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Sharpening African manufacturers' competitive edge with technology

African countries from South Africa to Ethiopia to Nigeria are pinning some of their hope for economic growth and job creation on industrialisation...

By Matthew Kibby 20 Mar 2018

Ikea's "fast food of the future" includes worm balls, bug burgers and algae hot dogs

Space10 is Ikea's research hub and innovation lab, devoted to developing bold and sustainable new business models. The latest project to come out of the lab is a selection of five iconic fast food dishes...

By Rich Haridy 1 day ago

Building sector hopes confidence is no house of cards

The rebound in the FNB/BER building confidence index is a "positive surprise", says John Loos, property economist at FNB...

By Mark Allix 1 day ago

Growing affinity among SA shoppers for specialist retailers

A new report by IRI shows that South African shoppers are diversifying their grocery purchases among a growing number of channels...

2 days ago

A new dawn for Africa as 44 countries sign CFTA deal

The African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (CFTA ) could enter into effect by the end of this year following signing by 44 countries yesterday at the 10th extraordinary African Union Summit...

By Collins Mwai 2 days ago

All the Stuff magazine Gadget and App Awards winners!

Stuff magazine has once again acknowledged the best gadget and apps at its annual Gadget and App Awards...

2 days ago

Listeriosis: Food safety expert highlights need for clear government regulations

Food safety expert Dr Lucia Anelich says the listeriosis outbreak in South Africa has shown the urgent need for appropriate microbiological regulations for processed meats...

By Michael Acott 2 days ago

Classism in South Africa: What's happening in our shops?

As much as we hate to admit it classism is still very much alive and well in South Africa, particularly within our retail sector. Devan Moonsamy unpacks the term classism and how organisations can train it out so that they are able to be a more inclusive...

By Devan Moonsamy 20 Mar 2018

From Hook to Cook: Bistro Sixteen82, Abalobi partners on first restaurant-supported fishery

The partnership between traditional fishers Abalobi, WWF-Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative and Bistro Sixteen82, provide fishing communities on the western and southern Cape coast with a better price for their fish and livelihood for their families...

20 Mar 2018

Only half of plastic bag levy has gone to support recycling

Only about half of the nearly R2bn raised through the plastic supermarket bag levy has been officially allocated to recycling...

By Guy Rogers 20 Mar 2018

Sustainable diets will remain a minefield until we change the way we approach food

With profit-making still at the top of the food industry agenda - and the environmental costs of many food products hidden by complex supply chains - we need more than consumer power alone to achieve a truly sustainable food system...

By Chris West, Bob Doherty & Tony Heron 20 Mar 2018

British designer Kim Jones takes over at Dior Homme

British designer Kim Jones said on Monday that he was taking the reins at Dior Homme two months after quitting Louis Vuitton...

20 Mar 2018

Jumia launches multi-purpose Android app

African e-commerce company, Jumia, has announced the launch of Jumia One, an all-in-one Android app that allows customers to conduct all types of online transactions including airtime recharge, DSTV and electricity payments...

1 day ago

Analysts point to mixed signals for retail

While retail sales are expected to remain firm in the coming months, consumers will be more subdued than they were in the second half of 2017, when exceptionally strong spending was recorded...

By Sunita Menon 1 day ago

Why on-pack promotions work

An on-pack promotion is a fast, flexible and dynamic solution for driving purchases at retail, and Pyrotec PackMedia's Fix-a-Form booklet labels provide all the space needed to launch a new product or campaign...

Issued by Pyrotec 1 day ago

Smartphones shine in a difficult year for South Africa's consumer technology sector

Smartphone unit sales in South Africa climbed by around 21% in 2017, even as South Africans reduced their spending in most categories of the consumer technology market...

Issued by GfK South Africa 1 day ago

Grand Parade's big name investments still not paying their way

Grand Parade has not managed to recoup its investment in the local rights for US chains Burger King, Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins yet.

By Robert Laing 2 days ago

CTIJF workshop weaves thread between fashion and business

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival Sustainable Training and Development workshop took place on Tuesday, 20 March and weaved the thread between fashion and business in 2018...

2 days ago

Willowton Group to absorb VAT increase for three months

Willowton Group has announced that they will absorb the one percentage point increase in the value-added tax rate (VAT) for three months...

20 Mar 2018

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Zara and H&M shore up defences as internet threatens

CORUNNA, Spain - Logistics investments, new technology ... Faced with fierce online competition from the likes of Amazon, affordable fashion giants Zara and H&M are shoring up their defences, trying to use their stores to boost internet sales.

19 Mar 2018

Nike cites 'conduct' violations, top executive out

NEW YORK, USA - Sportsgear maker Nike on Thursday announced the surprise departure of top executive Trevor Edwards, who was considered a potential successor to the firm's CEO.

19 Mar 2018

Toys 'R' Us packs up its playroom in the US

Toys 'R' Us Inc. is going out of business, shutting all of its 735 toy stores and Babies 'R' Us stores in the US after a failed turnaround. Approximately 33,000 jobs are expected to be affected by the liquidation.

By Lauren Hartzenberg 16 Mar 2018

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