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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
SA consumers in tight corner as high prices, fuel hikes take their toll

SA consumers in tight corner as high prices, fuel hikes take their toll

15/10/2018 - 09:47
With more than 40% of South African consumers being technically over-indebted, the reality is that most of them are no longer able to make any further adjustments to their budgets, Neil Roets, CEO of Debt Rescue, told Fin24. read more
Record fuel prices to take painful toll on cash-strapped consumers, SMEs - CEO

Record fuel prices to take painful toll on cash-strapped consumers, SMEs - CEO

10/10/2018 - 09:32
The latest fuel price increase, the highest on record so far, will seriously affect already stretched household finances, according to Gwarega Mangozhe, CEO of the Consumer Goods Council of SA (CGCSA). read more
Asking customers to donate when they buy stuff may be good for business

Asking customers to donate when they buy stuff may be good for business

21/09/2018 - 14:18
SA consumers taking full advantage of retail reward programmes

SA consumers taking full advantage of retail reward programmes

20/09/2018 - 11:19
Consumers have saved billions of rands in offered loyalty programme rewards and are increasingly taking advantage of reward points as the country’s tough economic climate impacts on consumer goods such as fuel, electricity and food.  read more
New study identifies key snacking behaviour as basis for better understanding consumer choices

New study identifies key snacking behaviour as basis for better understanding consumer choices

07/08/2018 - 09:13
A new study has identified seven consumer snacking profiles as a way to better understand the shopping behaviours driving the snacking category. It has also uncovered insights into weekday versus weekend snacking. read more
The evolution of retail branding

The evolution of retail branding

22/02/2018 - 16:17
For decades, if not centuries, having quality products was all the retail branding you needed. If the coffee, clothing, or furniture you sold was high quality, that was enough to keep customers coming back for more.  read more
Who owns and controls the brand experience in the digital age?

Who owns and controls the brand experience in the digital age?

28/07/2017 - 14:47
The days of companies dictating brand and customer experience while their consumers play a passive role on the sidelines have long passed. read more
 Breathing room for consumers?

Breathing room for consumers?

27/06/2017 - 10:12
In terms of the outlook for consumers, there is reason for cautious optimism due to lower inflation and the potential for modest interest rate cuts, according to Dave Mohr (chief investment strategist) and Izak Odendaal (investment strategist) at Old Mutual Multi-Managers. read more
Tech insights: Omnichannel bots are in your future

Tech insights: Omnichannel bots are in your future

25/04/2017 - 15:38
As recently as the 1990s, the only real form of text-based communication with customers was via email. Today, consumers have a range of social platforms they use to effortlessly communicate — and they expect their shopping experiences to be effortless and, more importantly, seamless across channels as well.  read more
BRP Special Report finds personalisation top digital priority

BRP Special Report finds personalisation top digital priority

31/03/2017 - 10:30
Personalisation is no longer just about marketing to demographic groups, customer segments or even personas. read more
Shoppers need to feel in control of new retail technologies

Shoppers need to feel in control of new retail technologies

29/03/2017 - 14:11
Although many consumers remain wary of some retail technologies if they feel that they have some control over the experience, their willingness to engage increases. read more
Accenture reveals Generation Z to switch majority of purchases to retailers providing newest digital tools, channels

Accenture reveals Generation Z to switch majority of purchases to retailers providing newest digital tools, channels

06/03/2017 - 14:10
Young consumers seek voice-activated ordering, curated subscriptions and automatic replenishment shopping models. read more
 VAT: Adding more fuel to the fire for consumers

VAT: Adding more fuel to the fire for consumers

01/03/2017 - 08:44
As part of the 2017 Budget, Government has put forward a proposal for scrapping the zero-rating on fuel to expand the VAT base in 2018/2019. What does this mean for consumers? read more
Local study identifies key areas in global food losses

Local study identifies key areas in global food losses

17/02/2017 - 12:27
A South African study has identified key areas of the global food supply chain where high losses occur, particularly in developing countries. Reducing food losses and waste can contribute to efforts to alleviate world hunger. read more
5 Ways retailers can add value to their customers

5 Ways retailers can add value to their customers

14/02/2017 - 10:47
Since the beginning of the global recession, retailers have increasingly relied on discounting to drive sales and encourage money-conscious shoppers to browse and make purchases in-store and online. While discounting can be a very effective tactic for shifting stock, it can risk altering how a retailer is perceived by shoppers if it is overused or employed without careful consideration, potentially damaging the retailer’s reputation and hitting the bottom line. read more
Expand your search strategy to promote brand loyalty

Expand your search strategy to promote brand loyalty

19/01/2017 - 10:20
According to a new ICLP study, brand favouritism isn’t necessarily strengthening brand loyalty: 86% of shoppers today say they would consider choosing an alternative brand over their traditional preferred brand. Retail brand loyalty has declined, and marketers are faced with a new set of challenges resulting from this shift in user behaviour. read more
Meeting the expectations of today’s high-tech shopper

Meeting the expectations of today’s high-tech shopper

16/01/2017 - 09:03
Are consumers who shop for high-tech devices like laptops, tablets and related accessories different than the average shopper in terms of purchasing behaviour and preferences? According to a new study, there are some key differences that merchants should be aware of. read more
Six steps to a better digital marketing strategy

Six steps to a better digital marketing strategy

29/11/2016 - 09:56
Brands need to engage with their customers regularly in order to be competitive. With all of the messaging thrown in front of today's consumers, a business that succeeds at attracting the attention of consumers time and again will have the advantage. Luckily, engagement isn't impossible to capture in thanks to today's technology and social platforms. read more
Consumers give in to small luxuries

Consumers give in to small luxuries

21/11/2016 - 08:45
Consumers may be staying away from budget-breaking spending on clothing and furniture, but they are indulging in small luxuries, retail data from Statistics SA show. read more
Zeekit launches app to virtually try on outfits before buying online or in-store

Zeekit launches app to virtually try on outfits before buying online or in-store

19/09/2016 - 14:26
NEW YORK - Zeekit, a B2C platform and mobile app that reinvents the way consumers browse, share and shop from their mobile devices, has launched an advanced virtual fitting room app for consumers and retailers. read more
Consumers are in serious trouble

Consumers are in serious trouble

02/08/2016 - 14:28
Nedbank is reporting that it has seen a 10% increase in the number of consumers who are defaulting on payments, as they struggle to cope with rising rates, higher prices, and a tough economy. read more
Consumers are curbing spending and credit exposure

Consumers are curbing spending and credit exposure

06/07/2016 - 13:48
Johannesburg - As consumer confidence takes a dip, consumers curb their spending on discretionary goods and credit exposure. read more
Too much reliance on digital technologies has given rise to ‘human-less’ customer services

Too much reliance on digital technologies has given rise to ‘human-less’ customer services

05/07/2016 - 16:00
Putting customers first and at the heart of every business was one of the issues discussed at the 60th Global Summit of the Consumer Goods Forum that took place in Cape Town recently. Customers’ expectations and demands are rapidly changing and studies such as Global Consumer Pulse Research Conducted by Accenture Strategy, reveal that companies are losing customers as they demand more human interface. read more
NRF: Swipe fees protect consumers

NRF: Swipe fees protect consumers

28/06/2016 - 08:27
Retail group argues for debit card swipe fee regulations. read more
SA consumers warned to shop with extreme caution

SA consumers warned to shop with extreme caution

13/05/2016 - 11:24
Consumers should always shop with extreme caution, Vicci Baker, founder of the price comparison website Retail Price Watch, told Fin24 on Wednesday. read more
Budget 2016: Stark reminder consumers must do more with less

Budget 2016: Stark reminder consumers must do more with less

25/02/2016 - 10:54
Cape Town – Despite announcing personal income tax relief of R5.5bn for lower- and middle-income earners, the National Budget speech was a stark reminder that consumers need to get used to doing more with less, according to Ester Ochse, channel head at FNB Financial Advisory. read more
Greater retail impact of conscious consumerism

Greater retail impact of conscious consumerism

24/02/2016 - 11:02
Cape Town - Conscious consumerism and innovation is on the rise in the retail space and customers are demanding that increasing attention is paid to details around sustainability, ethical sourcing, making a difference and conserving scarce environmental resources when making their purchasing decisions, according to Justin Smith, group head of sustainability at Woolworths. read more
Why a tax hike is good for South Africa

Why a tax hike is good for South Africa

22/02/2016 - 11:29
A looming ratings downgrade, the falling rand, and rising inflation means that the National Treasury will have to hike taxes even more significantly this year than in the previous few years. read more
South African consumers say SA in recession, according to survey

South African consumers say SA in recession, according to survey

11/02/2016 - 15:00
SA is in recession and will not come out of it anytime soon, a majority of consumers who participated in a consumer confidence survey by global performance management company Nielsen Holdings said. read more
Rate hike will be devastating blow for consumers

Rate hike will be devastating blow for consumers

29/01/2016 - 11:37
Cape Town - A widely expected rate hike by the South African Reserve Bank (Sarb) on Thursday is going to have a devastating impact on consumers, Debt Rescue CEO Neil Roets told Fin24. read more
4 reasons consumers will face debt crisis in 2016

4 reasons consumers will face debt crisis in 2016

22/12/2015 - 09:52
Cape Town - Several forces are creating the “perfect financial storm” to lead many more South Africans towards cash flow shortages in 2016, Debtbusters CEO Ian Wason said on Monday. read more
Naive consumers falling for marketing promises

Naive consumers falling for marketing promises

08/12/2015 - 10:21
Cape Town - In South Africa much more needs to be done - even at school and tertiary level - to make consumers more money savvy in order to protect them from "the hordes of vultures out there" trying to part them from their hard-earned money, according to Anneline van der Poel of debt management firm Debt Rescue. read more
Companies need to realise that big data analysis pays off, says Deloitte

Companies need to realise that big data analysis pays off, says Deloitte

16/11/2015 - 15:31
Data-driven decision-making and performance is the next wave of the digital revolution that companies need to prepare for to enjoy the profound opportunities on offer, says Deloitte Analytics.  read more
Increase in number of consumers using credit

Increase in number of consumers using credit

29/06/2015 - 13:50
The number of credit-active consumers increased by 264 000 to 23.11 million in the first three months of this year, National Credit Regulator (NCR) data showed on Thursday. read more
SA consumers losing control of their money

SA consumers losing control of their money

13/11/2014 - 11:38
About 73% of South African consumers did not feel in control of their financial situation in the third quarter of 2014, according to the MBD Consumer Financial Vulnerability Index released on Wednesday. read more
Deeply indebted consumers facing ‘perfect storm’

Deeply indebted consumers facing ‘perfect storm’

01/10/2014 - 09:35
Two of SA’s economists are predicting that the rand may slide to as much as R11.60 or weaker to the dollar in the near future and they say this will have a "severe impact" on everything from the price of food to imported vehicles. read more
Consumers in SA unable to join global buying spree

Consumers in SA unable to join global buying spree

02/06/2014 - 10:16
Consumers in the world’s two largest economies are doing what they do best – spending money. It’s a happy harbinger for the global economy and may explain why global markets lost little ground on Friday, after the release of disappointing economic data.  read more
Warning about uncertified appliances

Warning about uncertified appliances

05/12/2012 - 09:50
Cape Town - Electrical appliances which are not certified by the SA Bureau of Standards (SABS) pose a serious threat to consumers' lives, Parliament's energy portfolio committee warned on Tuesday. read more
Motlanthe: Consumers spoilt for choice

Motlanthe: Consumers spoilt for choice

27/11/2012 - 08:44
Johannesburg - South African consumers are "spoilt for choice" and need to be convinced to buy local products, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Monday.  read more
SA hands tied on petrol price

SA hands tied on petrol price

19/07/2012 - 08:17
Cape Town - There is very little that South Africans can do about reported oil price rigging and the possible effect it could have on motorists, an expert told Fin24 on Wednesday. read more
International: Social media raising stakes for customer service

International: Social media raising stakes for customer service

03/05/2012 - 09:04
Americans are growing more frustrated with customer service, and their social media savvy is making it hard for businesses to get away with ignoring the problem, according to the 2012 American Express Global Customer Service Barometer. It found that consumers who have used social media for service wield the greatest amount of influence. They tell significantly more people about their service experiences, and say they'd spend 21 percent more with companies who deliver great service — compared to 13 percent on average.  read more
Nigerians grow nose for SA wine exports

Nigerians grow nose for SA wine exports

20/04/2012 - 08:29
SA’s wine exports have shown healthy growth in the first three months of this year, with Nigerian connoisseurs developing a keen nose for the local grape. read more
Pick n Pay posts drop in profit

Pick n Pay posts drop in profit

18/04/2012 - 15:02
Johannesburg - South Africa’s No2 food retailer, Pick n Pay Stores [JSE:PIK], reported a 15% fall in full-year profit on Wednesday, missing expectations, hit by costs related to its shopper loyalty programme and investments in its supply chain. read more
SA GDP growth prospects good - Treasury

SA GDP growth prospects good - Treasury

16/04/2012 - 10:41
Treasury Director General Lungisa Fuzile is optimistic on SA's real gross domestic product growth prospects for this year, but the Treasury will wait until October to revise its current 2.7% GDP growth forecast.  read more
Petrol price calculation needs to be reviewed

Petrol price calculation needs to be reviewed

05/04/2012 - 10:43
Comments by Department of Energy Officials that the mechanism for calculating the basic fuel price should be reviewed have been welcomed by the Democratic Alliance and the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  read more
New food regulations take effect

New food regulations take effect

05/03/2012 - 07:52
Johannesburg - All food manufactured, imported and sold in South Africa must be labelled with detailed nutritional and compositional information, according to new health regulations published in the Star newspaper on Friday.  read more
Norwood Mall draws in new heavyweight tenants

Norwood Mall draws in new heavyweight tenants

28/02/2012 - 09:01
Retail Network Services has secured heavyweight tenant retail leasing contracts, bringing a fresh new choice to Norwood Mall with Food Lover’s Market.  read more
Fuel and electricity prices set to climb

Fuel and electricity prices set to climb

27/02/2012 - 08:57
South Africans will pay about 73c more for a litre of petrol within two months, according to Azar Jammine, the chief economist of Econometrix. read more
Retailers of two minds on use of digital tech

Retailers of two minds on use of digital tech

31/01/2012 - 09:29
NEW YORK - Retailers had a lot on their minds during the National Retail Federation's annual conference last week: the weak economy, overseas expansion, Internet sales taxes. But for some executives, one particular image came into focus: the actor Tom Cruise. read more
Musica shifts focus to tech

Musica shifts focus to tech

24/01/2012 - 08:32
Music retailer Musica saw its sales decline 5.2% in the 18 weeks to January as it closed 10 stores and was affected by deflation. read more
Nestlé develops ‘frustration-free’ packaging

Nestlé develops ‘frustration-free’ packaging

24/01/2012 - 08:15
Nestlé has announced that it is developing ‘frustration-free’ packaging for some of its products to ensure consumers of all ages can use them without difficulty. read more
SA wine consumers on the rise

SA wine consumers on the rise

23/01/2012 - 10:57
Traditional stereotypes about wine in South Africa are fading as a new generation of black wine connoisseurs and producers enters the wine scene. read more
Emerging markets switch on to gadgets

Emerging markets switch on to gadgets

23/01/2012 - 08:06
Consumers in South Africa and other emerging economies continued to be the key drivers and purchasers of consumer electronic goods last year, a study by Accenture has found. read more
Retail sales in pre-festive season slump

Retail sales in pre-festive season slump

19/01/2012 - 12:45
Johannesburg - Growth in South Africa’s retail sales slowed to 6.8% year-on-year (y/y) at constant prices in November from a revised 7.5% in October, Statistics South Africa said on Wednesday.  read more
SA middle class a new retailer target

SA middle class a new retailer target

19/01/2012 - 11:49
Johannesburg - A rainbow nation of shoppers poured through the racks of fashion giant Zara's brand new store, its first in South Africa, where the Spanish chain hopes to tap an increasingly diverse middle class. read more
Pick n Pay in new cash transfer option

Pick n Pay in new cash transfer option

19/01/2012 - 10:55
Johannesburg - Pick n Pay Stores [JSE:PIK] on Wednesday said it has entered into a partnership with BankservAfrica that will allow customers to transfer money without the need for a bank account. read more
Delhaize to Cut 5,000 Jobs as Food Lion Owner Shuts Stores in U.S., Europe

Delhaize to Cut 5,000 Jobs as Food Lion Owner Shuts Stores in U.S., Europe

13/01/2012 - 09:37
Delhaize Group SA (DELB), the owner of Food Lion supermarkets, plans to cut about 5,000 positions and expects a 2.4 percent drop in revenue as it closes stores in the U.S. and Europe.  read more
Fallout likely from spam laws

Fallout likely from spam laws

12/01/2012 - 10:11
The debate about spam being sent by e-mail and short message service (SMS) is expected to gain steam this year as regulators finalise laws that aim to curb the abuse of these mechanisms by some companies wanting to sell their products and services. read more
Facebook to be installed in cars?

Facebook to be installed in cars?

11/01/2012 - 08:54
At restaurants, at movies and at the office, checking Facebook has become a regular habit for many of the Internet social network's more than 800 million users. read more
Draft policy clears way for 4G cell networks

Draft policy clears way for 4G cell networks

19/12/2011 - 08:12
Communications Minister Dina Pule yesterday issued a draft policy directive on issuing high-demand spectrum licences that ensures the introduction of new national and rural providers of broadband. read more
Maize meal lacks nutrients - NCF

Maize meal lacks nutrients - NCF

14/12/2011 - 09:44
Johannesburg - Some brands of maize meal do not contain the level of nutrients required by law, the National Consumer Forum (NCF) said on Wednesday. read more
Emotion the key for green packaging says research

Emotion the key for green packaging says research

06/12/2011 - 09:47
Emotive and simple pack designs that showcase a product’s sustainability are more likely to attract shoppers and help them make snap decisions, according to research from agency The Big Picture. read more
UK stores see 'appy' Christmas in the gloom

UK stores see 'appy' Christmas in the gloom

06/12/2011 - 08:49
Mobile phone applications that allow online shopping on the move could give battered British retailers something to cheer about in what is otherwise set to be one of the toughest Christmas trading periods for years. read more
Kraft to invest in chocolate in India

Kraft to invest in chocolate in India

06/12/2011 - 08:28
Kraft Foods has boosted spending in India by more than half, targeting annual sales growth of 30 percent for chocolate, a product it expects to resist any consumer slump.  read more
Plastics SA releases official position paper on BPA

Plastics SA releases official position paper on BPA

02/12/2011 - 10:17
Johannesburg, November 30, 2011. The use of Bisphenol A (BPA) in food containers and specifically in baby bottles has given rise to many chemical scare stories, urban myths and internet-rumours spreading like wildfire in recent months. After the Minister of Health banned the manufacturing, importation, exportation and sale of polycarbonate (PC) infant bottles containing BPA, Plastics|SA received numerous enquiries about the use and safety of products containing BPA. read more
Wasteful consumer goods stress the planet

Wasteful consumer goods stress the planet

01/12/2011 - 09:04
Words by Pierre Heistein, the convener of the UCT applied economics for smart decision-making course The main focus of the UN climate conference currently being held in Durban will be on how the world economy can go about reducing its levels of greenhouse gas emissions.  read more
SA's GDP rises, but growth stunted

SA's GDP rises, but growth stunted

30/11/2011 - 10:14
Pretoria - South Africa’s economic growth came in less than expected at 1.4% in the third quarter of 2011 on a seasonally adjusted and annualised basis, compared with a 1.3% rise in the second quarter, data showed on Tuesday.  read more
New packaging packs less at consumer's cost

New packaging packs less at consumer's cost

28/11/2011 - 07:45
Johannesburg - Your favourite brand of toothpaste, chocolate, chips, rice or tomato sauce may be costing you the same, but are you getting the same amount of product for your money? read more
Pick n Pay opens third store in Zambia

Pick n Pay opens third store in Zambia

25/11/2011 - 09:32
Retailer Pick n Pay has announced the opening of its third Zambian store in Lusaka, further signalling the group's confidence in the Zambian economy.  read more
Inflation in danger zone: Economists

Inflation in danger zone: Economists

22/11/2011 - 08:22
The consumer price index - the SA Reserve Bank's main inflation targeting measure - is sitting at the top of its three to six percent target range and will breach it this year, according to a survey of leading economists by I-Net Bridge.  read more
Spar full-year profit lags consensus

Spar full-year profit lags consensus

22/11/2011 - 07:57
Johannesburg - Grocery retailer Spar Group [JSE:SPP] missed forecasts with a 3.3% rise in full-year profit as tough competition, weak selling prices and fragile consumer demand weighed on its margins. read more
Strong sales lift Lewis earnings

Strong sales lift Lewis earnings

22/11/2011 - 07:51
Johannesburg - Furniture retailer Lewis Group [JSE:LEW] reported a 14% rise in first-half profit on Monday, boosted by higher sales which continue to show gradual growth.  read more
London-based Study: Retailers must specialise in multi-channels to reach consumers

London-based Study: Retailers must specialise in multi-channels to reach consumers

21/11/2011 - 08:48
Boots, the health and beauty retailer headquartered in the UK, offers the best user experience across its online, mobile and in-store platforms, according to 'The 2011 Multichannel Retail Report', published by Webcredible, a user experience consultant company. read more
New weights for CPI in January 2013: Stats SA

New weights for CPI in January 2013: Stats SA

18/11/2011 - 09:01
New weights for the Consumer Price Index will be introduced in the January 2013 release, Patrick Kelly, Executive Manager: Price and Employment Statistics at Statistics SA said on Thursday.  read more
Face-lifts set to keep consumer and producer price indices up to date

Face-lifts set to keep consumer and producer price indices up to date

18/11/2011 - 08:52
Critical consumer and producer inflation figures are to get a new look. Statistics SA yesterday announced a number of improvements in the way the data are collected and calculated. read more
Woolworths shares dip as sales disappoint

Woolworths shares dip as sales disappoint

18/11/2011 - 08:32
Shares in Woolworths fell more than 2% yesterday after the food and fashion retailer reported disappointing sales growth in its clothing unit as well as poor volume growth in its first five months of trading in its full year. read more
Retail sales surge signals recovery gaining pace

Retail sales surge signals recovery gaining pace

17/11/2011 - 11:03
Growth in retail sales surged unexpectedly in September, signalling that SA’s economic recovery was gathering momentum and quashing lingering expectations that interest rates could fall again read more
New Visa prepaid product for developing countries

New Visa prepaid product for developing countries

17/11/2011 - 10:58
Visa has announced a significant step to bringing access to secure financial services and electronic payments to consumers in developing countries by introducing a new product serving the needs of unbanked and under-banked consumers. read more
‘Luxury goods to buck downtrends’

‘Luxury goods to buck downtrends’

17/11/2011 - 10:21
Sales of luxury goods are holding steady in developed countries because most affluent shoppers have retained their buying power, according to international credit rating agency Standard & Poor's (S&P). read more
Retail September trade growth seen at 6.5%

Retail September trade growth seen at 6.5%

15/11/2011 - 10:33
Growth in SA’s retail trade sales at constant (2008) prices for September is expected to lose momentum to a decrease of 6.5% year on year (y/y), from a y/y growth of 7.1% in August, according to a survey of leading economists by BusinessLIVE. read more
Shares: Spar may be dull, but it's a stable staple investment

Shares: Spar may be dull, but it's a stable staple investment

14/11/2011 - 08:55
The results of the Spar Group for the year ended September 30 2011 were not exciting. Year-on-year, diluted headline earnings per share were just 3.3% higher at 522.8c from 506.3c. With the declaration of a final dividend of 235c, total dividends for the year were 377c, 4.1% higher than in the 2010 financial year. read more
Joint approach towards an innovative sustainable solution

Joint approach towards an innovative sustainable solution

14/11/2011 - 08:49
Innovia Films and Sappi Fine Paper Europe have joined forces to demonstrate potential laminate structures, using their respective products, suitable for end users in the food, confectionery and pharmaceutical industries. These laminates provide technical functionality in addition to being made from renewable resources and offering compostability – a focus which many packaging end users are keen to pursue.  read more
Truworths ups sales

Truworths ups sales

11/11/2011 - 08:25
Johannesburg - Retailer Truworths International [JSE:TRU] on Thursday said group retail sales for the first 19 weeks - from June 27 until November 6 2011 of the 2012 financial period - rose by 9.3% to R 3.0bn, relative to the corresponding period in the 2011 financial period. read more
Firms need to up social network strategies

Firms need to up social network strategies

11/11/2011 - 08:18
Johannesburg - Business is wasting time and money by trying to reach people on social networks sites without a targeted strategy, a global research survey has found.  read more
Walmart uses apps to target shoppers

Walmart uses apps to target shoppers

10/11/2011 - 10:06
Shoppers at US Walmart stores can now research the trove of product data the world’s largest retailer gathers, through a new iPad app and updated app for iPhones. read more
Maize shortage, price spikes ‘preventable’

Maize shortage, price spikes ‘preventable’

10/11/2011 - 08:55
Grain SA CEO says SA will run out of maize as early as next month after the country’s maize surplus was exported read more
E.coli found in imported cheese

E.coli found in imported cheese

10/11/2011 - 08:45
Johannesburg - Almost 22 tonnes of imported Irish cheddar cheese was destroyed last week because it was contaminated with E.coli bacteria, the Milk Producers' Organisation (MPO) said on Wednesday. read more
Nutrition labels should be in centre of food packaging: Study

Nutrition labels should be in centre of food packaging: Study

09/11/2011 - 15:59
A new study has suggested that nutrition labels should be placed in the centre of food packaging, rather than in one corner. The study reasons that consumers are most likely to skip the information if placed other than center. read more
Society of Dairy Technology has a bright future

Society of Dairy Technology has a bright future

08/11/2011 - 10:12
The Society of Dairy Technology (SDT) has seen a significant surge in interest over the past few months with membership growing at an unprecedented rate. As consumer demand for healthy and nutritious dairy products continues to grow, the role of the SDT in advancing dairy science and technology across all areas of the agri-food sector, to the mutual benefit of milk producers, dairy processors, food retailers and consumers, is increasingly valued.  read more
China Toy Sales Seen Surging to $9B

China Toy Sales Seen Surging to $9B

04/11/2011 - 08:01
Wanted: BFF; pretty in pink; not too trashy; lower maintenance than Barbie. Must speak Chinese. read more
Petrol price hike ignites anger

Petrol price hike ignites anger

01/11/2011 - 08:41
The hike in the price of petrol of 23 cents a litre, which comes into effect at midnight on Tuesday night, will bring the price to its highest since 2008 and is bad news for both vehicle owners and consumers. read more
Companies, consumers still shunning new debt

Companies, consumers still shunning new debt

01/11/2011 - 08:33
Borrowing by households and private companies slowed in September adding to evidence that demand in the economy remains weak read more
Maize price ruffles feathers

Maize price ruffles feathers

31/10/2011 - 08:30
Christmas shoppers may be hit by high chicken prices this festive season, due to rising input costs.  read more
Consumers now in better shape

Consumers now in better shape

24/05/2011 - 07:23
Consumers appear to be in better shape, with good demand for fast food, furniture and electrical appliances. But increases in fuel and electricity prices, continuing high unemployment and possible rate hikes may spoil their appetite. read more