How 'brand you' came to be
How 'brand you' came to be

...a person's name is, to that person, the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
From packets of Tim Tams and jars of Vegemite to luxury handbags, today's marketing is stamping our names on the things we buy, setting us out as unique individuals.

By Gary Mortimer 1 day ago

2Bop's Anthony Smith on fostering the spirit of community in fashion
2Bop's Anthony Smith on fostering the spirit of community in fashion

Cape Town-based clothing label 2Bop started its life in 2004 as a way to turn a passion for classic video games into a form of expression. Its apparel is inspired by - and somewhat of a tribute to - the games that were popular in South Africa at corner shops and arcades in the 1980's and early 1990's.

By Lauren Hartzenberg 1 day ago

New winner selected for David Tlale reality show following dispute
New winner selected for David Tlale reality show following dispute

Following a dispute between fashion designer David Tlale and the original winner of his reality show The Intern, a young Limpopo designer by the name of Keletso Morabaa has been announced as the new winner.

1 day ago

Nelson Mandela Foundation, PepsiCo enter multi-year partnership
Nelson Mandela Foundation, PepsiCo enter multi-year partnership

The Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) and PepsiCo have embarked on a multi-year partnership, focusing on alleviating poverty and advancing the rights of women and girls in South Africa.

2 days ago

The Crazy Store expands footprint in Botswana
The Crazy Store expands footprint in Botswana

Six months after opening its first store in Phakalane, discount variety retail chain The Crazy Store has opened its second branch at Game City Shopping Centre in Gaborone.

2 days ago

#Newsmaker: Esther Hoogstad steers Spree's customer journey
#Newsmaker: Esther Hoogstad steers Spree's customer journey

Newly appointed as head of customer interaction and marketing at Spree, Esther Hoogstad will be taking charge of the online retailer's end to end customer experience. Thriving in customer-centric roles, Dutch-born Hoogstad was responsible for shaping the omnichannel strategy for Nike Direct in Europe by bringing offline and online retail together into a seamless consumer journey across the different touchpoints.

By Lauren Hartzenberg 2 days ago

The Goddesses of the past and present (Part 1)
The Goddesses of the past and present (Part 1)

Dutch trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort and colleague Philip Fimmano of Trend Union presented their latest trend books for 2019, namely Goddesses (trends S/S 2019), On Safari (activewear S/S 2019) and Spiritual House (home and lifestyle 2019), as part of Design Indaba 2018 at the Lisof: Fashion Design School & Retail Education Institute in Johannesburg yesterday.

By Jessica Tennant 2 days ago

UK retail loyalty programmes suffer from a lack of differentiation
UK retail loyalty programmes suffer from a lack of differentiation

The Retail Loyalty Programmes in the UK 2018 survey has found that UK retail loyalty programme operators are struggling to bring fresh ideas to the programme benefit mix. The report, announced recently by Razors Edge Business Intelligence, analyses the loyalty programmes operated by the UK's top 350 retailers, 48 loyalty programmes in all.

2 days ago

H&M and Woolworths score top marks in customer centricity rankings
H&M and Woolworths score top marks in customer centricity rankings

With economic conditions in South Africa likely to remain weak, the apparel retail industry growth forecast for 2018 is muted. In addition, the entrance of international brands has added further challenge for local incumbents.

3 days ago

FarEye introduces Drop&Pick parcel shop technology
FarEye introduces Drop&Pick parcel shop technology

Drop&Pick is a new parcel shop technology launched by FarEye, a digital logistics platform. Launched in January 2017 the technology facilitates paperless, high-speed, and secure dispatch/delivery of parcels through its parcel shop network.

3 days ago

KFC pilots renewable energy in Port Elizabeth
KFC pilots renewable energy in Port Elizabeth

Quick service restaurant chain KFC has taken its first steps into the energy conservation space by announcing its first solar energy restaurants in Port Elizabeth, powered by Solar Africa.

19 Feb 2018

Court probes 'unsecured credit' by Capfin
Court probes 'unsecured credit' by Capfin

Steinhoff International's troubles continue to mount. On Thursday, 15 February 2018, the Cape High Court began to interrogate the controversial lending practices of Capfin, which provided unsecured credit to customers of Pepkor and Ackermans.

By Ann Crotty 16 Feb 2018

WBeauty range first to bear RSPO sustainable palm oil certification in SA
WBeauty range first to bear RSPO sustainable palm oil certification in SA

Woolworths has launched South Africa's first locally-made, WBeauty soap range bearing the certification logo of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). This moves the retailer closer to its 2020 Good Business Journey target to only offer products made with certified sustainable palm oil.

16 Feb 2018