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Retail design calls for skills convergence

With too much newly printed money in circulation and our economic growth stunted and tethering on the verge of another recession, retailers in South Africa are certainly under immense pressure to deliver on annual targets and growth.

By Callie van der Merwe 30 Jun 2014 14:23

Woolworths wins international award for store design

The Woolworths' flagship Waterstone store in Somerset West has won the Grand Prize for Design in the Supermarket/Grocery category awarded by the Association for Retail Environments (ARE) in Las Vegas. An independent panel of respected retail professionals from around the world judges the ARE Design Awards.

1 Apr 2014 10:49

Franchising success: location, location, location

"With the growth and popularity of franchising in South Africa, it is crucial that potential franchisees find a suitable location for their businesses that will drive business activity," says Morne Cronje, Head of Franchising, FNB Business Banking.

17 Sep 2013 11:42

Boost retail image with right fit of floor

As a retailer owner, you should expend as much thought into selecting the right flooring materials for your store as you would for your own house. The initial customer impression is often dictated by the flooring, even though it may be subliminal.

By Shan Radcliffe: retail editor 9 Sep 2013 11:46

Enter mobile bar design competition before end August

A reminder to designers that there is only one month left in which to enter the Mobile Bar competition, which carries a first prize of R50,000 and the opportunity to have the winning design displayed at World Design Capital 2014 in Cape Town. The competition aims to enhance consumer experience at tasting events held by Fine Brandy.By Design, sponsors of the competition.

31 Jul 2013 11:39

The store is you

There's always something keeping retail executives up at night - competitive pressure, the economy, price transparency. But according to a recent survey by RetailWire and IBM, shifting consumer shopping behaviour is retail's top sleep-depriving concern.

By Bruce Dybvad, Issued by Interbrand Sampson De Villiers 30 Jul 2013 11:12

Adding rental with SAPOA floor space measurements

Excellerate Facilities Management (EFM) has seen a marked increase in interest among commercial property landlords to amend floor area measurements according to the SAPOA method, introduced two years ago. It has also seen increases in rental from 2.5-7%.

6 Jun 2013 12:18

If you're content, we're content

"Content" is currently on everybody's lips, with everyone from the existing media to brand owners and individuals being encouraged to become content providers. Bizcommunity has been ahead of the content curve for over a decade.

Issued by 18 Mar 2013 09:03

[2013 trends] Pdf of 2013 Biz Trends Report now available

Finally, what you've all been waiting for!'s 2013 Biz Trends Report is now available for downloading in pdf format - and this year we've improved the quality for a better tablet experience!

Issued by 13 Feb 2013 14:33

[2013 trends] It is no longer business as usual

No matter how slow off the mark, we have all come to the realisation that, no matter what line of business we are in, drastic measures are needed in order for us to not only increase market share but also to survive. It is not, however, all doom and gloom and for those who are embracing innovation and prepared to experiment with new ideas, a lot of opportunity awaits to reconnect with consumers and rise above the negative economic factors.

By Dave Nemeth 30 Jan 2013 10:44

[2013 trends] Malls set to 'mobilise' consumers like never before

All early indicators seem to confirm that December 2012 was a relatively good year for the mall environment. Certainly not a 'shoot the lights out' result but stable, single digit growth nonetheless. The point now is what 2013 holds in store for us. Here are a few key trends which I think are relevant...

By Doug Mayne 28 Jan 2013 11:56

[2013 trends] How to metamorphasise mobile marketing this year

"Content, context and customer proclivity" will be the mantra that drives this year's marketing metamorphosis in the arena of mobile technology. I believe that we will see a year of repositioning - of un-automate, de-campaign and game-play - but also of tighten, regulate and measure. In short, 2013 will see the 'mobile moth' turn into a butterfly.

By Kevin Bassett 28 Jan 2013 10:52

[2013 trends] Eyes front and centre

How does your brand break through the clutter? If you're in the business of understanding and catering to the evolution of consumer needs, desires and expectations, look front and centre. Here are my predictions for 2013...

By Abey Mokgwatsane 18 Jan 2013 12:05

Selling space during retail revamps can be achieved

During the 2011/2012 fiscal, Tyger Valley Shopping Centre exceeded its sales target by 13.28%, despite a total refurbishment that cut its 19 exhibition spaces to five and tough economic conditions.

22 Aug 2012 07:09

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