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The Retailer re-launched!

May 19th 2011, 09:50

19.05.2011
The Retailer re-launched!
Over the past few weeks you may have noticed a dip in activity on www.theretailer.co.za. This is not due to a lack of effort though, in fact it is quite the opposite! Over the past few months we’ve been working away, putting the finishing touches on our brand new site. The Retailer has now merged with its sister site, www.fastmoving.co.za.

Although the look is new, you’ll still find all your old favourites on the new site and a whole lot more! We’ve renovated the entire site and apart from the obvious cosmetic changes a lot has been done to add value to our services and offer even more to you, our clients and subscribers.

We have developed custom sections on the site for each major sector in the Retail industry. These mini-portals keep the entire Retail industry abreast of product developments, news and suppliers within any particular sector. All available at the click of a button.

Fastmoving is the ideal platform to make an impression on the Retail industry and we invite you to join us in driving stimulation and interest where it matters. As we continue to grow as a valuable resource in the industry, we also want to help you to promote your brand.

Albert Pretorius
albert@fastmoving.co.za

Please feel free to make comments or raise new issues by emailing the editor
editor@fastmoving.co.za
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Email: albert@fastmoving.co.za