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How to manage sustainable omnichannel growth in retail

In today’s consumer landscape, customers can shop from anywhere at any time. The proliferation of technology-driven purchasing means retailers are expected to keep up with the always-connected, digital-savvy shoppers. This demographic expects seamless and rapid purchasing 24/7 – as well as delivery within a two-hour window.

Pressure is mounting on all retailers to provide an excellent customer experience, every time. Consumers are increasingly channel-blind – they just want a good shopping experience.

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Checkers introduces exclusive gourmet pizza range

Pizza lovers are in for a welcome surprise thanks to the brand new range of Bella Vita gourmet pizzas available exclusively at Checkers and Checkers Hyper stores nationwide.
A.J. North introduces Happy Event Firming Cream

Happy Event Firming Cream with Pink Pepperslim extract joins a range of other loved and trusted products, giving moms a holistic approach to nurturing skin, and letting mom take care of herself and her baby while Happy Event takes care of her skin.

TFG appoints new chief finance officer

Fashion retailer TFG has poached the CEO of Grindrod Freight Services, Bongiwe Ntuli, to fill the role of finance chief. TFG said previously that Anthony Thunström, the current CFO, would move into the CEO role on September 3.
Food and grocery price increases in South Africa: 2017 vs 2018

Annual food inflation has continued to slow despite April’s rise in value-added tax (VAT), and some food items are actually cheaper than they were a year ago.

Ackermans shines at AskAfrika Kasi Star Brands Awards

The AskAfrika Kasi Star Brands Awards has recognised leading value retailer Ackermans as one of the top brands in the South African township sector.
Trade surplus in June surprises at more than double the forecasts

SA recorded a substantial surplus of R12bn in June, beating market expectations. This follows May’s surplus of R3.5bn, which was revised upwards by R0.33bn.
Edcon sticks with old store format in modern retail world

The struggling retailer is going back to basics as it prepares itself for the biggest battle in its history. Edcon is betting its future on an old department store format that is under pressure worldwide.
Lemons add a silver lining to SA citrus season

Lemons are the only silver lining to a season in which other citrus products from South Africa have had a hard time of it in a full European summer market, says Snyman Kritzinger, managing director of Grown4U in Kirkwood, Sundays River Valley.
Converse opens its first Cape Town store

One of the most recognised sneaker brands, Converse Inc. announced the opening of their sixth specialty retail store in South Africa.
Wholesaler sales lift in May after two months of contraction

Wholesalers sold R168.5bn worth of goods in May, double the R84.7bn sold by retailers, Statistics SA says.
How to simplify your mobile checkout

Statistics show that as screen sizes decrease so do mobile checkout rates. In fact, only about 15% of mobile checkouts result in sales. Why is this? Could it be that global ecommerce has yet to successfully optimise for mobile checkout?
Ivanka Trump’s clothing line to shut down

Ivanka Trump will wind down her clothing and footwear businesses to focus more on her work in Washington, making the shift after some big-name department stores dropped her brand.

How chatbot technology can benefit your startup

Incorporating your own chatbot technology into your business has become essential for businesses dealing with customers every day. Beyond giving your business a competitive edge, this intelligent technology can provide your startup with plenty of benefits, if used correctly and for the right reasons.
UK retailers unknowingly selling real fur as faux fur, parliament’s probe reveals

It turns out the passing off of real fur as fake or faux‚ as the clothing industry refers to it‚ has been happening on a wide scale. A British parliamentary inquiry was initiated after a series of reports on Sky News revealed that major British retailers were selling real animal fur as synthetic. Products advertised as faux fur were tested by a fibres expert and found to be rabbit‚ mink‚ fox‚ racoon‚ dog and cat.
A cross-media view of the customer is the key to marketing success

The consumer leaves traces in the digital world for marketers to analyse. To get an accurate understanding of the customer journey, brands must, therefore, seek to get a single view of their behaviour across different channels and media as they move from discovery to purchase.
Burberry burns unsold stock worth 506m

Luxury British fashion house Burberry destroyed hundreds of millions of rands worth of its fashion and cosmetic products over the past year to protect its brand. The company burned unsold clothes, accessories and perfume worth around R506-million (£28.6 million), according to its annual report, in a practice now common across the industry to guard against counterfeiting.
Tips on recruiting a bookkeeper for your startup

As your startup grows, there is going to be a time when you need to hire someone to take over (or assist you with) your finances. Now, if you’re a creative or a tech startup, recruiting for a bookkeeper is a very different type of process in comparison to what you’re used to.
Adidas pledges to be rid of “virgin” plastics by 2024

Adidas has announced plans for a major sustainability drive which will see all its clothes and shoes use only recycled polyester over the next six years. Polyester is understood to currently make up 50 per cent of the material used across Adidas entire product range, a total of 920 million individual items.

Oreo brings South Africans together with #OreoPeople campaign

Oreo, everyone’s favourite cookie, is calling on South Africans to ‘Twist, Lick, Dunk’ and SHARE an Oreo with other Oreo People.
Nederburg flies the Cabernet flag for SA wine at UK Wine Challenge

Nederburg scored a hat-trick at The Drinks Business Global Cabernet Sauvignon Masters 2018 in the United Kingdom, bringing home three gold medals, the only ones awarded to Cabernet Sauvignons from South Africa.

Track and trace technology in the SA FMCG industry

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.
Counterfeiting of pharmaceutical products

The counterfeiting of pharmaceutical products is an enormous risk for consumers’ health and a major economic loss for the pharmaceutical industry.
Best equipment for ‘best before’ dates

Retailers use ‘best before’ dates on food products as an indication of quality, showing that although the food is no longer at its best, it is still good to eat. ‘Use by’ dates show consumers when perishable foods, such as meats and dairy products, are no longer safe to eat.

Baby Veg and Camembert Traybake

If you cannot get a hold of baby vegetables, just chop up your bigger vegetables into smaller pieces.
Vegan Chocolate Chia Pudding

This vegan breakfast bowl is sweetened with just a little honey but is as thick and creamy as your favourite old-fashioned porridge.

Clicks gives back to local learners as part of its 50th birthday

Female learners at Zinqobele Secondary School in Empangeni, Durban were thrilled to receive a visit from Clicks senior management, who handed over free washable, reusable sanitary pads as part of the health and beauty retailer’s 50th birthday celebrations.
Shoprite launches competition to boost small businesses

Small business owners with an annual turnover of less than R1 million are invited to enter the very first Shoprite Hustle competition before 22 September 2018.

Food & Drink Technology Africa

Food & Drink Technology Africa (fdt Africa) is a biennial trade fair held in Johannesburg, South Africa. The trade fair and its accompanying program (including a high-quality exhibitor forum) is the third successful offset of Messe München’s drinktec, the world’s leading trade fair in the beverage and liquid food industry.​

04 September 2018 - 06 September 2018
Convenience Retailing Summit

Through two days of presentations, interactive breakout sessions, case studies and Q&A sessions, and timed to coincide with Talking Retail’s Retail Industry Awards for greater networking opportunities, you will be part of the most comprehensive convenience event ever staged.

26 September 2018 - 27 September 2018

SACSC 22nd Annual Congress

The SACSC Annual Congress has become an event that not only brings up-to-date information and industry networking, it also celebrates the country’s retail, shopping centre and associated industries.

17 October 2018 - 19 October 2018
CGCSA Summit

The CGCSA Summit programme offers a unique opportunity to network with the CEOs and top leaders from some of South Africa’s most successful retailers and manufacturers and get inspired by an exceptional line up of speakers and industry experts.

14 November 2018

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