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Online reviews shape how buyers make their decisions

Online reviews shape how buyers make their decisions

12/11/2019 - 13:37
Requesting online reviews from customers is proving to give brands access to a host of opportunities. read more
AB InBev reports weak results in "challenging" third quarter

AB InBev reports weak results in "challenging" third quarter

01/11/2019 - 14:49
AB InBev, the world’s largest brewer, reported weaker-than-expected third-quarter profit and sales, due to higher cost of sales, marketing investments and price increases in two major markets, South Korea and Brazil. read more
Brands on-board to help SA families build bursaries for school

Brands on-board to help SA families build bursaries for school

29/10/2019 - 10:12
As any parent knows, when it comes to affording quality education for our children, we need all the help we can get. Escalating school fees, continual costs of uniforms and many extras make educating our children a significant, long-term family expense.  read more
To spend or not to spend, that is the brand question

To spend or not to spend, that is the brand question

24/10/2019 - 14:54
During a downturn brands should reinforce the attributes that make them appealing and differentiated in the eyes of existing customers. read more
SA's under-pressure consumers switching to spirits, Distell says

SA's under-pressure consumers switching to spirits, Distell says

23/10/2019 - 13:01
Distell, the maker of Amarula, Klipdrift and Hunter’s Dry brands, says pressure on consumer spending is resulting in a shift to harder liquors, which will be a focus area for the group in the coming months. read more
Sustainable packaging set to become battleground for premium alcohol producers

Sustainable packaging set to become battleground for premium alcohol producers

23/10/2019 - 11:10
As ethical credentials become increasingly prominent markers of quality, sustainable packaging is likely to become a battleground for premium alcohol beverage brands, according to analytics company GlobalData. read more
Gearing for growth with online reviews

Gearing for growth with online reviews

18/10/2019 - 09:17
Improving online review ratings is a strategic necessity for franchises and multi-location brands as more customers engage with them via online listings – and expect a response.  read more
Pioneer shareholders give nod to PepsiCo deal

Pioneer shareholders give nod to PepsiCo deal

16/10/2019 - 08:25
Shareholders of Pioneer Foods, the owner of brands such as Sasko bread and Ceres juices, have voted almost unanimously in favour of delisting the company, after a $1.7bn bid by PepsiCo. read more
Checkers launches long-awaited rewards programme

Checkers launches long-awaited rewards programme

15/10/2019 - 12:20
The wait is over - Checkers Xtra Savings is here! Africa’s largest supermarket group has introduced its latest initiative that shows their loyalty to customers, and not the other way around.  read more
Securing your brand is a C-suite challenge

Securing your brand is a C-suite challenge

11/10/2019 - 14:37
Brand value is a key component of a company’s success and it takes several years to establish by implementing a brand strategy that supports the business. However, in today’s digital environment, brand value can be compromised in a matter of minutes and negatively affect the brand and company. As such, brand security is an issue that needs constant attention to minimise possible reputational damage to the brand and the associated risk of losing customers.  read more
Shoemaker Vans treads wearily as China fumes over Hong Kong

Shoemaker Vans treads wearily as China fumes over Hong Kong

09/10/2019 - 13:20
US sports brand Vans has removed “a small number” of submissions in a sneaker design competition including one apparently giving a shout out to Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests, as companies weigh the risks of angering China. read more
Bringing marketing to the boardroom table

Bringing marketing to the boardroom table

08/10/2019 - 11:16
The Nedbank IMC 2020, in association with the Marketing Association of SA and endorsed by the IAB, will take place on March 19, 2020, in Sandton. The big debate next year will centre on the fact that with intangible brand assets being valued at trillions of dollars globally, marketing should be sitting at the table with the grown-ups – but it isn’t. To get marketing to where it needs to be – at the boardroom table – marketers will need to provide concrete evidence that it boosts the bottom line. To this end, the conference theme is “Marketing Works. Work it”.  read more
“Fashion King” David Tlale launches bespoke proudly SA shoe collection

“Fashion King” David Tlale launches bespoke proudly SA shoe collection

03/10/2019 - 15:19
Global fashion maestro, David Tlale — feted around the world for his bold and elaborate designs — has teamed up with iconic shoe brand, Crockett & Jones, to produce a must-have collection of stylish and sophisticated formal footwear for young and trendy men.  read more
Unlocking the holy grail on Consumer data: data, transparency and value

Unlocking the holy grail on Consumer data: data, transparency and value

03/10/2019 - 11:17
Consumer data has become a sought-after asset for every kind of business, from financial services to FMCG. For a long time, retailers have been investing millions (and millions) of Rands trying to understand their consumer’s spending habits. All retailers want to be consumer-centric, to create behavioural change in a consumer’s life cycle and to maximise business-efficiency at every point in the value chain. We all want that. read more
Inglot Cosmetics partners with Cartoon Network for limited edition ‘The Powerpuff Girls’ Beauty Collection

Inglot Cosmetics partners with Cartoon Network for limited edition ‘The Powerpuff Girls’ Beauty Collection

03/10/2019 - 10:19
Cartoon Network is proud to announce that it is collaborating with global beauty brand Inglot Cosmetics for a new limited-edition collection inspired by the original ambassadors of female empowerment The Powerpuff Girls. read more
Stock weakness hits most of SA's listed retailers hard

Stock weakness hits most of SA's listed retailers hard

02/10/2019 - 08:23
South Africa's lacklustre economy, coupled with high unemployment, low business, and consumer confidence, is curbing household spending and wiping off billions in value for some of the country's listed retailers. read more
It’s time to close the media spending gap between digital and television

It’s time to close the media spending gap between digital and television

01/10/2019 - 14:46
Up until a few years ago, marketers worked on the assumption that digital reached a small audience of high-income earners while television served the mass market. That picture has changed dramatically over the last five years, and the time has come for brands to rethink how and where they allocate their media budgets.  read more
Brands need zeitgeist of compassion

Brands need zeitgeist of compassion

01/10/2019 - 13:03
Brands are seen to have an ever-greater responsibility to bring a degree of stability to what has become a sharply polarised world, and that sentiment is more prevalent in SA than in any other market. read more
AB InBev revives its offering for Apac in Hong Kong

AB InBev revives its offering for Apac in Hong Kong

01/10/2019 - 11:39
Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) has revived its failed initial public offering (IPO) in Hong Kong by offering 1.26 billion shares of a minority stake of its Asia Pacific subsidiary, Budweiser Brewing Company Apac, and the world’s largest brewer is hoping to raise $5 billion (R74.4bn) on listing. read more
Up the ante this Black Friday

Up the ante this Black Friday

01/10/2019 - 10:29
With only a few trading weeks left, brands have only a few weeks left to finalise their plans for Black Friday – which has grown into one of the most important fixtures on South Africa’s annual retail calendar in recent years.  read more
Coca-Cola continues reaching new heights

Coca-Cola continues reaching new heights

24/09/2019 - 10:20
The Coca-Cola Company is the leading global manufacturer, retailer and marketer of non-alcoholic beverages.  read more
Health innovation is an opportunity for South African brands across multiple industries

Health innovation is an opportunity for South African brands across multiple industries

23/09/2019 - 14:22
With government striving to pass legislation to create a National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme to serve all South Africans, the country’s health and wellness market is in flux. Along with the global trends reshaping the sector, this is a recipe for massive change and disruption that could have wide implications for consumer brands in every segment. read more
Brands leave R34 bn in lost sales on the e-commerce table - report

Brands leave R34 bn in lost sales on the e-commerce table - report

22/09/2019 - 13:19
By 2021, over 20-million South Africans will shop online. read more
Samsung and KOO win big at the 21st Sunday Times Top Brands Awards

Samsung and KOO win big at the 21st Sunday Times Top Brands Awards

20/09/2019 - 15:12
Samsung and KOO have been announced as South Africa’s Overall Favourite Brands, winning the Grand Prix Awards in the respective Business and Consumer sectors of the 21st Sunday Times Top Brands Survey.  read more
Digital marketing: multi-touch attribution

Digital marketing: multi-touch attribution

19/09/2019 - 13:43
The effective tracking of digital marketing campaigns is not as easy as initially thought. One question that often pops up is: at what point did consumer conversion take place? During a campaign, it’s difficult to attribute this correctly, especially with multiple touchpoints such as display and native advertising, sponsored social posts, video ads on mobile or paid-for search results all running consecutively. read more
The changing UX and CX landscape

The changing UX and CX landscape

13/09/2019 - 16:16
An exceptional customer experience (CX) builds a foundation of loyalty and trust. Similarly, a positive user experience (UX) encourages brand connections with people wanting to come back for more. And yet, local organisations must learn to embrace these more effectively to differentiate themselves from their competitors. read more
Brand loyalty on a worrying decline

Brand loyalty on a worrying decline

12/09/2019 - 16:27
In an age of increasing brand parity and a society overwhelmed by choice and technology, brand loyalty is now on a worrying decline. read more
Fabric softener brand ordered to change name after Sta-Soft complaint

Fabric softener brand ordered to change name after Sta-Soft complaint

12/09/2019 - 09:01
A local fabric softener brand has been ordered to change its labelling after the advertising regulatory board found that its use of the word "soft" was imitating rival brand Sta-Soft. read more
Brand sustainability and customer loyalty

Brand sustainability and customer loyalty

10/09/2019 - 14:30
Brands are becoming increasingly conscious that their success is determined beyond the products they sell – transparency around the origin of their products and sustainability have become important factors when determining customer loyalty. read more
Marketing the Future – unlocking the human element in a digital world

Marketing the Future – unlocking the human element in a digital world

03/09/2019 - 12:59
The IMM Graduate School, in partnership with Nedbank, will be hosting the second annual half-day Marketing the Future Conference in Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town. This year’s theme, “unlocking the human element in a digital world”, examines how the role of marketers continues to change as technology develops. read more
Ackermans victorious for the third time running at 10th annual AskAfrica Icon Brands Survey Awards

Ackermans victorious for the third time running at 10th annual AskAfrica Icon Brands Survey Awards

03/09/2019 - 09:02
South Africa’s most loved brands were announced recently at the AskAfrika Icon Brands Survey awards in Johannesburg. Value retailer, Ackermans, was awarded the top honour in the Clothing Retail: Children’s category, for a third time in a row, and was further announced as a Platinum Brand Icon. read more
3 Data trends shaping digital marketing in the next 18 months

3 Data trends shaping digital marketing in the next 18 months

28/08/2019 - 14:47
As we move into the next phase of the digital revolution, data will take an increasingly important role in how brands shape their customer experience and interact with consumers. As wearable computers proliferate and everything from cars to smart speakers to industrial equipment is connected to the Internet, people and devices are creating more data than ever before.  read more
Twelve new categories included in the 21st Sunday Times Top Brands Survey

Twelve new categories included in the 21st Sunday Times Top Brands Survey

28/08/2019 - 09:15
Now in its 21st year, the annual Sunday Times Top Brands Survey has expanded with the addition of 12 new categories across both the Business and Consumer sections of the survey. The survey, conducted by research firm Kantar on behalf of the Sunday Times, is considered the leading barometer of consumer sentiment towards brands in South Africa. read more
Shoprite plans smaller stores, closer to shoppers – and more shops in containers

Shoprite plans smaller stores, closer to shoppers – and more shops in containers

26/08/2019 - 13:48
In an effort to gear up growth, Shoprite wants to move to smaller stores, closer to where its customers are. read more
Italtile plans to open more store despite weak trading conditions

Italtile plans to open more store despite weak trading conditions

23/08/2019 - 14:56
JSE-listed supplier of ceramic tiles Italtile said it planned to open more stores in South Africa and abroad, despite the subdued economy, which has constrained consumer spending. read more
Tough economy put a chill on Mr Price retail sales

Tough economy put a chill on Mr Price retail sales

23/08/2019 - 09:24
A tough economic climate has put pressure on Mr Price's fashion retail sales, as customer spending remained constrained, the company said in a trading statement for the first four months of its financial year ended March 28. read more
Franchises reap the rewards of tech-enabled local marketing strategies

Franchises reap the rewards of tech-enabled local marketing strategies

22/08/2019 - 11:26
One of the great challenges facing franchise businesses is to maintain their group brand identity while enabling Local Marketing Strategies at branch level. Those that do, grow at a rate of about three times than that of their competitors. read more
The SA liquor market is changing - these are the new favourites, says expert

The SA liquor market is changing - these are the new favourites, says expert

21/08/2019 - 09:05
The way South Africans are consuming liquor is changing from traditional, heritage brands to modern, urban, "idiosyncratic" brands, according to Rowan Leibbrandt, founder of fine liquor merchants Truman & Orange. read more
Estee Lauder forecasts robust fiscal 2020

Estee Lauder forecasts robust fiscal 2020

20/08/2019 - 09:47
Estee Lauder forecast full-year revenue and profit above Wall Street expectations, putting to bed concerns of slowing demand in China due to trade tensions and Hong Kong protests as sales of its luxury skincare products soared, propelling its shares to a record high. read more
Why poor customer service is killing your brand (and how to fix it)

Why poor customer service is killing your brand (and how to fix it)

20/08/2019 - 09:18
South African businesses are faced with an exceedingly difficult task. They have to find ways to survive in the face of ongoing political uncertainty, fast eroding business and investor confidence, and declining consumer spend.  read more
Yamamay launches first retail store in SA

Yamamay launches first retail store in SA

20/08/2019 - 09:04
Trendy Italian underwear, clothing and swimwear brand, Yamamay has launched its first South African store at Menlyn Park Shopping Centre in Pretoria.  read more
Digital transformation: marketers’ challenge

Digital transformation: marketers’ challenge

19/08/2019 - 11:03
Marketing leaders worldwide are shifting rapidly to make digital transformation real in their businesses. But are their SA counterparts doing the same? read more
Product mix boosts revenue of Denny owner Libstar

Product mix boosts revenue of Denny owner Libstar

13/08/2019 - 08:36
Consumer goods group Libstar said it managed solid volume growth for its core product offerings in the six months to end-June, but accounting changes will weigh somewhat on its interim headline earnings per share (Heps) growth.  read more
#WomensMonth: Do women shop differently?

#WomensMonth: Do women shop differently?

06/08/2019 - 08:58
Is it outdated to believe women still shop differently to men? The clichés are men purchase for speed and women are more motivated by price, men are big online shoppers but women still like something tangible and prefer brick-and-mortar stores. While we celebrate Women’s Month in August, we look at how women are shopping whether it’s fair to say we’re moving into an age of gender-fluid purchasing.  read more
The idea of a ‘target audience’ is becoming obsolete in a digital world

The idea of a ‘target audience’ is becoming obsolete in a digital world

01/08/2019 - 14:49
This might sound heretical, but it no longer matters who brands think their target market is. The reason for this is simple: with the technology and data digital marketers have access to today, we no longer need to limit our potential target audience to a set of personas or segments derived through customer research.  read more
FreshStop at Caltex launches 'Cash Back' Rewards App

FreshStop at Caltex launches 'Cash Back' Rewards App

01/08/2019 - 11:11
FreshStop, the largest and fastest-growing convenience store retail brand in South Africa, has launched a Rewards App that enables customers to earn cash back simply by shopping at one of its more than 300 FreshStop at Caltex stores located around South Africa. read more
Pick n Pay uses tech to add value for consumers

Pick n Pay uses tech to add value for consumers

30/07/2019 - 14:55
Technologies such as augmented reality, virtual reality, animation, and gaming can provide immersive experiences, giving brands an advantage in winning consumers' hearts and minds. read more
Micro-engagement in the age of influence

Micro-engagement in the age of influence

30/07/2019 - 09:46
We are living in the age of influence. Some of the largest brands doing an equity play in advertising have influencers at the helm, driving their brand messaging over the short or long term. SA’s pool of celebrity big names, television personalities, musicians and mega-creatives are pulling the big brands. read more
Transform your brand by transforming the way you talk to consumers

Transform your brand by transforming the way you talk to consumers

24/07/2019 - 10:20
The world is transforming at an incredible pace, affecting how consumers engage with everything around them, including brands. The digital age continues to transform the way we live, shop and pay – including how and where brands show up. By redefining the way they engage with consumers, brands can establish more meaningful relationships with them. read more
SA's most valuable brands

SA's most valuable brands

22/07/2019 - 09:34
SA's most valuable brands could be a source of growth and job creation for the company, says the head of Brand Finance, which has just released its latest report on the strongest and best performing local brands. read more
Pioneer Foods deal will be PepsiCo's biggest in Sub-Saharan Africa

Pioneer Foods deal will be PepsiCo's biggest in Sub-Saharan Africa

22/07/2019 - 09:04
The US food and beverages company says the deal, worth about R24bn, will boost the SA economy. read more
Food and beverages giant PepsiCo makes offer to acquire Pioneer Foods

Food and beverages giant PepsiCo makes offer to acquire Pioneer Foods

19/07/2019 - 10:18
In a vote of confidence about SA’s long-term prospects, New York-based food and beverages giant PepsiCo has made an offer to buy Pioneer Food Group, which makes Sasko breads and Ceres juices, in a deal worth at least R25.4bn. read more
Refinery celebrates diversity with new fashion campaign

Refinery celebrates diversity with new fashion campaign

18/07/2019 - 11:39
Local fashion retailer Refinery is set to make waves across the local industry with its new spring campaign which embraces diversity, encouraging others to be unashamedly, authentically themselves.  read more
Technology is fundamentally altering the relationship between brands and consumers

Technology is fundamentally altering the relationship between brands and consumers

15/07/2019 - 16:44
Both businesses and societies that have accelerated their digital transformation efforts have been rewarded with faster growth. In fact, digital transformation has the potential to unlock the value of about R5-trillion across multiple industries in the next decade, potentially moving the needle of economic growth in SA. So said Wayne Hull, MD of Accenture Digital, at the annual IAB Summit earlier this year. read more
Aldi launches new Vegan brand

Aldi launches new Vegan brand

10/07/2019 - 08:30
The first product in the range is a high-protein quarter pounder burger which costs £1.99 for a pack of two. It is made with soya and pea protein and flavoured with smoked salt to give a chargrilled flavour. read more
Winning the hearts of consumers through local relevance

Winning the hearts of consumers through local relevance

02/07/2019 - 11:18
DNA Brand Architects recently won the SA Campaign of the Year prize at the Prism Awards for a five-part digital series it had created for Lion Lager. In response to the challenge of reintroducing an “old” brand to a young audience and making it relevant, this agency chose a culturally relevant concept that would resonate with the target audience: the payment of lobola. read more
Amazon's phenomenal brand value growth

Amazon's phenomenal brand value growth

24/06/2019 - 08:34
With little sign of a growth slowdown, Amazon has become the world’s most valuable brand, according to the 2019 BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands ranking.  read more
10 new rules of retail, according to a trend analyst

10 new rules of retail, according to a trend analyst

24/06/2019 - 08:24
From clothing rentals to shops on demand, retail trends are changing fast, says Dion Chang, trend analyst and founder of Flux Trends. read more
Brand champions, ambassadors and advocates

Brand champions, ambassadors and advocates

11/06/2019 - 14:55
Paying people to promote brands has long been a contentious – and confusing – issue in the industry. There is confusion around the terminology, what they’re actually called, and controversy and cynicism about whether it’s an effective way to market a brand or not. read more
Global footprint for SA veldskoen

Global footprint for SA veldskoen

29/05/2019 - 10:17
Prince Harry wears them, Ashton Kutcher bought a share in the company that makes them and these days some brides even get married in them. We’re talking about the common or garden South African veldskoen, but there’s nothing ordinary about these shoes with their zany different coloured soles available in a seven-colour spectrum.  read more
Pioneer Foods’ shares plunge to six-year low on earnings decline

Pioneer Foods’ shares plunge to six-year low on earnings decline

20/05/2019 - 16:24
Shares in Pioneer Foods, which makes Sasko bread and Ceres juice, plunged to a six-year low after the group said it was struggling to pass on higher costs to consumers. read more
Brand engagement and the seniors' market: golden truths about the golden years

Brand engagement and the seniors' market: golden truths about the golden years

13/05/2019 - 11:19
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. Even from a strategic perspective, there is hardly a brand in existence today that is not affording consideration to attracting and engaging the “youth market”. read more
5 ways digital technology is reshaping the needs and expectations of SA’s young consumers

5 ways digital technology is reshaping the needs and expectations of SA’s young consumers

03/05/2019 - 15:00
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. read more
H&M lists garment suppliers on app to tackle worker abuses

H&M lists garment suppliers on app to tackle worker abuses

25/04/2019 - 10:26
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.  read more
Cheap imported butter is undercutting local brands

Cheap imported butter is undercutting local brands

24/04/2019 - 11:31
South Africa has been a net importer of butter for years. In 2018, 85% of those imports came from as far afield as New Zealand, Denmark, Ireland, and the Ukraine. read more
Kraft Heinz hires global brand expert Miguel Patricio as CEO

Kraft Heinz hires global brand expert Miguel Patricio as CEO

24/04/2019 - 11:18
Kraft Heinz named Miguel Patricio as its next chief executive in the hopes that the 30-year marketing veteran will revitalize brands such as Planters nuts and Oscar Mayer bacon at one of the world's largest packaged food companies.  read more
Brand SA makes marketing material available

Brand SA makes marketing material available

15/04/2019 - 08:38
To grow the country’s tourism economy it’s vital for SA to be marketed. Brand SA, the country’s official marketing agency, has a collection of professional resources available to the public at no cost that can align brands to the brand of the nation. read more
Brimstone confirms exit from Clover deal

Brimstone confirms exit from Clover deal

12/04/2019 - 10:01
Brimstone Investments confirmed that it will not be participating in a consortium seeking to acquire SA’s biggest dairy producer Clover, but had agreed on a plan to facilitate its exit.  read more
 Cathedral Cellar comes to life with augmented reality labels

Cathedral Cellar comes to life with augmented reality labels

09/04/2019 - 10:29
Cathedral Cellar is relaunching globally with wine labels which allow wine enthusiasts to invite its winemaker, Wim Truter, to their dinner time conversation, via augmented reality technology.  read more
Brand consistency aids in brand security

Brand consistency aids in brand security

03/04/2019 - 08:23
Several factors cause serious reputational damage to brands these days, ranging from social media to fake news and cyber attacks. It’s therefore imperative that companies have measures in place to minimise the possibility of reputational damage. Brand consistency is one of those measures. read more
Why pop-up stores are an easy sell

Why pop-up stores are an easy sell

28/03/2019 - 08:18
Pop-up stores are a smart way for mall owners to fill empty retail space on a temporary basis, and for businesses to punt their product without the overheads of the full store experience. read more
Instagram adds shopping feature for US users

Instagram adds shopping feature for US users

22/03/2019 - 09:34
Facebook’s Instagram is trialling a feature that lets US users shop from the photo-sharing app by using a “checkout” option on items tagged for sale, the company said. read more
Sainsbury’s and Asda seek to salvage deal with £1bn pledge

Sainsbury’s and Asda seek to salvage deal with £1bn pledge

20/03/2019 - 08:58
British supermarket groups Sainsbury’s and Asda have committed to deliver £1bn of annual price cuts as they attempt to salvage their proposed combination after being dealt a potentially fatal blow by the regulator. read more
Distell’s premium-wine offshoot aims for the top

Distell’s premium-wine offshoot aims for the top

15/03/2019 - 14:37
"I’m in the business of wine; I’m not in the wine business," says Kay Nash emphatically. That may seem like splitting hairs, but it’s a subtle distinction that’s helping the CEO of Libertas Vineyards & Estates, the new premium-wine offshoot of drinks giant Distell, to shake up the company’s high-end wine business. read more
Three quarters in a row of sales growth for H&M

Three quarters in a row of sales growth for H&M

15/03/2019 - 14:26
Sweden’s H&M, the world’s second-biggest fashion retailer, posted local-currency sales growth for its fiscal first quarter that matched analysts’ forecasts, on Friday, while net sales were slightly higher than expected. read more
 Libstar banks on new food products

Libstar banks on new food products

14/03/2019 - 10:15
Consumer goods manufacturer and distributor Libstar, whose brands include Lancewood cheese and Denny Mushrooms, says it adjusted to the slowdown in consumer spending by launching hundreds of new food products.  read more
Shares in Denny owner Libstar jump on maiden dividend

Shares in Denny owner Libstar jump on maiden dividend

13/03/2019 - 13:49
Libstar, the consumer goods group that listed on the JSE in May 2018, announced a maiden cash dividend of 22c a share on Wednesday as profits after tax in 2018 edged 1% higher to R236m. read more
Coca Cola tops the list of the world's leading brands

Coca Cola tops the list of the world's leading brands

08/03/2019 - 15:01
The Euromonitor International, a market research provider's, Top 100 Megabrands report ranks success consumer goods brands by retail value across the world.  read more
Iconic South Africans the inspiration for new Johnnie Walker campaign

Iconic South Africans the inspiration for new Johnnie Walker campaign

05/03/2019 - 11:20
Johnnie Walker’s new brand campaign celebrates the success of inspirational South Africans who inspire others to 'keep walking'.  read more
British American Tobacco full-year sales and profit rise

British American Tobacco full-year sales and profit rise

01/03/2019 - 09:47
British American Tobacco (BAT), the second-biggest international tobacco company, reported higher full-year adjusted sales and profit, helped by cigarette market share gains and growth in vaping devices.  read more
Distell selects WPP as its global partner agency

Distell selects WPP as its global partner agency

25/02/2019 - 15:37
Alcoholic beverages company Distell has selected WPP as its global partner agency.  read more
Digital sponsorship provides good ROI

Digital sponsorship provides good ROI

21/02/2019 - 14:57
South African organisations are upping their investment in digital advertising, with the total value of internet advertising growing 16.5% to R5.14bn in 2017, according to PwC’s Entertainment & Media Outlook: 2018 – 2022. As they increase their spending on digital, the question of how to improve return on investment (ROI) from this channel is top of mind for brands.  read more
Levi Strauss files for stock market comeback

Levi Strauss files for stock market comeback

16/02/2019 - 21:53
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. read more
Clover: Israeli link meeting resistance

Clover: Israeli link meeting resistance

15/02/2019 - 10:58
The market is nervously considering the implications of empowerment company Brimstone’s decision to review its role in the much-awaited takeover of local dairy giant Clover. read more
Woolworths loses third David Jones CEO

Woolworths loses third David Jones CEO

07/02/2019 - 13:20
The CEO of Woolworths’s Australian department store chain David Jones has resigned after less than two years in the job, and the JSE-listed retailer is now headhunting its fourth CEO for its Australian chain since it acquired it in 2014. read more
6 Ways to win with CX

6 Ways to win with CX

06/02/2019 - 10:35
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. Yes, branding and selling is knowing what and how technology can assist in the CX experience but it’s also ensuring there’s a human and emotional connection with the consumer every step of the way. read more
Edcon makes headway in securing R3bn in funds to keep it going

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

05/02/2019 - 14:25
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. read more
Businesses face big moral and socioeconomic issues

Businesses face big moral and socioeconomic issues

05/02/2019 - 09:25
Consumers want brands and corporates to be scrupulously ethical and champions for causes they care about. Businesses will have to engage with big moral and socioeconomic issues in a convincing way. read more
Futureproof your retail store

Futureproof your retail store

31/01/2019 - 08:57
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.  read more
Distell: Chateau gets a wider roof

Distell: Chateau gets a wider roof

28/01/2019 - 08:41
Distell creates new Libertas Vineyards structure that will focus on its premium wines — including some old favourites. read more
SAB campaigns against alcohol abuse

SAB campaigns against alcohol abuse

24/01/2019 - 12:50
Capitalising on the current popularity of video, SAB launched a short film to coincide with the festive season, highlighting the devastating effects of making poor decisions in the lives of teenagers; and to combat the incidence of underage drinking. read more
Zando celebrates 7 years of success

Zando celebrates 7 years of success

23/01/2019 - 14:50
Launched in 2012, Zando has grown from a small e-commerce store to become South Africa’s largest fashion destination. Aimed at the 20 to 40 somethings, it has sold more than 1800 local and international brands on its site and also has its own private label, UTOPIA.  read more
Key trends in grocery retail 2019

Key trends in grocery retail 2019

21/01/2019 - 11:00
As consumer expectations continue to shift, grocery retailers must ensure that they keep a finger on the pulse of changing demands. James Butcher, managing director of grocery retail specialist, Solutions for Retail Brands (S4RB), examines the key grocery trends to keep an eye out for in 2019. read more
The era of post-modern marketing

The era of post-modern marketing

15/01/2019 - 14:05
It’s the age of post-modern marketing when creativity and storytelling are combined with modern technology and a focus on human behaviour. read more
Mergers & acquisitions: How to manage growth with the right brand architecture strategy

Mergers & acquisitions: How to manage growth with the right brand architecture strategy

14/01/2019 - 13:30
According to Reuters, there were over 50,000 merger & acquisition (M&A) deals announced in 2018. By May, R26.6-trillion had been spent on M&As, more than seven times SA’s annual GDP. read more
Why mobile is the gatekeeper of brand loyalty today

Why mobile is the gatekeeper of brand loyalty today

19/12/2018 - 10:33
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. read more
Affiliate marketing in numbers: What is it?

Affiliate marketing in numbers: What is it?

18/12/2018 - 11:37
Affiliate marketing is a great way to connect with other companies and brands to establish a mutually beneficial relationship. It's a great way to monetize your website and earn a few extra bucks easily. Affiliate marketing uses website traffic from one website to generate clicks and sales for the affiliate brand. The site who posts the affiliate link will then get a percentage of the income generated from those clicks and sales.  read more
5 Retail trends and predictions for 2019

5 Retail trends and predictions for 2019

13/12/2018 - 14:01
2019 is here, and if you’re in retail, you’re likely wondering what the next 12 months will bring. read more
Superdry half-year profits drop by 49%

Superdry half-year profits drop by 49%

13/12/2018 - 10:13
Superdry has revealed a massive drop in underlying profit in its interim results despite an uptick in overall revenue, as the fashion retailer conceded it had a “difficult first half”. read more
Twelve trends to shape media and marketing in 2019

Twelve trends to shape media and marketing in 2019

13/12/2018 - 09:15
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. read more