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Retail security in the digital age

The retail sector is transforming at a significant pace and there is a high adoptability to digital, if consumer digital uptake is any indication. As per IDC’s FutureScape: Worldwide Retail 2017 Predictions report issued in November last year, by 2019 digital transformation investments will triple, drawing funds away from store capital and profoundly changing the retail industry. There is high-value capture for the retailer and high-value creation for the consumer but like all high valuables, this too needs to be protected.

Retailers have been a target of cyber criminals for many years, given their access to vast volumes of customer data, such as banking and credit information and even personal information like identity numbers, addresses, and telephone numbers. This data offers a world of possibility for cyber criminals, from identity theft to fraudulent buying, to corporate espionage.

With retailers no longer confined to physical spaces but launching online customer interaction platforms and eCommerce stores, data is not stored in systems accessible only by company employees anymore.

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Woolworths was founded in 1931 by Max Sonnenberg. His belief that success lies in providing customers with superior quality merchandise at reasonable prices has been instrumental in establishing Woolworths as one of South Africa’s leading retail chains.
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Natura Sugars challenges the norm, adds two new products to their range

The only range of truly unrefined sugars in South Africa and exclusively sourced from Mauritius, Natura Sugars, has recently added 2 new products to their already exciting range. Golden Light Brown is a sparkling golden sugar with a subtle buttery taste perfect for everyday use, whilst the Molasses Sugar is the ultimate soft sugar giving the most intense natural molasses flavour.
Cadbury Dairy Milk introduces a new box-office hit

This May, Cadbury Dairy Milk premieres the latest flavour in its Marvellous Creations range – Popcorn Jelly Cola! This box office hit combines cola jellies, crunchy popcorn and popping candy, all wrapped up in delicious Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate. The result - an unexpected taste combination that makes a night in feel like a night out at the movies.

Premier Foods agrees deal with Mondelēz to renew Cadbury marketing license

Premier Foods has revealed an agreement with Mondelēz International to renew the company’s licence to produce and market Cadbury branded goods in new potential markets in the likes of China, India and Japan.
Manufacturing to drive inclusive growth

South Africa’s answer to achieving inclusive growth may lie in developing its manufacturing sector said an analyst.
Naspers invests more in Takealot, SA's biggest eCommerce website

Naspers, Africa's biggest eCommerce and digital company, has just invested R960-million (about $69.4-million) into Takealot Online, South Africa's largest eCommerce company.
Takealot CEO on what shapes e-commerce in SA

More and more South Africans are accepting e-commerce as a valid retail channel, according to Kim Reid, CEO of Takealot.
H&M unveils new brand as it seeks to revive profit

Hennes & Maurita announced the addition of its first new store brand in three years as the Swedish fashion retailer seeks to revive sales in key European markets.
Innovation drives citrus nursery’s 450% production increase

In 2014, the Cederberg Tree Nursery produced 100 000 citrus trees a year. Two years later, after its acquisition by ANB Investments, the nursery produces more than 550 000 citrus trees annually.
SA and UK start making plans for post-Brexit trade

SA and the UK have reached an in-principle agreement that an interim arrangement will be put in place once Britain leaves the EU which will be based on the existing economic partnership agreement between SA and the EU.
Rob Davies launches the latest industrial action plan

Radical economic transformation is about giving black people participation in industrial economy, says minister.

The CX you should deliver within 8 seconds

Today's marketers face the challenge of capturing consumers’ brief attention span as they speed through the overwhelming quantity of content and offers available on every channel.
Chinese eCommerce spending more than UK, U.S. combined

A new report from the Boston Consulting Group found that Chinese eCommerce spending was $750 billion in 2016, more than the U.S. and the UK combined, while it’s growing at 20% per year, twice as fast as those markets.
Retailers, robots & the art of automating empathy

Four of the biggest Customer Service Technology Trends that retailers will be implementing in the coming year from the 2017 Forrester report.
3 Ways retailers blend eCommerce with retail

Consumers and marketers agree – the world of shopping is increasingly becoming digital.
FMCG suppliers need to become master storytellers to succeed with grocery retailers

With retail multiples looking to downsize their ranges, especially in the context of cost price negotiations prompted by recent currency fluctuations, FMCG suppliers need to become master storytellers to remain competitive.
H&M’s biggest UK store now open

Fashion retail giant H&M has officially opened the doors of its biggest store yet in its UK and Ireland market at Westfield Stratford City in east London.
Amazon continues brick-and-mortar push

The nation’s capital has been added to the list of cities that will soon feature an Amazon Books store.
Walmart sees strong growth in U.S. eCommerce

As its acquisition continues to pay out, Walmart is seeing hyper growth in eCommerce, with U.S. online sales up 63% in the first quarter. On the physical side of things, Walmart’s store traffic and same-store sales were both up in an extremely challenging retail environment, rising 1.5% and 1.4% respectively.

Clover – successful dairy champion

Since 1834, Agri-Expo has been involved in the South African Dairy Industry and have been promoting dairy excellence with the annual South African Dairy Championships.
McCain South Africa named one of the top 20 Kasi Star Brands

McCain was recently named as one of the top 20 Kasi Star Brands in the Ask Africa survey for 2017. This list reflects the 20 biggest brands in South African Townships.
Cadbury Lunch Bar brings the #MuchMuchMore Spirit with new TV Commercial

Cadbury Lunch Bar, South Africa’s most iconic chocolate bar has just released a new television commercial which clearly portrays the brand’s fun and vigorous spirit to all their fans!
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Offer more value on-pack

In the current economic climate, almost all consumers are minding their budgets and looking for products and services that offer them maximum value for their money. While promotions, giveaways, special offers, discounts, sales and competitions all have their place – it is also important to remember that value is not about the most affordable product, but the one that offers more for less.
Unpacking tamper-proof labelling in Africa

In the UK 49% of their consumers find tamper proof labels a nuisance. African consumers appreciate the technology and see tamper-proof labelling as a necessity. Brand owners operating in Africa rely heavily on tamper-proof technology to ensure that contents of the packaging are safeguarded against counterfeiting.
Intuitive case coding

Pyrotec’s machinery division, Pyrotec PackMark, has launched the new 4500 Drop on Demand (DOD) Valve Jet coder from trusted global manufacturer of product identification and traceability solutions, Markem-Imaje.
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French Onion Soup

A classic, ready in 10 minutes!
Green Bean & Tomato Bredie

Rhodes has added some variety to a traditional South African tomato bredie by including Rhodes Cross-Cut Green Beans. And by bulking this stew up with more veg, you get more meal for your money.

Pioneer Foods launches its Breakfast Nutrition Programme in KwaZulu-Natal

Nearly 5000 learners in five disadvantaged schools in KwaZulu-Natal will receive a healthy breakfast every school day as Pioneer Foods rolled out its schools breakfast nutrition programme in the province this week. The programme already feeds more than 21 000 learners throughout 25 schools in the Western Cape, Northern Cape, Limpopo, North West and the Free State.
Orlando and Eyethu Children’s Homes receive bucket loads with Shoprite's #ActforChange

Orlando and Eyethu Children's Homes in Soweto each received 200 Shoprite #ActforChange buckets filled with non-perishable food on Friday, 28 April. This donation is aligned to Shoprite’s commitment to addressing the food security challenges faced by many South Africans.
PLASTICS|SA clean-up crews collect more than 39 000 kg of waste at the world's most beautiful race

More than 39 000 kg of waste was collected by the Plastics|SA Clean-Up Crews that cleaned up the routes used by the athletes during the recent Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, widely known as the World’s Most Beautiful Race.

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