Retail Trends 2018

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Top ten global consumer trends

The market research company, Euromonitor International revealed the top 10 global consumer trends for 2018...

1 day ago

Consumer confidence holds steady in West Africa

The release of Nielsen's latest Consumer Confidence Index figures for Quarter 3, 2017 has been marked by small increases and a relatively stable performance in both Ghana and Nigeria...

Issued by Nielsen 19 Jan 2018

Microwave ovens are cooking the environment: study

Small electrical appliances such as microwave ovens, kettles and hair dryers harm the environment in a dozen different ways...

19 Jan 2018

Cross-border retail in the digital age

E-commerce has changed the way the world conducts business, and the rise in technology has made it easier to interact with customers quickly and across borders...

17 Jan 2018

Slight uptake in South African consumer confidence

The latest Nielsen South African Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) for Q3, 2017 reflects a five-point increase from the previous quarter to 83 points, the highest level since Quarter 3, 2016...

Issued by Nielsen 16 Jan 2018

Untrustworthy memories make it hard to shop ethically

Imagine a shopper, Sarah, who is concerned about child labour and knows about groups like the Fair Wear Foundation that certify which brands sell ethically produced clothing...

By Rebecca Walker Reczek, Daniel Zane and Julie Irwin 16 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Is franchising future-proof?

Modern-day franchising has been with us since the mid-1950s when it made its presence felt in the USA. Subsequently, expansion was swift and within a few short years, the concept had conquered the world.

By Tony Da Fonseca 9 Jan 2018

More businesses are trying mobile apps to lure and keep consumers

Intense retail competition has led old standbys, such as Sears, to close dozens of stores. Walmart is venturing online more. And Amazon is expanding offline...

By Venkatesh Shankar and Unnati Narang 4 Jan 2018

Barriers to finance a hindrance for retail SMMEs

Small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) contribute significantly to South Africa's GDP (estimated between 30% and 57%), and provide employment to between 61% and 80% of the country's workforce...

4 Jan 2018

What makes us sign up to subscription boxes?

Everyone can relate to that excitement of ripping open a present or the anticipation before discovering what a package in the post contains...

By Louise Grimmer and Gary Mortimer 3 Jan 2018

'Living the brand' vital for positive retail performance

A recent study on the role played by brand orientation in the South African retail environment found that a high degree of BO positively influences retailers' success...

29 Dec 2017

Fruit juice, iced tea and bottled water grow in volume and value

South Africa's bottled water and iced tea categories grew in both volume and value in 2016, and RTD fruit juice also displayed positive volume growth...

28 Dec 2017

BMi Research wine report released

The wine report recently released by BMi Research revealed that the wine category saw only a limited growth in volume during 2016...

18 Dec 2017

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International

Hijab model pulls out of L'Oreal campaign over Israel tweets

PARIS - British model Amena Khan, who had been chosen by L'Oreal to appear in an advertising campaign in Britain, has pulled out over accusations she made anti-Israeli comments in a series of old tweets.

20 hours ago

Amazon to open first cashierless shop to public on Monday

SAN FRANCISCO, US - Online giant Amazon on Monday plans to open a convenience store in Seattle where hungry customers will be able to grab sandwiches and go, without having to wait in line or use a checkout.

1 day ago

Fashion superstar Slimane to take over at Celine

PARIS, France - Hedi Slimane, the designer who pioneered the skinny look at Dior and Saint Laurent, is to take over at Celine, the brand's owners said on Sunday.

1 day ago

Pernod Ricard halts use of plastic straws and stirrers

Alcoholic drinks giant, Pernod Ricard, has joined the war on plastic by declaring that it will no longer use non-biodegradable plastic straws and stirrers in any part of its business. The Group has asked all its affiliates globally to ensure plastic is not used at any Pernod Ricard events in the future.

1 day ago

Has the digital era changed the luxury game for good?

The digital age poses challenges for all brands in every sector, and yet for the luxury market, the conundrum is a particularly tricky one.

By Megan Bowman 19 Jan 2018

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