Retail Trends 2018

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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

Lagos Garage Training Programme graduates third batch of entrepreneurs
Lagos Garage Training Programme graduates third batch of entrepreneurs

The third batch of Nigerian entrepreneurs has graduated from GE Lagos Garage Training Programme, which provided participants the opportunity to interact with manufacturing technologies...

7 Jul 2017

African Women in Supply Chain Association launches
African Women in Supply Chain Association launches

The African Women in Supply Chain Association (AWISCA) launches this week to bolster South Africa's supply chain skills through functional mentorship...

28 Jun 2017

Allen Ambor, founder and executive chairman of Spur Corporation.
Spur founder Allen Ambor's tough love approach to business

Iconic SA restaurant chain, Spur Steak Ranches, will be 50-years-old in October this year and has grown into an internationally-recognised brand...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 26 Jun 2017

Adéle’s Mohair near Fish River Mouth has been providing employment for rural communities for over 30 years. Here founder and Agri EC Adéle Cutten (left) and long-time employee Liz Dyakala (right) inspect the team’s new uniforms. (Image: Supplied)
EC farming communities battling unemployment with innovative small businesses

Amid the pared down farming units focused on food security, Agri Eastern Cape members have become innovative in battling the spiralling unemployment rate in their communities...

26 Jun 2017

Massmart's Supplier Development Programme helps local manufacturers grow business
Massmart's Supplier Development Programme helps local manufacturers grow business

Massmart's Supplier Development Programme (SDP) has supported 32 small local manufacturers to gain access to market and form part of the broader Massmart supply chain...

22 Jun 2017

Belgian and SA students in entrepreneurial ‘Pitch Off'
Belgian and SA students in entrepreneurial ‘Pitch Off'

Students from the University of Cape Town (UCT), a visiting student group from Belgium and fledgling entrepreneurs from the Raymond Ackerman Academy of Entrepreneurial Development...

7 Jun 2017

TFG invests R75m into Caledon factory
TFG invests R75m into Caledon factory

TFG officially opened its newly expanded and revamped Prestige Clothing factory in Caledon, following its R75 million investment into construction of a new building...

1 Jun 2017

Meet the Afro-centric kidswear brand uplifting PE communities
Meet the Afro-centric kidswear brand uplifting PE communities

Myang is an all-woman company, which provides employment and upliftment opportunities for several women in the poverty-stricken communities...

26 May 2017

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