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Woolworths confirms more local sourcing

Woolworths is looking to source more goods from SA and SADC and, despite ‘tough' retail scene, expects to grow market share...

By Colleen Goko 2 days ago

Like Amazon's Alexa, Google's digital assistant will allow buyers to add payment information to their accounts to enable voice-activated shopping ()
Google adds voice-activated shopping, taking on Amazon

WASHINGTON – Google announced on Thursday it was launching voice-activated shopping from its artificial intelligence-powered Home speaker, in a direct challenge to Amazon's Alexa devices...

2 days ago

Direct selling succeeds through personal touch, stringent codes
Direct selling succeeds through personal touch, stringent codes

According to the Direct Selling Association of South Africa, this succesful sector provides jobs for 1.1 million independent business owners, which is increasing by over 13% annually...

2 days ago

Woolworths' earnings per share drop
Woolworths' earnings per share drop

Despite difficult trading conditions in both South Africa and Australia, Woolworths Holdings announced that group sales increased by 6.7% to R37.8bn and profit before tax increased 37.9%, following the sale by David Jones of its Market Street property in Sydney for a profit of $172m (R1762m)...

2 days ago

#DesignMonth: Blush (Paper Company) is the colour of a beautiful planner
#DesignMonth: Blush (Paper Company) is the colour of a beautiful planner

When asked how you are, the typical response used to be ‘Fine, thanks'. These days, it's more often than not ‘So busy!'. All the more reason for a planner to help organise your life and keep your daily schedule in check, and one that you actually would make the time to use and, better still, enjoy...

By Jessica Tennant 2 days ago

#DesignMonth: Clover Mama Afrika focuses on empowerment, sustainability
#DesignMonth: Clover Mama Afrika focuses on empowerment, sustainability

What started off as a humble project 13 years ago has blossomed into Clover's flagship CSI programme...

By Sindy Peters 3 days ago

Black Friday shopping saves SA's retail sales from disaster
Black Friday shopping saves SA's retail sales from disaster

High unemployment and weak economic growth curbed retail sales growth to 1.9% in 2016 compared to the 3.3% growth recorded in 2015...

By Sunita Menon 3 days ago

Checkers donates to Heidelberg Giant Pumpkin Festival
Checkers donates to Heidelberg Giant Pumpkin Festival

Shoprite Checkers has again supplied the sixty-five entrants into the annual Heidelberg Giant Pumpkin Festival with special hand-selected pumpkin seeds imported from Canada...

3 days ago

Mustek to distribute Panasonic products in South Africa
Mustek to distribute Panasonic products in South Africa

A newly announced business partnership between Panasonic and Mustek will enable Mustek to start distributing Panasonic products such as document scanners, Toughbook mobile computers and high definition visual communications (HDVC) video conferencing solutions...

3 days ago

Adding AI to retail boosts personalised offerings
Adding AI to retail boosts personalised offerings

The retail space is changing drastically through the evolution of technology, such as artificial intelligence (AI), which can offer retailers better control over stock flows and better customer service...

By Bradley Elliott 3 days ago

Report identifies key areas in food losses
Report identifies key areas in food losses

A South African study has identified key areas of the global food supply chain where high losses occur, particularly in developing countries. Reducing food losses and waste can contribute to efforts to alleviate world hunger...

3 days ago

Tetra Pak to invest in factory for packaging closures
Tetra Pak to invest in factory for packaging closures

Food processing and packaging solutions company, Tetra Pak has announced that it will invest €24m into Rayong, Thailand with its first factory for packaging closures in South Asia, East Asia and Oceania...

3 days ago

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SA's retail sales edge slightly higher in December

December's total retail sales were 0.9% higher than the same month in 2015, beating the economists' consensus of 0.2% growth...

By Sunita Menon 3 days ago

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Local plum exports affected by smaller fruit

The plum season in South Africa is two-thirds underway, with varieties such as African Delight, Flavour King, Laetitia, Songold, Southern Belle and Angeleno currently being picked...

15 Feb 2017

Local creatives lace up in Puma's Run the Streets campaign
Local creatives lace up in Puma's Run the Streets campaign

Puma's Run The Streets campaign gets a local twist with rapper Gigi Lamayne, 2015 South African Hip Hop Awards winner Nasty C, Digital Maskandi founder and artist Mashayabhuqe KaMamba, and Puma's own Rolo Rozay...

15 Feb 2017

Product inspection vital to reduce recalls in food manufacturing
Product inspection vital to reduce recalls in food manufacturing

Food safety is a key area of focus for manufacturers, brands and retailers alike. Consumers must trust the products they purchase, therefore if there is a quality issue...

By Neil Giles 15 Feb 2017

The case for investing in SA's fuel retail sector
The case for investing in SA's fuel retail sector

Whether one is considering taking a leap into entrepreneurship or thinking of adding to one's growing business portfolio, investing in the fuel retail sector might offer...

By James Noble 15 Feb 2017

Estée Lauder teams up with Nigeria's Jumia
Estée Lauder teams up with Nigeria's Jumia

The Estée Lauder Companies has partnered with Nigerian online retailer Jumia to launch three of the company's brands – Clinique, Estée Lauder and Aramis...

15 Feb 2017

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Moody's withdraws all its ratings on Edcon

Moody's Investors Service has joined other rating agencies and withdrawn all of its ratings on Edcon. Earlier this month S&P Global also announced...

By Colleen Goko 15 Feb 2017

Gold Brands makes ‘hot' investment in Greek burger chain
Gold Brands makes ‘hot' investment in Greek burger chain

Gold Brands Investments has agreed to purchase a 50% stake in Hot Hot B Holdings, which owns Hot Hot Burger Bar, a themed burger restaurant chain...

15 Feb 2017

New health and wellness research shows increase in going natural
New health and wellness research shows increase in going natural

Euromonitor has released its new health and wellness research that indicates health and wellness continue to outperform the wider packaged food and soft drinks industries...

15 Feb 2017

New township delivery service pilots in Ekurhuleni
New township delivery service pilots in Ekurhuleni

A new retail home delivery service for townships, funded by the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), has launched in Ekhuruleni...

14 Feb 2017

JAN holds onto its Michelin star for 2017
JAN holds onto its Michelin star for 2017

South African chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen recently learned that his restaurant, JAN retained its Michelin star for 2017...

14 Feb 2017

Cape Wine Auction raises record-breaking R22.3m for education
Cape Wine Auction raises record-breaking R22.3m for education

On Saturday 11 February 2017, the annual Cape Wine Auction raised a record-breaking R22.3 for its 22 beneficiaries that affect education and the lives of children...

14 Feb 2017

SONA 2017 failed to address job losses, says Fair Play
SONA 2017 failed to address job losses, says Fair Play

In his 2017 State of the Nation address, President Jacob Zuma made frequent references to the need to create jobs and government's job creation initiatives...

14 Feb 2017

‘Love Index' shows South Africans still romantic at heart
‘Love Index' shows South Africans still romantic at heart

The annual ‘Mastercard Love Index' reveals South African shoppers feel loved and are spending more on Valentine's Day...

14 Feb 2017

'Simplicity in Design'-themed kitchens to display at Decorex SA 2017
'Simplicity in Design'-themed kitchens to display at Decorex SA 2017

Decorex SA 2017, showcasing in KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape and Gauteng, will feature four expertly-designed kitchen stands in the Franke Kitchen Trends-sponsored feature...

14 Feb 2017

Lobster crash erodes West Coast way of life
Lobster crash erodes West Coast way of life

Minister Senzeni Zokwana accused of reneging on recovery plan...

By Craig Dodds 14 Feb 2017

OB CEO Grace Harding signs with Al-Ghunaim CEO Abdulghani Al-Ghunaim
Ocean Basket to open branches in Kuwait

Ocean Basket has signed an agreement with Kuwait-based food distributor Al-Ghunaim Trading Company to roll out five new stores in the country...

14 Feb 2017

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