Retail Trends 2018

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2Bop's Anthony Smith on fostering the spirit of community in fashion
2Bop's Anthony Smith on fostering the spirit of community in fashion

Cape Town-based clothing label 2Bop started its life in 2004 as a way to turn a passion for classic video games into a form of expression...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 3 days ago

Rosey & Vittori's Steven Rosenbau talks inspiration, SA fashion and SAMW
Rosey & Vittori's Steven Rosenbau talks inspiration, SA fashion and SAMW

Along with Isabella Bosigno, Steven Rosenbau is the creative force behind Rosey & Vittori, a luxury streetwear brand that strives to bring panache to everyday street style...

By Maroefah Smith 16 Feb 2018

Rich Mnisi makes his furniture design debut at Southern Guild gallery
Rich Mnisi makes his furniture design debut at Southern Guild gallery

Young fashion designer Rich Mnisi has ventured into furniture design, debuting specially commissioned pieces at Southern Guild's Extra Ordinary group exhibition...

15 Feb 2018

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DTI to honour furniture design excellence

The Department of Trade and Industry (dti) is set to hold the Furniture Design Competition later this month to recognise excellence in the sector...

9 Feb 2018

Water-saving WaterLoo greywater bank launched in Stellenbosch
Water-saving WaterLoo greywater bank launched in Stellenbosch

Yesterday saw the official launch of the WaterLoo, a South African-designed greywater bank...

8 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

David Tlale embroiled in reality show controversy
David Tlale embroiled in reality show controversy

He may be a gifted designer, but not everything about David Tlale is stylish...

By Leonie Wagner 7 Feb 2018

East Africa: Smuggling, hides exports hurting bid to grow leather trade
East Africa: Smuggling, hides exports hurting bid to grow leather trade

While Kenya has identified the leather industry as among those to push its manufacturing sector, it is struggling to stem export and smuggling of raw hides and skins...

By Njiraini Muchira 6 Feb 2018

Entries now open for 2018 Wine Label Design Awards and Beer Label Design Awards
Entries now open for 2018 Wine Label Design Awards and Beer Label Design Awards

South African wine and beer producers as well as design studios are invited to enter the fourth annual Wine Label Design Awards and the inaugural Beer Label Design Awards...

5 Feb 2018

Game-changing trends for the manufacturing industry in 2018
Game-changing trends for the manufacturing industry in 2018

When you think 'IoT', is your first thought newly affordable, available sensors being added to products after they've been manufactured? If it is, well I believe 2018 will change that...

By Antony Bourne 5 Feb 2018

New Mungo Mill a nod to transparent textile design and production
New Mungo Mill a nod to transparent textile design and production

Textile company Mungo, founded 35 years ago by master weaver Stuart Holding, opened a new mill in November at the historic homestead of Old Nick Village in Plettenberg Bay...

31 Jan 2018

Bata SA plans retail restructuring to focus on manufacturing and wholesale
Bata SA plans retail restructuring to focus on manufacturing and wholesale

As it continues to grow its wholesale, manufacturing and online presence nationwide, shoemaker Bata South Africa has announced the rationalisation/restructuring of its retail division...

24 Jan 2018

Let's aim for sustainable, GDP-boosting luxury in 2018
Let's aim for sustainable, GDP-boosting luxury in 2018

In a world where disposable, mass-produced goods of dubious quality are wreaking havoc on the environment, there is a growing place for luxury goods...

By Grace Mumo 22 Jan 2018

Lion Safety Match goes to new lengths
Lion Safety Match goes to new lengths

The Lion Match Company, whose iconic golden lion is synonymous with safety matches in South Africa, has launched a new match...

Issued by The Lion Match Company 22 Jan 2018

Coca-Cola Company pledges to cut plastic packaging waste
Coca-Cola Company pledges to cut plastic packaging waste

The Coca-Cola Company has announced a commitment to become more environmentally friendly by reshaping its approach to packaging...

22 Jan 2018

Digital skills, smart technology could transform SA manufacturing
Digital skills, smart technology could transform SA manufacturing

The manufacturing industry's role in the South African economy has seen a long and sustained decline...

By Daniel Schwartzkopff 19 Jan 2018

Economic slowdown drives beverage innovation among bottom-end retailers
Economic slowdown drives beverage innovation among bottom-end retailers

Like so many other sectors, the South African beverage market has not escaped the effects of the country's economic slowdown...

By Shaneev Boodoo 18 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

Untrustworthy memories make it hard to shop ethically
Untrustworthy memories make it hard to shop ethically

Imagine a shopper, Sarah, who is concerned about child labour and knows about groups like the Fair Wear Foundation that certify which brands sell ethically produced clothing...

By Rebecca Walker Reczek, Daniel Zane and Julie Irwin 16 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

Manufacturing output growth beats expectations
Manufacturing output growth beats expectations

SA's manufacturing output grew 1.7% in November from the same month in 2016, beating the economists' consensus of 0.45%, Statistics SA reported...

By Sunita Menon 12 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

Forget Milan, Florence is cradle of Italian fashion
Forget Milan, Florence is cradle of Italian fashion

Think Italian fashion and you are likely to think of chic central, Milan. But "Made in Italy" actually has its roots in Florence, where the hotly anticipated Pitti Uomo trade fair opens this week...

9 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: The call for authentic, experiential retail design
#BizTrends2018: The call for authentic, experiential retail design

In today's dynamic business environment, we should be seeking to understand the trends impacting a broader range of industries, regardless of the business sector we're in...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Industrial accommodation supply set to increase in 2018, but demand may soften
#BizTrends2018: Industrial accommodation supply set to increase in 2018, but demand may soften

2017 was not the greatest year for South Africa and while the technical recession was short-lived...

By Zandile Makhoba 8 Jan 2018

How Africa can negotiate an effective continental free trade area agreement
How Africa can negotiate an effective continental free trade area agreement

African countries are forging ahead to complete negotiations for a continental free trade area between 55 countries by early next year...

By Calestous Juma 2 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

Enabling innovation: Lessons from Crystal Pepsi
Enabling innovation: Lessons from Crystal Pepsi

We tend to think that innovation is driven by new discoveries or advances in technology. Yet the problem with new products is often not an engineering challenge, but a psychological one...

By Kyle Murray 28 Dec 2017

Aerosol, dispensing, beauty packaging leaders to gather at ADF&PCD in March
Aerosol, dispensing, beauty packaging leaders to gather at ADF&PCD in March

Unilever, Beiersdorf, Coty, SC Johnson, Henkel, and Edgewell are some of the major brands set to attend Aerosol & Dispensing Forum and Packaging of Perfume, Cosmetics & Design Shanghai 2018...

28 Dec 2017

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