100,000 Big Macs in a day - 23 Nov 2015

[Jessica Taylor, Retail Editor (@Biz_Retail)] In the fast food service industry, value for money has become the order of the day. "Food is not a luxury and quite honestly it is cheaper to eat fast food than it is to eat supermarket food in many cases," said Carlo Gonzaga, CEO of Taste Holdings. read more

All the sense in the world - 16 Nov 2015

[Jessica Taylor, Retail Editor (@Biz_Retail)] More from Retail Congress Africa this week, on building brand loyalty through customer relationship management and solid, predictive data, as discussed by Tara Fela-Durotoye, CEO of House of Tara, and Fran Peacock, Head of International Growth at Yuppiechef. Both businesses acknowledge that human needs are behind every purchase and responding to their customers as individuals has been the key to their success. Last week's events included: the South African launch of a US cranberry cooperative called Ocean Spray, on Tuesday; and the 2015 FNB Franchise Leadership Summit on Thursday at the Fairland offices in Johannesburg where industry leaders and stakeholders met to discuss franchising with regard to the theme: Planning for the Future. On Naspers selling price comparison site PriceCheck back to original founder Kevin Tucker and Silvertree Internet Holdings, Jacques Coetzee asks why the multinational internet and media group would let go of such a fast-growing company. read more

Before you can say Phalaenopsis - 9 Nov 2015

[Jessica Taylor, Retail Editor (@Biz_Retail)] Coinciding with Retail Congress Africa, Deloitte released its African Powers of Retailing report, the first in what will be an annual series where the professional services firm will track the progress of the top African-listed retail performers on the continent. According to the report, South African retailers have dominated the Africa region, accounting for all 10 of the continent's top 10 retailers. Retail entrepreneurs featuring this week include Johann Vorster of Clover, Master Entrepreneur category winner of the EY World Entrepreneur Awards 2015 and Schalk Nolte, CEO of Entersekt - SA's fintech gem that's making it safe for millions to bank and shop online. SA Florist launched its 'Same-Day All-Day' delivery service called Zoom Bloom. read more

Spotlight on Africa - 2 Nov 2015

[Jessica Taylor, Retail Editor (@Biz_Retail)] In light of Retail Congress Africa, taking place over the next couple of days, this week features an article on the greater role the government ought to play in order to ease some of the challenges and enable growth in the retail sector. Professor Roger B. read more

Hey H&M - 26 Oct 2015

[Jessica Taylor, Retail Editor (@Biz_Retail)] Swedish multinational retail-clothing company, H&M has made its eagerly-awaited debut at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, with a Johannesburg outlet scheduled to open 5 November. Zeenat Moorad reports: "With developed economies increasingly saturated and competitive, a tide of investment has shifted over the past five years into population-dense emerging markets like SA, where aspirant consumers present an avenue of potential growth. read more

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream… and frappuccinos - 19 Oct 2015

[Jessica Taylor, Retail Editor (@Biz_Retail)] Optimistic about growth demand in the ice cream category, Unilever has invested R600m in a state-of-the-art ice cream factory. Located in Midrand, the factory is one of 40 Unilever ice cream factories across the globe, and sets new standards in green and low-cost manufacturing in accordance with the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan. Franchise specialist Taste Holdings has confirmed plans for a rights issue to raise R226m to fund the expansion of the recently acquired Starbucks coffee chain licence for South Africa, as well as growth initiatives at its jewellery franchising hub, reports Business Day. read more

Krispy Kreme is almost here, need I say more - 12 Oct 2015

[Jessica Taylor, Retail Editor (@Biz_Retail)] The long-awaited announcement by Krispy Kreme of its South Africa launch date and location happened this week. From 25 November 2015, The Zone @ Rosebank in Johannesburg is where you'll get your hands on the world-famous Original Glazed doughnut. read more

Games CEOs play - 5 Oct 2015

[Jessica Taylor, Retail Editor (@Biz_Retail)] This week saw Ralph Lauren step down as chief executive of the international holding company, with his successor Stefan Larson taking the mallet. Locally, Woolworths Holdings announced the appointment of John Dixon as CEO of David Jones, to replace Iain Nairn from Janurary 2016. Marius Muller, CEO of Pareto, explains the R1.1bn makeover of The Pavilion shopping centre in Durban as announced at the SA Council of Shopping Centres' (SACSC) 19th Annual Congress. read more

A love affair with electronics - 28 Sep 2015

[Jessica Taylor, Retail Editor (@Biz_Retail)] Despite a slight decline in its performance year-on-year, Woolworths has again topped the RepTrak Pulse reputation survey, with Pick n Pay and Shoprite coming in at a close second and third, respectively. Euromonitor International has released new data on the global consumer electronics industry, indicating that wearable electronics are 'the next big thing', while the dynamic growth of tablets suddenly comes to a standstill. The Innovation Group's latest trend report serves as a snapshot of the latest innovations and what they reveal about the food and drink consumers of the future. read more

E-commerce Awards takes centre stage - 21 Sep 2015

[Jessica Taylor, Retail Editor (@Biz_Retail)] This week, Truworths is in the spotlight, having announced plans to buy the UK's Office Retail Group, making it the latest South African retailer to pursue offshore expansion, and its first foray into the European market. At the 10th annual E-commerce Awards, held on Wednesday evening, Yuppiechef and Takealot stole the show with two wins each. read more

How are you innovating? - 14 Sep 2015

[Jessica Taylor, Retail Editor (@Biz_Retail)] Woolworths Holdings announced another appointment this week. Gail Kelly will join the board as a non-executive director effective from next month. read more

A good laugh and all smiles - 7 Sep 2015

[Jessica Taylor, Retail Editor (@Biz_Retail)] Douglas Kruger introduces his 'Relentlessly Relevant' series with lessons on innovation from a Soweto street vendor who offers run-over bunny chow - yes, "the man will wrap it in wax paper, hurl it onto the highway and wait for a truck to drive over it at 120 kph ... if you ask nicely." Based on his new book, Kruger begins to unpack practical ways to innovate and become wealthy as a result. read more

Local retailers up their game - 31 Aug 2015

[Jessica Taylor, Retail Editor (@Biz_Retail)] Top story this week was the announcement by Woolworths of its decision to remove all sweets and chocolates from its checkout aisles. The roll-out will start with all new Woolworths stores, as well as large format stores. read more

'S' is for Studio.W and Soda Bloc - 24 Aug 2015

[Jessica Taylor, Retail Editor (@Biz_Retail)] This week saw two major fashion retailers launch a private and new brand respectively: Woolworths Holdings launched Studio.W at David Jones, to be rolled out across all 38 stores over the next few weeks, and The Foschini Group (TFG) has launched Soda Bloc, the first entirely tween-focused brand in South Africa. TFG will open 11 Soda Bloc stores across the country before the end of the year. For the Women's Month special section, Sindy Peters interviews 'momtrepreneur' Sedeeqa Kalam, founder of Organic Baby, on juggling motherhood and running a start-up in online retail. read more

A Stikeez situation - 17 Aug 2015

[Jessica Taylor, Retail Editor (@Biz_Retail)] Pick n Pay and specialist industry editor and columnist, Louise Marsland found themselves in a Stikeez situation on Friday... Marsland retweeted a link to a blogger's post about the teeny rubber toys called Stikeez that PnP are giving away with every R150 spent. In response, the retailer responded by telling her to delete the tweet because it was "highly inappropriate" content. read more

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