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Competition Commission spreads tentacles in fruit and veg crackdown
Competition Commission spreads tentacles in fruit and veg crackdown

The Competition Commission has extended its search and seizure operation involving fresh produce market agents to premises in Cape Town and Durban...

1 hour ago

Woolworths to combine Country Road Group and David Jones into one group
Woolworths to combine Country Road Group and David Jones into one group

Woolworths is combining its Australian subsidiaries Country Road Group and David Jones into one group called WHL Australasia...

By Robert Laing 6 hours ago

The natural approach to Healey's champion cheese
The natural approach to Healey's champion cheese

Healey's hand-made Slow Matured Cheddar received SA Champion status at this year's SA Dairy Championships in the Raw Milk Semi Hard or Hard Cheese category. The cheese is made with unpasteurised milk...

7 hours ago

Are you a good fit for franchising?
Are you a good fit for franchising?

Entrepreneurs contribute towards job creation, which motivates many people to want to start their own business, but how well do they know their business personality?

By Richard Mukheibir 8 hours ago

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Breaking through brand clutter with Nomu

This #BrandManagerMonth, we find out what's new with Nomu, the original SA food and lifestyle concept inspiring creative kitchens across the land, from director Paul Raphaely...

By Leigh Andrews 3 days ago

Pick n Pay to cut food prices
Pick n Pay to cut food prices

Grocery retailers have not been immune to the downturn in the economy despite offering essential goods to consumers...

By Colleen Goko 3 days ago

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Competition body accuses fresh-produce agents of cartel behaviour

The commission said it suspected the larger players of colluding to hold prices low until their smaller competitors ran out of fresh fruit and vegetables to sell, after which they sharply increased prices...

By Robert Laing 23 Mar 2017

Busby to shut Nine West and Mango
Busby to shut Nine West and Mango

Nine West will walk out of SA and Mango will follow suit as the House of Busby alters its portfolio to match domestic needs...

23 Mar 2017

All bets on House of Kallie
All bets on House of Kallie

In 2015 I decided to do a short eight-week beginners course in jewellery-making. I ended up with torn nails, bruised hands and an appreciation of the hard work done by creators behind this artform...

By Robin Fredericks 23 Mar 2017

#SeamlessAfrica: Tackling the omnichannel retail reality
#SeamlessAfrica: Tackling the omnichannel retail reality

‘Omnichannel' is not merely a business buzzword, it's the new retail reality. Amanda Herson, e-commerce director for the Cape Union Mart Group, shared her thoughts...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 20 Mar 2017

Parmalat's Mature Gouda crowned SA Dairy Product of the Year 2017
Parmalat's Mature Gouda crowned SA Dairy Product of the Year 2017

Parmalat's Mature Gouda (10 months) made especially for Woolworths was crowned as the 2017 SA Dairy Product of the Year at the Agri-Expo Qualité Awards Gala...

20 Mar 2017

Konzum, the largest Croatian food retailer, is a part of Agrokor Group.
Balkans food retail giant struggles with debt

Troubled Agrokor, the Balkans' main food maker and retailer, made it to the top of Croatia's political agenda Thursday when Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic tried to calm fears...

17 Mar 2017

#SeamlessAfrica: A masterclass in millennial engagement and retention
#SeamlessAfrica: A masterclass in millennial engagement and retention

Millennials are known to be tech-savvy, socially engaged, have zero tolerance for delays and are always on the go...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 17 Mar 2017

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Zara owner Inditex profits up on international drive

Spain's fashion retail giant Inditex, owner of popular brand Zara, said on Wednesday that its drive to expand internationally helped push up profits last year...

17 Mar 2017

Adopt an omnichannel retail strategy or risk closure
Adopt an omnichannel retail strategy or risk closure

Italist.com CEO, Diego Abba, was one of the opening keynote speakers at the Seamless Africa conference (future of payments, e-commerce & retail) in Cape Town...

16 Mar 2017

Moving South Africa to 5% e-commerce
Moving South Africa to 5% e-commerce

E-commerce experts believe it is possible to take South African e-commerce from 1% of total retail to 5%...

15 Mar 2017

Shirley Maltz, CEO of HomeChoice. Credit: Financial Mail
HomeChoice increases its revenue despite challenging year

Home-shopping and digital retailer HomeChoice International declared a dividend of 87c per share on Tuesday in the release of its financial statements...

By Matthew Stevens 15 Mar 2017

Team Scan Display at EuroShop
#ScanDisplayatEuroShop: Video interviews with global giants

The SA Scan Display team has conducted exclusive video interviews with a selection of this year's best, attending the once-in-three-years international at the 2017 EuroShop global retail trade fair in Düsseldorf, Germany...

8 Mar 2017

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Breakfast after the drought

Paul Makube takes a look at what impact the drought and the sector's recovery had on four basic breakfast foods - eggs, maize, dairy, and bread...

8 Mar 2017

Alibaba's Jack Ma blames 'outdated' law for fakes
Alibaba's Jack Ma blames 'outdated' law for fakes

Alibaba's founder Jack Ma urged stronger penalties for selling counterfeits on Tuesday in an open letter arguing that "outdated and unrealistic" laws and regulations...

8 Mar 2017

Tesco saves £4m through HR practices reducing carbon footprint
Tesco saves £4m through HR practices reducing carbon footprint

Academics at Loughborough University have helped Tesco reduce its carbon footprint and save on its energy bill by proposing alterations to the working practices...

7 Mar 2017

#ScanDisplayatEuroShop: Scan Display, live from EuroShop!
#ScanDisplayatEuroShop: Scan Display, live from EuroShop!

Scan Display is one of many retailers showcasing their product at the global retail trade fair, EuroShop, in Düsseldorf, Germany from 5 to 9 March 2017. Attendee Paul Hugo says so far they've seen, “new ideas, new trends, creativity and wow,” at EuroShop 2017...

6 Mar 2017

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The consequences of this week's Amazon outage

On Tuesday, 28 February at 11:53am PST Amazon's S3 web-based storage service went down across the US-EAST-1 region, a four-hour outage causing major issues for millions of AWS users across the US...

3 Mar 2017

Cashbuild interim net profit up 41% to R272.55m
Cashbuild interim net profit up 41% to R272.55m

Cashbuild on Tuesday, 28 February, reported a 41% rise in net profit to R272.55m in the six months to end-December from the year-earlier period...

1 Mar 2017

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Edcon not out of the woods yet

Edcon CEO Bernie Brookes seems unfazed by the less-than-lukewarm response to the group's recently announced board...

By Ann Crotty 1 Mar 2017

#DesignMonth: Stacy Beukes puts a ring on Cape Flats culture and creativity
#DesignMonth: Stacy Beukes puts a ring on Cape Flats culture and creativity

Stacy Beukes is the curly-haired designer, manufacturer and owner of local jewellery brand A Ring To It. Raised on the Cape Flats...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 28 Feb 2017

Little hope in sight for SA's retail sector
Little hope in sight for SA's retail sector

The food and drug retailers index rallied just under 9% last week following the release of better-than-expected results from grocery giant Shoprite...

By Colleen Goko 28 Feb 2017

#eComConfex: A crash course in cross-border e-commerce
#eComConfex: A crash course in cross-border e-commerce

As the CEO of the continent's largest online shopping platform, Nigeria-born Chris Folayan knows a thing or two about creating online experiences...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 27 Feb 2017

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Massmart shareholders get good returns, as sales reach R91.3bn

Massmart, majority owned by WalMart, announced its full-year results for the 52 weeks to December 2016, indicating good margin management and astute expense control...

24 Feb 2017

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