That’s no moon…it’s a Data-Planet!

data planet logoLippincott Library has a new resource for your data needs: Data-Planet. Data-Planet offers a wide array of statistical and economic data – you can find everything from historical prices of oil and natural gas, to annual lobbying expenditures by US lobbyists, to the number of houses built in a given year, to the average travel time to work in a particular state. You can even combine multiple data sets to look at them side-by-side.

But how do you find data? You can start broad with a keyword search to find any data sets with those keywords in the title or description or you can browse through the available data by topic or by source. For example, click Browse by Subject to browse through Data-Planet‘s Banking, Finance, and Insurance or Housing and Construction data. Click Browse by Source to look at their data from the World Bank, the IMF, Dow Jones, and many other sources.

international statistical overviewYou can click the magnifying glass to the right of the search bar to find US State Statistical Overviews and International Statistical Overviews. From there, click a state or country to generate a list of all available data sets about that state or country. If you get lost, just click Help in the upper-right corner to find a map – you can check Data-Planet‘s general Help Guide or look through their subject-specific guides.

So now that you know how to find data, let’s talk about what you can do with it. Once you choose a data set or two, you can visualize the data as a trend chart, pie chart, ranking bar graph, or a map. You can also look at the data in a table, add custom columns to the table, and export the data in a variety of formats.

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Let’s say you want to compare the median listing price, median sale price, and median home value per square foot for all homes in Philadelphia County. Drill down through Browse by Subject – Housing and Construction – Zillow Real Estate Metrics – Other Metrics, then hold the Ctrl key and click each data set of interest to select multiple data sets. You can look at the whole data set, or use the filters at the top of the screen to limit your results to data from a specific state or county. Other data sets let you filter by industry, commodity, agency, bureau, and more.

real estate mapData-Planet‘s default visualization is a trend chart like the one above, but just click another visualization option to switch. The map visualization is particularly useful for granular data sets like real estate data, because much of the real estate data in Data-Planet goes to the county, zip code, or census-block level. You can even create a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) for any data visualizations you create in Data-Planet. The DOI records the date and time a particular visualization was created and acts as a permanent identifier anyone can use to cite your visualization. I created a DOI for the chart above, and you can check it out here: https://doi.org/10.6068/DP160527497B239.

These are just a few things you can do with Data-Planet. From looking at data across state lines or industries, to mapping demographic information, there’s a whole planet’s worth of data for you to explore. And if you get lost, you can always contact a Lippincott Librarian for help.

It’s a buyer’s market: Using IBISWorld’s Procurement Reports

Whether you’re looking for a basic industry overview, for market research on a niche industry, or for the competitive landscape in a specialized market, you’ve probably looked at an IBISWorld  industry report.  IBISWorld doesn’t just offer market research through their industry reports collection – they also offer research on industry supply chains through their procurement reports. Here’s how you can use IBISWorld‘s procurement reports in your research.

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To find procurement reports, go to IBISWorld and click the “Login” button to the right of the “Procurement Reports” banner. (Note: You can only access one of IBISWorld‘s collections at a time. You need to go back to IBISWorld‘s homepage to switch between the Procurement Reports and Industry Reports collections.) Now you can keyword search for a specific report or browse the full report collection.

wind power performanceIBISWorld‘s procurement reports are visually and structurally similar to their industry reports, and the procurement reports offer supply chain information that complements many of the available industry reports. For example, IBISWorld offers industry reports on several aspects of wind energy production, including “Wind Turbine Manufacturing in the US”. This report focuses on industry and company performance, covering industry growth and trends along with major companies operating in this industry.

However, a complementary procurement report on “Turbine Repair and Maintenance” focuses on pricing and buyers who are supporting this industry, covering the average cost of wind turbine repair services and analyzing whether buyers looking for this service are entering a buyer’s or seller’s market. In this case, growth is down in the wind turbine manufacturing industry so there aren’t many new turbines to maintain or repair. But there are a large number of turbine maintenance and repair companies competing for work, so prices for repair and maintenance services are being driven down. In other words, it’s a buyer’s market.

scorecardIBISWorld‘s procurement reports also cover the purchasing process for that industry at the end of each report. This is a valuable instructional section that covers lead time for purchasing a product or service, offers a “Buying-Decision Scorecard” to help decide how much to weight factors like cost and qualifications when choosing a supplier, and includes sample negotiation questions for vetting a potential supplier.

IBISWorld‘s Procurement Reports collection is a great resource for researching company and industry supply chains along with industry dynamics. Looking at a procurement report for an industry alongside its industry report is a great way to look at that industry from another perspective, or to see how different parts of an industry affect each other. Check out the Procurement Reports collection next time you’re looking for industry supply chain information.  If you’re not sure where to start, you can always ask a Lippincott Librarian for help.

Find all the news that’s fit to print in Factiva

Looking for the latest issue of the Wall Street Journal? Want to know what reporters for the New York Times have to say about a recent IPO? Interested in how local newspapers are covering a small company or a new business? Factiva has you covered, offering access to a variety of newspapers, magazines, and web news sources, with coverage of many publications going back to the 1980’s. Factiva includes three search options: Search Builder, News Pages, and Company/Markets.

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Need a Lyft?: The Market for Ride-Sharing Apps

So you’ve heard about Uber’s latest round of VC funding or Lyft’s expansion into a new city, (or the latest scandal Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has caused), and you want to know more about the market for ride-sharing apps and the companies running them. With 93% of millennials saying they plan to continue using Uber despite the company’s recent bad press, these companies aren’t going anywhere.

Lippincott Library subscribes to databases that offer statistics, information about VC funding, market share, and user demographics for the companies operating in this market. As you search, note that databases often use different terminology to describe this market. Try searching ride-sharingride-hailing, car-sharing, and sharing economy to find information about this market.

PrivCo offers excellent coverage of Uber, Lyft, and other ride-sharing companies. Their company profiles include a company description, company financials, sources of funding, a list of investors, competitors in that market, and news and analysis about the company. While it can be tough to find financial information on startup companies like Uber and Lyft, PrivCo offers relatively comprehensive financial information for each company it profiles. (Note: You will need to set up an account based on your Penn email to access PrivCo.)

eMarketer also provides great coverage of Uber and other ride-sharing companies, offering a variety of statistics, narrative reports, and news stories. From a report on “What Lyft’s Funding, and Uber’s Struggles, Mean for the Sharing Economy” to statistics on why consumers use ride-sharing services or which apps they use most often,  eMarketer is a good resource to use. Try searching Uber,  Lyft, ride sharing, and ride hailing to find more information.

Thomson ONE has some useful analyst reports on Lyft, Uber, and other ride-sharing apps. To find these reports, click “Screening & Analysis” and then “Research”. Search for ride-sharing or ride-hailing in “Title”, or search for sharing in “Title”  and then click the And drop down menu to  add another search row and search Lyft or Uber in “Title/Text”.

If you want to dig into each company’s market share, use Market Share Reporter. Search ride hailing to find statistical tables  including “Ride-Hailing Industry, 2014“, “Ride-Hailing Apps in China“, as well as “Business Travel Transportation, 2014-2015” which includes market share data for Uber and Lyft.

IBIS World has industry reports on “Taxi and Limousine Services in the US” and on “Limousine and Town Car Services” that mention how Uber and Lyft are affecting these industries. You can find these reports by searching Uber, Lyft, and ride-sharing. While ride-sharing companies only comprise an estimated 6% of these markets, 6% of a nearly $11 billion market is nothing to sneeze at.

Mintel Oxygen also offers great coverage of consumer markets and products, including the market for ride-sharing apps. Try searching UberLyft, and ride sharing to find reports on the way ride-sharing apps have affected insurance companies, car rental and travel companies, and driven digital trends and new business models.

Feel free to contact Lippincott’s business research librarians with questions about researching this or any other market or industry!

Hungry for More: Researching the Online Food Delivery Market

how do you order food for deliveryWhen was the last time you used Seamless, Grubhub, or another one of the many online food delivery apps and services available? If you’re anything like me, or the 13% of American consumers who usually order food through a mobile app, it was probably last weekend. If you want to learn more about how these companies are changing the food delivery market, Lippincott Library is a good place to start.

Lippincott Library subscribes to databases that offer a variety of statistics, consumer demographic information, and market research about the online food delivery market. As you search, note that databases often use slightly different terminology to describe this market. Use search terms such as online food delivery, online-to-offline food delivery, online foodservice, and consumer foodservice to find information on this market.

Statista provides a wealth of statistical and narrative information about the online food delivery market. Search online food delivery and online foodservice to find a dossier covering online food delivery services in the US, along with statistics about many aspects of online food delivery. Statistics include which online food delivery company has the biggest market share, which company is most popular with consumers, and even the most common food people order online.

Mintel Oxygen offers market research reports and info-graphics on a variety of consumer services and products, focusing their coverage on the U.S. and the U.K. A quick search will bring you a comprehensive report on The Online Foodservice Consumer.  This report covers barriers to entry, opportunities, and consumer demographics for this market. Search online food delivery to access this report and others related to this market.

Passport GMID offers global coverage of market research and statistics on many consumer services and products, including foodservice. You can use Passport GMID in two ways: 1) to find every publication and statistic about a particular industry or 2) to find any publication or statistic that mentions a specific term. For option 1), go to “Search Full Tree” and drill into “Categories and Topics”. Scroll down to “Economic and Consumer Topics”, and start drilling into the “Digital Consumer” category. For option 2), try searching online food delivery, online foodservice, and consumer foodservice remote purchase to find category briefings, industry overviews, and news stories about this industry.

Thomson ONE  focuses on companythomson one information and includes analyst reports,  several of which cover the online food delivery market. To find these reports, click “Screening & Analysis” and then “Research”. Search for publicly traded companies such as Grubhub or search for keywords, for example, online food delivery in the “Title/Text” search box. Limit your search to industry reports and find coverage of the market as a whole rather than coverage of specific companies in this market.

EMIS provides international coverage of the online food delivery market, including a mix of market research and popular news coverage of this market. Search online food delivery to find comprehensive market research reports such as a recent report on the “Online Food Delivery Market in India 2017” along with news stories like a recent article about halal certification for online food delivery services in the United Arab Emirates.

Our technology industry-focused databases Gartner and Forrester also cover some aspects of this market, like customer experience, digital payment and digital wallet products, and delivery technology such as delivery drones.

I hope this whets your appetite to learn more about this rapidly growing industry. As always, contact Lippincott’s business research librarians with questions about researching this or any other industry!

Mapping Your Way through Reference USA

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If you’ve spent any time with our Company Information research guide, you know  Lippincott Library has a number of company directories. Reference USA has a few unique features that make checking it out well worth your time. Reference USA offers comprehensive coverage of both currently operating and closed businesses, and coverage of historical businesses from 2003 forward. Reference USA doesn’t just cover businesses. It also indexes the U.S. and Canadian White Pages, and tracks consumer lifestyles, moves, and home purchases. Also, Reference USA verifies all of its information by calling the businesses it indexes.

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Now that you’ve seen the numbers of businesses in Reference USA, let’s take a look at what you can do with them. Reference USA’s strength is the number of search criteria it offers to help you generate a customized list of businesses or consumers, and the visualizations it can generate from your custom results lists.

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If you’re looking for a specific person or business, the quick search will meet your needs, but Reference USA’s advanced search is its real strength. You can search across any or all of Reference USA’s business records, which covers over 44 million currently operating and closed businesses.

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In advanced search, you can limit your results by all of the standard search filters: company name, executive name or title, business or industry type (SIC code, NAICS code, or a keyword), by business size, number of employees, type of ownership (public or private), or by a business’s sales or financial data. But you can also limit your results with some Reference USA-specific filters like a business’s web presence or lack thereof, what social media platforms a business is active on, the size of their Yellow Page ads, or the square footage of their facilities.

 

You can also limit your results by geographic location. Reference USA offers the standard City, State, Region, and Zip Code geographic search filters, but their most interesting geographic search filter is the “Map Based Search” filter at the top of the list.

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This search filter allows you to draw your own custom geographic region on a map of the United States and limit your search to that area. This search filter is particularly helpful for searching sections of states that aren’t part of traditional metro or city regions or for searching multiple custom or separate geographic regions. For example, I want to search for businesses in Pennsylvania around Pittsburgh and the surrounding area and also in Pennsylvania and New Jersey in Philadelphia and the surrounding area. I can do that with Map Based Search much more easily than with more traditional geographic search filters because I can draw an outline the area(s) I want to search directly on the map.

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When you’ve drawn lines around all the areas you want to search, you can apply your Map Based Search limit along with any of the other search limits. Click view results in the upper right corner, and you’ll generate a list of every business that meets all of your criteria.

 

You can click into each individual record for a detailed company description and history, and you can download any or all of these company records. (Downloads are limited to 250 records per batch if you’re using ReferenceUSA on-campus, and 150 records per batch off-campus. If you want to download company records in bulk, you also access ReferenceUSA’s company records through InfoGroup in WRDS.) You can also analyze these company records by each company’s SIC Code, city, zip code, sales volume, and number of employees, and you can generate a heat map of your results to analyze areas of concentration.

 

Now that I’ve mapped out how to use Reference USA, I hope you’ll check it out. Lippincott Library subscribes to a number of company directories, but Reference USA’s unique search filters and data visualization tools make it a powerful tool for researching a specific industry or geographic area. Whether you want to see where new businesses are opening up, check out the competition in an industry, or find out how many businesses are in a non-traditional geographic region, Reference USA can help.