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2017: The year of the mixed-use mall

In the fiercely competitive South African retail sector, the retail and retail development space in 2017 and beyond will include a high-tech, interactive shopping environment in a bid to lure shoppers to centres for longer.

This is one of the strongest indications that technology – specifically internet access – is, in fact, facilitating bricks-and-mortar retail development, rather than hampering it through the rise of online shopping platforms.

Another emerging trend is the changing tenant mix of centres, which is increasingly becoming geared towards high LSM, mixed-use offerings, bringing a greater element of convenience to shoppers who are less inclined to travel far for what they need. This is seeing shopping centres of about 20,000m² developed with a mix of quality restaurants, office space, high-end convenience retail tenants, and lifestyle components such as gyms.

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The Massmart Group comprises nine wholesale and retail chains, and one buying group - 288 stores and 470 buying Group members all focused on high-volume and low-cost distribution. Read more

Trolley Bags SA adds 3 exciting new products to its range

Whether it is the big monthly shop, or the smaller weekly one, one thing both supermarkets and consumers alike strive for is a slicker, more efficient shopping experience.
Tropika launches new Slenda range - A fraction of the calories with all of the ‘extra smoooth' taste

With less calories and no added sugar, the new Tropika Slenda range is the perfect treat option for anyone who wants to enjoy the sweetness of the sunny season - and not compromise on ‘Operation Summer Body’.
Authentic Mexican beer arrives in SA

Mexican beer, Sol, is now available in South Africa just in time for summer refreshment. Sol's journey started in a brewery near Mexico City in 1899. Named in honour of a beam of light shining through the roof, Sol (the Spanish word for sun) is brewed under the supervision of Cerveceria Cuautemoc Moctezuma for a refreshing taste and bright colour.
Lunch Box treats sorted with Oreo, Barni and BelVita, PLUS a chance to win your share of R100 000 in cash prizes

Ever stared blankly into the kitchen pantry, searching for a delicious treat to add to your packed lunch, only to find dried out biltong or a packet of stale chips?

TFG shares shoot up as retailer provides a rare bright spot in the sector

TFG’s share price shot up more than 6% in midday trade after the retailer said its Christmas sales exceeded expectation.
Consumer inflation ticks up, food prices still rising fast

Consumer inflation ticked up slightly as expected in November, remaining firmly outside the Reserve Bank’s 3%-6% target range.
African businesses help boost Shoprite turnover by 14%

Cape Town - The Shoprite Group increased its turnover by 14.0% from R62.5 billion to R71.3 billion for the six months to December 2016, the Group said in a note to shareholders.
How being sceptical paid off for Massmart

The company says its cautious strategy in the rest of Africa is proving to be the right approach.
Black Friday provides boost for SA retail sales

Johannesburg – Following a short-lived boost, retail sales may slow down in the first half of 2017 because of increased consumer pressures in the coming months, say analysts.
SA to import GM maize for first time from US

The government has approved imports of genetically modified maize from the US for the first time as the country seeks to bring in the grain after its worst drought since records began 104 years ago.
Manufacturing sector produces a positive surprise

Manufacturing production rose 1.9% in November from a year earlier, offering a glimmer of good news for the economy’s growth prospects for the fourth quarter.
Low poultry duty on EU ‘will decimate jobs in SA’

Major chicken producer RCL Foods, which owns the Rainbow and Farmer Brown chicken brands, says the government’s new 13.9% safeguard duty on imported bone-in chicken portions from the EU is "hopelessly inadequate.”

Six key marketing trends for 2017

Warc has launched Toolkit 2017, in association with Deloitte Digital, a report that identifies six trends that marketers will be looking to in the coming year.
How Amazon Go will transform the grocery experience

The online behemoth's register-free store disrupts the landscape, but does more convenience take away from what food shopping has always been?
Traditional stores get smarter and better connected

In their e-commerce operations, retailers have long had access to limitless data about customers and transactions. They’ve become adept at using this information to deliver personalized communications and targeted campaigns to customers as they shop online.
How luxury brands can revitalise stagnating sales

Experts say upscale brands need to rethink their in-store and digital presence to engage with younger, connected customers looking for a personal lifestyle experience.
Expand your search strategy to promote brand loyalty

According to a new ICLP study, brand favouritism isn’t necessarily strengthening brand loyalty: 86% of shoppers today say they would consider choosing an alternative brand over their traditional preferred brand. Retail brand loyalty has declined, and marketers are faced with a new set of challenges resulting from this shift in user behaviour.
Walmart purchases ShoeBuy for $70 million

Walmart has purchased the online footwear retailer ShoeBuy for approximately $70 million, in a move aimed at helping its subsidiary offer shoppers a larger selection of shoes and sneakers. Walmart, under enormous competitive pressure from e-Commerce titan Amazon, has been moving aggressively over the last few months to expand its digital reach.
Burberry gives fresh boost for luxury sales

London - British trench coat maker Burberry Group reported estimate-beating revenue as Asia Pacific returned to growth, the second positive sign in a week for Europe’s struggling luxury-goods industry.
Kohl's, Apple provide best cross-channel experiences

With consumers increasingly blind to which "channel" they use during their multi-touch point shopping journeys, it's no longer sufficient for a retailer to offer a great customer experience in one channel but to fall short in another.

Clover acquires Olive Pride

Clover SA will hold 51% of the shares of the new company, Clover Pride, with AECI holding 49%. Clover SA will provide all services to the new entity, including merchandising, sales, marketing, and distribution.
TFG pushing boundaries with new online delivery option

TFG (The Foschini Group) are pushing online delivery boundaries by introducing Deliver 2 Me – a convenient delivery solution which uses geo-location services (already used in apps like Uber) to avoid the need for specific street delivery addresses.
Fry's Family Foods wins top SETA Award

Wally Fry, co-founder of Fry’s, says, “Our philosophy of helping our staff reach their full potential, which in turn increases their standard of living is vitally important. As a successful South African company, we have a duty to ensure all our staff are empowered to change their lives and be the best they can be.
Appletiser and TBWA\Hunt Lascaris celebrate an extraordinary journey

When Appletiser was acquired by Coca-Cola, Hunt Lascaris had to relinquish its relationship with the brand. The highly successful partnership has come to an end, not due to irreconcilable differences, but because global alignment dictated it.
Baskin-Robbins to take on growing local ice-cream market

South Africa’s first Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop opened in Cape Town on Friday, 9 December 2016. Hundreds of people queued at the Canal Walk Shopping Centre in Cape Town for a taste of the brand’s world-famous ice cream.
Stratitude redesigns master chocolatier’s favourite chocolate collection

What do you expect to see in a chocolatier’s collection? The favourite, artisanal chocolates of a master chocolatier? Rich, luxurious packaging that shows the exclusivity of such a selection? Too much spend for too much sweet?
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Tracepack becomes sole Southern Africa full Linx Global portfolio partner

TracePack can now offer the full Linx Global product range which includes Continuous Inkjet, Laser Coders, Large Character Printers, and Thermal Transfer Printers, Thermal Inkjet, including all inks and accessories.
Facing your product in the eye of consumers

The face of your product is the advert for your product (or brand) as it provides product information to consumers.
Less packaging, more sales

Pyrotec PackMedia January 2017: The country’s widespread water restrictions are a stark reminder of the dire and ongoing need to reduce, reuse and recycle. As with the need to save water, brand owners are constantly on the look-out for ideas to reduce their packaging while simultaneously boosting sales.
Investing in skills development

Pyrotec PackMark, January 2017: Pyrotec PackMark – an industry-leading brand within the privately-owned Pyrotec stable – offers a comprehensive range of labelling, coding, print and apply labelling equipment, and consumables.
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Roast Chicken with Stout, Rosemary and Honey

Top South African food stylist and Drizzle and Dip blogger, Sam Linsell uses a secret ingredient to her all-time favourite roast chicken recipe that results in the most succulent bird.
Gin Blossom

With a delightful balance of fruity and floral flavours, the Gin Blossom is centered around the gin so be sure to use a good quality brand.
Banana-honey Muffins with Crunchy Oat Topping

These delicious honey and banana muffins with a crunchy oat topping are great for breakfast or as a lunchbox treat.
Flourless Chocolate Brownies

These flourless chocolate brownies are wonderfully rich and dense. Packed full of protein and fibre, they can almost pass for being healthy.

Shoprite Group supports relief efforts as SA is plagued by natural disasters

In recent weeks the Shoprite Group has reached out to support numerous disaster relief efforts across South Africa as the country continues to be plagued by natural disasters ranging from the ongoing drought to flash floods and runaway veld fires.
Massmart donates high-tech hampers to top matriculants

Massmart recognised South Africa’s top-performing students at the 2016 announcement of the National Senior Certificate Examinations results. The results were officially announced earlier this month by the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga at a ceremony in Auckland Park, Johannesburg.
Global plastics industry effort to combat marine litter grows in 2016

Seven new industry associations join the “Joint Declaration." The group will operate as the “Global Plastics Alliance” going forward.

12-15 February 2017
The Retail Supply Chain Conference

Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, Orlando Florida
22 February and 23 February 2017
3rd eCommerce MoneyAfrica Conference & Exhibition

Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town
27 February and 1 March 2017
Over 200 Exhibitors Committed to PACK EXPO East 2017

Pennsylvania Convention Centre, USA
3-5 March
The 2017 Soweto Wine and Lifestyle Festival

7-9 March 2017
Marketing Analytics Conference 2017

15-30 March 2017
Employer Branding inside and out 2017

Cape Town, Johannesburg, Cape Town
28-30 April 2017
The Secret of Cheese

Sandringham, Johannesburg
8-9 May 2017
Retail Design Expo

Olympia, London

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