'Fake food' in South Africa: myths, misinformation and not enough data
'Fake food' in South Africa: myths, misinformation and not enough data

Owners of small shops in South Africa - in most cases foreigners - have been accused of stocking counterfeit food and food that's past its sell-by date. The issue has been caught up in xenophobic violence, with shop owners targeted...

By Jane Battersby and Gareth Haysom 9 hours ago

6 top tips for effective customer engagement on mobile
6 top tips for effective customer engagement on mobile

Speaking at this year's annual PriceCheck Awards ceremony, CEO Kevin Tucker noted that the Tech and E-commerce Awards are more important than ever before...

By Lynette Hundermark 1 day ago

Finalists revealed for Sunday Times Lifestyle Gin Awards
Finalists revealed for Sunday Times Lifestyle Gin Awards

The eight finalists for the Sunday Times Lifestyle Gin Awards have been announced, whittled down by the judging panel from 74 local and international entries...

1 day ago

Uganda's 2ambale targets millennials with speedy e-commerce platform
Uganda's 2ambale targets millennials with speedy e-commerce platform

Ugandan e-commerce startup 2ambale is targeting people between the ages of 21 and 35 with its mobile app, which promises deliveries of orders within one hour...

By Tom Jackson 2 days ago

#FairnessFirst: How Nike inspires others to 'just do it' with commodity activism
#FairnessFirst: How Nike inspires others to 'just do it' with commodity activism

What do Colin Kaepernick, Serena Williams and Caster Semenya have in common? Despite each facing controversy in their sporting careers, they're all stars in Nike's inspirational 30th-anniversary campaign, filled with fiery new words to live by...

By Leigh Andrews 2 days ago

Meet the Maker: Dry Dock Liquor
Meet the Maker: Dry Dock Liquor

Samantha Snedorf chats to Martin Pienaar, co-owner of Dry Dock Liquor - a boutique liquor store on 4th Ave Parkhurst in Johannesburg...

By Samantha Snedorf 14 Sep 2018

Local shops hike prices as immigrants forced out, say Gauteng residents
Local shops hike prices as immigrants forced out, say Gauteng residents

Two weeks after immigrant-owned shops closed in Ratanda, south of Heidelberg, Gauteng, residents accuse local shop owners of hiking prices for bread and airtime...

By Kimberly Mutandiro 14 Sep 2018

Why and how retailers turn everyday items into 'must-have' collectables
Why and how retailers turn everyday items into 'must-have' collectables

Coles' recent "Little Shop collectables" promotion has proved a hit with consumers, with entire sets of the toy products selling online for exorbitant prices...

By Louise Grimmer and Martin Grimmer 14 Sep 2018

Massmart rolls out its sixth solar plant
Massmart rolls out its sixth solar plant

Massmart is championing the shift to renewable energy in the retail sector with the launch of its sixth solar plant...

14 Sep 2018

The tango of Donald Trump and Nike
The tango of Donald Trump and Nike

Outrage. Hatred. These are not normally words you would say are the way forward for a brand. In the past, a brand has always tried to have a position that was not controversial. A position where you attacked your competitors and nobody else. You stayed in your lane. Stuck to your knitting...

By Damon Stapleton 12 Sep 2018

Retail sales decline in June, but clothing and pharmaceuticals perform positively
Retail sales decline in June, but clothing and pharmaceuticals perform positively

The clothing, pharmaceutical, medical goods, cosmetics and toiletry sectors outperformed the South African retail market for July 2018, showing year-on-year growth of 3.9% and 4.6% respectively...

12 Sep 2018

Nielsen launches virtual shopper research in SA
Nielsen launches virtual shopper research in SA

South Africa has become the first country on the African continent to launch Nielsen's new SmartStore virtual shopper technology...

Issued by Nielsen 12 Sep 2018

SA's growing appetite for convenience an opportunity for retailers, manufacturers
SA's growing appetite for convenience an opportunity for retailers, manufacturers

South African consumers are facing an increasingly stressful, time-starved lifestyle which has created a burgeoning demand for convenient solutions that can help simplify their lives...

12 Sep 2018

Online spend in SA will hit R45bn in 2018, and consumers are shopping the globe
Online spend in SA will hit R45bn in 2018, and consumers are shopping the globe

South Africans are forecasted to spend over R45 billion online this year, with over 60% making a purchase from an overseas retailer...

11 Sep 2018

How to use tech to drive innovation in traditional retail
How to use tech to drive innovation in traditional retail

For years, the threat of online shopping to brick-and-mortar has dominated the conversation in retail. The 2010s saw technological devices become more savvy and buying things online became easy...

By Sebastian Isaac 6 Sep 2018

How a Durban-based entrepreneur got into business with Pick n Pay
How a Durban-based entrepreneur got into business with Pick n Pay

Through tenacity and a fierce belief in his skills, entrepreneur Njabulo Sithole has taken his Bakers Creationz from his son's school to Pick n Pay outlets throughout the country...

6 Sep 2018

Ackermans celebrates super moms - our everyday South African heroes
Ackermans celebrates super moms - our everyday South African heroes

Generic insights no longer suffice in the current competitive retail environment, as consumers now represent a multi-faceted pool of Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Gen Yers...

Issued by Ackermans 6 Sep 2018

Zara aims to go global with e-commerce by 2020
Zara aims to go global with e-commerce by 2020

Zara owner Inditex has announced plans to have all its brands available to purchase online anywhere in the world by 2020...

6 Sep 2018

Packaging design for SA's competitive private label category
Packaging design for SA's competitive private label category

Premium private label products are popping up everywhere, despite tough economic conditions in South Africa. Clever retailers are clawing back profit margins by expanding their current private label offerings...

5 Sep 2018

Toys R Us SA expands into Botswana
Toys R Us SA expands into Botswana

South African retail chain, Toys R Us and Babies R Us SA, is expanding its African footprint with a new store opening in Botswana set for October...

5 Sep 2018

SA's second-hand trading industry a trillion rand economy - Gumtree
SA's second-hand trading industry a trillion rand economy - Gumtree

South Africa's second-hand trading industry has a potential value of R1.4 trillion, according to a survey conducted by Gumtree...

5 Sep 2018

Grassroots trading to luxury leather leader: The journey of Jekyll and Hide
Grassroots trading to luxury leather leader: The journey of Jekyll and Hide

Jekyll and Hide founder Bernard Bultemeier talks luxury leather, global expansion, the challenges facing independent retail today and why we'll all be wearing backpacks soon...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 4 Sep 2018

How Glow Theory is bringing K-Beauty to SA
How Glow Theory is bringing K-Beauty to SA

The Korean Wave has brought several things to our shore, but K-Beauty has caused a surge in the beauty world. More and more beauty enthusiasts are looking at Korean beauty techniques and products to achieve flawless skin...

By Maroefah Smith 4 Sep 2018

Pricecheck Tech and E-commerce Awards 2018 winners revealed
Pricecheck Tech and E-commerce Awards 2018 winners revealed

Takealot cleaned up at this year's Pricecheck Tech and E-commerce Awards, bagging four of the 14 awards presented, including the coveted E-commerce Service of the Year...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 31 Aug 2018

7 ways to create in-store experiences that drive traffic and sales
7 ways to create in-store experiences that drive traffic and sales

Competition in the retail industry is fiercer than ever. Between e-commerce sites and subscription services, consumers have plenty of choices when it comes to where they spend their time and money...

By Higor Torchia 31 Aug 2018

Wellington mom crowned boerewors champion
Wellington mom crowned boerewors champion

Yvonne Blaauw, a mom of two from Wellington in the Western Cape, is the winner of the 26th annual Championship Boerewors competition. Her recipe will be available in all Shoprite and Checkers stores nationwide...

30 Aug 2018

#WomensMonth: The woman behind PayU South Africa
#WomensMonth: The woman behind PayU South Africa

Karen Nadasen, CEO of PayU South Africa, is regularly described as one of South Africa's most inspiring women in tech, nominated for IT Personality of the Year 2017...

By Evan-Lee Courie 30 Aug 2018

The "end" of the shopkeeper (and other retail trends)
The "end" of the shopkeeper (and other retail trends)

Self-service retail is swooping across the globe; from online shopping to self-checkout, there's a growing trend in retail environments that focuses on driving efficient and seamless processes to enhance service and CX...

By Wynand Smit 29 Aug 2018

#WomensMonth: Jandri Van Zyl on building a Cape Town cake empire
#WomensMonth: Jandri Van Zyl on building a Cape Town cake empire

Jandri Van Zyl's sweet dreams of building a crowd-pleasing cake-haven have steadily been realised since her business The Velvet Cake Co. launched in 2012 to public acclaim.

By Lauren Hartzenberg 29 Aug 2018

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