Ackermans shines at AskAfrika Kasi Star Brands Survey. How e-tailers can survive the slow economy. Woolworths announces next phase in plastic bag free trial.

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Winning with sustainability in retail

While there’s pessimism in the air with regards to global product sales, every day there are also ground-breaking changes being implemented by brands and activists who genuinely want to “be the change” when it comes to sustainability. Influencers and businesses are seeking to establish new markets through innovation, leveraging their ideas and products to help fight climate change.

1) “Hyper-Compostable” Straws

“How you get sustainability solutions really adopted at scale has to do with not having massive consumer behaviour shift.” Daniela Saltzman, Loliware

There’s astute thinking in seaweed straw makers, Loliware’s philosophy of not requiring massive consumer behaviour change to become more sustainable. This makes sense as we want our products to be less environmentally toxic but very often not to the detriment of our creature comforts!

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ACDOCO SA is a specialist consumer packaged goods distributor centered on the health and beauty sector. We are a subsidiary of Astley Dye Chemical Co. Ltd, founded in the UK in 1919, and have been in Southern Africa for over 20 years.

KOO introduces iconic new curry sauce flavours to warm up Winter

KOO, the country’s favourite canned food brand, has introduced a new range of curried mixed vegetables to the shelf, in Durban Curry and Cape Malay Curry sauces. In-line with the growing trend of meal convenience and the need for exciting flavours, KOO’s unique offering comes just in time for the cooler months that lie ahead. These iconic flavours aim to inspire moms and dads across the country to make comforting, delicious meals for their families.
Fitch & Leedes goes BIG with new 750ml glass collection

Fitch & Leedes, the superb range of authentic mixers from Chill Beverages International (PTY) Ltd preferred by most premium distillers, has launched a new 750ml glass collection perfect for stylish drinks on the patio with friends.

Experiential retail is trending in SA, report shows

With experiential retail being one of the hottest trends in the retail and shopping centre industry right now, the South African Council of Shopping Centres (SACSC) commissioned a research report to get insight into the growth of experiential retail in the local mall marketplace.
SA retailers seek post-election boost as belts tighten

Londani Nemaguvhuni’s Sunday trip to the Mall of Africa north of Johannesburg is a finely balanced operation. The 29-year-old has to provide for his young son but also needs to cut costs.

Woolworths announces next phase in plastic bag free trial

After a six-month trial in four of its Western Cape stores, including the launch of their first plastic bag free store, Woolworths confirms that it will be rolling out its new low-cost, reusable bag to more stores across the country as well as announcing three more ‘plastic shopping bag free’ stores.
SA set to remain a net importer of wheat

Despite improvements in production, the country will not be able to meet demand and imports could keep driving up food inflation. The recovery of SA’s 2018/19 domestic wheat production will lead to a decline in imports this season, the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) says.
Ackermans shines again at AskAfrika Kasi Star Brands Survey

The 10th annual AskAfrika Kasi Star Brands Survey, which measures brand relevance across all segments of the demographic, has awarded leading value retailer Ackermans the top award in the Clothing Retail: Children’s category.
Avocado industry should focus on Chinese market, says Agbiz

The chamber said the increased exports are a major boost to the government's policy ambition of achieving export-led growth in agriculture. SA’s avocado industry should focus on tapping into the growing Chinese market to improve its growth prospects, the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) said.
Why thrift will be the next big retail trend

Thrift is increasingly going mainstream and a Gumtree survey estimates it could be worth more than R1trn in terms of items in SA households that are not being used, that the owners would happily sell.
SA dairy exports doing well

Dairy imports for February were 4 110 tons at a cost of R172 million. South Africa imported mainly from France (28%) New Zealand (28%), Germany (13%), Poland (8%) and Ireland (4%). Dairy imports for this year are low compared to last year, largely due to limited UHT imports.
5 ways digital technology is reshaping the needs and expectations of SA’s young consumers

We’re seeing the needs, expectations and behaviours of young South African consumers evolve at a pace that threatens to leave brands behind. As centennials – or Generation Z – move into the workforce and become the next wave of consumers, brands will need to rethink many of their assumptions about what customers want.
Rihanna and LVMH to launch fashion house under Fenty brand

Pop star Rihanna is joining LVMH to launch a fashion house under her Fenty brand, pairing the world’s largest luxury conglomerate with one of the biggest cultural influencers.

How e-tailers can survive the slow economy

Talk of a looming global recession continues to impact emerging markets. And, as South Africa continues its longest downward cycle in many decades, local business owners are actively looking for ways to shore up ahead of future uncertainty.
Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose pledge to halve food waste by 2030

Tesco, Sainsbury’s, and Waitrose are among the supermarkets that have pledged to halve food waste by 2030.
Brand engagement and the seniors' market: golden truths about the golden years

It’s no secret that we live in a youth-obsessed society. This is perhaps no more evident than in the contemporary branding, media, marketing, and entertainment industries. Page through any mainstream publication, peruse the advertising screened on prime-time television or consider the media personalities that are held in the highest regard to see just how much youthfulness is lauded.
Bali supermarket ditches plastic packaging for banana leaves

At a glimpse, Bintang Supermarket in Ubud looks just like other supermarkets across Bali. A banner announcing that it no longer provides plastic bags welcomes visitors upon entering the place – something that is now common practice on the island following a ban on single-use plastic bags issued by the administration earlier this year.
Phygital: 6 ways to adapt, or die

Innovative phygital business models, where bricks and mortar and digital seamlessly integrate, are popping up across the globe. But the best phygital experiences still remain aligned with old-school sales strategies: Customer attraction, retention, engagement, experiences, loyalty and the brand itself.
H&M lists garment suppliers on app to tackle worker abuses

Fashion brand H&M has become the first major retailer to list individual supplier details for each garment on its website to increase transparency in an industry with high risks of slavery and labour abuses.

A changing African consumer branding environment

In Africa, household consumption is expected to reach $2.5 trillion by 2030 with Nigeria, Egypt, and South Africa accounting for nearly half that. This presents exciting opportunities for brands that want to grow in retail. But how do they approach this in an increasingly cluttered and competitive market?
Getting to know twin foodies Lebo & Tebo Ndala - the faces behind Laager Rooibos

Foodies Lebo and Tebo Ndala from @withlovefromthetwins are the faces and recipes behind South African favourite, Laager Rooibos. We spent some time getting to know Lebo and Tebo better and finding out more about their love of cooking and how they got into the foodie industry.

High-quality, reliable and flexible solutions with Production Packaging Systems (PPS)

With over 30 years’ experience in the packaging industry, PPS has earned a reputation as specialists in the sale of a wide range of high-quality packaging, inspection and labelling systems, machines and equipment.
The cost of coding errors

Human error is the cause of most coding errors, which can affect product quality and reputational damage for brands. They also cost money in terms of packaging or labelling waste, reworking time and may even result in regulation fines. Correct coding is important for ensuring the supply chain operates efficiently and providing retailers and customers with important product information.

Smoked Snoek Fishcakes

This is a great dish for you to prepare as either a starter, main, or even a party platter.
Pecan and Maple Butter

It takes a lot to beat a peanut butter sandwich – or a spoon straight from the jar – but this pecan and maple version puts our favourite old faithful to shame.

Against all odds: how a Shoprite supported small food garden feeds a whole community

Started by five local women from the Tumahole township on the outskirts of Parys in the Free State, Phahamang Basadi food garden has been providing fresh and affordable vegetables to the community since 2017.

Markex 2019

Africa's premier promotional product exhibition.

05-06 June 2019
eCommerce East Africa Edition

Following 4 years of success in Cape Town, Kinetic is excited to present the East African Edition of Africa’s largest eCommerce event.

12-13 June 2019

Africa's Big 7

Africa’s Big 7 is the only food and beverage trade show in Africa to bring together hundreds of global suppliers with motivated buyers from each segment of the buying community.

23-25 June 2019

Powering trade with Africa.

23-25 June 2019

FoodNext Africa

dmg events is proud to present the years’ most exciting b2b food event where the startups, food innovators, foodtech businesses, investors and partners who are redefining the food industry from farm-to-fork connect.

24-26 June 2019
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9-11 July 2019

Mall & Retail Indaba

Now in its 4th year, Mall & Retail Indaba will again be presented in Johannesburg in 2019. This full-day conference is designed for Shopping Centre Managers, Marketers, Mall Owners, and Retail Executives.

25 July 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 -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
Customer360 Africa 2019

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

17-19 September 2019
Cape Town


RMB WineX, SA’s premier wine show launched in 2000, is attended annually by 10 000 Jozi wine lovers representative of the country’s largest and most discerning wine market.

30 October-01 November 2019
CGCSA Summit 2019

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 2019

Food Africa Cairo

Food Africa is the continent’s largest International Trade Exhibition specialized in the Food and Agro-industries. The exhibition, combining an innovative format of showcasing, networking, and matchmaking, is a unique platform to access the Egyptian mega-market, and Africa’s booming agriculture industry.

09-11 December 2019
Cairo, Egypt

EuroCIS: an event whose success just keeps on growing - as the leading trade fair for retail technology in Europe.

16-20 February 2020
Seamless SA

Seamless Southern Africa is the region's leading payments, fintech, banktech, and insuretech conference and exhibition. The event has separate conference agendas covering the world of Payments, Fintech, Banktech, Insuretech, with one shared free-to-attend exhibition, hosting the region's leading technology providers.

7-8 April 2020
Digital Retail Forum 2020

Discover how to ensure digital innovation becomes a key process within your retail organisation.

29 January 2020

Software Developer - Silo Cape Town

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