Retail Trends 2018

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Top five trends for convenience retail in 2018

According to Joe Boyle, director at FreshStop, these are the trends that will continue to strategically shape the future of convenience retailing...

2 days ago

#BizTrends2018: Mobile means more e-commerce opportunity than ever before

The proliferation of mobile phone networks in Asia-Pacific and Africa has transformed how people connect, communicate and shop...

By Mark Mahoney 8 Jan 2018

Has the digital era changed the luxury game for good?

The digital age poses challenges for all brands in every sector, and yet for the luxury market, the conundrum is a particularly tricky one...

By Megan Bowman 2 days ago

Microwave ovens are cooking the environment: study

Small electrical appliances such as microwave ovens, kettles and hair dryers harm the environment in a dozen different ways...

2 days ago

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...

3 days ago

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...

By Shaneev Boodoo 3 days ago

Attack on chicken import limits revived

South African poultry producers will be getting another opportunity to mount a legal challenge against the chicken import restriction that was introduced in Namibia...

By Werner Menges 3 days ago

Sustainable supply chains: Chains, levers or webs?

Customers have tremendous power in the business-to-business (B2B) sustainability world. Just by asking questions of their suppliers, customers send powerful signals about what matters...

By Scott Nadler and Jeremy Soboil 3 days ago

Will future powerhouse economies have an appetite for beef?

Growth theory postulates that as economies develop, their consumers' protein intake tends to increase substituting the starch. Looking at beef consumption, we find a similar consumption pattern...

3 days ago

Mr Price up on sales surge

Mr Price outperformed other retailers in the three months to December, recording 8.3% growth in sales...

By Michelle Gumede 2 days ago

Digital skills, smart technology could transform SA manufacturing

The manufacturing industry's role in the South African economy has seen a long and sustained decline...

By Daniel Schwartzkopff 2 days ago

Nigeria's Skarabrand hits 1,000 items sold in 11 cities

Nigerian online furniture retailer Skarabrand has sold more than 1,000 items and delivered to 11 cities since its launch in 2015...

By Tom Jackson 2 days ago

Tough times slow Massmart growth

Massmart recorded muted growth for the year to December as it battled a weaker economy and stronger rand...

2 days ago

Smaller table grape crop forecasted

Due to the persistent drought in the Western Cape, the South African Table Grape Industry has released a lower estimate in the third Crop Estimate for the 2017/18 table grape season...

2 days ago

Consumer confidence holds steady in West Africa

The release of Nielsen's latest Consumer Confidence Index figures for Quarter 3, 2017 has been marked by small increases and a relatively stable performance in both Ghana and Nigeria...

Issued by Nielsen 2 days ago

South Africans trading cars for bitcoin on the rise

As South Africans are itching to get their hands on bitcoin, there's been an increase in swops and bitcoin-only sales on Gumtree.co.za, says Claire Cobbledick, head of core at Gumtree...

3 days ago

Christmas sales leap nearly a third for TFG, boosting its shareprice

Retail group TFG - whose brands include Foschini, Markham and @home - enjoyed Christmas sales in 2017 that were 31% higher than the previous year's...

By Robert Laing 3 days ago

Shoprite feels African slowdown

Shoprite's non-South African supermarket division recorded negative growth for the six months to December, owing to the effect of lower commodity prices...

By Michelle Gumede 3 days ago

Escape the Januworry blues and enjoy economic freedom with OLX

Leading classifieds platform OLX is on a mission to encourage South Africans to make and save money in order to be economically free this January...

Issued by OLX 3 days ago

On-pack trends: Augmented reality-enabled packaging

In theory, augmented reality (AR) could allow product owners and marketers to add a virtual layer of communication and promotional messaging to their brand packaging...

Issued by Pyrotec 3 days ago

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International

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

Untrustworthy memories make it hard to shop ethically

Imagine a shopper, Sarah, who is concerned about child labour and knows about groups like the Fair Wear Foundation that certify which brands sell ethically produced clothing. Hours after learning that fashion giant H&M reportedly sells clothing made by children in risky workplaces in Burma, she goes shopping. Completely forgetting about what she just heard, she buys an H&M dress.

By Rebecca Walker Reczek, Daniel Zane and Julie Irwin 16 Jan 2018

H&M 'racist' ad adds to company's woes

STOCKHOLM - A racism scandal at H&M is the latest indication of management problems at the Swedish clothing giant, once the darling of shoppers but now struggling to make the switch to e-commerce, analysts say.

15 Jan 2018

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

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