Pick n Pay trials a R5 reusable bag – made from green plastic bottles
Issued by Corporate Image - Feb 13th, 13:38
Pick n Pay is trialling the lowest priced reusable bag yet in South Africa, as an affordable reusable alternative to plastic carrier bags.
This first of its kind, this environment-friendly R5 budget bag is made from green recycled plastic bottles, and will initially be introduced in 22 stores across the country to gauge customer reaction.
Pick n Pay was the first retailer to introduce a reusable bag in 2003 and has since offered customers a range of alternatives, including cotton and RPET bags. “More recently we’ve trialled new alternatives, such as paper bags and cardboard boxes. But the reality is that for the time being, the plastic carrier bag remains the most economical bag option for customers – despite the growing options available."
“We believe our new R5 reusable bag could be a viable reusable bag option for many more customers, across all income groups,” says Suzanne Ackerman-Berman, director of transformation: Pick n Pay.
Pick n Pay has also started a trial with a reusable netted fruit and vegetable fresh produce bag (R7,50) in a further effort to discourage unnecessary plastic bag usage.
Launched in five stores across the Western Cape at the end of December, overwhelmingly positive feedback from customers will see the retailer expand the trial to include more stores across the region, Durban North Hypermarket and five stores in Namibia by mid-February.
Customers can now also bring their own transparent and sealable reusable bag in-store for loose selling produce.
Ackerman-Berman concludes, “Our customers have told us they want an alternative to plastic bags and would like to “refuse the bag”. We know that there are many considerations, such as size, durability and price, so we are working closely with our customers to trial various options. We believe that by following this process, we can drive real, long-term sustainable change, both for our environment and our customers.”
Food and beverages giant PepsiCo makes offer to acquire Pioneer Foods
19/07/2019 - 10:18
In a vote of confidence about SA’s long-term prospects, New York-based food and beverages giant PepsiCo has made an offer to buy Pioneer Food Group, which makes Sasko breads and Ceres juices, in a deal worth at least R25.4bn.
AB InBev offloads Australian unit for $11.3bn
19/07/2019 - 09:03
Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), which shelved plans to list its Asia Pacific business in Hong Kong, said it will sell Australian subsidiary Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) to Japan’s Asahi Group for about $11.3bn (R157bn).
SAFW competitions offers entry into fashion industry
19/07/2019 - 08:41
It opened the door for David Tlale to showcase his designs at New York Fashion Work, Mmuso Maxwell to supply his garments to retail giant Woolworths and Clinton Lotter to take his work to the UK. Now, South African Fashion Week (SAFW) is once again looking to grow the fashion and creative industry by opening it to emerging designers.
US retail sales rise as households spend more
18/07/2019 - 14:16
US retail sales increased more than expected in June, pointing to strong consumer spending, which could help to blunt some of the hit on the economy from weak business investment.
Refinery celebrates diversity with new fashion campaign
18/07/2019 - 11:39
Local fashion retailer Refinery is set to make waves across the local industry with its new spring campaign which embraces diversity, encouraging others to be unashamedly, authentically themselves.