[Jessica Taylor, Group Editor (@Biz_Retail)] Quality time was at the top of Dad's wish list this Father's Day, according to the results of Pick n Pay's annual Father's Day survey, while research undertaken by Alcatel-Lucent finds that smartphone users want app-based self-service tools, not service provider help desks.
Interesting findings for the retail marketer: international ad monitoring agency Frukt says that 65% of Africa's consumer spending is attributable to the "A Generation" as influencers of their parents' spending decisions, and that by 2020, the youth will dominate Africa's $1.3 trillion (+/-R180 trillion) consumer spending!
And for the foodies, local chef Angelo Scirocco of Chefs Warehouse and Canteen on "Cape Town's hottest restaurant strip" has been selected to represent Africa at the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2015 Grand Finale in Milan on Friday. read more
[Shan Radcliffe, Group Head - Retail (@Biz_Retail)] This week has seen several local retailers and international brands take huge strides across not only Africa, but the global playing field. Mr Price is planning its first stores in Australia; and Woolworths' recent Ozzie acquisition, David Jones, is branching out into New Zealand. read more
[Shan Radcliffe, Group Head - Retail (@Biz_Retail)] In today's marketplace, products are constantly jostling for consumer attention. So how do you get it? Lauren Durant takes us through the bigger impact of experience vs. read more
[Shan Radcliffe, Group Head - Retail (@Biz_Retail)] The e-tail wedding of the season has been prepping since the Competition Commission gave its blessing in January and it is now official - Takealot and Kalahari have tied the knot. Marking the end of an era in South African e-commerce history, Kalahari.com closed its virtual doors just over a week ago. read more
[Shan Radcliffe, Group Head - Retail (@Biz_Retail)] For those who took advantage of the wonderfully short week to cash in some vacation time, here's what you missed...
Clover has received the green light from the Competition Commission for the acquisition of Nkunzi Milkyway, which will see the company producing dairy products, including Ayrshire and organic milk, for Woolworths.
We had a look at the key questions an entrepreneur should ask when deciding to invest in a franchise, and the Global e-Commerce Logistics 2015 report shows us that e-tail will fail without efficient delivery systems.
Bizcommunity's Leigh Andrews finds out how to build a strong brand with some advice from Casaerstone's Trevor King.
And finally, a new trend in the packaging industry - fruit wrapped like confectionery...?
Have a sweet week! read more
[Shan Radcliffe, Group Head - Retail (@Biz_Retail)] The Easter holidays are officially over for most of us, and if you were lucky enough to have taken all of last week off, here is what you missed...
On Thursday, Woolworths announced a multi-faceted collaboration with Mr Happy himself, Pharrell Williams. The partnership, running with the call-to-action "Are you with us?", will see Williams take on the role of Style Director across a series of sustainability-focused projects for the retailer. read more
[Shan Radcliffe, Group Head - Retail (@Biz_Retail)] We all want to go global, right? To market and sell our goods and services out there in the big, wide... lucrative... read more
[Shan Radcliffe, Group Head - Retail (@Biz_Retail)] If there is one question that is always on the mind of any business owner, no matter what the business, large or small, it's "How do we grow?" Whether that means floor space, market share or customer base. read more
[Shan Radcliffe, Group Head - Retail (@Biz_Retail)] Retail World Africa 2015 kicks off at the Sandton Convention Centre tomorrow, so if you haven't registered yet, you'd better hurry! You can still book your free or VIP pass - just click on that colourful block there on the right. There you go. read more