Why H&M's apology falls short
Why H&M's apology falls short

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.

By Lunice Johnston 1 day ago

Pernod Ricard halts use of plastic straws and stirrers
Pernod Ricard halts use of plastic straws and stirrers

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.

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Top five trends for convenience retail in 2018
Top five trends for convenience retail in 2018

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

Body positive movement a significant trend for ladieswear in 2018
Body positive movement a significant trend for ladieswear in 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

Economic slowdown drives beverage innovation among bottom-end retailers
Economic slowdown drives beverage innovation among bottom-end retailers

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.

By Shaneev Boodoo 18 Jan 2018

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Joint venture set to bring superior blueberries to market

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

Stephen Saad, CEO: Aspen. Photo: BusinessLIVE
Aspen claims manipulation

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

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Steinhoff investors ask to join Dutch lawsuit

The Dutch Investors Association (VEB) says it has been approached by many South African-registered Steinhoff shareholders interested in participating in its class action against Steinhoff.

By Ann Crotty 12 Jan 2018

Major packaging trends of 2018
Major packaging trends of 2018

The market intelligence agency, Mintel, recently released the top five trends that will shape the packaging industry in 2018.

12 Jan 2018

Stanford team lauds Woolworths Farming for the Future programme
Stanford team lauds Woolworths Farming for the Future programme

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.

By Dave Chambers 11 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Winning brands will get their competitive edge from memorable customer experiences
#BizTrends2018: Winning brands will get their competitive edge from memorable customer experiences

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.

By Rachel Thompson 10 Jan 2018

Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi
Listeria contaminated abattoir to remain closed

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

Five wine trends to watch for in 2018
Five wine trends to watch for in 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.

By Roland Peens 9 Jan 2018

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