Retail Trends 2018

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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

Food trends could drive production decisions
Food trends could drive production decisions

Consumer requests at food outlets travel back through the value chain to the producers of the necessary raw products, which will again go through new types of processing to reach the consumer at some point in the future...

By Frikkie Maré 15 Feb 2018

Oserian Technical Director, Hamish Ker, explains how the company utilises geothermal power in its greenhouses
Green business is good business: A sustainable approach to growing flowers in Kenya

Oserian Development Corporation has come up with a raft of measures aimed at maintaining production over a long period of time without compromising on natural systems or its responsibility to workers, suppliers and the local communities...

14 Feb 2018

Kenya's Sokowatch to expand after revenue growth
Kenya's Sokowatch to expand after revenue growth

Kenyan startup Sokowatch, a mobile-based ordering and delivery network for small shops, has revealed plans to expand to Mombasa in the third quarter of this year...

By Tom Jackson 13 Feb 2018

Buy local to create jobs
Buy local to create jobs

Unemployment in South Africa is at nearly 28%. Even more frightening is that of this percentage, half have never ever worked...

By Danette Breitenbach 7 Feb 2018

AU's free trade area set for launch in March
AU's free trade area set for launch in March

The long-awaited Free Trade Area (FTA) that aims to increase intra-regional trade within the continent, will be launched in March this year in Kigali...

2 Feb 2018

#BizTrends2018: The new rules of retail
#BizTrends2018: The new rules of retail

If you're searching for proof that retail as we know it is changing, look no further than Shanghai's 24-hour, unstaffed, self-driving grocery store...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 29 Jan 2018

2018 Sapics Conference early bird tickets on sale
2018 Sapics Conference early bird tickets on sale

Early bird registrations are now open for the 2018 Sapics Conference and Exhibition which takes place in Cape Town from 10-13 June...

29 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: What is shaping grocery retail in South Africa - Part 2
#BizTrends2018: What is shaping grocery retail in South Africa - Part 2

In Part 1 of the Trade Intelligence Retail Trends 2018 report, we described how globally and locally, we are in the beginning stages of a game-changing revolution in how products are made and sold...

By Maryla Masojada 25 Jan 2018

Greg Cline
Balancing strategies critical for importers in 2018

Globally in 2017, unsustainable low rates, bigger vessels, and soft demand dominated the import sector, particularly from a shipping perspective. This has resulted in industry consolidation and a race for dominance...

By Dr Greg Cline 24 Jan 2018

Mondelez International cocoa MoU to help protect Ghana's forests
Mondelez International cocoa MoU to help protect Ghana's forests

Mondelez International is contributing $5m over five years to the GCFRP, which aims to significantly reduce the high rate of deforestation and forest degradation, as well as their associated greenhouse carbon emissions, from cocoa farming...

24 Jan 2018

Listeriosis outbreak shines a light on food safety in SA
Listeriosis outbreak shines a light on food safety in SA

The current spike in the incidences of listeriosis serves as a stark reminder of the importance of having the means to timely identify and act on food safety threats...

24 Jan 2018

Engen, DSV Bybox simplify parcel send and receive
Engen, DSV Bybox simplify parcel send and receive

DSV ByBox is an intelligent and automated parcel locker, which offers the public a secure and convenient means to send or receive parcels...

23 Jan 2018

Sustainable supply chains: Chains, levers or webs?
Sustainable supply chains: Chains, levers or webs?

Customers have tremendous power in the business-to-business (B2B) sustainability world. Just by asking questions of their suppliers, customers send powerful signals about what matters...

By Scott Nadler and Jeremy Soboil 18 Jan 2018

Rhodes Food sales agreement will help Bos grow
Rhodes Food sales agreement will help Bos grow

Rooibos ice tea maker Bos Brands aims to double its retail market share in SA after announcing a sales and distribution deal with JSE-listed Rhodes Food Group...

By Marc Hasenfuss 17 Jan 2018

Cross-border retail in the digital age
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

Commission set to wrap up probe into school uniform sector collusion
Commission set to wrap up probe into school uniform sector collusion

The Competition Commission's probe into the supply of school uniforms has so far established that various schools had made exclusive supply deals with stockists...

16 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Cross border trade set to grow e-commerce in SA
#BizTrends2018: Cross border trade set to grow e-commerce in SA

More and more, consumers in sub-Saharan Africa are looking beyond their borders to get the products and services they need...

By Efi Dahan 12 Jan 2018

Five major trends in South Africa's agro-food system
Five major trends in South Africa's agro-food system

Agro-food systems often differ considerably from country to country, depending on the level of development, resource availability, business sophistication and agro-food policies and legislation adopted...

By John Purchase 12 Jan 2018

Supply chain glitches: one of the greatest risks
Supply chain glitches: one of the greatest risks

A glitch in a supply chain can cost an organisation up to 10% of its shareholder value, and even put the company out of business. Supply chain disruptions are therefore widely regarded as one of the greatest risks facing manufacturers...

12 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: What is shaping grocery retail in South Africa - Part 1
#BizTrends2018: What is shaping grocery retail in South Africa - Part 1

In this two-part report, Trade Intelligence reveals the drivers and trends shaping grocery retail in South Africa in the short to medium term...

By Maryla Masojada 11 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: The king's demand dictates
#BizTrends2018: The king's demand dictates

Throughput is imperative in business. The challenge is to mitigate barriers negatively impacting throughput...

By Harry van Huyssteen 11 Jan 2018

Stanford team lauds Woolworths Farming for the Future programme
Stanford team lauds Woolworths Farming for the Future programme

Woolworths' Farming for the Future programme is succeeding in encouraging farmers to use more environmentally friendly management practices than their counterparts that do not supply the grocery chain...

By Dave Chambers 11 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Mobile means more e-commerce opportunity than ever before
#BizTrends2018: Mobile means more e-commerce opportunity than ever before

The proliferation of mobile phone networks in Asia-Pacific and Africa has transformed how people connect, communicate and shop...

By Mark Mahoney 8 Jan 2018

Kamogelo Mmutlana
#BizTrends2018: From the high street to the dusty street - when formal and informal meet

Opportunities for economic growth abound within the exchanges between the formal and informal economies...

By Kamogelo Mmutlana 8 Jan 2018

Greg Cline
#BizTrends2018: The changing face of imports

Logistics and imports are undergoing significant changes amidst an increasing awareness on the importance of being cost conscious and needing to find ways to be more efficient...

By Dr Greg Cline 8 Jan 2018

Mungo Park
#BizTrends2018: Unlock value in supply chain and rise to the challenges

Mungo Park, president of leading Southern African supply chain and operations management association Sapics, shares his insights on supply chain trends in 2018, and offers advice to organisations seeking to unlock value in their supply chains and rise to the challenges in the year ahead.

By Mungo Park 8 Jan 2018

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Tanzania: Suppliers to get Sh4.5bn in first batch of Uchumi

Uchumi Supermarket Suppliers Union chairman Joseph Mlay has confirmed that the first batch of names who are owed by the supermarket chain has been released...

3 Jan 2018

Mali hopes to revive industry and increase exports
Mali hopes to revive industry and increase exports

The shops in Mali are full of imported goods from Europe, the Middle East and Asia. This, Mali's captains of industry maintain, is not necessary...

By Bram Posthumus 29 Dec 2017

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