christmas Messages | December 21, 2012

The holiday season is upon us and everyone here at Red Lion Data would like to thank you—our clients and partners—for a very successful year.

Over this past 12 months, our client base has grown significantly and our data catalog has increased by 400 per cent. Your support and patronage have been immeasurable.

We are delighted to have some well-deserved holiday time with family and friends and we wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year.

We look forward to serving you well in 2013 and beyond.

Warmest regards,

Peter Rochon
CEO, Red Lion Data

Over 1 Million business and POI locations

| Milestones, New datasets | September 26, 2012

1 Million Locations

1 Million Locations

Red Lion Data is celebrating!!!
Our data catalog now includes over one million business locations and, it`s growing daily!

Our location data includes retail stores, chain stores, restaurants, banks and much more. Subscribers benefit from increased value as new location lists are added to the catalog.

Also, we now include store hours, when available. Our entire catalog is being refreshed with this new added value.

Please note we offer great discounts for customers who order multiple lists.

We`d like to thank all of our loyal customers for your suggestions and feedback. Keep them coming!

Peter

 

Red Lion Data celebrates several milestones reached in 2011

| Milestones | January 31, 2012

 

2011 was a great year at Red Lion Data!

 

  • Successful  launch – July 2011
  • First customers secured in August
  • 50% increase in vistorship every month since launch
  • More than 500,000 stores and restaurants locations captured in 2011 (6 months in operation). Wow!
  • We now offer location lists for over 600 businesses – stores and restaurant –  for USA and Canada, and our library keeps growing every day.
  • Our revenues are increasing nicely,  thanks to our growing list of customers.

The Future:

Red Lion Data`s mission is to continually deliver quality data to our loyal customers. We have some exciting products and services planned for 2012.

Stay tuned…

Peter

Visualizing location data on a map

| Location Map | August 18, 2011

Location datasets can be useful in many ways. One interesting way is visualizing all locations on a country map.

There are many free and premium services that allow you to upload csv files (datasets) and plot the addresses on a map.

Below is Burger King`s 293 Canada locations on a Google map.
Click on the image for a larger view.

 

Burger King Canada Locations

Burger King Canada Locations

Peter

First batch of datasets live today

| New datasets | July 26, 2011

Kicking off the week with our first batch of datasets.  You can now securely purchase and download the csv files.  We have new datasets in  various categories from Coffee Shops to Supermarkets and Clothing Stores.

Hope you find these valuable.

Don`t forget we also take request for custom datasets.  So if you need one please contact us.

Peter

Welcome to Red Lion Data

| Welcome | July 23, 2011

We hope you find this service valuable.

Stay tuned, many more datasets coming soon.

Visit our Services page to request a custom dataset.

Peter

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