On the 17 September, we told you about a survey we’re running to gather feedback on data formats. We want to make it as easy as possible to use OS products and to achieve this, we need your input.
We wanted to bring you an update on the responses so far and let you know that it’s not too late to have your say. If you use OS data, this a great opportunity to help shape the future of our products and make them easier to access and use. You will start to see outcomes based on this feedback next year, and it will also help us as we embark on the next generation of OS data products.
Feedback so far
The Royal Mail Postcode Address File (PAF) is an up-to-date address database, containing over 30 million UK postal addresses. It has numerous benefits, such as helping to verify addresses in seconds, making online transactions easier and ensuring that mail is delivered efficiently.
This is why PAF is an integral part of Ordnance Survey’s AddressBase. Combining the postal data of millions in the UK with local authority data, Unique Delivery Point Reference Numbers (UDPRN) and X and Y coordinates allows organisations to provide professional services to their customers, helping to increase the number of online sale conversions and lessening the risks of fraud.
We want to make it as easy as possible to use OS products. To achieve this, your feedback is vital.
When we introduced the new Public Sector Geospatial Agreement (PSGA), this was just the beginning of our plans to bring improvements and new developments to our users.
One of the cornerstones of the PSGA is introducing ‘new ways to access our data’. On 1 July 2020 we launched many new ways for customers to access our data including new products (such as OS Open UPRN), new pricing & licensing and the OS Data Hub, our new platform for accessing our authoritative geospatial data.
Postcode lookup software is used to help provide accurate address information. If a user is typing in an address, the postcode lookup tool predicts the correct address as you go, saving time and returning reliable results.
Why use a Postcode Lookup Software?
Using a postcode lookup tool can be very beneficial in a number of ways, this includes:
- Helping the user to find an accurate address, minimising the risk of typing errors
- Speeding up the process of entering information when using a website, improving the customer’s experience
- Ensures accurate data by providing up-to-date geographical information
- It’s easy to use and user friendly
- Decreases the chance of abandoned checkouts and helps to improve ecommerce conversion rate
Administrative expenses are a drain on revenue, but with ever-evolving technology simplifying what were once time consuming, difficult processes, the time, effort and money spent on administration is reducing.
At Ordnance Survey, our AddressBase address data is being utilised by our partners to create software and solutions that improve business processes for businesses across the world. As the most comprehensive addressing product on the market, AddressBase is used to meet a number of business objectives, including reducing administrative expenses. Here are a number of ways in which AddressBase does just that.
Logistics management is the process of delivering goods, services and information to the customer. It involves management of the supply chain, taking the goods from their place of origin all the way to the end user. Everything from sourcing the goods to delivering it to paying customers is included within the supply chain, and good logistics management can save businesses money and improve customer satisfaction.
There are some key considerations within logistics management:
- Sourcing the right quantity of goods
- Sourcing the right quality of goods
- Making the goods available to the customer at the right time
- Pricing the good appropriately for the customer
- Delivering the goods to the customer
Ecommerce is nothing new, but in a Covid-19 world, ecommerce has boomed. What this means, however, is that competition has also grown. With consumers increasingly turning to online shopping for everything from clothing to food, business owners need to be ready to capture every sale possible when a user visits their website. So, how exactly can business owners boost their ecommerce sales? Here are five techniques to turn website window shoppers into loyal, paying customers.
Part of the problem with online shopping is that there are so many horror stories of people being conned, products not being delivered or products not being as described on the website. The key to overcome a website user’s scepticism is to create visibility of genuine product reviews by real customers.
Following an extensive user trial, on 1 July we launched the OS Data Hub. As the new way to access our authoritative location data, it includes our new range of location APIs.
In the first week we were pleased to see hundreds of new customers sign up to try them out. We’re keen to see more use through our existing and new customers, so if you’re interested, sign up today. Keep reading to find out more about OS Identifiers.
OS Open Identifiers
Hopefully it’s not just us, but we definitely found ourselves spending more time and money on online shopping throughout lockdown. Thankfully when we get to the point of entering our address, placing our order and receiving our purchases, we don’t need to think about how any of this works.
The Geospatial Commission announced the Public Sector Geospatial Agreement (PSGA) in April, a contract which will see OS helping to generate significant economic value to the UK economy over the next 10 years. We’ve been working hard to ensure the first releases of new data, access and freedoms under the PSGA would be ready to deliver to customers on 1 July. We caught up with Chris Chambers, Head of PSGA at OS, to find out more and follow up on his last blog.
Chris, we’ve had public sector contracts before, what makes this different?
What numbers identify you and your belongings? Your National Insurance number? Your NHS number? Your Tesco Clubcard? Your postcode? Your number plate on your car? We are all used to unique letters and numbers to identify us in our daily life. At OS we also use a series of unique numbers and letters, called identifiers, in our location data, from buildings to streets to bridges.
We’ve been working to make more OS data open, including identifiers. Our data can then be used with other data held by local/central government and commercial organisations. With the identifiers to give a geospatial context, those combined datasets become useful information to make efficient decisions.