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The big data divide: How traditional retailers can learn from eCommerce

The harsh reality is that local retailers are still very early on their journeys towards leveraging Big Data. Traditional business models and a reliance on physical retail outlets still dominate our retail sector.

But, as Retailers consider the right Big Data strategies to power future sales growth, it could be instructive to look at the approaches of their online-only peers, those ‘pure-play’ digital retailers – both South African and international.

In general, eCommerce players have been far quicker off the mark when it comes to truly harnessing the power of Big Data. Around the world, traditional retailers are starting to learn from them, and starting to follow suit.

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The Pick n Pay Express store network is a partnership with BP and uses BP's existing forecourt infrastructure and fuel dealer network to operate the stores. At Present Pick n Pay express operates 12 stores nationally.
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McCain introduces new limited-edition Spicy Wedges

The new limited-edition McCain Spicy Wedges are the perfect big bite, crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside with a hint of spice.
Bettamed™ Care Cream

Bettamed™ Care Cream treats itching, wet and dry eczema, rashes, athlete’s foot, insect bites, chickenpox, sunburn and mild burns. It also works wonders for shingles which is a really nasty and painful condition. Its anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties ensure rapid healing.

Pick n Pay unveils new online shopping website

Pick n Pay, the largest online grocery business in Africa, this week unveiled its new online shopping website. Designed to work alongside the recently relaunched mobile app, the website has been built to offer greater convenience, wider choice, more promotions and lower prices to its fast-growing base of online shoppers.
How wholesalers and retailers can weather the economic downturn

It was announced recently that South Africa is no longer in the technical recession that resulted from two consecutive quarters of negative growth. While welcomed news, it does not change the fact that consumers remain under pressure in the face of ever-increasing living costs, growing debt levels and significant political uncertainty.
Shoprite opens 14 new stores, creates 820 new jobs in one week

The Shoprite Group created more than 820 new job opportunities with the opening of 14 new stores across 6 different provinces in South Africa.
Some positives in tough year for Clover

Clover Industries was savaged on all fronts in the year to June. Prolonged drought was followed by a wetter, cooler summer, which affected beverage sales. At the same time, rand volatility was compounded by SA’s ugly political environment.
The great textile turnaround

Earlier in 2017, Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe highlighted the textile and clothing industry as one of the sectors where the economy could most effectively be bolstered.
New cultivars & production methods for guava industry

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture is funding research to stimulate and sustain the growth and development of minor crops in the province, a move that promises to transform the guava industry in the region.
SA sees record maize crop even bigger in last estimate

South Africa boosted its final estimate for this year’s record crop as the pace of deliveries continues to point to a bumper harvest.
SA’s sugar industry under assault

South Africa’s sugar industry faces tough times — even without the imposition of a tax on sugary drinks.

A retailer's guide to driving modern customer experiences

No longer are the days where customer interactions are limited to the physical confines of brick-and-mortar stores; digital sources like mobile apps, websites, social media platforms, and email subscriptions enable retailers to reach consumers at multiple touch points and opens the door to a new world of ultimate, tailored customer experiences.
Walmart aims for greener products

Walmart is expanding its programme to clean up the products it sells, setting a 2022 target for reducing potentially harmful substances and widening the list of chemicals it wants to avoid.
The brains behind supermarket gimmicks

Discovery is a great example of a company that has gamified healthy behaviour. But why do other firms get it so wrong?
Gen Z wants more in-store tech

Gen Zers are eager to experience in-store tech while they shop, with 39% hoping "just walk out" technology will be implemented within the next 12 months and 44% hoping AR and VR come to fruition during that same period, according to a study by payments platform Adyen.
Embracing retail’s digital transformation - A how to guide

We live in a digital age where consumers are increasingly relying on the Internet and mobile devices for everything from paying bills to entertainment.
Burberry partners with Coty to boost beauty business

Burberry has announced a new partnership with international beauty giant Coty as it aims to boost the growth of its own-brand beauty division.
Online shopping in Italy continues to rise

The number of Italians visiting online consumer goods sites to purchase food, home and personal care products, has grown by 6% to over 2 million in June 2017.
Unilever sets its sights on Estée Lauder

Increasing rumours say that cosmetics company Estée Lauder may be up for sale and that there are a number of interested parties, including L’Oréal and Unilever.

TFG enhances its online mall with family fashion from Exact

TFG (The Foschini Group) took another significant step today in developing South Africa’s first online mall, with the addition of value fashion retailer Exact, bringing the total number of linked stores on the group’s expanding eCommerce platform to 13. It is a move expected to advance the group’s online sales.
Willow Creek Olive Oil crowned by young and old at Olivinus 2017

Leading South African producer Willow Creek Olive Estate has been singled out for excellence at two major international competitions: Olivinus and Sol d’Oro (Southern Hemisphere).
Pareto Limited’s shopping centres score a spectacular double at the Spectrum Awards

In a welcome development, Pareto Limited shopping centres have won both of the South African shopping centre industry’s highest accolades – the 2017 Spectrum Award for Retail Development and Design and the 2017 Spectrum Award for Shopping Centre Marketing.
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Track and trace technology in the FMCG industry in South Africa

One of the most important aspects of the manufacturing process of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) in South Africa, is the use of high-quality coding and marking systems to provide full traceability for the manufacturer and authentic information for the end user.
Customised coding and labelling solutions

Pyrotec’s machinery division, Pyrotec PackMark, has launched a new service, known as Line ID (Line Identification), to provide a fully-integrated customised coding and labelling tracking system for its customers.
Food, compliance, and ink: The ins and outs of fresh produce marking

The amount of preparation that goes into the packaging, labelling, and distribution of food products is hard to ignore. If your business is active in food production or manufacture, or food wholesale, distribution, or supply, your mandate is to ensure that you keep compliant to the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries Regulations (DAFF), but also to ensure that tracking, inventory, and distribution are supported by quality marking, labelling, and packaging.
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Curried Chicken & Chick Pea Stir Fry

A quick one-pot meal using ready cooked chicken for a filling meal in a flash.
Rooibos Nectarine Floats

Who could say no to a float?

Shoprite Group pumps resources into water-scarce communities

Drought-stricken communities in the Eastern Cape now have access to clean drinking water following the installation of two new PlayPumps.

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28-30 November 2017
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14 - 15 March 2018
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Cape Town International Convention Centre

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