Retail Trends 2016

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#DesignMonth: Fashion forward with Leah Misika

Leah Misika is the founder and managing director of La Mode Fashion. She's a design creative whose love for fashion and background in retail management makes for a well-balanced integration of disciplines...

By Beverley Klein 4 Feb 2016 09:35

Relying on imports to feed the nation

The World Meteorological Organisation has referred to the ongoing El Niño as the strongest experienced in 15 years. Responsible for heavy rains in South America and forest fires in Indonesia, it has resulted in far below-average rainfall, and very high temperatures in Southern Africa adversely affecting agriculture in the region...

By Sindy Peters 4 Feb 2016 07:21

How innovative companies should capitalise B2B e-commerce

E-commerce in South Africa - while still just a slice of the overall retail pie - is growing as much as 35% per year. However, of this, the lion's share still operates in the B2C space, suggesting that B2B companies - those that use the web to sell goods and services to other businesses - have yet to cotton-on to its very lucrative potential...

By Charlie Stewart 4 Feb 2016 08:30

Smart glasses could make a comeback, shipping over 12 million by 2020

The current market in consumer smart glasses is 15 months behind previous expectations, thanks to the withdrawal of Google Glass in 2015, but a new study by Juniper Research shows that over 12 million consumer smart glasses will ship in 2020...

5 Feb 2016 09:49

The Wedding Expo opens for exhibitor bookings

The 2016 The Wedding Expo shows are open for booking by exhibitors and will feature new attractions to provide inspiration. The Wedding Expo at the Ticketpro Dome on 12 and 13 March is also open for ticket sales...

5 Feb 2016 12:00

Mboweni quizzed over currency risks at Nampak meeting

CAPE TOWN - Former South African Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni was back on familiar terrain yesterday - fielding pointed questions on currency risks when chairing the annual general meeting of Nampak...

5 Feb 2016 08:15

2015 an incredible year for APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional Certification in SA

SAPICS' goal to create a skilled workforce in South Africa was enhanced by the adoption of this valuable and globally recognised supply chain certification. Since its introduction in 2006, the CSCP has evolved into a truly global certification for supply chain professionals...

5 Feb 2016 11:20

China's Alibaba seeks sporting gold

BEIJING - Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is looking to turn its hundreds of millions of users into sportsmen as it seeks to cash in on the country's growing sporting market, an executive said...

5 Feb 2016 08:30

RCS partners RunwaySale in e-commerce venture

Most consumers are aspirational and, despite budget constraints, want to own high-end, premium brands. Having recognised this, as well as the growth in online retail shopping, the RCS Group recently partnered RunwaySale to allow its over a 500,000 RCS cardholders to shop online for the first time...

4 Feb 2016 07:35

eCommerce Africa Confex returns in February to Cape Town

The second eCommerce Africa Confex takes place 17 - 18 February 2016 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. With eCommerce forecasted to grow by 40% annually...

4 Feb 2016 08:55

SA's Traditional Trade sector thriving with R46bn in annual sales

Sales through South Africa's 134,000 Traditional Trade outlets currently amount to R46bn per annum, which equates to one of every five rands spent and one third of all consumer goods packages sold in South Africa...

Issued by Nielsen 4 Feb 2016 11:54

Africa set for GDP growth of 4.5 trillion by 2025

Urbanisation, mobility, infrastructure, natural resources, telecommunications investments and inter-regional trade are just a few of the untapped opportunities making Africa the last growth frontier...

4 Feb 2016 10:28

Shopping centres are keeping property prices moving, says PGP

The Pam Golding on Main multi-use retail and office development opened mid-2015 in Kenilworth Main Road, anchored by a 510m² Pick n Pay store. Its pavement café ambience is already making the area more vibrant and cosmopolitan and boosting interest in buying up and renovating flats in the area...

4 Feb 2016 12:50

Gold Brands Investments and Circle Food Group in R100 million deal

Gold Brands Investments has announced that it has concluded a R100 million deal with the Circle Food Group, prior to its listing on the JSE AltX...

4 Feb 2016 08:00

Simba roars and 'copycat' comes up with crumbs

A small local potato crisp manufacturer has to change its logo and packaging after Simba Chips accused it of being a copycat...

3 Feb 2016 16:00

Exports give Mercedes sales impetus

Mercedes-Benz SA is exporting nearly 90% of C-Class production at its East London assembly plant, as the addition of new foreign markets compensates for a continuing industrywide slide in domestic sales...

By David Furlonger 3 Feb 2016 12:20

Debunking common myths and misconceptions of online shopping

So, you're ready to take the plunge and try online fashion shopping, but you're still a little wary of parting with your credit card details and unsure whether you'll love your purchase without physically getting to touch and feel it?

3 Feb 2016 14:00

Acquisition to broaden Barloworld Transport's specialised offerings

In a strategic business move, Barloworld Transport recently acquired 51% of leading refrigerated transport company Aspen Logistic Services.

3 Feb 2016 10:39

The number of smart machines in manufacturing will double in the next three years

The use of smart machines in manufacturing is growing rapidly; by 2018, 50% of the fastest growing companies in the world will have fewer employees than smart machines, according to Gartner...

By Antony Bourne 3 Feb 2016 13:25

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