The Cycling Market Data Service – on behalf of the Bicycle Association – is monitoring monthly sales and stock from almost 2,000 retail outlets selling cycling equipment. The Market Data Service covers almost 600,000 SKU products.
Investigation – What we do
The Bicycle Association (BA) is the national body representing the bicycle industry in the United Kingdom embracing manufacturers, distributors, and cycling retailers.
The BA work to enable their members businesses to perform better, as well as lobbying at local and national level to promote the societal value of cycling, and encourage increased funding for cycling travel. To do this effectively requires accurate, regular market data to inform the market and give the industry a stronger voice.
The result is the Market Data Service (MDS) designed to provide the BA’s members with high quality sales & inventory data – detailing brand, category and sector market share. The objective of the MDS is to monitor performance change and facilitate subscribers to understand their customers better and benchmark their own performance against the context of the market, helping them to grow their profitability.
To do this in a market as complex as the cycling industry with both specialist and speciality cycling retailers, and generalist & sports retailers required Sports Marketing Surveys’ expertise, database skills, and market knowledge.
Insight – How We Do It
In 2018, SMS was selected as the research partner to launch the UK Cycling Market Data service on behalf of the Bicycle Association. For two years, SMS has worked with a wide range of cycling brands, retailers and distributors to create a comprehensive reporting system to collect the sales data for all UK cycling products (Bikes, E-bikes, Parts, Accessories and Clothing and Servicing).
Data is being gathered monthly from almost 2,000 retail doors in the UK, covering nearly 600,000 individual products, with information back to the start of 2018.
Working with our partners, we designed a user-friendly interactive dashboard and downloadable market tables that allow businesses to compare their own performance against their peers on a range of sales and stock metrics while protecting the anonymity of all confidential sales information.
In 2020, the service has become fully operational following a gradual roll out with first results released in August 2019. The dashboard allows subscribers to evaluate their own current and historical performance in the context of the overall GB market cycling retail marketplace.
Action – How Clients And Partners Benefit
The project collects monthly sales data from specialty IBDs and generalist retailers featuring cycling – with over 18 million sales lines being aggregated at the time of launch
The volume and reach of the data makes the cycling MDS one of the most comprehensive retail audits attempted in the sports industry.
The results will support cycling retailers, brands, service providers and governing bodies for years to come. Already the data is being used by some of the biggest brands in the industry including manufacturers such as Giant, Trek and Raleigh, and major retailers in the UK including Wiggle, Halfords, Ribble and Argos, alongside many hundreds of independent retailers (IBDs).
SMS has worked with a wide range of cycling brands, retailers and distributors to create a comprehensive reporting system.
The data is being used by some of the leading manufacturers and biggest cycling retailers in the UK – featuring almost 2,000 retail doors
We are delighted with the active support and encouragement we have had from so many brands, distributors and retailers of all sizes. Today’s results are an important and exciting first step in revolutionising the cycling market for those supporters as well as the wider industry. Better data gives us more accurate and independent figures to build a stronger case for cycling at local and national level.
Steve Garidis – Chief Executive – Bicycle Association