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5 ways to bring your store into the future

The convenience of online shopping is increasingly appealing to today’s consumer. With Amazon recently announcing same-day delivery in two major cities in Canada – the pressure on brick-and-mortar retailers is stronger than ever.

Despite the rise in e-commerce sales, physical stores are still important. The last step (the sale) is still critical; and this change in the way we shop doesn’t mean stores should be less vigilant on attracting, educating, and satisfying consumers who visit.

If anything, more needs to be done for customers to get more out of visiting a store, not just the tangible benefits of a product, but a seamless experience. It’s important to merge the physical and digital worlds and be flexible to consumers when visiting your space – not just online. But where to begin?

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Mr Price is about casual fun and relaxed fashion for the whole family. This value retail chain offers casual clothing, intimate wear and accessories for kids and adults at affordable prices.
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Oreo welcomes a 3rd delicious variant to South Africa – Oreo Golden

Just in time for the festive season, Oreo, the world’s favourite cookie, has announced the launch of the NEW Oreo Golden, a lightly coloured vanilla cream biscuit with a vanilla centre.
Clover Care, the first enriched milk in South Africa

For more than 100 years, family has been at the heart of Clover. These days, we know that a busy lifestyle makes it increasingly difficult to ensure your family gets the best nutrition in their daily diet.
DENNY® Launches SA’s first Mushroom Burgers

South Africa, 04 October 2016 – DENNY®, SA’s number one producer and supplier of fresh mushrooms has just launched the country’s first mushroom burger.
Blistex launches first dual action lip balm within a balm

Blistex Ultra-Rich Hydration – the first dual-layered lip balm with two advanced formulations designed to deliver all-in-one lush moisturisation and protection – has just been launched in South Africa.

Shoprite remains SA’s top retail brand – survey

Cape Town - Shoprite has for the third year running scooped the Shopper Grand Prix Award. This is according to the 9th annual The Times Sowetan Shopper Survey, conducted by TNS on behalf of Times Media.
SA will have to weather high meat prices into next year

According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN (FAO), food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.
Menlyn Park Shopping Centre set to become largest mall in Africa

Once complete, the newly refurbished Menlyn Park Shopping Centre will be the largest mall in Africa, with a total lettable floor space of over 170,000m2. The launch is set for 24 November.
Dis-Chem plans JSE listing as it doubles pharmacies

Johannesburg - Dis-Chem Pharmacies plans to start trading in Johannesburg as South Africa’s second-biggest pharmacy chain by number of stores looks to double its outlets in the next five to eight years.
Edcon fashions its buying to suit local textile sector

Edcon, SA’s largest clothing retailer that was saved by a bailout deal with creditors, plans to cut back on buying clothing from China and Bangladesh.
Coffee is set to cost more as drought drives rally

New York - The buzz of the morning alarm might start to sound even more painful thanks to topsy-turvy weather in Brazil that’s pushing up the cost of commodities that find their way into your breakfast drink.
SA earns R2.2trn from manufacturing

Cape Town - South Africa’s total income derived from the manufacturing industry increased by 9.4% from 2011 to 2014, which amounts to a total of R2.2trn, said Statistician General Pali Lehohla on Monday.
Avocados to US, nuts to China to boost SA’s exports

US consumers may soon see South African avocados on their supermarket shelves as growers from the country look for new markets to sustain export growth momentum that’s set to taper in its home continent.

How digital marketing can drive customer acquisition for financial brands

South African banks and insurers have long struggled with the high costs of customer acquisition and fierce competition to attain new customers.
Spar International opens first stores in Albania

Spar International has opened its first two stores in Albania, in Tirana East Gate (TEG) and in the QTU shopping centre, following the announcement of its recent partnership with local operator Balfin Group.
Customer experience is essential for your business

Organisations globally need to focus on customer experience in order to succeed. This is particularly true for industries where products and services are fast becoming commodified.
How to attract more in-store sales

Online shopping is great. It saves time, provides tons of options in one place, and the customer doesn’t have to navigate swarms of people to check out.
MediaCom, indaHash launch campaign for Revlon SA

Following successful launches in countries such as Poland, Germany and the UK, indaHash has launched its first campaign in South Africa this month in partnership with MediaCom.
Walmart to slow new store growth, invest in remodels and online

Walmart gave a lackluster profit outlook for next year, and said it will slow new store openings as it invests in remodels and digital initiatives.
Amazon to open quick pickup grocery shops: report

SAN FRANCISCO - Online retail giant Amazon plans to expand its grocery business with shops that let people quickly pick up milk, vegetables or other perishable foods, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.
Whole Foods Market honored for eco-friendly refrigeration

Whole Foods Market has received an award for deploying cutting-edge, advanced refrigeration technology.

60-day countdown to opening of new Menlyn Park Shopping Centre

November reveal of R2.5-billion refurbishment to cement its place as Africa’s largest mall. A press conference marking 60 days to the November launch of the new Menlyn Park Shopping Centre was held today. The R2.5-billion redevelopment is an ambitious undertaking that has been two years in the making.
Clicks awarded first place for Health and Beauty in The Times/Sowetan Shopper Survey 2016

Reaffirming its position as South Africa’s leading Health and Beauty retailer, Clicks achieved first place in the Health, Beauty and Fragrance Outlets category in the Times/Sowetan Shopper Survey 2016 (formerly known as the Retail Awards). Clicks has also scooped first place as Pharmaceutical Outlets winner and third place overall.
Malls go high-tech as retail developers up the ante

IN the fiercely competitive South African retail sector, mall developers are upping the ante to include a high-tech, interactive shopping environment in a bid to lure shoppers to their centres for longer. IN the fiercely competitive South African retail sector, mall developers are upping the ante to include a high-tech, interactive shopping environment in a bid to lure shoppers to their centres for longer.
Appetiser makes New Year’s Eve great again

New Year’s Eve always holds so much promise, the promise of a good time, new adventures and new beginnings. But when thinking back on every New Year’s Eve party this isn’t always the case. This year as part of their 50th-anniversary Appetiser is helping 50 people crown their New Year’s Eve moment the right way with a chance to win 50 New Year’s Eve parties, one of which will be to watch the ball drop in Times Square in New York.
Customers take centre stage in new TVCs which celebrate Ackermans’ centenary

To celebrate its 100th birthday, Ackermans - in collaboration with its long-standing agency partner Ninety9cents (99c) - has crafted three emotive television commercials (TVCs) that share real-life stories of the brand’s place in the lives of its customers - as told by its customers.
Woolworths launches first plant-based milk bottle

Woolworths has announced the launch of an innovative green milk bottle consisting of 30% plant-based plastic, a first for the dairy industry in South Africa. The entire Woolworths fresh milk range will now be packaged in the new plant-based bottles, giving consumers the opportunity to enjoy milk today with tomorrow in mind.
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Merchandising with Do-It® Display Strips from Pyrotec PackMedia

Do-It® Display Strips are plastic strips with hooks that allow products to be displayed vertically and face-forward in retail environments. Display strips offer many benefits to brand managers and retailers.
Mondi increases operating profit despite

Mondi says underlying operating profit for the third quarter of 2016 of €227m is a modest 3% higher than in the same period in 2015.
50 Years of coding, marking and labelling expertise

Pyrotec, September 2016: This year marks the 50th anniversary of Pyrotec, a privately-owned and managed business established in 1966.
DHL Express recognized as Top Employer in Africa for the third consecutive year

14 October 2016: DHL Express, the world’s leading international express services provider, has been certified as a Top Employer in Africa by the Top Employers Institute at the prestigious Top Employer 2017 ceremony on Thursday 13 October at the Sandton Convention Centre.
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Cherry pie – Limburgse vlaai

Cherry pie – Limburgse vlaai
Strawberry & Banana Non-Alcoholic Spritzer

A sweet and refreshing summer drink.
Stout Root Fries

J’Something and Castle Milk Stout teamed up to feed ‘Mr Serious’, Musa Sukwene, who worked up a serious appetite performing live at Kaya FM.
Stout Lamb Chops

J’Something and Castle Milk Stout teamed up to feed ‘Mr Serious’, Musa Sukwene, who worked up a serious appetite performing live at Kaya FM.

Albany Low GI supports Spar Women’s Race for the good

Albany Low GI bread provides longer lasting energy to help people feel full for longer so that they can get more out of their day. Over recent months, Albany Bakeries has been seen along with brand ambassador DJ Zinhle, encouraging consumers to take part in activities that get them to unlock their energy, as well as educating them on healthy eating habits and the importance of exercise, whilst managing ongoing demands of day to day life.
Pioneer Foods’ breakfast nutrition programme - feeding 21 450 children everyday

[Cape Town – 17 October 2016] For Pioneer Foods, breakfast is not just about getting the day started, it’s about giving children from families battling to put food on the table the nutrition they need to make it through the school day. This is why Pioneer is feeding 21 450 children daily in five provinces with its School Breakfast Nutrition Programme launched just last year.
Rural women who are making a real difference

Many women across South Africa are seen as the primary caregivers for food security for their families and communities and depend on natural resources and agriculture for their livelihoods. The World Bank states that rural women comprise 43 percent of the agricultural labour force, and produce, process and prepare much of the food available.

26th October 2016
Stellenbosch at Summer Place 2016

Hyde Park, Johannesburg
26-28th October 2016
RMB WineX 2016 - Take in the art of wine

The Pavilion, Sandton Convention Centre, Maude Street, Johannesburg
2nd, 30th November 2016
One & Only Cape Town November 2016 Wine and Dine Events

One&Only, Cape Town
27 February and 1 March 2017
Over 200 Exhibitors Committed to PACK EXPO East 2017

Pennsylvania Convention Centre, USA

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