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South Africans are spending less on their weekly shopping trip

South Africans are spending less on their weekly shopping trip

23/05/2019 - 09:44
Tiger Brands, which carries brands including Koo canned foods, All Gold, and Tastic rice, said that revenue from continuing operations fell 2% to R15.4 billion in the interim period. read more
Bidcorp expects higher food inflation in SA

Bidcorp expects higher food inflation in SA

23/05/2019 - 09:16
Global food-services group Bidcorp expects rising food price inflation in SA, where food producers and retailers are grappling with higher costs and low selling price increases. read more
Another recession in 2019 is probable, warns Old Mutual economist

Another recession in 2019 is probable, warns Old Mutual economist

22/05/2019 - 10:21
SA will probably enter another recession given the weak performance in the first quarter of 2019, Old Mutual Investment Group chief economist Johann Els warned. read more
Tiger Brands reports lower sales in wake of the listeriosis crisis

Tiger Brands reports lower sales in wake of the listeriosis crisis

22/05/2019 - 09:29
Tiger Brands, which was named as the culprit in the 2018 listeriosis outbreak, says sales in the six months to end-March edged lower because of a slump in processed-meat sales and weak revenues from outside SA. read more
Bangladesh factory oversight deal risks worker safety, say unions

Bangladesh factory oversight deal risks worker safety, say unions

21/05/2019 - 16:35
The end of an international arrangement aimed at ensuring the wellbeing of Bangladeshi garment workers is likely to undermine safety by making factory owners responsible for maintaining standards, trade union leaders said.  read more
Fine and rare South African wines to go under the hammer in unprecedented Strauss & Co auction

Fine and rare South African wines to go under the hammer in unprecedented Strauss & Co auction

21/05/2019 - 16:08
Strauss & Co’s inaugural Fine Wine Auction, to be held in partnership with online retailer WineCellar.co.za and leading Sommelier, Higgo Jacobs, takes place at 3 pm on Saturday 8 June 2019 at Strauss & Co’s offices in Johannesburg when a selection of the finest South African wines will be offered. It forms part of a week of art and wine and follows after Strauss & Co’s first Saturday Live art auction which takes place in the morning. read more
Pick n Pay's partner Velokhaya expands to include feeding scheme for 200 children daily

Pick n Pay's partner Velokhaya expands to include feeding scheme for 200 children daily

21/05/2019 - 15:50
Almost 500 Pick n Pay Head Office employees – in partnership with Mellon Educate – volunteered their time and skills to build a kitchen and dining area at Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy in Khayelitsha last week. With this new facility, Velokhaya will launch a daily feeding scheme for around 200 children.  read more
Nike and Adidas join 173 US shoe retailers in call to avoid ‘catastrophic’ tariffs

Nike and Adidas join 173 US shoe retailers in call to avoid ‘catastrophic’ tariffs

21/05/2019 - 12:23
Nike, Adidas, and other footwear giants urged President Donald Trump to reconsider his tariffs on shoes made in China, saying the policy would be “catastrophic for our consumers, our companies and the American economy as a whole”. read more
US jealousy sparked trade wars, says Chinese ambassador

US jealousy sparked trade wars, says Chinese ambassador

21/05/2019 - 10:48
The US is jealous of China’s rapid economic growth and achievements in the past few years and was using the trade wars to frustrate and stall it, Lin Songtian, the Chinese ambassador to SA said. read more
Rhodes Food Group reports slight decline in net profit

Rhodes Food Group reports slight decline in net profit

21/05/2019 - 09:59
Rhodes Food Group, which makes Bull Brand corned meat and Bisto gravies, says profit after tax was slightly down in the six months to end-March despite better sales. read more
Walmart reveals plans for a new corporate campus

Walmart reveals plans for a new corporate campus

20/05/2019 - 17:04
Corporate America has been under political pressure to ramp up investments at home. read more
Pioneer Foods’ shares plunge to six-year low on earnings decline

Pioneer Foods’ shares plunge to six-year low on earnings decline

20/05/2019 - 16:24
Shares in Pioneer Foods, which makes Sasko bread and Ceres juice, plunged to a six-year low after the group said it was struggling to pass on higher costs to consumers. read more
Canal Walk launches new brand campaign #CWSquad featuring local social media icons

Canal Walk launches new brand campaign #CWSquad featuring local social media icons

20/05/2019 - 14:32
Since their rise in popularity in the mid-20th century, shopping centres in this day and age tend to reflect the communities they serve; delivering on daily wants and needs, as well as acting as central meeting points for young and old.  read more
Barcoding the retail world

Barcoding the retail world

20/05/2019 - 10:32
In our daily lives, we hardly give the barcode a second thought. We only really come across it when we’re shopping and even then, it’s merely a ‘bunch of lines and spaces’ that helps us process the transaction and buy an item. read more
5 critical steps for a successful BI implementation

5 critical steps for a successful BI implementation

20/05/2019 - 09:55
Decision-makers understand that data drives the digital business. And one of the most efficient ways to extract value out of this is through business intelligence (BI). But in a real-time world, companies can ill afford to spend months on an implementation. However, by following several essential steps, turnaround time can dramatically improve, yielding results faster. read more
Technology makes end-to-end supply chain visibility and predictive analytics a reality

Technology makes end-to-end supply chain visibility and predictive analytics a reality

20/05/2019 - 09:31
Line of sight is the biggest challenge for all aspects of the supply chain, from the manufacturer to the wholesaler, distributor, and the reseller and even to the end consumer. This lack of visibility and resulting lack of control results in a number of issues, from stock losses to pricing inflation, uncertain availability and increased time to market.  read more
Pick n Pay launches Cricket Super Cards

Pick n Pay launches Cricket Super Cards

20/05/2019 - 09:02
As the country’s excitement builds to back the Proteas, Pick n Pay has launched Cricket Super Cards for all South Africans to get to know their favourite cricket players.  read more
IQOS becomes first electrically heated tobacco product to qualify for sale in U.S

IQOS becomes first electrically heated tobacco product to qualify for sale in U.S

17/05/2019 - 16:29
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed that IQOS, Philip Morris International’s electrically heated tobacco system, is appropriate for the protection of public health and has authorized it for sale in the United States. FDA’s decision follows its comprehensive assessment of PMI’s premarket tobacco product applications (PMTAs) filed with the Agency in 2017. read more
Alibaba beats analyst estimates as recommendations boost sales

Alibaba beats analyst estimates as recommendations boost sales

17/05/2019 - 09:38
The Alibaba Group posted quarterly revenue and earnings that topped analyst estimates as personalised recommendations drive consumer spending across its shopping sites. read more
Contraction in economy looms in the first quarter

Contraction in economy looms in the first quarter

17/05/2019 - 09:16
Weak performances in the retail, mining and manufacturing sectors, which bore the brunt of the most severe power cuts the country has experienced yet, indicates that the economy contracted in the first quarter of the year. read more
Richemont lifts dividend 5% as online platforms boost sales

Richemont lifts dividend 5% as online platforms boost sales

17/05/2019 - 08:52
Richemont chair John Rupert says group sales rose 27%, 'reflecting growth across all business areas and distribution channels.' read more
Taking stock of fashion's $210bn inventory problem

Taking stock of fashion's $210bn inventory problem

16/05/2019 - 11:08
Fashion retailers are faced with a dilemma: to keep up with the demands of 'fast fashion' they need rapid stock turnover. But what do they do with the surplus? read more
Retail sector barely budged in March

Retail sector barely budged in March

16/05/2019 - 09:54
Consumers were under pressure in March with a 74c/l hike in the petrol price and slightly higher inflation. read more
Egg Films' & One Show awardee creates nostalgic new TVC for Cadbury

Egg Films' & One Show awardee creates nostalgic new TVC for Cadbury

16/05/2019 - 09:45
Hot on the heels on a spate of accolades for his short film ‘Vuka’, including a merit certificate from the prestigious One Show, Egg Films' Zwelethu Radebe has drawn on memories of his childhood to create a new TVC for Cadbury that will tug on South Africa’s heartstrings. read more
Plastic bags to be banned at some of SA's biggest malls, including Sandton City

Plastic bags to be banned at some of SA's biggest malls, including Sandton City

16/05/2019 - 09:07
JSE-listed real estate giant Liberty Two Degrees (L2D), which owns some of South Africa's top shopping malls, says it will implement a "no plastic shopping bag" policy at its malls by 1 January 2020. read more
Dischem's employee strike costs it more than 75m

Dischem's employee strike costs it more than 75m

16/05/2019 - 08:31
Dis-Chem Pharmacies says a strike by employees that lasted nearly five months shaved up to R76.4m off its profits in the year to end-February. read more
Sorbet chain boosts Brian Joffe's Long4Life in year to February

Sorbet chain boosts Brian Joffe's Long4Life in year to February

15/05/2019 - 15:08
Brian Joffe’s Long4Life says its Sorbet beauty and grooming business boosted profits in the year to end-February as the chain’s salons for male customers gained traction. read more
Amazon partners with UK's Next for click and collect service

Amazon partners with UK's Next for click and collect service

15/05/2019 - 09:07
Amazon has teamed up with British clothing chain Next to offer a network of stores where the US online retail giant’s UK customers can collect their parcels. read more
Spar lifts dividend after 'strong' interim performance

Spar lifts dividend after 'strong' interim performance

15/05/2019 - 08:53
Spar Group has hiked its half-year payout to shareholders by 5.2% on the back of “a strong performance” in the six months to end-March. read more
Against all odds: how a Shoprite supported small food garden feeds a whole community

Against all odds: how a Shoprite supported small food garden feeds a whole community

14/05/2019 - 14:32
Started by five local women from the Tumahole township on the outskirts of Parys in the Free State, Phahamang Basadi food garden has been providing fresh and affordable vegetables to the community since 2017. read more
Stellenbosch Wine Routes reflect on a challenging, but ultimately rewarding 2019 harvest

Stellenbosch Wine Routes reflect on a challenging, but ultimately rewarding 2019 harvest

14/05/2019 - 09:51
In 2018, the Western Cape experienced the crescendo of one of its most severe droughts in decades. On average crops were 15% lower than the previous year, and it is safe to say that most farmers entered 2019 with a sense of trepidation.  read more
Pepkor says half-year earnings rose up to 54.1%

Pepkor says half-year earnings rose up to 54.1%

14/05/2019 - 08:48
Pepkor, previously Steinhoff Africa Retail, said that its half-year earnings rose by up to 54.1%. read more
Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose pledge to halve food waste by 2030

Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose pledge to halve food waste by 2030

14/05/2019 - 08:42
Tesco, Sainsbury’s, and Waitrose are among the supermarkets that have pledged to halve food waste by 2030.  read more
Key findings and insights into the global cinnamon market

Key findings and insights into the global cinnamon market

13/05/2019 - 14:51
The global cinnamon market revenue amounted to $703M in 2017 (IndexBox estimates), growing by 13% against the previous year.  read more
Steinhoff report reveals maelstrom of conflicts of interest

Steinhoff report reveals maelstrom of conflicts of interest

13/05/2019 - 11:30
Steinhoff International was for many years run by a board of tight-knit people, many of whom had done business together for decades. Just how close they were became apparent with the release of Steinhoff’s 2017 annual report which identified a plethora of related-party transactions that the company now says weren’t properly disclosed according to best corporate governance practice. read more
Brand engagement and the seniors' market: golden truths about the golden years

Brand engagement and the seniors' market: golden truths about the golden years

13/05/2019 - 11:19
It’s no secret that we live in a youth-obsessed society. This is perhaps no more evident than in the contemporary branding, media, marketing, and entertainment industries. Page through any mainstream publication, peruse the advertising screened on prime-time television or consider the media personalities that are held in the highest regard to see just how much youthfulness is lauded. Even from a strategic perspective, there is hardly a brand in existence today that is not affording consideration to attracting and engaging the “youth market”. read more
Clover set to return to profit in year to June

Clover set to return to profit in year to June

13/05/2019 - 10:15
Clover, which makes dairy-based foods and beverages, says it will return to profit in the year ending June 2019 after making its first annual loss in more than a decade in the prior year. read more
Avocado industry should focus on Chinese market, says Agbiz

Avocado industry should focus on Chinese market, says Agbiz

13/05/2019 - 09:57
The chamber said the increased exports are a major boost to the government's policy ambition of achieving export-led growth in agriculture.  read more
Load-shedding knocks mining and manufacturing in the first quarter

Load-shedding knocks mining and manufacturing in the first quarter

13/05/2019 - 09:36
Despite a better performance in March, both sectors recorded contractions in the first quarter of the year - with production severely constrained by load-shedding. read more
Motivated employees drive business success

Motivated employees drive business success

13/05/2019 - 09:26
With only 15 percent of employees globally engaged with their jobs, according to Gallup, executives are finding it tough to get people more actively involved in the business. The days of simply doing a job and getting paid for it are long gone. In the digital workplace, employee engagement is vital to boosting productivity, reducing staff churn, and improving customer satisfaction and company culture. read more
Rihanna and LVMH to launch fashion house under Fenty brand

Rihanna and LVMH to launch fashion house under Fenty brand

13/05/2019 - 09:06
Pop star Rihanna is joining LVMH to launch a fashion house under her Fenty brand, pairing the world’s largest luxury conglomerate with one of the biggest cultural influencers. read more
The importance of BC and DR

The importance of BC and DR

10/05/2019 - 15:44
According to Shaun Searle, Country Manager - African Regions at Redstor, organisations need to realise that business continuity (BC) and disaster recovery (DR) entail entirely different strategies with both being vital to keeping a business operational in a globally competitive marketplace. read more
Edward Kieswetter resigns from Shoprite board

Edward Kieswetter resigns from Shoprite board

10/05/2019 - 13:59
Africa’s largest grocer Shoprite said that its lead independent director Edward Kieswetter had resigned as a result of his appointment as the commissioner of the SA Revenue Services (Sars).  read more
SA retailers seek post-election boost as belts tighten

SA retailers seek post-election boost as belts tighten

10/05/2019 - 11:02
Londani Nemaguvhuni’s Sunday trip to the Mall of Africa north of Johannesburg is a finely balanced operation. The 29-year-old has to provide for his young son but also needs to cut costs. read more
How e-tailers can survive the slow economy

How e-tailers can survive the slow economy

10/05/2019 - 10:18
Talk of a looming global recession continues to impact emerging markets. And, as South Africa continues its longest downward cycle in many decades, local business owners are actively looking for ways to shore up ahead of future uncertainty.  read more
Massmart waiting for new blood

Massmart waiting for new blood

10/05/2019 - 09:59
With the share price almost 50% below its 12-month peak, there was little surprise from the market at the departure of Massmart CEO Guy Hayward. It comes a week after the news that CFO Johannes van Lierop was stepping down. read more
Experiential retail is trending in SA, report shows

Experiential retail is trending in SA, report shows

09/05/2019 - 16:26
With experiential retail being one of the hottest trends in the retail and shopping centre industry right now, the South African Council of Shopping Centres (SACSC) commissioned a research report to get insight into the growth of experiential retail in the local mall marketplace.  read more
Cape Town micro-brewery takes on light beer market

Cape Town micro-brewery takes on light beer market

09/05/2019 - 11:33
For decades, beer connoisseurs the world over have held heated debates over which is better; a lager or a light beer. read more
SA set to remain a net importer of wheat

SA set to remain a net importer of wheat

09/05/2019 - 10:22
Despite improvements in production, the country will not be able to meet demand and imports could keep driving up food inflation. read more
AB InBev eyes Hong Kong listing as it misses earnings expectations

AB InBev eyes Hong Kong listing as it misses earnings expectations

09/05/2019 - 10:02
Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), which took over SABMiller in 2016 and is the world’s biggest brewer, says it plans to list its Asia-Pacific business in Hong Kong. read more
Pick n Pay introduces novelty slippers for Slipper Day

Pick n Pay introduces novelty slippers for Slipper Day

09/05/2019 - 09:39
By purchasing your Slipper Day 2019 wristband for R10 at any Pick n Pay, Wimpy or Dis-Chem, you will contribute to providing strength, hope and courage to children with life-threating illnesses that Reach For A Dream empowers. read more
Business leaders offer president tips to grow economy post elections

Business leaders offer president tips to grow economy post elections

06/05/2019 - 16:22
South African business leaders are in harmony on what the country needs after this week’s elections. read more
Hugo Boss pins growth hopes on store revamps

Hugo Boss pins growth hopes on store revamps

06/05/2019 - 14:58
Hugo Boss says the renovation of several major stores should revive sales growth after the German fashion house reported a drop in first-quarter earnings due to reorganisation costs, higher marketing spending and a strong US dollar.  read more
How imports threaten survival of SA’s small chicken farmers

How imports threaten survival of SA’s small chicken farmers

06/05/2019 - 14:39
The SA Poultry Association has warned that more local chicken farmers could soon go out of business due to cheap Brazilian imports. read more
Key insights into the global pyrethrum and peppermint market

Key insights into the global pyrethrum and peppermint market

06/05/2019 - 14:30
The global pyrethrum and peppermint market revenue amounted to $3.6B in 2017 (IndexBox estimates), growing by 4.9% against the previous year.  read more
SA's trade surplus widens in March

SA's trade surplus widens in March

06/05/2019 - 11:18
SA recorded a trade surplus of R5bn in March, as growth in exports exceeded growth in imports for the second month in a row. read more
Bali supermarket ditches plastic packaging for banana leaves

Bali supermarket ditches plastic packaging for banana leaves

06/05/2019 - 11:00
At a glimpse, Bintang Supermarket in Ubud looks just like other supermarkets across Bali. A banner announcing that it no longer provides plastic bags welcomes visitors upon entering the place – something that is now common practice on the island following a ban on single-use plastic bags issued by the administration earlier this year. read more
Phygital: 6 ways to adapt, or die

Phygital: 6 ways to adapt, or die

06/05/2019 - 10:34
Innovative phygital business models, where bricks and mortar and digital seamlessly integrate, are popping up across the globe. But the best phygital experiences still remain aligned with old-school sales strategies: Customer attraction, retention, engagement, experiences, loyalty and the brand itself. The factors which keep shifting are shopping behaviour and new technology. The upshot is: to keep in the retail game, phygital is the way to go and it’s currently an adapt or die situation.  read more
Leveraging true influence for your next marketing campaign

Leveraging true influence for your next marketing campaign

06/05/2019 - 10:08
Taking the lead from global industry trends, influencer marketing has become common practice within South Africa’s media landscape. But does influencer marketing really affect the bottom line and should South African brands be working with local influencers? read more
Little Shop, Little Garden and now...Little Checkers

Little Shop, Little Garden and now...Little Checkers

06/05/2019 - 09:17
Checkers customers who loved its highly popular Little Shop and Little Garden promotions are in for a treat with the launch of Little Checkers.  read more
Edcon's rescue deal gets thumbs up from competition watchdog

Edcon's rescue deal gets thumbs up from competition watchdog

03/05/2019 - 15:37
Without the deal with its creditors, there would have been a real danger that the retailer, which employs about 40,000 people, 14,000 of whom are full-time, would have gone under. The closure of Edcon would have had far-reaching implications, as its chains account for about 10% retail space in SA, and source much of their clothing from local manufacturers. Given the implications of Edcon shutting its doors, the government has been very supportive of the deal. read more
5 ways digital technology is reshaping the needs and expectations of SA’s young consumers

5 ways digital technology is reshaping the needs and expectations of SA’s young consumers

03/05/2019 - 15:00
We’re seeing the needs, expectations and behaviours of young South African consumers evolve at a pace that threatens to leave brands behind. As centennials – or Generation Z – move into the workforce and become the next wave of consumers, brands will need to rethink many of their assumptions about what customers want. read more
Sauvignon Blanc SA is the new ambassador for a global favourite

Sauvignon Blanc SA is the new ambassador for a global favourite

03/05/2019 - 08:53
South Africa's champion for Sauvignon Blanc, one of the country's most widely planted wine grape varieties, has undergone a transformation that brings momentum to its international success. Formerly known as the Sauvignon Blanc Interest Group (SBIG), Sauvignon Blanc South Africa not only announces a new name but taken the opportunity of International Sauvignon Blanc Day (3 May) to ring in a string of changes. read more
Shoprite creates more than 400 jobs in just two weeks

Shoprite creates more than 400 jobs in just two weeks

02/05/2019 - 16:08
South Africa’s largest private sector employer, the Shoprite Group, created 409 new jobs with the opening of 16 new stores across five provinces in South Africa during the second half of April 2019.  read more
Woolworths Australia's new app to save lost sales

Woolworths Australia's new app to save lost sales

02/05/2019 - 15:25
WG Compass is used by suppliers to prompt in-store merchandisers to check stock levels, allowing them to quickly fix potential out-of-stocks or merchandising issues.  read more
SACSC 2019 Footprint Marketing Awards entries now open

SACSC 2019 Footprint Marketing Awards entries now open

02/05/2019 - 15:04
Shopping centre owners, mall marketing departments and agencies take note: The South African Council of Shopping Centres’ (SACSC) has opened entries for its prestigious 2019 SACSC Footprint Marketing Awards. read more
Builders Warehouse opens doors to new Boksburg store

Builders Warehouse opens doors to new Boksburg store

02/05/2019 - 14:39
In a constant drive to excite and inspire customers, Builders has developed a new store prototype which was debuted at Builders Warehouse Boksburg last week. The store not only features a new layout and look & feel, it has been relocated from its previous site, adjacent to the new location, giving it a total overhaul.  read more
Pick n Pay: turnaround story of the decade

Pick n Pay: turnaround story of the decade

02/05/2019 - 14:17
Investors seem to think it’s the retail turnaround story of the decade. But while it’s indisputable that CEO Richard Brasher has finally steered Pick n Payout of the financial wilderness, the holy grail of fatter profit margins still remains elusive. read more
Autograph Gin wins Best Gin in Africa award

Autograph Gin wins Best Gin in Africa award

02/05/2019 - 13:56
The International Gin Guide Award, released their awards for 2019 on the 30th of April 2019. read more
Massmart appoints new finance chief

Massmart appoints new finance chief

30/04/2019 - 12:54
Walmart-owned Massmart, the retailer whose brands include Makro and Game, says Mohammed Abdool-Samad will take over as its chief financial officer from August 1.  read more
BAT ‘is in good shape’ and expects higher earnings in 2019

BAT ‘is in good shape’ and expects higher earnings in 2019

25/04/2019 - 15:47
British American Tobacco (BAT) expects “another year of good earnings growth” in 2019, despite mooted regulations in the US and competitive threats, chair Richard Burrows says.  read more
Global wine output recovered in 2018 from 60-year low

Global wine output recovered in 2018 from 60-year low

25/04/2019 - 14:13
Global wine output rose to near-record highs in 2018 after a sharp rebound from a poor harvest the previous year, though consumption stopped growing, says the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV).  read more
Heineken records strong quarter after volume growth in all regions

Heineken records strong quarter after volume growth in all regions

25/04/2019 - 13:54
Heineken has recorded first-quarter net profit of €299 million, in part thanks to volume increases across all regions. read more
 IoT helps AB InBev stay cool

IoT helps AB InBev stay cool

25/04/2019 - 13:46
Thingstream has announced that it is providing the IoT connectivity solution to support the world’s largest brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) South African Brewery (SAB) subsidiary with a Fridgelogic Connected Cooler system across South Africa. The solution enables SAB to track and monitor the temperature and location of its coolers and fridges. read more
Dove aims to break beauty stereotypes

Dove aims to break beauty stereotypes

25/04/2019 - 11:37
If global beauty brand Dove has its way, advertisers worldwide will start taking female representation more seriously.  read more
Is it time to introduce a minimum unit price on alcohol?

Is it time to introduce a minimum unit price on alcohol?

25/04/2019 - 11:10
In May 2018, Scotland introduced a minimum unit price of 50p per unit (8g) of alcohol, with the aim of reducing abusive drinking. Research had shown that a large proportion of very cheap alcohol consumed in Scotland took the form of heavy drinking, resulting in drunkenness and other socially unacceptable behaviour. read more
Pernod Ricard South Africa appoints head of communications

Pernod Ricard South Africa appoints head of communications

25/04/2019 - 10:54
Pernod Ricard South Africa recently appointed John Beale, as head of communications. read more
CMA blocks Sainsbury’s-Asda merger

CMA blocks Sainsbury’s-Asda merger

25/04/2019 - 10:41
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has confirmed that it is blocking the proposed merger of Sainsbury’s and Asda. The two chains, along with Walmart, have since stated that they are abandoning the deal. read more
H&M lists garment suppliers on app to tackle worker abuses

H&M lists garment suppliers on app to tackle worker abuses

25/04/2019 - 10:26
Fashion brand H&M has become the first major retailer to list individual supplier details for each garment on its website to increase transparency in an industry with high risks of slavery and labour abuses.  read more
Majestic Wine mulls stripping down to being Naked online

Majestic Wine mulls stripping down to being Naked online

24/04/2019 - 15:22
Majestic Wine could sell its 200 or so branches in Britain as it shifts focus to its booming online business Naked Wines, the retailer said. read more
Unilever acquires OLLY Nutrition

Unilever acquires OLLY Nutrition

24/04/2019 - 13:13
Unilever has continued its recent acquisition spree by agreeing to buy OLLY Nutrition, a US-based wellbeing business in the vitamins, minerals, and supplements (VMS) category. read more
A Rosé by any other name

A Rosé by any other name

24/04/2019 - 12:49
Even if you’re a committed wine collector, chances are you’ve never bought a bottle of Lesca chardonnay, or sipped on Star Tree Nouveau Rouge. Ever poured a glass of Foot of Africa shiraz, Cleefs Classic Collection chenin blanc or Helter Skelter pinot noir? Unless you’re stocking a cellar in Stockholm, Amsterdam or Shanghai, it’s unlikely you’ve even heard of them. read more
Managing change: A digital transformation story

Managing change: A digital transformation story

24/04/2019 - 12:17
No organisation is immune to Digital Transformation, and those that think they are will undoubtedly face a future filled with uncertainty. How does an organisation ensure that the successful adoption of Digital Transformation is underpinned to each strategic undertaking? The interesting thing about Digital Transformation is that there are both practical and emotional implications that are often overlooked. read more
Tiso Blackstar team attracts more than one million UBs and two million pageviews with innovative content strategy

Tiso Blackstar team attracts more than one million UBs and two million pageviews with innovative content strategy

24/04/2019 - 12:01
In August 2018, Tiso Blackstar Group established an internal content creation team to specialise in attracting readers through highly engaging content without creating meaningless clickbait articles. read more
Amazon strengthens ties with French food retailer Casino

Amazon strengthens ties with French food retailer Casino

24/04/2019 - 11:50
E-commerce giant Amazon and French retailer Casino are expanding their partnership, with Amazon installing pick-up lockers in Casino stores and more of the French company’s products to be available on Amazon.  read more
Woolworths announces next phase in plastic bag free trial

Woolworths announces next phase in plastic bag free trial

24/04/2019 - 11:40
After a six-month trial in four of its Western Cape stores, including the launch of their first plastic bag free store, Woolworths confirms that it will be rolling out its new low-cost, reusable bag to more stores across the country as well as announcing three more ‘plastic shopping bag free’ stores.  read more
Cheap imported butter is undercutting local brands

Cheap imported butter is undercutting local brands

24/04/2019 - 11:31
South Africa has been a net importer of butter for years. In 2018, 85% of those imports came from as far afield as New Zealand, Denmark, Ireland, and the Ukraine. read more
Consumer confidence plummets to lowest since 2017

Consumer confidence plummets to lowest since 2017

24/04/2019 - 11:24
Consumer confidence plummeted in the first quarter of 2019 to levels last seen during the death throes of Jacob Zuma's presidency. read more
Kraft Heinz hires global brand expert Miguel Patricio as CEO

Kraft Heinz hires global brand expert Miguel Patricio as CEO

24/04/2019 - 11:18
Kraft Heinz named Miguel Patricio as its next chief executive in the hopes that the 30-year marketing veteran will revitalize brands such as Planters nuts and Oscar Mayer bacon at one of the world's largest packaged food companies.  read more
Ackermans shines again at AskAfrika Kasi Star Brands Survey

Ackermans shines again at AskAfrika Kasi Star Brands Survey

24/04/2019 - 10:47
The 10th annual AskAfrika Kasi Star Brands Survey, which measures brand relevance across all segments of the demographic, has awarded leading value retailer Ackermans the top award in the Clothing Retail: Children’s category. read more
6 Steps to successful customer relationship management

6 Steps to successful customer relationship management

22/04/2019 - 10:26
Six steps to sprucing up your CRM and captivating customers at every touch point along the way.  read more
9 safety tips to help curb cash crimes in SA's stores

9 safety tips to help curb cash crimes in SA's stores

22/04/2019 - 10:03
Retailers must accept that cash crime is prevalent in SA and not going away any time soon, says Richard Phillips, joint CEO of retail cash management company Cash Connect. read more
Retail sales beat expectations in February

Retail sales beat expectations in February

19/04/2019 - 12:39
SA shoppers spent more than expected in February, with retail sales growing 1.1% year on year, led by expenditure in the textiles, footwear and clothing sector. read more
Pick n Pay surprises local schools with Easter treats

Pick n Pay surprises local schools with Easter treats

19/04/2019 - 11:57
Two schools were recently surprised with chocolate eggs and hot cross buns ahead of the Easter Weekend.  read more
Chicken prices may spike by up to 32% due to tariff increases, says importers

Chicken prices may spike by up to 32% due to tariff increases, says importers

18/04/2019 - 09:22
Increasing tariffs on imported poultry products could hike chicken prices by up to 32%, says consumer bodies and importers and exporters organisation. read more
Asian revenue surpasses European for first time at L’Oreal

Asian revenue surpasses European for first time at L’Oreal

18/04/2019 - 09:07
L’Oreal got more revenue from Asia than from Western Europe for the first time last quarter as the region’s surging demand for luxury products continued to resist the drag of a slower Chinese economy. read more
Easter is also a feast for criminals, retailers and consumers warned

Easter is also a feast for criminals, retailers and consumers warned

18/04/2019 - 09:01
There is a tendency among criminals to use the Easter long weekend - and its spike in shopping - to their advantage, says Richard Phillips, joint CEO of retail cash management company Cash Connect. read more
Checkers hot cross buns go viral

Checkers hot cross buns go viral

17/04/2019 - 13:42
Checkers hot cross buns are trending on social media and South Africans are in stitches following the release of a viral video in which a false-positive breathalyser reading was recorded for a police officer. read more
Inflation accelerates in March after painful fuel price increase

Inflation accelerates in March after painful fuel price increase

17/04/2019 - 13:29
Another fuel price hike in March led to inflation hitting the midpoint of the Reserve Bank’s 3%-6% target range.  read more
Tiger Brands to fight against listeriosis class-action lawsuit

Tiger Brands to fight against listeriosis class-action lawsuit

17/04/2019 - 13:02
Tiger Brands says it plans to put up a fight in a class-action lawsuit against the company relating to the deadly listeriosis outbreak of 2018. read more
Clicks says private-label products boosted interim earnings

Clicks says private-label products boosted interim earnings

17/04/2019 - 09:59
Clicks Group says it grew headline earnings by 12.9% to R763.3m in the six months to February thanks in part to better sales of its private-label products and higher profits from its distribution business. read more
Moody’s expects SA confidence to rise after elections

Moody’s expects SA confidence to rise after elections

17/04/2019 - 09:13
SA is expected to see a surge in confidence following the elections in May, as the current administration under President Cyril Ramaphosa is continuing to gradually move forward with the implementation of its reform agenda, Moody’s Investors Service said. read more
SA dairy exports doing well

SA dairy exports doing well

16/04/2019 - 15:42
Dairy imports for February were 4 110 tons at a cost of R172 million. South Africa imported mainly from France (28%) New Zealand (28%), Germany (13%), Poland (8%) and Ireland (4%). Dairy imports for this year are low compared to last year, largely due to limited UHT imports. The main dairy products imported in February were whey (34%), milk powder (22%) and cheese (18%). UHT as a percentage of total imports was less than 1%.  read more
Mulberry teams up with Farfetch to bolster global omnichannel

Mulberry teams up with Farfetch to bolster global omnichannel

16/04/2019 - 15:31
Mulberry has launched a partnership with online luxury fashion retailer Farfetch to strengthen its international omnichannel strategy. read more
 Water giants clean up their act in search for alternatives to plastic

Water giants clean up their act in search for alternatives to plastic

16/04/2019 - 14:43
Two of the world’s biggest water companies are thinking outside the bottle about how to hydrate consumers as environmental campaigners take aim at the enormous amount of plastic waste the industry produces. read more
Competition Commission probes removal of cigarette brands from Spar

Competition Commission probes removal of cigarette brands from Spar

16/04/2019 - 14:32
The Competition Commission is investigating the removal of certain brands of locally-produced cigarettes from the shelves of Spar, according to the Sunday Times. read more
Winning with sustainability in retail

Winning with sustainability in retail

16/04/2019 - 10:59
While there’s pessimism in the air with regards to global product sales, every day there are also groundbreaking changes being implemented by brands and activists who genuinely want to “be the change” when it comes to sustainability. Influencers and businesses are seeking to establish new markets through innovation, leveraging their ideas and products to help fight climate change. read more
5 electronic payment security risks to watch out for this Easter period

5 electronic payment security risks to watch out for this Easter period

16/04/2019 - 10:33
Consumers should not let their guard down this Easter period.  read more
Kit Kat Group well stocked and geared up for Easter

Kit Kat Group well stocked and geared up for Easter

16/04/2019 - 10:16
Easter is all about family, and that means food! With the Easter weekend just around the corner, many families are starting to plan for meals, and in an environment where consumers are looking to stretch their food budget as far as possible, the Kit Kat Group is promising great savings on basic food items and specials at its four Cash & Carry stores and 17 Express outlets across Gauteng. read more
Marketing takes its place at the boardroom table

Marketing takes its place at the boardroom table

16/04/2019 - 09:44
Marketing is increasingly being seen by the accountants as an integral part of the success of any organisation, and many chief marketing officers are responsible for huge budgets, according to a new survey. read more
Motorists should brace for another petrol shock

Motorists should brace for another petrol shock

16/04/2019 - 08:20
Unexpectedly strong international fuel prices have raised the likelihood of an unwelcome fuel price hike for petrol users in May.  read more
Brand SA makes marketing material available

Brand SA makes marketing material available

15/04/2019 - 08:38
To grow the country’s tourism economy it’s vital for SA to be marketed. Brand SA, the country’s official marketing agency, has a collection of professional resources available to the public at no cost that can align brands to the brand of the nation. read more
Why thrift will be the next big retail trend

Why thrift will be the next big retail trend

15/04/2019 - 08:19
Thrift is increasingly going mainstream and a Gumtree survey estimates it could be worth more than R1trn in terms of items in SA households that are not being used, that the owners would happily sell. read more
Rooibos breaks into the $103-bn global chocolate market

Rooibos breaks into the $103-bn global chocolate market

12/04/2019 - 11:19
Master chocolatiers and candy-makers the world-over have been hard at work for months experimenting with new flavours and textures, trying to outdo one another in an effort to capture the lion’s share of the sales this Easter.  read more
Brimstone confirms exit from Clover deal

Brimstone confirms exit from Clover deal

12/04/2019 - 10:01
Brimstone Investments confirmed that it will not be participating in a consortium seeking to acquire SA’s biggest dairy producer Clover, but had agreed on a plan to facilitate its exit.  read more
Lenders seize UK retailer Debenhams, wiping out Ashley

Lenders seize UK retailer Debenhams, wiping out Ashley

12/04/2019 - 09:33
Debenhams’ lenders took control of the ailing retailer after it went into administration, wiping out shareholders including billionaire Mike Ashley in the latest corporate failure on Britain’s high street. read more
Manufacturing growth remains tepid in February

Manufacturing growth remains tepid in February

12/04/2019 - 09:24
Manufacturing production grew 0.6% in February after the sector saw subdued growth of 0.3% in January. This was slightly above the Bloomberg consensus of 0.5%.  read more
Shoprite Nigeria lauded for promoting cashless transactions

Shoprite Nigeria lauded for promoting cashless transactions

12/04/2019 - 09:13
In a first for the retailer, Shoprite Nigeria was among the winners at this year’s Electronic Payment Incentive Scheme (EPIS) Efficiency Awards. read more
Pick n Pay approves further expansion in Zimbabwe despite market turbulence

Pick n Pay approves further expansion in Zimbabwe despite market turbulence

12/04/2019 - 08:58
Pick n Pay, under its joint venture deal in Zimbabwe, has approved an expansion programme in the troubled country despite waning consumer spending power and disturbances to operations in the past few months.  read more
Egg hunting just got more fun for adults with the introduction of Sugarbird® Gin Eggs

Egg hunting just got more fun for adults with the introduction of Sugarbird® Gin Eggs

11/04/2019 - 14:59
Made by entrepreneurial spirited local gin brand Sugarbird®, the Sugarbird Gin Eggs is the brainchild of co-owners Nzeka Biyela and Rob Heyns.  read more
Retailers feel the heat as e-commerce siphons off sales

Retailers feel the heat as e-commerce siphons off sales

11/04/2019 - 09:47
The start of 2019 has been bleak for most SA retailers, raising questions about the future of the sector. read more
2 out of 3 South African consumers participated in Black Friday - consumer expert

2 out of 3 South African consumers participated in Black Friday - consumer expert

11/04/2019 - 09:14
Data shows that 2 out of 3 South African consumers participated in Black Friday shopping at some point, according to Isana Cordier, sector head for consumer goods and services, corporate and investment banking at ABSA.  read more
LVMH keeps rivals on their toes with strong first quarter

LVMH keeps rivals on their toes with strong first quarter

11/04/2019 - 08:46
Louis Vuitton owner LVMH set a high bar for rival luxury goods companies trying to capitalise on Chinese demand for high-end handbags and clothing, with stronger-than-expected sales growth in the first quarter. read more
Woolworths and Department of Trade and Industry launch largest ultra-fresh food manufacturing facility in the Southern Hemisphere, create 600 new jobs

Woolworths and Department of Trade and Industry launch largest ultra-fresh food manufacturing facility in the Southern Hemisphere, create 600 new jobs

11/04/2019 - 08:40
Last week, Zyda Rylands, CEO of Woolworths South Africa, together with the Department of Trade and Industry (‘the dti’) and the Gauteng Provincial Government officially opened the doors of In2food’s new 22 700m² food production facility in the OR Tambo Special Economic Zone in Johannesburg. As the largest and most diverse ultra-fresh food facility of its kind in the southern hemisphere, and the second largest C02 refrigeration facility in the world, the new Bonaero site was developed to Woolworths quality specifications and will create 600 new jobs. read more
HR and Payroll need to embrace tech change

HR and Payroll need to embrace tech change

10/04/2019 - 13:40
Technology permeates every aspect of business today. Even the more traditional people-centric processes of human resources (HR) and payroll have benefited from automation, machine learning, and the like. The challenge lies in whether organisations can keep up with this rapidly evolving landscape, especially in a mobile-centric environment such as South Africa, declares Ian McAlister, General Manager of CRS Technologies South Africa. read more
Ted Baker enters Chinese joint venture to expand brand

Ted Baker enters Chinese joint venture to expand brand

10/04/2019 - 12:54
Ted Baker has agreed to a new joint venture with Shanghai LongShang Trading Company to expand its brand in the East Asia region.  read more
SA makes its mark in fisheries economy

SA makes its mark in fisheries economy

10/04/2019 - 11:11
South Africa is no longer a spectator country in the business of the ocean and fisheries economy, says Minister of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries Senzeni Zokwana. read more
Exports to Brazil take off over South American trade deal

Exports to Brazil take off over South American trade deal

10/04/2019 - 11:03
The ratification of trade agreements between the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) and the Southern Common Market (Mercosur), a South American trade bloc, has been a key driver of the increase in exports to Brazil.  read more
UK’s Debenhams falls into administration

UK’s Debenhams falls into administration

09/04/2019 - 14:47
Debenhams’ lenders took control of the ailing British retailer after it went into administration, wiping out shareholders including billionaire Mike Ashley in the latest corporate failure on the high street. read more
Pick n Pay to shift plastic bag usage with 20 000 free reusable bags in-stores, every day

Pick n Pay to shift plastic bag usage with 20 000 free reusable bags in-stores, every day

09/04/2019 - 14:35
Over the next two weeks, Pick n Pay will give 20 000 customers a free reusable bag every day in stores across the country.  read more
 Cathedral Cellar comes to life with augmented reality labels

Cathedral Cellar comes to life with augmented reality labels

09/04/2019 - 10:29
Cathedral Cellar is relaunching globally with wine labels which allow wine enthusiasts to invite its winemaker, Wim Truter, to their dinner time conversation, via augmented reality technology.  read more
SA is experiencing net equity outflows

SA is experiencing net equity outflows

09/04/2019 - 10:05
The Institute of International Finance (IIF) said that its daily tracker showed South Africa experienced net outflows of non-resident portfolio equity in the first quarter while debt flows recovered only modestly.  read more
Pick n Pay shares rise on annual turnover growth of nearly 10%

Pick n Pay shares rise on annual turnover growth of nearly 10%

09/04/2019 - 09:39
Pick n Pay, one of South Africa’s largest supermarket chains rose after the group reported turnover growth of almost 10 percent in the financial year to the end of March, underscoring the resilience of its South African division, which clawed back market share from competitors. read more
Shoprite serves 100 million R5 deli meals

Shoprite serves 100 million R5 deli meals

08/04/2019 - 09:37
This week Shoprite served its 100 millionth R5 deli meal since launching the affordable meal options almost two years ago.  read more
SA consumers embrace digital shopping

SA consumers embrace digital shopping

08/04/2019 - 09:30
Smartphones have become the go-to technology for online shopping, with more than 20percent of South African consumers using them weekly over other mobile devices. read more
Physical stores are not dead, but boring retail is

Physical stores are not dead, but boring retail is

05/04/2019 - 16:18
Retail is not dead, and physical stores are not dead, but "boring retail" is dead, according to Linah Maigurira, Google's head of retail business in South Africa.  read more
Steinhoff delays release of audited results

Steinhoff delays release of audited results

05/04/2019 - 16:04
Steinhoff has further delayed the release of its audited 2017 and 2018 results, saying the findings of a PwC investigation into SA’s biggest corporate fraud have introduced a new layer of complexity to the process. read more
Pernod Ricard launches its 2030 Sustainability & Responsibility Roadmap

Pernod Ricard launches its 2030 Sustainability & Responsibility Roadmap

05/04/2019 - 13:31
Pernod Ricard launches today its 2030 Sustainability & Responsibility roadmap as part of the Group’s strategic plan Transform & Accelerate. This roadmap, unveiled at the Martell Cognac distillery in France sets out 8 ambitious and concrete 2030 targets supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).The Group is taking bold next steps in addressing both environmental topics, to preserve the terroirs its products come from, and social responsibility, in particular by accelerating the fight against alcohol misuse. read more
Veldskoene are hitting US as SA brands go global

Veldskoene are hitting US as SA brands go global

05/04/2019 - 10:52
Veldskoene are going global after US billionaire and investor Mark Cuban and actor Ashton Kutcher invested in local company Veldskoen Shoes.  read more
Nestlé goes vegan with meat-free burger range

Nestlé goes vegan with meat-free burger range

05/04/2019 - 10:07
Nestlé is looking to take a bite of the fast-growing vegan foods market with a range of plant-based burgers, saying its recipes could compete for taste with traditional beef patties. read more
Tackling SA's food waste problem

Tackling SA's food waste problem

04/04/2019 - 14:04
About 90% of waste in South Africa is disposed of to landfills, where the food-waste component leads to the production of methane gas and carbon dioxide. Successfully cutting food loss and waste is a chance to turn around severe food insecurity felt by significant portions of the population. read more
Superdry slumps as founder's return sparks board revolt

Superdry slumps as founder's return sparks board revolt

04/04/2019 - 13:34
Shares in Superdry fell more than 11% after founder Julian Dunkerton narrowly forced his way back into the company, which sparked the exit of most of its board members, including top executives. read more
No more load-shedding - Eskom's plan

No more load-shedding - Eskom's plan

04/04/2019 - 11:33
Gordhan said Eskom’s goal is to ensure there will be no load-shedding from 3rd April 2019 – but admitted there is a lot of hard work ahead for the company.  read more
Consumer readiness to embrace technology-driven innovation

Consumer readiness to embrace technology-driven innovation

04/04/2019 - 11:18
Our world is changing. Advances in cloud, mobile, edge computing, IoT and AI are unlocking new business opportunities at a speed not seen before. read more
Retailers cash in on customer loyalty

Retailers cash in on customer loyalty

04/04/2019 - 08:15
More and more consumers are buying into the idea of loyalty programmes — and it’s paying off for retailers in terms of valuable information, as well as increased revenues.  read more
Kit Kat group opens its 17th Kit Kat Express store

Kit Kat group opens its 17th Kit Kat Express store

03/04/2019 - 14:05
Hot on the heels of the opening of the Kit Kat group’s 16th Express store in Hammanskraal earlier this year, Tembisa welcomes the group’s 17th Kit Kat Express store. read more
Almost 100 new employees welcomed at Shoprite Botleng

Almost 100 new employees welcomed at Shoprite Botleng

03/04/2019 - 10:00
Shoprite created 90 new jobs with the opening of its new store in Botleng, just outside Delmas, this week. The store’s total staff complement is 111, which includes 81 youth (between the ages of 18 and 35) and 76 women. read more
The fast-paced, ever-evolving SA retail property market

The fast-paced, ever-evolving SA retail property market

03/04/2019 - 09:53
Competition in South Africa’s retail market is intense, with more than 25 million square metres of formal retail space currently, in excess of 2,000 existing shopping centres and close to three million square metres of formal retail space in the pipeline. read more
 Carrefour franchisee on prowl for acquisitions to grow in Africa

Carrefour franchisee on prowl for acquisitions to grow in Africa

03/04/2019 - 08:42
Majid Al Futtaim Holding, an operator of French retailer Carrefour SA outlets, plans to boost its presence in Kenya as it looks to expand into eastern and southern Africa.  read more
Brand consistency aids in brand security

Brand consistency aids in brand security

03/04/2019 - 08:23
Several factors cause serious reputational damage to brands these days, ranging from social media to fake news and cyber attacks. It’s therefore imperative that companies have measures in place to minimise the possibility of reputational damage. Brand consistency is one of those measures. read more