[Lauren Hartzenberg, Retail Editor (@Biz_Retail)] Swedish retailer H&M faced backlash last week after an advert showing a little black boy wearing a "coolest monkey in the jungle" hoodie was labelled as racist. The ad, which has since been removed, came under fire on social media and drew criticism from a number of local personalities as well. read more
[Lauren Hartzenberg, Retail Editor (@Biz_Retail)] With the end of 2017 fast approaching, our #BestofBiz retail roundup reflects on the year that was with lists of the stories, contributors and press offices that garnered the most attention from you this year.
Meanwhile, looking back at Black Friday, Jainita Khatri asks whether the increasingly popular shopping extravaganza was a win for SA retailers with a particular focus on Takealot and Superbalist.
I report back on Brett Kaplan's insightful talk on the 'Apparel Retail Landscape' at the recent ATF Trade Exhibition held in Cape Town. read more
[Lauren Hartzenberg, Retail Editor (@Biz_Retail)] The corporate scandal involving global retailer Steinhoff International dominated headlines last week. The company's CEO Marcus Jooste resigned amid information that came to light relating to accounting irregularities that required further investigation. read more
[Lauren Hartzenberg, Retail Editor (@Biz_Retail)] The Black Friday and Cyber Monday mega-sales present an opportunity for consumers to save on Christmas shopping and allows retailers to boost sales and move stock before the festive season hits. With the shopping occasion of the Western world kicking off on 24 November, we've rounded the top local deals from SA retailers to be aware of. read more
[Lauren Hartzenberg, Retail Editor (@Biz_Retail)] [[http://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/394/168719.html#topstory
Aramex's Global Shopper courier service]] is not only reaping the benefits of the rise in cross-border e-commerce, but it's acting as an enabler of it. I sat down with the company's manager of e-commerce services, Mark Mahoney, to hear about the insights he's gleaned through the service and its growing adoption in Africa. read more
[Lauren Hartzenberg, Retail Editor (@Biz_Retail)] Rounding out September's #InnovationMonth content theme, today's top story introduces you to Biltong Board, a small business disrupting South Africa's biltong industry. I sat down with founder Maxime Eon recently to hear all about how the company links biltong lovers with over 70 producers of quality biltong product and his exciting plans to open a dedicated biltong bar in Cape Town's city centre this summer!
We also have the full winners list from the 2017 Sunday Times Top Brands survey. read more
[Lauren Hartzenberg, Retail Editor (@Biz_Retail)] This week, Danette Breitenbach reports back on the launch of the South African Mastercard SpendingPulse Report, an early indicator of consumer spending trends. Among the key finding is that consumers are no longer buying goods; instead they are spending their hard-earned cash on experiences. read more
[Lauren Hartzenberg, Retail Editor (@Biz_Retail)] The 21st SACSC Annual Congress wrapped up on Friday after three jam-packed days of insights from retail industry leaders from around the globe.
A highlight this year was the attendance of Britain's best-loved food writer and TV cook Nigella Lawson. I interviewed her during an intimate media briefing during which she shared her relationship with food, the appeal of publishing and television as mediums for storytelling, and her thoughts on the linkage between culture and cuisine.
Also hailing from England, spirited retail futurist Howard Saunders presented a keynote titled ‘The Future is Scary', delving into some of the interesting shifts we're experiencing in consumer mindset and retail brand innovation. read more
[Lauren Hartzenberg, Retail Editor (@Biz_Retail)] FASA has just released the results of its franchise survey, which suggest that the franchise sector continues to be a possible silver lining in a dwindling economy. Lots of interesting facts and figures to be pored over. read more