Retail Trends 2018

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ANC change to boost retailers
ANC change to boost retailers

The outlook for consumer goods companies appears upbeat as a changing political landscape provides some impetus to a stuttering economy...

By Michelle Gumede 16 Feb 2018

Retail sales grow more than analysts expect in December
Retail sales grow more than analysts expect in December

December's retail sales grew 5.3%, beating economists' consensus forecast of 4%...

By Robert Laing 15 Feb 2018

Harnessing tech to sustain the brick and mortar store
Harnessing tech to sustain the brick and mortar store

Online shopping has never been easier or more intuitive. You're at work or laying in bed, and with a simple click of the mouse you can book a dream vacation or the latest curved smart television...

14 Feb 2018

South Africans are sentimental spenders - Mastercard Love Index
South Africans are sentimental spenders - Mastercard Love Index

South Africans continue to say "I love you" by investing in experiences over material goods, as new data shows sentimental spending has increased by 50% since 2015...

13 Feb 2018

Significant growth in festive retail spending driven by stronger rand and lower inflation
Significant growth in festive retail spending driven by stronger rand and lower inflation

South African consumer spending showed a healthy improvement over the festive season, with retail sales volumes rising 3.8% year-on-year...

9 Feb 2018

Digital dynamism: A new world of retail opportunities
Digital dynamism: A new world of retail opportunities

Like their international counterparts, South African retailers would traditionally run specials where discounts or 'two for the price of one' offers are given for a period of between a few days and a few weeks...

By Garth Meier 8 Feb 2018

Online searches for bottled water skyrocket as consumers stock up on Day Zero supplies
Online searches for bottled water skyrocket as consumers stock up on Day Zero supplies

In preparation for Day Zero, now predicted for mid-May, many Capetonians are scrambling to get their hands on bottled water and JoJo Tanks...

7 Feb 2018

Charles Murito, country manager of Google Kenya |
Google Kenya's Charles Murito on digital advertising and the age of assistance

Google SA hosted a media event earlier this week to bring media practitioners across Africa up to speed on the latest technological advancements in the digital advertising space, focusing on Google Ads in particular...

By Jessica Tennant 7 Feb 2018

Slowdown in food inflation set to ease burden
Slowdown in food inflation set to ease burden

Average middle-income earners spend 28% of their salary on food, so the stable inflation environment will bring much-needed relief at the till...

By Sunita Menon 5 Feb 2018

Retailers, shopping malls power through festive spending binge
Retailers, shopping malls power through festive spending binge

Consumers spend more over the festive period - not because of improved circumstances but mostly because of factors such as better marketing and relatively low interest rates...

2 Feb 2018

Africa's consumer goods and retail sectors driven by expanding middle class, tech development
Africa's consumer goods and retail sectors driven by expanding middle class, tech development

In Africa and the Middle East, the value of mergers and acquisitions transactions is expected to rise to $6.4 billion in 2018 and will continue to rise in 2019, to $6.6 billion...

1 Feb 2018

#BizTrends2018: The new rules of retail
#BizTrends2018: The new rules of retail

If you're searching for proof that retail as we know it is changing, look no further than Shanghai's 24-hour, unstaffed, self-driving grocery store...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 29 Jan 2018

French shoppers go nuts for Nutella discount
French shoppers go nuts for Nutella discount

A French supermarket chain's decision to slash the price of Nutella by 70% has sparked frenzy, with shoppers across the country jostling to squirrel away as many jars of the nutty spread as possible...

29 Jan 2018

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Trends 2018: Omnichannel is the new normal

As smart technology enters our homes, cars, work and leisure time, marketers have the opportunity to innovate and reach potential customers via ever-expanding touch points...

By Jainita Khatri 25 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: What is shaping grocery retail in South Africa - Part 2
#BizTrends2018: What is shaping grocery retail in South Africa - Part 2

In Part 1 of the Trade Intelligence Retail Trends 2018 report, we described how globally and locally, we are in the beginning stages of a game-changing revolution in how products are made and sold...

By Maryla Masojada 25 Jan 2018

Festive promotions help Clicks outperform rivals
Festive promotions help Clicks outperform rivals

The Clicks group delivered impressive growth in the 20 weeks to January, lifted by strong promotional offerings as it continues to show resilience in the tough economic climate...

By Michelle Gumede 23 Jan 2018

Consumer confidence holds steady in West Africa
Consumer confidence holds steady in West Africa

The release of Nielsen's latest Consumer Confidence Index figures for Quarter 3, 2017 has been marked by small increases and a relatively stable performance in both Ghana and Nigeria...

Issued by Nielsen 19 Jan 2018

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Tough times slow Massmart growth

Massmart recorded muted growth for the year to December as it battled a weaker economy and stronger rand...

19 Jan 2018

Top five trends for convenience retail in 2018
Top five trends for convenience retail in 2018

According to Joe Boyle, director at FreshStop, these are the trends that will continue to strategically shape the future of convenience retailing...

19 Jan 2018

South Africans trading cars for bitcoin on the rise
South Africans trading cars for bitcoin on the rise

As South Africans are itching to get their hands on bitcoin, there's been an increase in swops and bitcoin-only sales on Gumtree.co.za, says Claire Cobbledick, head of core at Gumtree...

18 Jan 2018

TFG CEO Doug Murray
Christmas sales leap nearly a third for TFG, boosting its shareprice

Retail group TFG - whose brands include Foschini, Markham and @home - enjoyed Christmas sales in 2017 that were 31% higher than the previous year's...

By Robert Laing 18 Jan 2018

Shoprite feels African slowdown
Shoprite feels African slowdown

Shoprite's non-South African supermarket division recorded negative growth for the six months to December, owing to the effect of lower commodity prices...

By Michelle Gumede 18 Jan 2018

Black Friday boosted November retails sales to 8.2% - surprising economists
Black Friday boosted November retails sales to 8.2% - surprising economists

Black Friday boosted November 2017's retail sales to 8.2% - double the annual growth expected by economists...

By Sunita Menon 18 Jan 2018

Cross-border retail in the digital age
Cross-border retail in the digital age

E-commerce has changed the way the world conducts business, and the rise in technology has made it easier to interact with customers quickly and across borders...

17 Jan 2018

Slight uptake in South African consumer confidence
Slight uptake in South African consumer confidence

The latest Nielsen South African Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) for Q3, 2017 reflects a five-point increase from the previous quarter to 83 points, the highest level since Quarter 3, 2016...

Issued by Nielsen 16 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Cross border trade set to grow e-commerce in SA
#BizTrends2018: Cross border trade set to grow e-commerce in SA

More and more, consumers in sub-Saharan Africa are looking beyond their borders to get the products and services they need...

By Efi Dahan 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

#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: Mobile means more e-commerce opportunity than ever before
#BizTrends2018: Mobile means more e-commerce opportunity than ever before

The proliferation of mobile phone networks in Asia-Pacific and Africa has transformed how people connect, communicate and shop...

By Mark Mahoney 8 Jan 2018

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