April-2023 Release Notes (04/03/23)

Welcome to the April 2023 Release Notes! 🐣🌻🌧️
No April fools here. Just more and more POI around the globe.
(2023-03-31/1680300762 shipped on 2023-04-03)

Highlights

  • +148K new POIs across the globe 🌍
  • +156 new brands across 67 countries 🌏
  • Update for SafeGraph Parking Lots 🅿️

Enhancements

SafeGraph is delivering more POI each month in countries around the world. This month SG Places has a grand total of 41,817,815, including POI with or without geometry, closed POI and parking lots. This is a net increase of 148,833 places from last month, including:

  • +83,603 in US 🇺🇸
  • +20,248 in JP 🇯🇵
  • +20,183 in GB 🇦🇺
  • +6,337 in FR 🇫🇷
  • +3,323 in MX 🇲🇽

Of course, you can always visit our Places Summary Stats to find more details on our continued growth.

Parking Lots

SafeGraph Parking Lots received a substantial update this month:

  • Refreshed polygons for the United States
  • Improved handling of large parking lots, especially those interrupted by streets
  • 3 additional sources for area specific parking lots

Brands

We've added a grand total of 156 brands across 67 countries. Some of the highlights:

Notable brands 🌍

  • Japan Post (SG_BRAND_96c822c86abc3400) with 19,824 POI ✉️
  • Le Drive Intermarche (SG_BRAND_7c863f9ef0879750) with 1,852 POI 🚗
  • Tiendas Neto (SG_BRAND_6f2682d035f0c682) with 1,506 POI 🛒

👀 Are we missing a brand or country? 👀 Please let us know here!

Brand Openings and Closings

  • We rely on POI metadata to track store openings and closings, and we are especially interested in understanding open/close dates for branded POIs. It can take more than a month to infer open/close dates, so we report brand open/close metrics on a one month delay.
  • In this release, we flagged 1,877 brands with at least one store closure in February 2023 and 1,942 brands with at least one store opening in February 2023:
    Learn more about our open/close columns here

Categories

The POI we've added this month span a wide range of categories, including the following additions:

  • POI with geometry:
    • Lessors of Residential Buildings and Dwellings (531110) with +44,969 POI 🏢
    • Postal Service (491110) with +19,864 POI ✉️
    • Supermarkets and Other Grocery (except Convenience) Stores (445110) with +6,496 POI 🛒
  • Point-only POI:
    • Commercial Banking (522110) with +15,968 POI 🏧
    • Financial Transactions Processing, Reserve, and Clearinghouse Activities (522320) with +5,640 POI 🏧
    • Couriers and Express Delivery Services (492110) with +3,828 POI 📮

Drops ⬇️

  • We are ingesting many sources and due to source changes and processing changes, Placekeys do drop over time. In this release, we dropped 100,902 Placekeys (48,820 branded and 52,082 non-branded).