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The evolution of retail: Past, present and future

The retail industry is a dynamic one, always adapting to better cater to customers. For the past decade, we’ve seen a handful of updates and advancements that have propelled the industry forward. No matter how much the industry changes, the idea that “customer experience is king” will always stay the same.

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Steinhoff shares plunge after CEO quits

Steinhoff International plunged by a record 62% after CEO Markus Jooste quit in the wake of irregularities in the company’s accounts that require further investigation.
No relief in sight for local clothing retailers in 2018

Clothing retailers are likely to see single-digit growth in future as low sales, worsened by weak economic growth and international competitors entering the market, continue to put the sector under pressure.
TFG holds out for Christmas sales

Fashion retailer TFG is relying on Christmas trading to boost it’s full-year performance, as its bottom line remained flat for its half-year results.
Woolworths will be dreaming of a prime Christmas

Woolworths will need strong Christmas sales for its interim turnover growth to outpace inflation, a trading update for the first 20 weeks of its financial year released on Thursday morning indicated.
Tiger Brands eyes Africa expansion

Tiger Brands was looking for acquisitions outside SA and would place more emphasis on due diligence than in the past, management said on Monday. CEO Lawrence MacDougall said the consumer goods group had a "clearer" acquisition strategy that focused on core product categories.
Producer inflation eases, as food inflation nears zero

Producer price inflation moderated slightly in October, as expected, after accelerating faster than expected in September.
‘Sugar tax’ is adopted by Treasury without amendment

The National Council of Provinces’ (NCOP) select committee on finance has adopted the bill which includes a provision for the health promotion levy — or sugar tax — without amendment.
South Africa’s bulk exports increase to new record

South Africa’s bulk export volumes soared by 30.7% year on year in October to a new record of 16.7-million tonnes, according to Transnet National Ports Authority.

How retail marketers can shine during the holiday shopping haze

Consumers are constantly confronted across media channels with branded messages. The volume of information is overwhelming, leaving many to disregard those messages or even view them with outright disdain.
Marks & Spencer dominates Christmas ad engagement polls

Marks & Spencer’s Christmas advert featuring Paddington Bear has achieved the highest customer engagement for a retailer in 2017’s festive campaign season.
Attracting consumers to your start-up

When it comes to start-up businesses today, wannabe business owners are far too quick to give up, wanting success to happen overnight.
Why marketers need to pay more attention to imagery

The internet today is a primarily visual medium. Intuitively, most marketers know this. They agonise over which photo to use to highlight their products. They eschew word-heavy sales letters in favour of visually-engaging video.
Why FMCG brands should target consumers with small format OOH

When it comes to marketing FMCG products, one would presume that virtually every consumer is a target and that the brand communication is going to reach those targets across the entire demographic spectrum.
Alibaba investing $3B in brick-and-mortar grocer

Alibaba Group, French food retailer Auchan Retail and Taiwanese retail company Ruentex Group announced a partnership to share resources and platforms in going after China’s food retail sector, the companies said in a press release.
Walmart steadily closing in on Amazon in online price war

Walmart Stores is within striking distance of matching’s online prices for the first time, a key milestone in its effort to regain the "low price leader" title.
Toys R Us bankruptcy results in 26 UK outlets being shut

Toys R Us plans to shut at least 26 UK stores, as the retailer goes through bankruptcy proceedings in the US.

Nederburg launches bespoke festive packs offering a beautiful collection of individual stories

The Paarl winery, one of South Africa’s most reputable names in wine, has just released a special offering of the latest vintages of four of its varietal wines from The Winemasters collection, named to honour the long-established tradition of Nederburg’s winemaking excellence.
Amarula wins prestigious African Leaders 4 Change Award

Amarula, Africa’s premium liqueur has been honoured with a 2017 African Leaders 4 Change Award at an event held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.
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Bar codes: back to the beginning

Bar codes – and more modern versions such as two-dimensional codes and QR codes – allow organisations around the globe to uniquely identify their products and trace these at every point along the value chain. It’s difficult to imagine life without machine-readable product codes, but this concept has only been in commercial use since the 1970s.
The role of packaging in reducing food waste

Today, more than 30% of all food produced globally is not consumed, while at the same time people are starving due to famine. Additionally, the unnecessary production of food that is wasted, is a significant contributor to global warming. Food waste is both an environmental and human issue that could be partly solved by packaging. Here is why!
Value-adding and compliant labelling solutions for the agrochemical industry

In the interests of keeping customers and the environment safe – and, of course, to comply with the stringent legislation governing packaging and labelling in this industry – agrochemical companies have to ensure that they communicate a large volume of product information on pack, in the correct way.
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Braaied Orange & Sage Turkey

Cook the turkey on the coals for a more social, South African festive feast.
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Shoprite renovates safe house for 21 children

Emma Makhatini’s residence in Blue Downs, also known as the Ethembeni Educare & Children’s Care Centre, is home to 21 children who call her ‘mommy’. As a widowed pensioner, Makhatini could not afford to upgrade her security, which put her at risk of losing her Department of Social Development (DSD) registration.
Shoprite rolls out its trucks to help drought-stricken farming communities

Five trucks left the Shoprite Group’s distribution centre in Centurion on Friday morning to collect fodder and transport it to the Northern Cape, where the worst drought conditions in a century are killing off livestock and threatening farmers’ and farm workers’ livelihoods.

05 March 2018
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14 - 15 March 2018
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Cape Town International Convention Centre
14 - 15 March 2018
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Johannesburg venue TBC

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