Increase in mall foot traffic drives consumer-brand engagement. Hunger Month launches in Food Lover’s Market stores. Albany Bakeries introduces Bread-A-Betix.

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Increase in mall foot traffic drives consumer-brand engagement

While mall occupancy levels and foot traffic have decreased in some malls, other malls have experienced excellent growth over the six months to December. So, what does this mean for brands? Brands need to be where the consumers are and what better place than the mall environment. John Faia: GM of Mall Ads™ unpacks the status quo.

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Albany Bakeries introduces new Low-GI bread, Bread-A-Betix

Albany Bakeries has launched a new low-GI bread, Bread-A-Betix, suitable for the health-conscious, and for those who want to manage their blood sugar levels and control body weight, when eaten as part of a balanced diet.

Clicks Group to invest R700m in its stores

Clicks plans to open 40 new stores this year, ahead of its target of 25 to 30 stores. According the group’s interim financial results for the period ended February 2018, released recently, Clicks grew its store footprint to 646 and opened 24 stores over the period.
Consumer confidence swings into optimistic territory

SA cheered up by a record 34 points thanks to the "Ramaphosa rally", causing consumer confidence to swing from a pessimistic, minus eight points to an optimistic 26 points.

Momentum builds for Pick 'n Pay's own label

The retailer has set its sights on 30% own-product penetration as it builds a supplier base. Pick n Pay wants almost a third of its in-store products to be its own brands within a few years, says CEO Richard Brasher.
Decrease in pork price makes it top pick for consumers

With the continued decrease in the price of pork whilst other meats trend higher, consumers who are feeling the pinch are most likely to settle for pork as an alternative.
Ackermans opens 700th store

Ackermans opened its 700th store in the Rustenburg Platinum Square. Local residents were welcomed by the retail team, as well as the Sound of Ackermans presenters who were broadcasting live from the store.
SA wine production declines steeply — but global wine consumption is steady

SA is set for a steep decline in wine production in 2018 as the country grapples with a water crisis ravaging Cape Town and surrounding areas, a Paris-based global organisation said.
Annual SACSC Research Conference delves into the evolution and future of retail

The South African Council of Shopping Centre’s (SACSC) Annual Research Conference celebrated its eighth anniversary recently with more than 270 delegates representing the country’s most respected companies and brands, in attendance.
Adopting sustainability strategies can boost SA SME's

Many startups and small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) owners in South Africa believe that sustainability strategies are only relevant to large corporates, but there are many advantages to making sustainability the foundation of any new business.
Smartphone shoppers altering retail reality

Smartphone shopping is expected to peak globally in the coming few years with 43 percent surveyed already making purchases on their phone weekly. Majority of smartphone shoppers expect most people to have a personal shopping advisor within 3 years; emerging demand for digital shopping assistants to help with purchase decisions.
UK fashion brands continue to attract overseas online shoppers

Online search activity for UK retailers, especially from consumers outside the EU, has maintained its growth trajectory into 2018 – reflecting an ongoing trend to shop online. According to the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Google’s Online Retail Monitor, fashion saw the highest growth in search, boosted by international consumers seeking UK brands online.

How to set a return policy that works for the customer and you

A store's return policy is an important part of your overall approach to customer service, but it's not as simple as making your guidelines strict or lenient.
H&M, Adidas and M&S ranked among most transparent fashion brands

Five years on from the Rana Plaza disaster, lobby group Fashion Revolution has published a report on the supply chain transparency of the top 150 biggest fashion brands.
Why forcing customers to use your app is brand vanity

Many brands remain obsessed with creating mobile apps. This not only defies trends that point to increasing consumer app apathy, but can exclude a sizeable portion of your customers in emerging economies.
Gucci and Guess settle 9-year legal battle over logo

Gucci and Guess have finally settled a nine-year legal battle over the intellectual property of their interlocking G logos.
SA brands lacking confidence on global stage

Local brands could up their game by cohesively telling the global market what they have to offer and developing a more collegial, outward-looking strategy.
Italian fruit and vegetable exports set new record

Italian fruit and vegetable exports reached the €5 billion mark last year, growing by 3% compared to 2016, setting a historical record for the sector.

Sureswipe launches another service to help small retailers grow their businesses

Sureswipe, one of South Africa’s first card payment acceptance companies, introduced a new online service, called Self Sign up, that allows retailers to order and pay for their card payment machines online and start processing customers’ credit cards within days.
McCain chips undergo a makeover

You can still expect the same delicious and great tasting chips from the range even though they may look a little different.

Fighting food fraud with packaging and labelling solutions

Labels can lie, and packaging can be misleading. Food fraud not only robs you of the value that you have paid for, it could also be hazardous to your health.
Total recall

Coding and marking are essential for providing information on products, labels, and packaging. ‘Brand owners incorporate marks or codes onto their products or packaging to protect themselves and consumers by ensuring security throughout the supply chain,’ explains Pyrotec PackMark's general manager, Brandon Pearce.

Smoked Sardine Kedgeree

High in nutrients and comforting to boot.
Black Forest Stack

A simple, fast dessert, made to impress, without the richness and lengthy procedure of authentic Black Forest Gateau.

Shoprite helps uplift and nourish a new generation of young South Africans

The challenge of feeding around 60 disabled children with three nutritious meals seven days a week is not for the fainthearted. But thanks to dedication, vision and creative solutions, the food garden at the Star Uplifting Centre in Dimbaza, near King William’s Town, is making it happen.
Hunger Month launches in all Food Lover’s Market stores

Food Lover’s Market, in partnership with Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing, Simpl. Juice and Rugani is joining forces with FoodForward SA for the second consecutive year to feed vulnerable families in South Africa.

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