BizTrends 2018


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The sixth annual RMDP culminates in over 1,700 upskilled retail managers
The sixth annual RMDP culminates in over 1,700 upskilled retail managers

The sixth annual run of the Retail Management Development Programme (RMDP) - presented in partnership with Enterprises University of Pretoria (Enterprises UP) and the Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority (W&RSETA) has come to a roaring success...

Issued by Enterprises University of Pretoria 1 day ago

Shoprite Group boosts skill set of fresh food departments
Shoprite Group boosts skill set of fresh food departments

More than 4,000 employees from the Shoprite Group's fresh food departments will be upskilled as a result of the retailer's latest training programme...

11 Apr 2018

Female township entrepreneurs empowered through Gauteng enterprise development programme
Female township entrepreneurs empowered through Gauteng enterprise development programme

A group of women from Soweto, Tembisa and Mamelodi graduated from the Gauteng Township Retail Enterprise Development programme, which aims to empower female entrepreneurs involved within township retail...

3 Apr 2018

Hout Bay designer's rooibos purses score shelf space in Paris
Hout Bay designer's rooibos purses score shelf space in Paris

Gracious Dube from Hout Bay in Cape Town is delighted to have her handmade purses, which are upcycled from rooibos tea bags, stocked in a fashion boutique in Paris...

28 Mar 2018

Coke bottler dedicates R3.9bn of procurement spend to black suppliers
Coke bottler dedicates R3.9bn of procurement spend to black suppliers

Coca-Cola Beverages SA is committing to divert R3.9 billion in procurement spend, or 30% of the total, to black-owned and black women-owned organisations over the next three years...

28 Mar 2018

Eastern Cape SMEs get a leg up with new Exporter Development Programme
Eastern Cape SMEs get a leg up with new Exporter Development Programme

A new Exporter Development Programme has been launched by the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber in partnership with the Eastern Cape Development Corporation...

13 Mar 2018

SA women remain underrepresented among the ranks of entrepreneurs
SA women remain underrepresented among the ranks of entrepreneurs

While South Africa has made progress in reducing the gender bias for women engaging in early stage entrepreneurial activities, the number of women business owners remains constrained...

8 Mar 2018

#SeamlessAfrica: Five lessons in customer service from Action Gear
#SeamlessAfrica: Five lessons in customer service from Action Gear

According to online retailer Action Gear, their passion for outdoor technical products is second only to their love for stellar customer service...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 7 Mar 2018

The modern marketer is a connected one
The modern marketer is a connected one

In the 1970s, people were served about 300 ads a day. Today it's about 5,000 ads a day. It's a product-polluted world with smart consumers, where it's no longer about differentiation, but about multiple and meaningful connections, says Carmen Murray, founder of Boo-Yah!...

By Jessica Tennant 2 Feb 2018

Business lessons on diversity and cultural sensitivity from H&M
Business lessons on diversity and cultural sensitivity from H&M

Global retailer H&M may need to take a look at its human resources strategy and in particular at staff awareness and insight into diversity and intercultural competence, says a business school professor...

Issued by UCT Graduate School of Business 26 Jan 2018

Logistics profitability lags due to skills shortage
Logistics profitability lags due to skills shortage

A shortage of specialised skills that operate the technology optimising the distribution of goods to customers is threatening even the best efforts at scaling operational capability...

17 Jan 2018

Fresh crop of fashion talent advances in Standard Bank business accelerator
Fresh crop of fashion talent advances in Standard Bank business accelerator

The Threads Accelerator, a fashion SME programme presented by marketing agency Nonzero and Standard Bank, has entered its second stage...

17 Jan 2018

Franchising model breeds success for Col'Cacchio pizzerias
Franchising model breeds success for Col'Cacchio pizzerias

In 2013, Greg Mommsen left the IT industry to set up one of the first Col'Cacchio pizzeria franchises in Bryanston...

9 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Is franchising future-proof?
#BizTrends2018: Is franchising future-proof?

Modern-day franchising has been with us since the mid-1950s when it made its presence felt in the USA. Subsequently, expansion was swift and within a few short years, the concept had conquered the world.

By Tony Da Fonseca 9 Jan 2018

SA finalists in Chivas Venture global competition announced
SA finalists in Chivas Venture global competition announced

The South African top five in Chivas Regal's The Venture IV have been selected. The global social entrepreneur competition aims to find and support promising entrepreneurs...

27 Dec 2017

Nyanga spaza benefits from Pick n Pay modernisation programme
Nyanga spaza benefits from Pick n Pay modernisation programme

Nyanga businesswoman Khosi Liwani is the latest to join the Western Cape family of independent store owners taking part in Pick n Pay's spaza modernisation programme...

18 Dec 2017

Edcon design challenge nurtures young fashion talent
Edcon design challenge nurtures young fashion talent

Rails of new designs from Edcon's Design Innovation Challenge cohort are now available at select Edgars stores countrywide...

18 Dec 2017

#BestofBiz 2017: Retail
#BestofBiz 2017: Retail

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2017 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views...

15 Dec 2017

How to ensure business survival in the face of evolving customers?
How to ensure business survival in the face of evolving customers?

Research shows that companies who are customer centric are 60% more successful than non-customer centric companies. However, customers and the ways in which businesses interact with them are evolving...

Issued by Vetta 28 Nov 2017

Gavin Rajah's Prêt à Vivre collection supports local talent
Gavin Rajah's Prêt à Vivre collection supports local talent

Gavin Rajah's Prêt à Vivre collection of linen and handpoured massage candles is the driving force behind the 'Behind the Seams' initiative...

15 Nov 2017

Building hope through broken appliances
Building hope through broken appliances

The Clothing Bank's latest project, The Appliance Bank, equips unemployed men with the skills to build sustainable businesses around the repairing of broken appliances...

2 Nov 2017

Minister Ebrahim Patel with participants of the Massmart Supplier Development programme.
Massmart salutes small, local manufacturers breaking into international markets

Massmart was joined by the Economic Development Department and Proudly South African at an event to celebrate participants in the Massmart Supplier Development Programme...

23 Oct 2017

She Leads Africa launches accelerator for beauty startups
She Leads Africa launches accelerator for beauty startups

She Leads Africa has opened applications for its Dark and Lovely x SLA Beauty Accelerator, a 10-week entrepreneurship development programme...

By Tom Jackson 23 Aug 2017

Engen Pitch & Polish programme back in cities, towns across SA
Engen Pitch & Polish programme back in cities, towns across SA

Engen Pitch & Polish is in pursuit of South African entrepreneurs, brave enough to pitch, fail, take feedback, and stand up again...

22 Aug 2017

Fasa collaborates to effect transformation in franchise sector
Fasa collaborates to effect transformation in franchise sector

Over the past few years, Fasa members have worked closely with government to effect transformation in the sector...

16 Aug 2017

Mmmm Yum Kidz Tuckshop teaches children fundamentals of business
Mmmm Yum Kidz Tuckshop teaches children fundamentals of business

Blue Ribbon has launched the Mmmm Yum Kidz Tuckshop, a programme to teach learners the practical fundamentals of business...

8 Aug 2017

#CSIMonth: Stop in for a little Khof & Khuk
#CSIMonth: Stop in for a little Khof & Khuk

Thato Mafokoane doesn't just want to run his own bakery. No, Khof & Khuk in Nellmapius, Pretoria, is much more than that...

By Shan Radcliffe 26 Jul 2017

#CSIMonth: Imbalie Beauty Academy opens doors into the industry
#CSIMonth: Imbalie Beauty Academy opens doors into the industry

South African beauty franchise group Imbalie Beauty has become a key player in South Africa's robust franchising industry...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 24 Jul 2017

Imbalie Beauty Academy launches programme for disabled students, apply now
Imbalie Beauty Academy launches programme for disabled students, apply now

Imbalie Beauty Training Academy has places for disabled students to apply for a 12-month beauty course...

10 Jul 2017

Skills development for retail growth in South Africa
Skills development for retail growth in South Africa

Retail management training and excellence were celebrated at the fifth annual W&RSETA Retail Management Development Programme (RMDP) certificate ceremony...

Issued by Enterprises University of Pretoria 10 Jul 2017

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