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Helping connected consumers navigate your path to purchase

South African consumer brands, like their counterparts in other parts of the world, face an uphill battle in meeting the growing expectations of their customers. They operate in a world where consumers continually want more convenience, more choice, lower prices and a better experience. According to GfK’s Retail Trend Monitor 2017, a 51-country survey of retailers and industry experts, convenience of the shopping experience (89%) is the leading driver of current retail developments, but personalised marketing and the seamlessness of the cross-channel experience will gain in relevance. Click here to read more




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NEW RELEASES & PRODUCTS
Checkers introduces new ready-to-cook Limited Edition meats range for the festive season

Preparing Christmas lunch or dinner has never been this easy thanks to a new range of ready-to-cook Limited Edition meats available exclusively from Checkers just in time for the festive season.
McCain Launches the new limited edition Spicy Wedges with a surprise intersection giveaway

McCain South Africa recently upped the spice and launched the new limited-edition McCain Spicy Wedges by surprising people travelling home from work on Friday the 3rd of November.
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Pick n Pay online visitors grow

Visitors to the Pick n Pay Online Web site increased by 32% year on year, according to the retailer's interim results for the 26 weeks ended 27 August 2017. The company says because of growing customer demand for convenience, the group continued to invest in Pick n Pay Online but did not disclose how much it had invested during the six-month period.
Retail sector offers good news for third-quarter economic growth

In good news for third-quarter economic growth, the retail sector did better than expected in September. Retail trade sales increased 5.4% in September from a year earlier, to R74.12bn, Statistics SA said on Wednesday.
Shoprite in talks to set up shop in Kenya

Shoprite Holdings is in talks to open its first shops in Kenya by filling retail space left empty by the struggling Nakumatt Holdings chain.
Clicks targets 900 stores after ace results

Clicks Group plans to grow its retail footprint to 900 stores across the country after a stellar performance in its pharmacy and beauty divisions for the year to August.
Builders Warehouse opens another store in Zambia

Builders Warehouse is opening its second Builders Warehouse store in the second largest city in Zambia, Kitwe. The new store employs 54 people who reside in the Kitwe area; 44 of them are permanent, 10 on contract and approximately 15 indirect new jobs will be created from ancillary services like cleaning, security, and maintenance.
Green shoots visible for Tongaat after devastating drought

Tongaat Hulett, SA’s largest sugar producer, is starting to see the positive effects of the end of a devastating drought that hit its operations in KwaZulu-Natal, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique.
SA citrus industry suspends exports to the EU, with exceptions

SA has suspended exports of citrus to the EU following the detection of black spot. This comes at a time when the country’s agricultural sector is dealing with the fallout from a prolonged drought.
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. The previous record of 16.4-million tonnes was set in January 2015.
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Clicks focuses on in-store digital journey

Today’s customer expects to engage with retailers in an engaging and digitally interactive way in-store and retailers are focusing on this customer journey to develop the relationship and increase sales.
Alibaba Singles Day racks up $1 billion in sales in two minutes

Alibaba Group kicked off its annual Singles’ Day shopping bonanza, logging $1 billion in gross merchandise volume within the first two minutes.
Black Friday, Cyber Monday 2017 reflect growing digital evolution and appetite for seamless digital experiences

With digital transformation initiatives permeating everything business does, the Black Friday and Cyber Monday period this year is expected to illustrate just how far online retailers have come in embracing Availability.
Retail with purpose in the new digital economy

What is the purpose of your business? If you are a retailer and your immediate answer is “to sell more products,” you may find times getting tougher in the months and years ahead.
Lewis targets festive marketing

Furniture retailer Lewis will ramp up its marketing to take advantage of the festive season.
The creative face of Burberry steps down

Christopher Bailey, the man behind the creative process that turned UK luxury fashion retailer Burberry into a household name worldwide, will step down from his roles as President and Chief Creative Officer of the company on March 31, 2018.
Target aims to pack big holiday punch by keeping it simpler

Target Corp. is looking to take on rivals Walmart and Amazon this holiday season with a simplified strategy that emphasizes private brands, in-store fun and shopping convenience over a plethora of confusing promotions.
Amazon posts double digit sales growth following Whole Foods deal

Online retail giant Amazon has reported that net sales increased by 34% to $43.7 billion in the third quarter of the year.

MARKETING & BRAND ACTIVATION
McCain SA is awarded the President’s Safety Awards

McCain South Africa is proud to announce that its Springs Plant has been awarded the President’s Safety Award this year. This award is recognition for safety excellence as well as commitment to the global safety principles.
Sea Harvest kicks off their annual Kids 4 Kids initiative

National Children’s Day takes place on Saturday 04 November 2017. To celebrate, Sea Harvest are kicking off their annual Kids 4 Kids initiative this week with a commitment to raise R300 000 for the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town.
Albany Bakeries promotes women's safety and empowerment at first Albany Street Smart Squad event

The Albany Street Smart Squad was the third event in Albany’s ongoing consumer wellness drive. This year, Albany has hosted numerous workshops and initiatives, aimed at helping South Africans improve their health and wellness - covering everything from eating habits and nutrition to stress management and exercise. This latest chapter put women empowerment and safety at the forefront of the campaign.
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LOGISTICS, PACKAGING & SUPPLY CHAINS
Your label: the perfect platform for holiday promotions

The build-up to the end of the year and the festive season itself is a busy and profitable period for many product owners. This is an ideal time to use special offers and competitions to boost sales and customer engagement.
ID Logistics SA reduces carbon footprint

ID Logistics SA, part the global contracts logistics group, has embarked on a national initiative to reduce its carbon footprint, starting with electricity consumption at its Gauteng distribution centre in Boksburg.
MakeMeMobile expands operations to meet demands for mobility

Mobile technology in the supply chain is no longer a luxury but an absolute necessity in order to drive efficiencies and accurately track and control the movement of goods, as well as compete in an increasingly competitive and global market.
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RECIPES
Mushroom & Lentil Bolognese

Try this delicious recipe.
Ginger & Oat Biscuits

With cranberries or baked as is, these cookies will taste just as nice.

CORPORATE SOCIAL INVESTMENT
Shoprite’s water-saving initiatives extended to Cape Town schools

As the Western Cape battles through the worst drought in a century, the Shoprite Group has extended its water-saving initiatives to include a smart meter roll-out programme which will save 1 million litres of water a day at schools across Cape Town.
MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet celebrates 20 years & R500 million of giving back

One of South Africa’s most trusted and established community loyalty programmes, MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Launched in 1997 as an entrepreneurial business with the aim of empowering consumers to make a difference to education, the programme has grown significantly and today raises more than R6 million a month for a wide range of schools, charities and conservation organisations.
Ten years and 4.5 million kilometers for Shoprite’s Mobile Soup Kitchens

In the 10 years since the Shoprite Group launched its first Mobile Soup Kitchen, the fleet has driven 4.5-million kilometres into the furthermost corners of the country, serving more than 30-million meals to vulnerable communities in the process.

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UPCOMING EVENTS
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14 - 15 March 2018
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Cape Town International Convention Centre
 
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