Retail Trends 2018

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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 hours 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

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 2 hours 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 hours 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...

6 hours 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, says Claire Cobbledick, head of core at Gumtree...

3 hours 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 5 hours 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 6 hours 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 5 hours ago

Black Friday boosted November retails sales to 8.2% - surprising economists

Black Friday boosted November 2017's retail sales to 8.2% - double the annual growth expected by economists...

By Sunita Menon 6 hours 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 4 hours ago

Whitey stands by Christo Wiese

Former Shoprite Holdings CEO Whitey Basson says he vouches for the honesty of his friend and fellow Shoprite shareholder of many years, former Steinhoff chairman Christo Wiese...

By Mark Allix 1 day ago

SA franchising sector retains global appeal

Despite 2017 being a tough year for business and consumers, South Africa has remained a desirable destination for global brands looking to expand...

1 day ago

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...

1 day ago

Cross-border retail in the digital age

E-commerce has changed the way the world conducts business, and the rise in technology has made it easier to interact with customers quickly and across borders...

1 day ago

South African litchis enter empty European market

"When litchi volumes from Madagascar, Mauritius and Réunion are low, it makes a massive difference for us."

1 day ago

Kevin Hedderwick resigns as nonexecutive director of Famous Brands

Kevin Hedderwick has resigned as a nonexecutive director of Famous Brands with immediate effect, the owner of Steers, Wimpy and other fast food franchises said in a statement...

1 day ago

Rhodes Food sales agreement will help Bos grow

Rooibos ice tea maker Bos Brands aims to double its retail market share in SA after announcing a sales and distribution deal with JSE-listed Rhodes Food Group...

By Marc Hasenfuss 1 day ago

Fresh crop of fashion talent advances in Standard Bank business accelerator

The Threads Accelerator, a fashion SME programme presented by marketing agency Nonzero and Standard Bank, has entered its second stage...

1 day ago

Logistics profitability lags due to skills shortage

A shortage of specialised skills that operate the technology optimising the distribution of goods to customers is threatening even the best efforts at scaling operational capability...

1 day ago

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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 2 days ago

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.

3 days ago

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

Woolworths adds Balmain brand

Clothing and food retailer Woolworths is looking to bolster sales in the struggling Australian unit by adding the Balmain brand to its offerings.

By Michelle Gumede 11 Jan 2018

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