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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

SOUTH AFRICA

Ale and hearty: Brew goes from a Zululand shed to the world

The Zululand Brewery, run out of a shed behind the George Hotel in Eshowe, Zululand, is the only South African ale that will be showcased at the JD Wetherspoon...

3 Oct 2017

GLOBAL

Pentawards 2017 - best of global packaging

The world's best product packaging was displayed at the Pentawards 2017 in Barcelona this past week...

27 Sep 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

#SACSCCongress: Nigella Lawson on the role of food in storytelling

Internationally renowned food writer and TV cook Nigella Lawson has amassed a loyal following of food lovers charmed by her no-fuss approach to cooking...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 18 Sep 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

UNITED KINGDOM

Black model in Dove video says ad 'misinterpreted'

LONDON - The black model who appeared in a Dove advert which triggered accusations of racism insisted Wednesday that she was not a victim and that the commercial had been misinterpreted...

12 Oct 2017

GLOBAL

Ikea buys on-demand help startup TaskRabbit

Ikea has announced a deal to acquire on-demand help startup TaskRabbit as the world's largest furniture retailer grabbed a seat in the online sharing economy...

29 Sep 2017

GLOBAL

Unilever making up to S.Korean skincare company

Anglo-Dutch food and consumer products giant Unilever said Monday it was buying a leading South Korean cosmetics and skincare company for €2.27 billion...

26 Sep 2017

UNITED KINGDOM

McDonald's staff stage first ever UK strike

McDonald's workers staged the first ever strike in Britain on Monday in protest at pay and working conditions at the US fast-food giant...

5 Sep 2017

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