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SA retailers likely to start tracking consumers in-store using facial recognition

SA retailers likely to start tracking consumers in-store using facial recognition

15/10/2018 - 11:18
Traditional retailers cannot compete with online retailers when it comes to price and merchandise and need to bring something to the table that online retailers cannot. read more
Using technology to move beyond price and merchandise as a retailer’s differentiator

Using technology to move beyond price and merchandise as a retailer’s differentiator

11/10/2018 - 11:44
Increasingly, retailers need to create a compelling reason for customers to enter their stores and should look at technology as a way to differentiate themselves from the competition. read more
Shopping centre design of the future

Shopping centre design of the future

08/10/2018 - 11:13
Winston Churchill once said: “We shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us.” A simple yet profound statement as we start to see architecture design rapidly evolving to accommodate our needs as the human race.  read more
SA’s favourite retailers announced in  2018 Sunday Times/Sowetan Shopper Survey

SA’s favourite retailers announced in 2018 Sunday Times/Sowetan Shopper Survey

08/10/2018 - 10:19
Now in its eleventh year, the 2018 Sunday Times/Sowetan Shopper Survey, conducted by Kantar TNS South Africa, has announced South Africa’s favourite retailers. The Grand Prix for overall best retailer is awarded to Shoprite, with Pick 'n Pay and Clicks in 2nd and 3rd place respectively.  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
Personalised customer experience enhances in-store value

Personalised customer experience enhances in-store value

20/09/2018 - 10:47
Being able to effectively utilise the data at the disposal of South African retailers - using sophisticated technology - will be fundamental to remaining competitive with personalised in-store customer experiences. read more
Disruptive, digital era demands new business models

Disruptive, digital era demands new business models

14/09/2018 - 08:29
In 1980, the average life expectancy of a firm in the Fortune 500 was around 38 years. Today, it is less than 15 years and declining all the time, says Sean Culey, a globally recognised business transformation expert and author. He believes that companies aiming to thrive in the new, disruptive, digital era must transform their business models. read more
Connecting with the modern consumer in a new age of consumerism

Connecting with the modern consumer in a new age of consumerism

11/09/2018 - 14:01
A new age of consumerism has dawned. Driven by the demands of highly influential Millennial and Gen-Z consumers, the pendulum has swung and this new trend is now transcending generational silos. read more
Partnerships help retailers move from bricks to clicks

Partnerships help retailers move from bricks to clicks

11/09/2018 - 11:29
It is no new revelation that traditional retailers are having to revisit their business models as new, agile e-commerce stores are eroding the reach of ‘in-store’ retail outlets. To mirror the success of newer, online stores, large retailers are looking to modernise by establishing parallel online presences.  read more
SA retailers taking heavy strain

SA retailers taking heavy strain

05/09/2018 - 10:14
South African retailers across the board are taking strain, with consumers under pressure due to an unprecedented VAT increases and record fuel prices. read more
Analyst says recent cost cuts leading to poor standards in Sainsbury’s stores

Analyst says recent cost cuts leading to poor standards in Sainsbury’s stores

05/09/2018 - 09:26
A City analyst has claimed that recent cost-cutting and restructuring at Sainsbury’s has led to “poor standards” in its supermarkets with empty shelves, unmanned checkouts and general untidiness becoming a widespread problem. read more
Transforming financial planning in retail

Transforming financial planning in retail

04/09/2018 - 15:11
When it comes to developing relevant operational plans, the finance teams of South African retailers must be able to adjust for the unique challenges of this environment whether it is the likes of mobile e-commerce or real-time data analysis. read more
7 ways to create in-store experiences that drive traffic and sales

7 ways to create in-store experiences that drive traffic and sales

31/08/2018 - 11:28
Competition in the retail industry is fiercer than ever. Between e-commerce sites and subscription services, consumers have plenty of choices when it comes to where they spend their time and money. read more
Retailers to be fined up to £2500 for selling energy drinks to kids

Retailers to be fined up to £2500 for selling energy drinks to kids

31/08/2018 - 10:37
Retailers will soon be banned from selling energy drinks to children under new government plans announced recently. read more
 Are SA retailers ready for the Connected Retail revolution?

Are SA retailers ready for the Connected Retail revolution?

27/08/2018 - 09:50
A wave of innovation is sweeping the retail sector, both abroad and in South Africa, and Deloitte is addressing this trend with the creation of a Connected Retail experience at its Deloitte Greenhouse innovation space in Cape Town.  read more
SA retailers buck global trends: Vend reveals the best retail businesses to be in

SA retailers buck global trends: Vend reveals the best retail businesses to be in

23/08/2018 - 10:30
Over the past year, South Africa's independent retailers enjoyed sales volumes 25% higher than the global average, according to data from retail management software leader Vend.  read more
SA retailers get to grips with Namibia charter

SA retailers get to grips with Namibia charter

21/08/2018 - 08:19
SA retailers supplying products to Namibia have to abide by that country’s retail charter, which aims to control access to the local market to allow for the development of local suppliers.  read more
Google tipped to open first permanent retail store

Google tipped to open first permanent retail store

20/08/2018 - 11:42
Google is understood to be planning to open its first permanent standalone retail store in the US to sell its growing range of products. read more
Checkers launches new Ready to Chef meal kits

Checkers launches new Ready to Chef meal kits

20/08/2018 - 08:26
In a first for supermarket retailing in South Africa, Checkers has launched Ready to Chef meal kits.  read more
Cars and clothing lead surprisingly large rise in US retail sales

Cars and clothing lead surprisingly large rise in US retail sales

17/08/2018 - 13:32
US retail sales rose more than expected in July as households boosted purchases of motor vehicles and clothing, suggesting the economy remained strong early in the third quarter. read more
1 in 10 UK shoppers return clothes after Instagram post

1 in 10 UK shoppers return clothes after Instagram post

17/08/2018 - 09:15
A new survey commissioned by Barclaycard has found almost one in 10 UK shoppers admit to buying clothing only to take a photo on social media. read more
June’s retail growth just a third of that expected, raising recession risk

June’s retail growth just a third of that expected, raising recession risk

16/08/2018 - 09:26
June’s retail sales growth was only a third of what economists expected, raising the risk that SA entered a technical recession in the second quarter.  read more
#WomensMonth: How do women fare in the South African retail market?

#WomensMonth: How do women fare in the South African retail market?

15/08/2018 - 09:06
While we focus on women in South Africa during the month of August and honour our constitution for declaring the 9th of August a public holiday; retailers continue to look closely at the overall economic status of women. How liquid is the average women consumer? What does she buy? Does she have the buying power in a household and what does that household look like?  read more
Benefits to property funds of diversified retail portfolios reinforced - Clur Report

Benefits to property funds of diversified retail portfolios reinforced - Clur Report

02/08/2018 - 09:26
The benefits to property funds of diversified retail portfolios in the current market, in terms of shopping centre format, profile and geography, have again been reinforced by latest trading results, according to the Clur Report of SA Retail Property for May. read more
Research reveals SA has more than 23 million square metres of retail space

Research reveals SA has more than 23 million square metres of retail space

31/07/2018 - 11:19
According to a recent study conducted by MSCI on behalf of the South African Council of Shopping Centres (SACSC), the current size of the South African retail market is estimated at around 23.4 million square metres (sqm) of gross lettable area (GLA) across 1959 individual shopping centres (as of July 2017). read more
UK retailers unknowingly selling real fur as faux fur, parliament’s probe reveals

UK retailers unknowingly selling real fur as faux fur, parliament’s probe reveals

26/07/2018 - 10:31
Remember when Woolworths hastily recalled a range of girls’ T-shirts on discovering that the fluffy bits on them weren’t faux fur‚ as labelled‚ but real animal fur? read more
Technology offers retailers respite in shrinking economy

Technology offers retailers respite in shrinking economy

06/07/2018 - 14:18
As business confidence in South Africa plummeted six points in June on the back of disappointing gross domestic product figures for the first quarter, South African retailers battle to achieve profitability, compounded by a PwC survey that names South Africa as the country with the highest rate of economic crime in the world. read more
Blockchain: A safe link in the food chain

Blockchain: A safe link in the food chain

06/07/2018 - 09:52
Experts say blockchain can help address food safety issues in SA, such as the one that led to the listeriosis outbreak. read more
5 reasons retailers should control the post-click customer experience

5 reasons retailers should control the post-click customer experience

04/07/2018 - 09:11
One of the biggest differences between the e-commerce customer experience and that of traditional, brick-and-mortar retail is that with e-commerce you don't just walk out of the store with your purchase, you must wait to have it delivered. read more
UK fashion sector could lose £350m over coming year

UK fashion sector could lose £350m over coming year

28/06/2018 - 10:37
The UK fashion market could fall in value by £350 million in the next 12 months, according to new data. read more
Drastic drop in bottled water sales, as Capetonians become more self-sufficient

Drastic drop in bottled water sales, as Capetonians become more self-sufficient

18/06/2018 - 13:46
The massive spike in Cape Town’s bottled water sales, which increased by 118% in December and January after the announcement of Day Zero, has dropped drastically and some outlets are selling stock at half-price to clear the shelves. read more
SACSC awards season is open

SACSC awards season is open

07/06/2018 - 12:49
The South African political and economic landscape has experienced undeniable strain over the past few years. From leadership changes to service delivery disruptions and the fluctuating Rand, one would be forgiven if they called these occurrences ‘absolute chaos’. read more
Harnessing smart integration to transform today’s retail experience

Harnessing smart integration to transform today’s retail experience

28/05/2018 - 16:05
The right platform can connect the physical and digital shopping journey for modern, tech-savvy customers…  read more
Slow retail sales ‘to weigh on first quarter GDP'

Slow retail sales ‘to weigh on first quarter GDP'

16/05/2018 - 16:41
As retail sales become the last piece in the GDP puzzle, industry analysts anticipate a weak outcome for the first quarter. read more
Using data to break discount dependency and nurture loyalty

Using data to break discount dependency and nurture loyalty

15/05/2018 - 16:36
Retailers have been discounting since the dawn of the grocery store. Brands relied on couponing and sales as an easy way to differentiate themselves from generic store-brand options and as a way to get consumers to make the switch from a competing brand to give theirs a try.  read more
Major fashion retailers ban mohair after PETA expose

Major fashion retailers ban mohair after PETA expose

15/05/2018 - 14:35
Major fashion retailers have promised to cease selling mohair products after an explicit expose released by PETA showed South African farmers violently mistreating animals. read more
African prospects bright for SA’s retailers

African prospects bright for SA’s retailers

15/05/2018 - 10:03
South Africa’s retail sector is well-developed compared to the rest of the continent, and still has the edge over international competitors when it comes to expansion into Africa.  read more
Embracing a more connected South African retail environment

Embracing a more connected South African retail environment

17/04/2018 - 16:25
The increased connectedness of consumers is contributing to a more dynamic environment – one where expectations on what the buying experience must entail are evolving. read more
5 ways AI can do the heavy lifting in the retail customer experience

5 ways AI can do the heavy lifting in the retail customer experience

16/04/2018 - 15:17
When we talk to our customers, the biggest challenge in this new era of retailing is just keeping up with customer expectations. Bringing new, differentiated experiences to market is a monumental task. read more
US retailers dread a trade war with China

US retailers dread a trade war with China

09/04/2018 - 10:49
The Trump administration’s trade dispute with Beijing could hit US retailers if tariffs are implemented and lead to higher prices or a shortage of merchandise. read more
Millennials looking for alternatives to Toys R Us, Claire's

Millennials looking for alternatives to Toys R Us, Claire's

04/04/2018 - 14:33
Two millennial-embraced retailers, Claire’s and Toys R Us, have recently called it quits and will shutter all store fronts. Consumer intelligence platform Fuel Cycle surveyed millennial shoppers to get their reaction to these key childhood brands closing their doors. It also sought to gauge how it would affect their future purchasing habits.  read more
Listeriosis outbreak puts fragile value chain in spotlight - expert weighs in

Listeriosis outbreak puts fragile value chain in spotlight - expert weighs in

07/03/2018 - 16:12
The ripple effect of the outbreak of listeriosis in certain processed meat products in South Africa has identified the fragility of the industry's value chain, Professor Andre Louw, chair of Agribusiness Management at the University of Pretoria said. read more
#Listeriosis: Panic over killer disease grips SA

#Listeriosis: Panic over killer disease grips SA

06/03/2018 - 10:25
Retailers across the country are running against the clock to remove ready-to-eat food products feared to be fertile carriers of the deadly listeria. read more
Pro retailers adopt new tech to buck the hammered economy

Pro retailers adopt new tech to buck the hammered economy

27/02/2018 - 14:47
South African retailers have embraced a considered approach to digitalisation, innovation, and technology adoption to load their arsenal against the fiscal onslaught of a wounded economy.  read more
Why merchants need to be in control of their omnichannel strategy

Why merchants need to be in control of their omnichannel strategy

16/02/2018 - 14:39
At the core of omnichannel strategy, retailers are positioned to better serve their customers, strengthen overall brand experience and provide a seamless shopping journey across all paths to purchase.  read more
“Digital dynamism”: A new dawn for retailers

“Digital dynamism”: A new dawn for retailers

12/02/2018 - 13:45
Physical retailers are rapidly extending into a multichannel world, increasingly integrating the experiences and finding ways to leverage the strengths of each channel, getting them to work in harmony. This digital integration is opening up a new world of Retail opportunities. read more
Retail to adapt in order to cope with water crisis

Retail to adapt in order to cope with water crisis

09/02/2018 - 15:12
Consumers are not the only ones who have to tighten taps in Cape Town. As South Africa’s ‘Mother City’ approaches dreaded Day Zero which has been estimated to occur in May 2018, retailers and shopping centres too, have to rethink their strategies to ensure survival. read more
Five consumer spending trends to look out for in 2018

Five consumer spending trends to look out for in 2018

08/02/2018 - 09:12
South African retailers and manufacturers face a significant shift in how consumers behave over the next few years, as economic conditions tighten, consumer confidence falls and Internet shopping takes off. Our research shows that many South Africans are fearful about the future, with 46% saying they are not very or at all confident about the future.  read more
SA retailers to start 'tracking' customers in store

SA retailers to start 'tracking' customers in store

07/02/2018 - 10:15
Retail in South Africa is expected to undergo a massive boom in digital and mobile technology within in the next two years, which will reshape customer behaviour and their relationships with brands. read more
Retail redefined with the IoT, AI and video

Retail redefined with the IoT, AI and video

02/02/2018 - 10:51
Whenever industries transform, businesses have to redefine themselves. We’ve seen plenty of this in the retail industry recently, with many retailers turning to new retail technologies to help them keep up with customer demands and market shifts.  read more
Offshore markets: SA retailers face the reality of expansion ambitions

Offshore markets: SA retailers face the reality of expansion ambitions

30/01/2018 - 09:37
A herd mentality has seen many local retailers burn their fingers in the UK and Australia. read more
Cape Town retailers prepare for water stockpiling ahead of day zero

Cape Town retailers prepare for water stockpiling ahead of day zero

29/01/2018 - 11:38
With the imminent arrival of Day Zero, Capetonians have been dashing to the stores to stockpile water for when taps run dry. read more
SA retail: what's holding us back from achieving the omnichannel vision?

SA retail: what's holding us back from achieving the omnichannel vision?

22/01/2018 - 12:05
Many South African retailers remain steadfast in their traditional business models, characterised by high-touch, ‘bricks-and-mortar’ engagements, as they try to create the best possible in-store experiences.  read more
JD.com follows Alibaba and Tencent into hi-tech physical retail

JD.com follows Alibaba and Tencent into hi-tech physical retail

04/01/2018 - 13:51
JD.com has opened the first of a chain of hi-tech supermarkets in Beijing, following archrival Alibaba Group Holding into the world of physical retail. read more
Christmas shopping predictions 2017

Christmas shopping predictions 2017

19/12/2017 - 10:52
It is no secret, consumers are feeling the pinch. This year, has been an economic challenge of note. Retailers and shopping centres alike have faced obstacles unlike previous years but despite this, many have remained steadfast and continue to weather the storm. read more
Retailers brace for bumper festive season

Retailers brace for bumper festive season

19/12/2017 - 10:32
Despite tough trading conditions and subdued growth, retailers are set to have a bumper festive season.  read more
Retailers move into high gear this festive season

Retailers move into high gear this festive season

18/12/2017 - 16:13
Annually, search retail queries increase steadily before Christmas with notable upticks before Black Friday, on Cyber Monday and Boxing Day. Internal Google data shows that customers are prepared to spend more in the festive season and they are less brand loyal than usual either because they are looking for the best deals or for a specific product on someone’s gift list. read more
Luxury brands can now block sales on Amazon & eBay

Luxury brands can now block sales on Amazon & eBay

18/12/2017 - 11:00
Luxury brands can now block retailers from selling their products on online marketplaces such as Amazon and Ebay after a landmark ruling in a top European court.  read more
Shopping malls getting bigger, says study

Shopping malls getting bigger, says study

15/12/2017 - 08:50
According to a recent study conducted by Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) Real Estate South Africa on behalf of the South African Council of Shopping Centres (SACSC), malls are getting bigger. 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
SA goes cold turkey as retailers battle to source traditional fare

SA goes cold turkey as retailers battle to source traditional fare

12/12/2017 - 09:45
SA retailers battle to source traditional fare for the festive season. 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
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
No relief in sight for local clothing retailers in 2018

No relief in sight for local clothing retailers in 2018

07/11/2017 - 09:28
Clothing retailers are likely to see single-digit growth in future as low sales, worsened by weak economic growth and international competitors entering the market, continue to put the sector under pressure. read more
Reward or no reward? That is the retailer's question

Reward or no reward? That is the retailer's question

03/11/2017 - 11:36
Do rewards programs work? Is it worth it to offer discounts to your best customers? These are crucial questions for retailers to answer, especially in a time when traditional retail is threatened by the convenience of online shopping. But the answer is a little more complicated than a simple yes or no. read more
Do independent retailers need a marketing plan?

Do independent retailers need a marketing plan?

10/10/2017 - 17:06
Many independent retailers have never considered a marketing plan unless they had to file for an SBA loan. read more
UK consumers spend more to meet higher food and clothing prices

UK consumers spend more to meet higher food and clothing prices

10/10/2017 - 09:40
British shoppers increased their spending in September at the fastest pace so far in 2017, excluding an Easter-related surge in April, but much of the rise reflected higher prices for food and clothing after the Brexit vote, a survey showed.  read more
Retailers may reach a tipping point where friction may need to be reintroduced to the customer shopping experience

Retailers may reach a tipping point where friction may need to be reintroduced to the customer shopping experience

06/10/2017 - 09:34
In the world of the technological revolution that is not restricted by many physical hurdles, the introduction of new technology invokes dramatic changes that can be brought about relatively quickly, as a result, technological trends are taking up faster than before.  read more
How wholesalers and retailers can weather the economic downturn

How wholesalers and retailers can weather the economic downturn

04/10/2017 - 14:07
It was announced recently that South Africa is no longer in the technical recession that resulted from two consecutive quarters of negative growth. While welcomed news, it does not change the fact that consumers remain under pressure in the face of ever-increasing living costs, growing debt levels and significant political uncertainty.  read more
The brains behind supermarket gimmicks

The brains behind supermarket gimmicks

02/10/2017 - 10:45
Discovery is a great example of a company that has gamified healthy behaviour. But why do other firms get it so wrong? read more
Tough times ahead for all businesses, retailers warned

Tough times ahead for all businesses, retailers warned

13/09/2017 - 09:18
Retailers have been warned the next 18 months will be tough for all businesses. read more
Launching loyalty programs - The common missteps to avoid

Launching loyalty programs - The common missteps to avoid

28/08/2017 - 08:59
Launching or relaunching a loyalty program is a monumental feat for many retailers. That’s especially true for those without any history of loyalty programs — and more so, those whose loyalty investments in the past never paid off. read more
Are retailers' boards in need of new blood?

Are retailers' boards in need of new blood?

21/08/2017 - 09:40
The average age of the 12 board members of the world's second-largest fashion retailer, Sweden's H&M, is 52. read more
Retail sales grow more than expected in June

Retail sales grow more than expected in June

18/08/2017 - 14:56
June’s retail sales grew 2.9% from the same month in 2016, taking its growth for the second quarter to 2.2%, Statistics SA reported on Wednesday. read more
Ice-cream market on thin ice

Ice-cream market on thin ice

16/08/2017 - 14:36
The global ice-cream market is under pressure, with a dramatic drop in sales as consumers turn to more healthy alternatives. In SA, however, ice cream remains the ‘it’ dessert read more
Brave new world of retail bad for workers

Brave new world of retail bad for workers

07/08/2017 - 16:39
South African grocery retailers are taking their cue from global players, and as a result, the retail workforce may be under threat as technology continues to rattle the sector. read more
Mall anchor tenants may be cast adrift

Mall anchor tenants may be cast adrift

25/07/2017 - 10:36
Retail mall owners may be scurrying around in the hunt for new anchor tenants as legacy businesses fall behind changing retail trends. read more
Scottish retail sales 'disappointing' in June

Scottish retail sales 'disappointing' in June

24/07/2017 - 10:20
Scottish retail sales increased by 0.2% on a like-for-like basis last month compared to June 2016, but fell by 0.2% on a six-month basis, according to the Scottish Retail Consortium. read more
SA retailers to test 100% biodegradable plastic bags

SA retailers to test 100% biodegradable plastic bags

21/07/2017 - 12:28
South Africans will soon be able to dispose of their plastic bags along with the rest of their waste without having to worry about any possible negative effects on the environment. read more
Making retail work for every generation

Making retail work for every generation

13/07/2017 - 14:16
Many retailers today seem fixated on introducing new technologies to appeal to the millennial consumer. millennials — those born between the mid-80s and 2000 — are now the largest group in the workforce and according to a recent study from Accenture, are expected to spend $1.4 trillion in the U.S. by 2020.  read more
 Atterbury’s Pemba Shopping development opens in Mozambique

Atterbury’s Pemba Shopping development opens in Mozambique

13/07/2017 - 09:22
Leading property developer and investor Atterbury has successfully completed the first-phase development of the USD20 million Pemba Shopping in Mozambique’s north-eastern port city of Pemba, the capital city of the Cabo Delgado province. read more
How the Internet of Things can repair the customer connection to brick and mortar

How the Internet of Things can repair the customer connection to brick and mortar

11/07/2017 - 09:20
The internet has forever altered the way we connect with each other but more interestingly, it has also changed the way we shop.  read more
UK retail has biggest June sales rise for six years

UK retail has biggest June sales rise for six years

10/07/2017 - 10:32
British shops enjoyed their biggest rise in June sales in six years, a survey showed on Friday, helped by warm weather and weak numbers in the same month last year. read more
Retail job cuts loom as spending is squeezed

Retail job cuts loom as spending is squeezed

10/07/2017 - 09:27
As retail and consumer businesses continue to see margins freeze, industry pundits warn that job losses may be on the horizon for what were once the darling stocks of the JSE. read more
TFG, Truworths look offshore for growth

TFG, Truworths look offshore for growth

07/07/2017 - 10:23
TFG, the retailer that owns Foschini, @Home and Totalsports is in talks to acquire British womenswear brand Hobbs, a UK press report says. read more
H&M to open six more stores in SA

H&M to open six more stores in SA

06/07/2017 - 09:09
Swedish retailer H&M plans to open another six stores in SA before the end of 2017 as it extends its reach in the country. read more
TFG to fight back over club charges

TFG to fight back over club charges

05/07/2017 - 12:40
Clothing retailer The Foschini Group (TFG) is the latest of a number of retailers to come under the spotlight of the National Credit Regulator (NCR) for allegedly charging a club fee on its credit agreements with the group having been referred to the National Consumer Tribunal. read more
Niche eateries and shops flourish

Niche eateries and shops flourish

04/07/2017 - 11:44
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the restaurant and retail sector should be funded despite the recession as these businesses will be engines for growth. read more
Supermarket chains fight for share of the market

Supermarket chains fight for share of the market

03/07/2017 - 09:03
Competition among food retailers is hotting up, with the big operators trying to grab market share from one another. read more
Fixed retail prices could disappear within 5 years

Fixed retail prices could disappear within 5 years

27/06/2017 - 11:07
The UK is likely to see set product prices disappear within five-years as new digital pricing technology is adopted across mainstream retailers. read more
Foreign brands feel the pinch in tough times

Foreign brands feel the pinch in tough times

26/06/2017 - 09:38
Last year, Australia-based retailer Cotton On opened its largest flagship store in the world at Mall of Africa in Johannesburg. read more
Price war: Retail’s latest self-destructive addiction

Price war: Retail’s latest self-destructive addiction

15/06/2017 - 10:37
Retail can have a promising future. But the strategies to get there have been decidedly weak. This has led to a lot of finger pointing in the industry as to who or what is to blame, but until companies can comprehensively address the real issues facing their businesses, the headlines are going to remain the same. read more
Big squeeze on malls

Big squeeze on malls

15/06/2017 - 09:40
The demise of Stuttafords and the looming closure of a number of Edcon stores will bite into the earnings of shopping mall owners, who increasingly face rising vacancies and falling rentals. read more
Retailers gain access to R1bn in financing, despite recessionary conditions

Retailers gain access to R1bn in financing, despite recessionary conditions

13/06/2017 - 10:47
Access to funding is a thing of the past for entrepreneurs and small business owners, who have tied up R1 billion in advances from small business lender Retail Capital.  read more
Clothing retailers at the sharp end of SA's political and economic turmoil

Clothing retailers at the sharp end of SA's political and economic turmoil

12/06/2017 - 10:12
Results from apparel retailers in the past month have made it abundantly clear that South African household consumption is slowing down. read more
From catwalk trends to data trends: Must-have skills for tomorrow’s retailers

From catwalk trends to data trends: Must-have skills for tomorrow’s retailers

09/06/2017 - 12:49
In today’s digital world, creativity is just one skill needed for commercial success in the fashion industry. The art of design remains crucial, but leading designers are supplementing art with science – using digital technologies to connect with customers on both a hyper-local and hyper-personal level. read more
Township shops ‘bear brunt of unfair practices’ by dominant SA retailers

Township shops ‘bear brunt of unfair practices’ by dominant SA retailers

06/06/2017 - 10:02
SA’s top retailers were accused of anticompetitive behaviour in townships at the Competition Commission’s first public hearings on the retail market in Pretoria on Monday. read more
£300 million sought in damages as retailers take on Mastercard

£300 million sought in damages as retailers take on Mastercard

05/06/2017 - 11:20
Retailers including a major supermarket chain are bringing legal action against Mastercard and Visa amid a processing fees row. read more
Retailers seek growth outside saturated cities

Retailers seek growth outside saturated cities

05/06/2017 - 10:57
As the urban retail space reaches saturation point, South African developers are benefiting from rural and peri-urban markets as the new areas for growth. read more