Shoprite fights high education costs. Retail sector facing subdued operating conditions. Digital Retail Forum 2019.

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5 Retail trends and predictions for 2019

2019 is here, and if you’re in retail, you’re likely wondering what the next 12 months will bring. What must merchants do to win? Will the retail industry prosper and thrive?

To help answer these questions, we’ve put together a handful of trends and predictions that we think retailers should pay close attention to in the coming months.

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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.

Woolworths acknowledges 'striking similarities' with Ubuntu Baba carrier, removes product from stores

Woolworths has said it will remove the baby carrier product from its stores, following a meeting with a business owner who claimed the retailer had copied her idea.
Retail sector facing subdued operating conditions

Despite South Africa exiting the technical recession following growth in the economy in the three months to September, the outlook for the country’s retail sector for 2019 continues to be subdued.

TFG bucks retail trend over festive season

Apparel group TFG, which operates the Foschini, American Swiss and Markham chains, has bucked the retail trend and produced solid growth numbers for the festive season.
Another boost for the manufacturing sector in November

Production from SA’s factories continued to improve in the last quarter of 2018, data from Statistics SA (Stats SA) showed.
Virgin Money enables cashless payments with national retailers

Virgin Money has signed agreements with a number of businesses where customers can pay for goods and services directly using its digital peer-to-peer (P2P) payment app, Virgin Money Spot.
Factory owners end 2018 in upbeat mood

Activity in the manufacturing sector reached its best level in 2018 in December, ending the year on a strong note. The Absa purchasing managers index (PMI), which gauges activity in the manufacturing industry, rose from 49.5 in November to 50.7 points in December.
Global fashion retailer LC Waikiki opens first store in Cape Town

Global fashion retailer, LC Waikiki opened their first store in the Western Cape at Tyger Valley Shopping Centre on Saturday 08 December 2018. LC Waikiki offers on-trend, well-priced clothing for all occasions for women, men and children with the brand philosophy of “Everyone deserves to dress well”.
Black Friday boosts November’s retail sales

Consumers came under pressure in 2018, with the first VAT hike in two decades and steep fuel price increases. The retail sector experienced a higher than expected boost in November as a result of huge sales in November. Black Friday and Cyber Monday saw retail trade sales rise 3.1% year on year in November 2018 after an increase of 2.2% in October.
Twelve trends to shape media and marketing in 2019

Kantar’s recently released media landscape predictions outline 12 trends that are expected to shape the media and marketing industry across the board over the next year.
Carrefour to use AI for supply chain optimisation

Carrefour has announced plans to use artificial intelligence to optimise its inventory management, making it the first French retailer to do so.

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. Consumers have been under pressure from VAT hikes, petrol price increases and a stagnant economy.
Online sales boost luxury goods group Richemont’s earnings

Johann Rupert’s Richemont, the luxury goods group that was initially cautious about e-commerce, has seen online businesses YOOX Net-a-Porter (YNAP) and Watchfinder giving its earnings a handy boost. The Swiss-based group, which owns, among others, the Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels brands, said YNAP’s contribution was the main reason sales were up 25% to €3.91bn for the third quarter to end-December.
Why mobile is the gatekeeper of brand loyalty today

Achieving long-term brand loyalty has become brutally difficult for South African retailers. Mobile represents an unparalleled opportunity for savvy retailers to reach customers in more personalised, efficient and powerful ways – paving the way for a new era of data-driven brand loyalty.
Record Christmas for Aldi as it steals customers from rivals

New stores and demand for its premium ranges helped Aldi generate UK sales of almost £1bn in December, its best ever result for the Christmas trading period. The discounter revealed that the week commencing 17 December was its busiest-ever, with sales over 10% higher than the previous year.
Turning vision into value: the future of customer experience

Anyone can paint a big vision, but very few turn it into economic success for their customers, partners and themselves.
China’s online shopping to disrupt the world soon enough

While SA’s retail sector is yet to fully embrace e-commerce, its Brics partner, China has become a behemoth in online shopping, which accounts for a massive chunk of luxury retail around the world.

Retail sector braces for Digital Retail Forum 2019 in Johannesburg

Themed Harnessing Digital Technology for Next-Level Customer Centred Retailing, DRF2019 will focus on how emerging technologies such as Ai, IoT, drones, digital payment solutions, new eCommerce models and mobility are disrupting the retail sector. This event will also delve into how to survive by harnessing new technology to improve both Customer Experience and Operational Efficiency.
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%.

The future of pharmaceutical packaging

Serialised coding is an excellent anti-counterfeiting measure and, because of this, several countries around the world have made it a legal requirement for their pharmaceutical industries.
The benefits of multi-page booklet labels

Many South African brand owners don’t make optimal use of their packaging and labelling space. This is not only prime real estate where brands can communicate with consumers but also a mandatory platform for the pharmaceutical sector, for example, to clearly display dosage instructions and contra-indications.

Cold Smoked Salmon Prawn Terrine

Zesty lemon cuts through the rich cream cheese creating the perfect bed for the delicate prawn and salmon flavours to rest on.
Peppermint Crisp Ice-Cream Tart

A South African classic gets a summer makeover.

Shoprite fights high education costs with low-price uniforms and school fee competition

Shoprite is helping to ease the burden of rising education costs by offering its customers a basic school uniform for under R100 and giving more than 460 learners the opportunity to have their 2019 school fees paid for.

Digital Retail Forum 2019

DRF2019 will focus on how emerging technologies such as Ai, IoT, drones, digital payment solutions, new eCommerce models and mobility are disrupting the retail sector. This event will also delve into how to survive by harnessing new technology to improve both Customer Experience and Operational Efficiency.

30 January 2019
GulFood - Food and Beverage Trade Show

The world's largest annual food & beverages trade show.

17 February 2019 - 21 February 2019


The leading trade fair for retail technology.

19-21 February 2019
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
Customer360 Africa 2019

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

16-18 April 2019

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

Nicolene Di Bartolo

Nicolene Di Bartolo develops and delivers strategic recruitment solutions that are innovative, robust and effective. Our executive search and management appointment services are trusted by leading employers, both locally and internationally.

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