Vehicle manufacturers are relying on exports to keep production lines busy and counter a dismal local market that analysts say could continue to shrink for another two years. The pursuit of foreign business is made doubly important by the decline of the rand, as companies seek export earnings to offset rapidly rising import bills.
The South African Council of Shopping Centres has said that there was some welcome news coming out of the country's malls and retailers at the end of 2015, notwithstanding tough trading conditions in local markets.
It feels as if the listing of Gold Brands Investments, the owner of the Chesa Nyama fast-food franchise, on the JSE's AltX market has been on the boil for some time.
Online connectivity is changing forever the way consumers are buying vehicles, says Glen Mollink, CEO at Innovation Group SA.
The Rand's diminished buying power together with a prolonged drought has left certain provinces struggling to keep up with rocketing food costs. According to Stats SA, 22% of households in the country ran out of money to buy food some time during the 12 months prior to a 2014 general household survey.
Virtually all South Africans have items in their homes they aren't actively using - 99% of us, in fact, according to a survey done by Gumtree South Africa. The informal study asked respondents about the items that end up unused in their homes, including small appliances, sporting goods, baby and children's items and furniture.
To stay relevant, retailers should reinvent their brick-and-mortar locations brand identity every three to five years.
Brands Africa has chosen Cquential's warehouse management solution to run its extensive warehouse facility.