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2 out of 3 South African consumers participated in Black Friday - consumer expert

2 out of 3 South African consumers participated in Black Friday - consumer expert

11/04/2019 - 09:14
Data shows that 2 out of 3 South African consumers participated in Black Friday shopping at some point, according to Isana Cordier, sector head for consumer goods and services, corporate and investment banking at ABSA.  read more
Is #BlackFriday affecting SA’s December retail trade?

Is #BlackFriday affecting SA’s December retail trade?

19/03/2019 - 09:37
South Africa has seen the Black Friday sales phenomenon grow exponentially in recent years, quickly entrenching itself as a major calendar event on the local retail and shopping scene. The Black Friday sales bonanza, which takes place towards the end of November, is now bigger in SA than ever before. It is a boon for retailers, shopping centres and consumers. However, is Black Friday an emerging threat for the traditional December festive season sales boom? read more
Black Friday boosts November’s retail sales

Black Friday boosts November’s retail sales

16/01/2019 - 14:12
Consumers came under pressure in 2018, with the first VAT hike in two decades and steep fuel price increases.  read more
A disappointing Black Friday for in-store retailers

A disappointing Black Friday for in-store retailers

20/12/2018 - 10:54
Most retailers had high expectations of bumper sales on Black Friday, November 23, but data from retail management platform Vend shows that that in-store retail spending decreased from 2017 with a 10% drop in spending and a 2% drop in sales volumes. read more
Smartphone sales growth stalls while panel TVs soar during Black Friday week 2018 – GfK data

Smartphone sales growth stalls while panel TVs soar during Black Friday week 2018 – GfK data

13/12/2018 - 15:42
Panel television sales soared in South Africa during Black Friday week, climbing by 66% to just over 93,000 units when compared to the same week in 2017, according to point of sale tracking data from GfK South Africa’s Weekly Monitor. This builds on the 47% growth over 2016 recorded during the week of Black Friday in 2017.  read more
The hidden customer engagement tool lying dormant at every retailer

The hidden customer engagement tool lying dormant at every retailer

12/12/2018 - 09:18
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.  read more
TFG Black Friday sales hit record high

TFG Black Friday sales hit record high

10/12/2018 - 10:23
Woven ribbed towels, coffee machines and Kaizer Chiefs football jerseys were hot ticket online items for the Black Friday weekend at TFG. read more
SA ecommerce hits its stride

SA ecommerce hits its stride

04/12/2018 - 09:32
Despite the lacklustre macro-economic indicators, South African tenacity showed itself once again as retailers – especially smaller stores – cashed in on the online space over the Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend says Payment Service Provider, DPO PayGate. read more
Black Friday: how a sales gimmick is changing SA’s retail sector

Black Friday: how a sales gimmick is changing SA’s retail sector

30/11/2018 - 10:10
Black Friday promotional sales are transforming the SA retail sector. read more
R6 million – the biggest single transaction on Black Friday 2018

R6 million – the biggest single transaction on Black Friday 2018

29/11/2018 - 10:20
Online sales for Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018 exceeded figures for 2017, according to BankservAfrica, Africa’s largest automated payments clearing house. read more
SA consumers swarm online but still lag way behind international trends

SA consumers swarm online but still lag way behind international trends

26/11/2018 - 08:13
It’s too early to say to what extent Black Friday sales have boosted retailers’ bottom line but there is no doubt that South African consumers are increasingly turning to tech-enabled solutions for their regular dose of retail therapy. read more
#BlackFriday: Wallet squeeze increases sensitivity to prices

#BlackFriday: Wallet squeeze increases sensitivity to prices

23/11/2018 - 10:21
Wallet squeeze has seen South African consumers growing increasingly sensitive to prices and promotions over the past several years.  read more
Black Friday offers: Sunday Times

Black Friday offers: Sunday Times

23/11/2018 - 08:30
This Black Friday, you can get a recurring Sunday Times Digital monthly subscription – including all of the above PLUS access to Times Select, our digital daily edition published at 5am every weekday – for only R48 per month, which is 40% off the usual price of R80 per month. read more
Black Friday spikes turnover for SMEs

Black Friday spikes turnover for SMEs

22/11/2018 - 10:50
Even though it is tempting to relegate Black Friday as just another marketing gimmick, the reality is that it signifies the start of a month-long consumer spending frenzy that significantly boosts retail revenues. read more
Pick n Pay reveals all Black Friday deals: Savings bigger and better than last year

Pick n Pay reveals all Black Friday deals: Savings bigger and better than last year

22/11/2018 - 09:25
Pick n Pay has released all its Black Friday deals that will run over a three-day period from 23 – 25 November 2018.  read more
How retailers can be safe from cyber fraud this #BlackFriday

How retailers can be safe from cyber fraud this #BlackFriday

21/11/2018 - 11:09
Black Friday is fast approaching, and a lot of retailers are preparing for an influx of sales and consumer traffic across all points of purchase – apps, online and in-store. This high volume of purchases puts most retailers and consumers at risk for a range of cyber security fraud and loss of critical information. read more
TFG showcases #BlackFriday deals

TFG showcases #BlackFriday deals

21/11/2018 - 10:40
Update your summer style with the best of Black Friday deals. Whether you want to dress up or down, get new sports gear, fashion for your kids or the latest in jewellery, technology or homeware – this is one shopping list you’ll definitely find it on! read more
Woolworths does Black Friday with a difference

Woolworths does Black Friday with a difference

21/11/2018 - 09:30
Black Friday has developed a reputation for frantic shopping frenzies and incredible deals. This year, in addition to offering incredible deals of up to 50% off, Woolworths has decided to do Black Friday with a difference.  read more
Black Friday / Cyber Monday - the impact of hyper-availability on e-tailing

Black Friday / Cyber Monday - the impact of hyper-availability on e-tailing

21/11/2018 - 09:20
South African e-tailers are experiencing a surge in customers thanks to the convenience and pervasiveness of mobile devices supporting online shopping apps. With people expecting a seamless customer experience between an app, online store, and fulfilment of order, a business cannot afford to experience any downtime. Hyper-availability has become an absolute necessity in this regard. read more
Black Friday is growing in SA

Black Friday is growing in SA

21/11/2018 - 09:10
The global Black Friday phenomenon has cemented itself as the precursor into Festive Season shopping and it is no surprise that it is making a growing impression amongst South African retailers and consumers alike.  read more
Will Cyber Monday trump Black Friday?

Will Cyber Monday trump Black Friday?

20/11/2018 - 16:33
Retailers and shoppers gear up for what promises to be the biggest sale day of the calendar year, Black Friday, but with payday falling after Black Friday, will Cyber Monday outsell Black Friday this year?  read more
Beating the #BlackFriday delivery blues

Beating the #BlackFriday delivery blues

20/11/2018 - 10:16
The biggest challenge on Black Friday isn’t a system crash or a payment failure. It’s the delivery problems that come after the purchases have been made. This year, courier companies are working closely with e-tailers to ensure that delivery expectations are met – but consumers can also play their part in getting their parcels as quickly and efficiently as possible. read more
#BlackFriday: Will your business handle the demand?

#BlackFriday: Will your business handle the demand?

20/11/2018 - 09:14
Black Friday is here to stay: as part of a retail festival that entices consumers in their millions to part with their cash, it’s another way of increasing revenue just before the festive season officially kicks in.  read more
Big lead-up to Black Friday

Big lead-up to Black Friday

19/11/2018 - 15:16
There was a time when Santa got people spending. Now it’s Black Friday. read more
Pick n Pay shares sneak preview of #BlackFriday deals and tips on how to prepare for SA’s busiest shopping day

Pick n Pay shares sneak preview of #BlackFriday deals and tips on how to prepare for SA’s busiest shopping day

19/11/2018 - 14:24
Pick n Pay has released a sneak preview of five deals that will be available to customers in-store nationwide this Black Friday.  read more
What South Africans will be buying this Black Friday

What South Africans will be buying this Black Friday

19/11/2018 - 09:36
Standard Bank expects retailers to experience another bumper Black Friday weekend this month, despite consumers feeling the pinch from all-time-high petrol prices and a one percentage point increase in VAT. read more
Black Friday is not over for SA yet

Black Friday is not over for SA yet

19/11/2018 - 08:29
Black Friday is the new precursor imprinting a trend into Festive Season Shopping. Over the years, this recent sales tactic has grown in leaps and bounds with more retailers and shopping centres jumping on the bandwagon to offer South African consumers bang for their buck while creating an exciting environment to shop in.  read more
Five steps for online startups to take advantage of Black Friday

Five steps for online startups to take advantage of Black Friday

16/11/2018 - 14:46
According to Google Trends, last year South Africa registered the largest ‘Black Friday’ search interest of any country, even ahead of the US where the retail mega-event was conceived. read more
Are you tracking the most important part of Black Friday? (Hint: It's not sales)

Are you tracking the most important part of Black Friday? (Hint: It's not sales)

16/11/2018 - 11:48
As one of the busiest days of the year, Black Friday has always been a means of measuring business success. read more
Amazon reveals plans for biggest Black Friday yet

Amazon reveals plans for biggest Black Friday yet

16/11/2018 - 11:13
Amazon is preparing to host what it believes will be its biggest ever Black Friday sale, with more deals available than in previous years over a 10-day period. read more
How to maximise value this Black Friday

How to maximise value this Black Friday

16/11/2018 - 10:17
Black Friday is almost here! Around South Africa, eager shoppers are double-checking their budgets and making wish-lists! Black Friday is now so well-entrenched, everyone’s getting in on the action. With discounts of as much as 80%, thousands of bargain hunters will flood SA’s online retailers when the clock strikes midnight. read more
9 Black Friday and Cyber Monday tips to help boost sales

9 Black Friday and Cyber Monday tips to help boost sales

06/11/2018 - 14:09
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are famous for huge deals and steep discounts. That’s why participating in these days can seem like a big retailer’s game. read more
Pick n Pay begins to introduce Black Friday deals

Pick n Pay begins to introduce Black Friday deals

05/11/2018 - 10:11
Pick n Pay launches dedicated Black Friday deals for its online customers in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town as a ‘taste’ of what is to come.  read more
Pick n Pay has made special arrangements for Black Friday 2018

Pick n Pay has made special arrangements for Black Friday 2018

29/10/2018 - 13:56
Pick n Pay is preparing for its biggest Black Friday ever. read more
SA brands start the countdown to Black Friday

SA brands start the countdown to Black Friday

29/10/2018 - 11:12
The days are getting longer and hotter, suburban South Africans are firing up their braais and the malls will soon be filled with the sounds of Boney M. Yes, it’s nearly time for the festive shopping season, preceded by Black Friday, an imported tradition that South African shoppers have made their own. With a few weeks to go before Black Friday on 23 November, technical goods retailers and manufacturers are scrambling to get ready.  read more
Black Friday to be 'bigger than ever' in SA, retailers promise

Black Friday to be 'bigger than ever' in SA, retailers promise

29/10/2018 - 09:17
South African retailers are planning to pull out all the stops to make this year's Black Friday the biggest one-day discount sale the country has seen. read more
Black Friday boosted retail November retail sales by 8.2%- surprising economists

Black Friday boosted retail November retail sales by 8.2%- surprising economists

17/01/2018 - 15:00
Black Friday boosted November 2017’s retail sales to 8.2% — double the annual growth expected by economists. read more
Was Black Friday a win in SA?

Was Black Friday a win in SA?

15/12/2017 - 08:25
Retailers and consumers, door deals and online marketing, geo-tracking, real-time parking deals and refreshments for physical shoppers. Black Friday has evolved into a complex sales phenomenon and looks set to continue to reach new highs, despite (or because of) our rocky economic status.  read more
Black Friday vs Cyber Monday in South Africa – who won?

Black Friday vs Cyber Monday in South Africa – who won?

07/12/2017 - 09:58
BankservAfrica, Africa’s largest automated payments clearing house, has published transaction data from Black Friday and Cyber Monday in South Africa for 2017. read more
International survey reveals: While Black Friday has gone global, Cyber Monday has remained North American

International survey reveals: While Black Friday has gone global, Cyber Monday has remained North American

01/12/2017 - 11:11
An international survey performed the week preceding Black Friday 2017 examined consumer preferences in anticipation of the end-of-year shopping events. read more
Amazon captures 55% of Black Friday transactions among top online retailers

Amazon captures 55% of Black Friday transactions among top online retailers

28/11/2017 - 09:40
Amazon also accounted for 45% of online purchases on Thanksgiving Day among top 50 e-retailers, Hitwise says. But other data points to strong showings by Walmart, eBay, Kohl’s and Old Navy. read more
Black Friday online sales surge to new records with mobile pushing fastest

Black Friday online sales surge to new records with mobile pushing fastest

27/11/2017 - 10:50
Online sales volume on the Black Friday shopping day grew 24% year-over-year, according to data from Salesforce’s retail intelligence unit. read more
Black Friday heads to Shoprite stores countrywide

Black Friday heads to Shoprite stores countrywide

22/11/2017 - 16:01
Shoprite stores countrywide will for the first time ever participate in Black Friday, the world’s biggest sales promotion, on 24 November.  read more
Only one in three retailers optimistic about Black Friday

Only one in three retailers optimistic about Black Friday

22/11/2017 - 13:23
Only one in three retailers are optimistic about their Black Friday business prospects this year, despite predictions average spend will rise nine percent. read more
Protect your business against email borne cyberattacks this Black Friday

Protect your business against email borne cyberattacks this Black Friday

22/11/2017 - 09:23
Black Friday (24 November 2017) is marked with a flurry of online activity, which cybercriminals see as an opportunity to target victims using spear-phishing and malicious attachments harbouring ransomware. read more
Shoppers set to spend over £10bn in this year’s Black Friday bonanza

Shoppers set to spend over £10bn in this year’s Black Friday bonanza

21/11/2017 - 11:47
Higher prices and increased retailer participation will drive Black Friday spend this year with total sales over the period set to rise 3.8%.  read more
This year’s Black Friday promises to be ‘best ever’

This year’s Black Friday promises to be ‘best ever’

21/11/2017 - 11:26
Economist Mike Schussler said he expects to see large numbers of consumers spending on Black Friday despite the dire economy. read more
Black Friday, Cyber Monday 2017 reflect growing digital evolution and appetite for seamless digital experiences

Black Friday, Cyber Monday 2017 reflect growing digital evolution and appetite for seamless digital experiences

21/11/2017 - 11:16
With digital transformation initiatives permeating everything business does, the Black Friday and Cyber Monday period this year is expected to illustrate just how far online retailers have come in embracing Availability. read more
What are South Africans expecting this Black Friday

What are South Africans expecting this Black Friday

21/11/2017 - 11:03
We’ve all heard the stories about Black Friday in the US - all the latest goods at crazy low prices - but are South Africans experiencing the biggest day on the shopping calendar in the same way? Kevin Tucker, Founder and CEO of PriceCheck, Africa’s most popular comparison and discovery service, says there’s no doubt about it.  read more
12 Black Friday marketing ideas that cut through the noise

12 Black Friday marketing ideas that cut through the noise

21/11/2017 - 10:44
If shopping is like a sport, Black Friday is the ultimate showdown. You’d best get your Black Friday marketing strategies ready. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of noise out there when it comes to Black Friday marketing campaigns. read more
No blackout on Black Friday‚ say retailers

No blackout on Black Friday‚ say retailers

20/11/2017 - 15:31
Will the "glitch" steal Christmas for online shoppers this Black Friday? read more
Local retailers pin hopes on Black Friday sales

Local retailers pin hopes on Black Friday sales

20/11/2017 - 08:41
Despite a dire political and economic environment, retailers are upbeat about Black Friday sales and Christmas spending. read more
#BlackFriday: Takealot ready for ‘exam time’

#BlackFriday: Takealot ready for ‘exam time’

17/11/2017 - 09:35
Online retailer Takealot.com launched #BlackFriday in South Africa five years ago. While at the time the event was meant to be a promotional effort for the brand, CEO Kim Reid now thinks of it as an annual exam. read more
South Africans going increasingly global for Black Friday deals

South Africans going increasingly global for Black Friday deals

16/11/2017 - 11:51
South Africans are increasingly shopping for global Black Friday deals in the US, UK, China, Australia and Europe by subscribing to international shipping services. read more
Cultural Holidays: Why retailers should look further afield

Cultural Holidays: Why retailers should look further afield

06/04/2017 - 13:36
Easter is fast approaching and retailers’ shelves are filling up with chocolate eggs, stuffed bunny rabbits and promotions for Easter Sunday roast dinners. read more
Black Friday spending saves SA’s retail sales from disaster

Black Friday spending saves SA’s retail sales from disaster

16/02/2017 - 09:44
Weak retail sales match levels in 2009 when SA was in recession read more
The winners and losers of Black Friday 2016

The winners and losers of Black Friday 2016

30/11/2016 - 09:11
Online shopping scaled new highs, and civility plunged to new lows. Here's what you need to know. read more
Black Friday and beyond: Consumer habits are changing fast and stores need to evolve

Black Friday and beyond: Consumer habits are changing fast and stores need to evolve

29/11/2016 - 10:30
In October of this year, Periscope by McKinsey conducted online research of more than 1,000 consumers in the U.S. to understand their attitudes towards Black Friday and expected shopping patterns.  read more
US consumers blow $3.34bn on Black Friday, break mobile shopping record

US consumers blow $3.34bn on Black Friday, break mobile shopping record

28/11/2016 - 15:58
It was an extremely healthy Black Friday for US retailers according to new data released by Adobe. read more
It’s a scrum at the malls as shoppers hunt Black Friday bargains

It’s a scrum at the malls as shoppers hunt Black Friday bargains

25/11/2016 - 10:47
Joburg malls were besieged by bargain hunters on Friday, with shoppers staking out spots from the wee hours, and "nightmare" crowds reported. read more
Black Friday back & bigger at Checkers, up to 50% off on everyday products

Black Friday back & bigger at Checkers, up to 50% off on everyday products

23/11/2016 - 10:23
The world’s biggest sales promotion is back at Checkers on Friday, 25 November. Checkers was the first food retailer to bring Black Friday to South Africa in 2014, and this year it is again discounting prices by up to 50% on everyday products that were carefully selected with consumers’ shopping needs in mind. read more
Malls gear up for Black Friday

Malls gear up for Black Friday

21/11/2016 - 15:31
The countdown to Black Friday has begun. And retailers across the country are preparing for an influx of shoppers on the busiest shopping day of the year. read more
Black Friday grabs SA social media's attention

Black Friday grabs SA social media's attention

30/11/2015 - 12:41
Social media mentions of Black Friday grew more than 300% this year in South Africa compared to 2014, said online customer engagement agency 25AM. read more
Sears takes an exclusive approach to Black Friday - USA

Sears takes an exclusive approach to Black Friday - USA

13/11/2015 - 11:08
Sears is going the private, members-only route this Black Friday in an effort to drive traffic to its stores. read more
Toys ‘R’ Us to open Thanksgiving Day for third year in a row - USA

Toys ‘R’ Us to open Thanksgiving Day for third year in a row - USA

10/11/2015 - 09:27
While some retailers are taking a stand this year against opening on Thanksgiving Day and even Black Friday, Toys “R” Us thinks its customers will be ready to do some shopping after their turkey dinners. read more
Store pickup is in, Black Friday is out this holiday season - USA

Store pickup is in, Black Friday is out this holiday season - USA

28/10/2015 - 10:05
A new holiday shopping survey reveals major disruptions in holiday shopping traditions, largely due to digital engagement. read more
Survey: Most U.S. shoppers hate Black Friday - USA

Survey: Most U.S. shoppers hate Black Friday - USA

20/10/2015 - 09:20
Most U.S. shoppers dislike Black Friday, but a third of them say they're planning to spend more than $500 that weekend anyway, according to a new survey. read more
M&S shoppers queue or order online - UK

M&S shoppers queue or order online - UK

09/12/2014 - 10:01
London - Marks & Spencer, Britain's biggest clothing retailer by sales admits that it has been forced to extend delivery times for online orders as a new distribution centre has struggled to cope with heavy Christmas demand. read more
Wal-Mart feels good about Black Friday weekend sales - USA

Wal-Mart feels good about Black Friday weekend sales - USA

02/12/2014 - 09:56
New York - Count Wal-Mart as not falling victim to the Black Friday weekend blues. The discounter is reporting a strong holiday weekend, including record online sales. read more
SA retailers get in on the action

SA retailers get in on the action

02/12/2014 - 09:45
South African retailers cashed in on American culture this week when they kicked off festive season sales with Black Friday. read more
SA retailers buy into Black Friday

SA retailers buy into Black Friday

01/12/2014 - 09:31
Cape Town – South African consumers have embraced Black Friday in an unprecedented way, showing that they are ready to take part in the famous US sales day.  read more
Walmart's chief merchandising officer to leave - USA

Walmart's chief merchandising officer to leave - USA

25/11/2014 - 11:09
Washington - Walmart Stores' chief merchandising officer, Duncan Mac Naughton, is expected to announce his departure from the world's largest retailer just days before Black Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. read more
Black Friday to be busiest shopping day of 2014 - USA

Black Friday to be busiest shopping day of 2014 - USA

20/11/2014 - 10:48
California – Black Friday (Nov. 28) is expected to be the busiest shopping day of 2014. According to data from in-store analytics provider RetailNext, it will be followed in order by four days in December: Dec. 20, 21, 13, and 19. read more
Wal-Mart workers plan to protest on Black Friday - USA

Wal-Mart workers plan to protest on Black Friday - USA

17/11/2014 - 09:48
Arkansas - For the third consecutive year, Wal-Mart workers at about 1,600 stores are prepping to protest on Black Friday to demand better wages and benefits. read more
Holiday consumer electronics spend to reach $34 billion - USA

Holiday consumer electronics spend to reach $34 billion - USA

06/10/2014 - 11:47
Virginia - The 2014 holiday season will see the highest levels of consumer spending on consumer electronics (CE) since 1994. According to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) holiday outlook, total tech spending during the holidays will increase 2.5% to reach a record $33.76 billion during the 2014 holiday season.  read more
Walm-Mart to up holiday hiring by nearly 10% - USA

Walm-Mart to up holiday hiring by nearly 10% - USA

19/09/2014 - 09:21
Arkansas - Wal-Mart on Thursday said it plans to hire 60,000 temporary workers for the holiday season, an increase of nearly 10% from last year. read more
ShopperTrak: Store traffic up 2.8% on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, United States

ShopperTrak: Store traffic up 2.8% on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, United States

03/12/2013 - 09:23
Chicago -- Shoppers visited more stores and spent more money across the days of Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday (Nov. 28 and 29) than they did last year, according to ShopperTrak. read more
DionWired cashes in online

DionWired cashes in online

14/12/2012 - 07:55
DionWired has pointed to a “very encouraging” uptake in online sales since the group revamped its sitein November, adding that its inaugural “Black Friday” promotion was particularly successful. read more
Walmart tills ring despite protests

Walmart tills ring despite protests

26/11/2012 - 08:10
Chicago - Protesters demanding higher wages and better healthcare for Walmart hourly workers converged on the retailer's stores across the United States, though there was no evidence they disrupted operations for the start of the crucial holiday shopping season. read more
US: Retail employees rebel against early Black Fridays

US: Retail employees rebel against early Black Fridays

20/11/2012 - 08:54
Retailers with plans to open their doors Thanksgiving night instead of waiting until Black Friday officially begins at midnight or the next morning are facing increasing criticism from employees upset at not being able to spend the holiday with their families.  read more