Africa's largest eCommerce event comes to Kenya. Establishing a platform for in-store digital growth. Colour shampoo aids Dr Wolff Group’s growth.

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Futureproof your retail store

Recession, economic uncertainty, political upheaval – these factors, among many others, are playing havoc with retail stability and longevity around the world. In the United Kingdom, well-known brands such as House of Fraser and Orla Kiely have either gone into administration or closed down. Edgars may shut the doors of its landmark store in the centre of Johannesburg in an attempt to revive the ailing brand, and Nine West and Mango have closed their stores across the country due to increased competition and economic pressure. As outlooks go, this may seem dire, but for those retailers that are paying attention and preparing to adapt, it’s a landscape filled with potential.

To achieve retail relevance in an age where shoppers are savvier than ever and competition continues to increase, retailers need to bring together multiple worlds to create modern, personalised and unique customer experiences. That means combining digital and technology, expert sales staff, marketing, market understanding and quality products.

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Rhodes Food Group adds new products to Squish Baby Foods range

The exciting new additions of fruit and veg puree pouches with full cream yoghurt, as well as a range of ready-to-eat fruit jellies, will complement and expand the current offering.


 RETAILER  ECONOMIC
Edcon makes headway in securing R3bn in funds to keep it going

Edcon Holdings is making progress toward securing R3bn in funding to keep the South African clothing retailer afloat, with the Public Investment Corporation part of the ongoing talks.
Mastercard Index: Love and pockets run deep in South Africa as Valentine’s Day spend soars

According to the latest Mastercard Love Index, South Africans are willing to dig deeper into their pockets to spoil the ones they love on Valentine’s Day, splashing out on experiences like dining out and travel rather than on traditional gifts.


Woolworths to donate profits from baby carriers and pay back Ubuntu Baba

Woolworths will not be keeping the profits it made from the sale of baby carriers similar to those of a Cape Town-based small business, Ubuntu Baba.
Consumers optimistic about SA economy, household finances

Consumers are fairly optimistic that the outlook of the SA economy and their household finances will improve over the next 12 months, the FNB/BER Consumer Index has revealed.
TFG achieves eCommerce leadership with Oracle

TFG (The Foschini Group), a South African retail group operating in thirty-two countries across five continents, has chosen Oracle to support its digital transformation strategy with the consolidation of twenty-two brands into one online marketplace.
Minuscule manufacturing growth in December, but outlook is positive

While manufacturing was subdued in December, the sector will give growth a slight boost in 2018, data from Statistics SA showed.
Levi Strauss files for stock market comeback

Jeans maker Levi Strauss has filed documents to list itself on the New York Stock Exchange, seeking to return to public markets after more than three decades.
Consumer spending rises in December 2018

Consumer spend over the traditional holiday period in December reflected a year-on-year increase, according to BankservAfrica’s data which measured the value and volume of sales in December.
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6 Ways to win with CX

As each new app or tech gadget appears on the horizon, keeping the Customer Experience (CX) fresh and relevant becomes more complex. But making and retaining customers in 2019 is not just about keeping up with the sophisticated robotics of the 21st Century.
Hermes optimistic about Chinese sales

French luxury handbag label Hermes said that sales momentum in its Chinese stores stayed strong in the fourth quarter, adding to reassuring signals from rivals over enduring demand in one of the industry's biggest markets.


Retail SMEs to embrace e-commerce

A forecast by World Wide Worx shows that online retail sales figures in South Africa are expected to more than double from 2016 to almost R20-billion by 2020.
Toys R Us makes a comeback as Tru Kids Brands

Toys R Us is making a comeback as a brand new company known as Tru Kids Brands, one year after the toy retailer went bust.
The war of the platforms

The argument around which marketing platform trumps the others, and whether traditional media is being killed by digital is not new, nor is there a simple answer. Traditional platforms –print, for example – have had to face the reality of digital disruption and adapt accordingly, while consumers have become both more elusive and demanding.
Click & collect market in the UK to grow nearly 50% over the next five years

The UK click & collect market is set to grow 45.8% over the next five years to reach £9.8bn by 2023, but growth will slow as the fulfillment method matures and services offered by retailers are optimised, according to data and analytics company GlobalData.
The hidden customer engagement tool lying dormant at every retailer

With two prime shopping periods ahead - Black Friday and the Festive Season shopping extravaganza - retailers are preparing for a bumper sales season to mitigate the slow retail sales growth experienced during much of the year.
Amazon named consumers' favourite brand

Amazon has been named by consumers as their favourite brand, with other retailers such as Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, Sainsbury’s and Tesco following close behind.
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Africa's largest eCommerce event comes to Kenya in 2019

Following 4 years of success in Cape Town, Kinetic is excited to present the East African edition of Africa’s largest eCommerce event.
aQuellé overflows with gratitude for 20 good years

When members of a small Kranskop community drilled down in search of water to meet the daily needs of community members, they could not have known that from it would spring one of South Africa’s purest and most beloved water brands – aQuellé.
Colour shampoo contributes to Dr Wolff Group global growth

A new caffeine-based colour shampoo by Plantur 39, popular among women seeking a deeper brown shade, has contributed to ongoing growth of German cosmeceutical manufacturer, the Dr Wolff Group, which recorded an annual global turnover of €309 in 2018.
Establishing a platform for in-store digital growth

Despite challenging economic conditions in 2018, South Africans still managed to spend around R32 120 per second at retail stores recording sector growth of 0.7% year-on-year since September 2017. Although growth was lower than recorded in 2017, retailers in pharmaceuticals, medical goods, cosmetics, and toiletries had a positive annual growth rate of 2.3%.


Farm-to-fork: Food supply chain safety and traceability with Mitas

In the wake of increasing high-profile national product recalls due to contamination, there has been a rise in the demand for greater transparency and precision in food supply chains and distribution systems. Farmers and food processors are turning to technology solutions in order to achieve this traceability and visibility and enhance product genealogy capabilities. We chat to André Jordaan and Gary Chilton at Mitas Corporation about farm-to-fork traceability, navigating product recalls and track-and-trace trends in the industry.
An introduction to TracePack's services and solution offerings

TracePack offers a complete customised turnkey solution, using a wide selection of quality equipment with the latest technology, which is not only reliable and easy to use but the added value is a cost-effective solution.
Trends driving on-pack promotions

In October 2018, Mintel revealed six key consumer trends that will impact global markets in 2019 and beyond. In its report, Mintel states that the global consumer landscape will evolve as never before, driven by themes of privacy, individuality, wellness, convenience and connectivity.
Introduction to Pagemark Africa services and solution offerings

Pagemark Africa understands the complexities of the African market, our solutions are globally relevant to the African market’s needs. Allowing for the power of protection to be in the hands of the consumers, where it is really needed, for enforcement and compliance by brands to international norms and standards.


Mixed Mushroom Deep Dish Quiche

This is not a cheap dish to make, but it is a spectacular meat-free recipe fit for a celebratory lunch or dinner.
Choc-Nut Pavlova with Hot Berry Sauce

Sinfully delicious.


Pick n Pay trials a R5 reusable bag – made from green plastic bottles

Pick n Pay is trialling the lowest priced reusable bag yet in South Africa, as an affordable reusable alternative to plastic carrier bags.
Shoprite-supported food garden helps Pinetown community go and go

They abandoned their first food garden because there wasn’t a sufficient water supply plus goats trampled and ate the plants. Now ten years later Nurses at a Go, an NPO focused on improving the lives of people affected by HIV, has a flourishing food garden in a different location. Their garden is supported by Shoprite and provides fresh vegetables to a community in Luganda, Pinetown.




Seamless SA 2019

Africa's leading payments and fintech event.

12-13 March 2019
Cape Town
World Retail Congress

The World Retail Congress brings together the leaders of today’s global retail industry – from domestic and international powerhouses to game-changing start-ups and disruptors.

14-16 March 2019
Amsterdam


Women in Tech Africa

Join 300+ tech leaders and professionals at Africa’s vibrant centrepiece for women in tech - hear from the best speakers in the industry, enhance your entire skills portfolio and celebrate gender diversity in the world's fastest growing industry.

18-19 March 2019
Cape Town
eCommerce Africa 2019

Join the movement and play your part in what has quickly evolved into the premier business platform for networking, collaboration and an unrivalled content sharing experience that is reflective of Africa's fast developing eCommerce ecosystem!

19-20 March 2019
CTICC, Cape Town


Customer360 Africa 2019

The only all-inclusive event focused on the entire CX journey.

16-18 April 2019
Johannesburg
CEM Africa Summit

CEM Africa is a meeting place for CX professionals and innovative CX solution providers. Where like-minded customer experience experts and the top CX solution providers gather for an informative and educational summit with the common goal of improving customer experience across Africa.

31 July 2019 - 01 August 2019
Cape Town


International Sourcing Fair

The International Sourcing Fair is the only exhibition for sourcing and purchasing retail and commercial products exclusively focusing on the Home, Office, Gift and Hospitality sectors.

7-9 August 2019
Johannesburg
 


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