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SOUTH AFRICA

The modern marketer is a connected one

In the 1970s, people were served about 300 ads a day. Today it's about 5,000 ads a day. It's a product-polluted world with smart consumers, where it's no longer about differentiation, but about multiple and meaningful connections, says Carmen Murray, founder of Boo-Yah!...

By Jessica Tennant 2 Feb 2018

GLOBAL

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

GLOBAL

Defective product risk is an increasing peril for companies

Tougher regulation, global supply chains, materials from fewer suppliers and consumer awareness are contributing to a rise in recalls, says Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty (AGCS) report...

5 Dec 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

'Weather-sensitive' products: adjusting price and promotions to increase sales

It stands to reason that the weather can affect the sales of certain products. More rainfall generally means that consumers purchase less sunscreen...

By Xavier Rousset, Octavio Escobar and Régis Chenavaz 1 Dec 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

Black Friday gets claws into SA's net shoppers

No country embraces Black Friday more than South Africa, if international discounts website picodi.com's statistics are anything to go by...

By Wendy Knowler 24 Nov 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

It may not be possible to slow down fast fashion - so can the industry ever be sustainable?

The fashion industry has some major sustainability problems. By 2030, it is predicted that the industry's water consumption will grow by 50% to 118 billion cubic metres...

By Mark Sumner 23 Nov 2017

GLOBAL

How Ikea used affordable and innovative design to transform the homes of everyday consumers

For decades, Ikea has filled homes across the world with bookcases, beds, cardboard boxes and countless tea lights...

By Dan Lewis 22 Nov 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

BBM Messenger's Adam Pattison on chat, dark social and the new mobile economy

On his visit to South Africa for the MMA (Mobile Marketing Association) Forum in Johannesburg on 2 November and Mobile Monday in Cape Town on 6 November, Adam Pattison, vice president, Americas & EMEA at BBM Messenger, shared insights into chat or dark social and how this is shaping the mobile economy...

By Jessica Tennant 20 Nov 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

Inside the Lush life of an ethical cosmetics buyer

Working as a buyer for ethical handmade cosmetics company Lush, your travels could take you sourcing neroli oil in Tunisia, blue chamomile oil in Hungary and shea butter in Ghana...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 31 Oct 2017

KENYA

Concerted campaign helps women in Kenya's flower industry get a better deal

Women form an estimated 75% of workers at production level in Kenya and have seen some positive improvements in their employment conditions and rights over the years. But it hasn't been an easy journey...

By Lara Bianchi 3 days ago

SOUTH AFRICA

Poundland seeks management buyout after Steinhoff scandal

Poundland, the UK discount store chain Steinhoff International acquired for 610m in July 2016, wants to divorce itself from its scandal-ridden parent via a management buyout...

By Robert Laing 24 Jan 2018

SWEDEN

H&M removes 'black boy' ad after racism accusation

Swedish clothing giant Hennes and Mauritz on Monday apologised and removed an advertisement of a black child after the company was accused of being racist...

9 Jan 2018

CHINA

Hamleys opens its largest toy store in Beijing amid Christmas debate

British toy retailer Hamleys opened its largest store in the world in Beijing on Saturday, just two days before Christmas as debate played out over whether the holiday should be banned...

27 Dec 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

Lizi's granola to join Pioneer Foods brand stable

Pioneer Foods has announced plans to buy UK-based granola brand Lizi's. The FMCG giant is the manufacturer of a number of household breakfast cereals...

14 Dec 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

New research suggests organisations should embrace new messaging culture

Surge in consumers' use of messaging and social media is transforming their expectations of service, says new BT and Cisco research...

6 Dec 2017

UNITED KINGDOM

2,500 job losses as UK cigarette supplier collapses

Britain's biggest cigarette wholesaler, Palmer & Harvey (P&H), collapsed into administration on Tuesday, with around 2,500 staff facing redundancy...

30 Nov 2017

UNITED KINGDOM

UK regulator clears Tesco's £3.7bn Booker takeover

Britain's competition regulator has given the green light to supermarket giant Tesco's 3.7-billion takeover of wholesaler Booker...

15 Nov 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

Marks and Spencer slows food expansion plans

LONDON - Marks and Spencer, the British clothing-to-food retailer, announced on Wednesday a sharp rise in net profits on higher sales but plans to slow expansion of its number of standalone food stores...

9 Nov 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

The frozen food market is heating up

In the 1940s tinned foods were extremely popular as a means of preserving products for extended periods of time. However, given the fact that heavy rationing was imposed on these products during World War II, frozen food packaged in paperboard cartons began to emerge as a credible alternative...

By Michelle Newman 8 Nov 2017

UNITED KINGDOM

Burberry creative chief to step down in 2018

Christopher Bailey, who pioneered the transformation of British fashion brand Burberry in recent years, is stepping down in 2018...

1 Nov 2017

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