2018 started off with a social media outcry from netizens and consumers around the world who were offended by a blatantly racist advert produced by Swedish clothing giant H&M, which also has a retail presence in South Africa. Within days the global outcry against the advert flighted on the company's UK website quickly escalated into public demonstrations of outrage in South Africa, resulting in trashing of local stores and suspension of trade.
Lunice Johnston 1 day ago
Alcoholic drinks giant, Pernod Ricard, has joined the war on plastic by declaring that it will no longer use non-biodegradable plastic straws and stirrers in any part of its business. The Group has asked all its affiliates globally to ensure plastic is not used at any Pernod Ricard events in the future.
2 days ago
With the continued growth and awareness of the convenience retail sector and the strengthening of its position as part of the traditional retail industry, organisations such as the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) are employing the expertise of convenience and fuel retailing industry professionals from around the world to discuss and debate international best practice on key trends and developments and rate best in class international retailers.
19 Jan 2018
We recently saw a global clothing retailer unwittingly become the target of consumer fury locally, as a result of their sizing. A disgruntled customer pointed out on social media the visible disparity between the store's sizing compared to other local retailers' size equivalent, with the retailer in question responding that their sizing was in line with EU standards.
18 Jan 2018
Like so many other sectors, the South African beverage market has not escaped the effects of the country's economic slowdown. In 2015/16, it experienced just 1.6% volume growth, compared to the 4.1% recorded in the same period the previous year.
Shaneev Boodoo 18 Jan 2018
Combining their skills and strengths, Migiva Group and OZblu - currently one of the largest producers of blueberries in South Africa and Australia - have signed a joint venture agreement to form OZblu America. Through the production and delivery of exclusively patented varieties offering sweeter, juicier and crunchier blueberries, the joint venture will bring a superior blueberry consumer experience to market.
17 Jan 2018
Aspen Pharmacare CEO Stephen Saad says he wants an inquiry into market manipulation after the company's shares slumped on rumours that Viceroy Research was preparing a report on the group.
12 Jan 2018
A leading South African retailer is sporting a huge green feather in its cap from US researchers studying one of its environmental initiatives. Woolworths' Farming for the Future programme is succeeding in encouraging farmers to use more environmentally friendly management practices than their counterparts that do not supply the grocery chain, say a team from Stanford University.
Dave Chambers 11 Jan 2018
Consumers around the world are putting more value on experiences than they do on possessions, and South Africans are no different. Online shopping, commoditisation of once-expensive goods like smartphones, and a craving for simplicity among consumers are all factors that are helping to drive this trend. People increasingly agree that the thrill of a purchase fades quickly, but the memory of a great experience lasts a lifetime.
Rachel Thompson 10 Jan 2018
While it cannot be proven to be the source of the current Listeriosis outbreak, a chicken abattoir will remain closed "in the best interest of public health" after it tested positive for Listeria, says Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi.
9 Jan 2018
The South African wine industry is experiencing one of its most exciting phases in history. Overall wine quality has increased dramatically over the last five years, international recognition is at an all-time high and the consumer is now spoilt for choice, with a wealth of new producers, varieties and styles.
Roland Peens 9 Jan 2018