|3 Sep 2012|
|Retail | South Africa
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, 2012 Design Indaba
Spring into transition
Ah, a new month, a new season... Although, having just come back to the Cape from the north of the country (which seemed to be suffering from a bout of summer - not that I'm complaining), I suspect the Mother City hasn't yet received the memo that winter is over. But looking around my hometown, it's interesting to see the things that have changed in a mere two weeks - the stores that have opened or closed, the new speed traps that have been installed... So what else have I missed this last week?
The first secure web-based portal for the African ATM market
; Woolies employee "transition"
(no, this is not
code for "retrenchments"); and Foodcorp's R46 million investment in a new Eastern Cape factory
There are a few things the fashion world is looking forward to - the Fashion Circus arrives in Sandton
this weekend and the Durban Fashion Fair
will be held as a stand-alone event later this month.
Till next week, stay warm!Shan Radcliffe
, Group Head - Retail
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The petrol price will rise by 93 cents this week, said the Energy Department on Friday. Read more >>
The increasing consumerisation of technology, the role of the mobile phone and social media in consumer marketing and brand research, and the relevance of behavioural economics to research were just some of the issues and trends under scrutiny at the recent 33rd annual Southern African Marketing Research Association (SAMRA) conference themed Reflection and progress: from the present and into the future
. Read more >>
Banking & Finance
Unpacking the potential of South African traditional saving schemes... Stokvels have long been a safety net for millions of South Africans, providing financial security and social well being. This is one of the presentations from the 33rd SAMRA Conference, Rosebank Crowne Plaza, Johannesburg. The conference took place from 16-17 August. Read more >>
Spark ATM Systems, one of South Africa's premier independent ATM deployers has launched SparkWeb, an innovative secure web-based portal that allows ATM merchants to access their ATM's mission critical data remotely and in real-time. It is claimed to be the first secure web-based portal for the African ATM market. Read more >>
According to the 2011 Finscope Survey
, 71.5% of South Africa's urban population is banked (have/use financial products and/or services provided by a commercial bank) compared to only 46.8% of the rural population. Of the total banked population, 83% withdraw money from an ATM on a monthly basis, proving that the use of ATMs is a critical financial service for the majority of South Africans. Read more >>
Companies are not using business rescue provisions in the new Companies Act as they were intended and the process is therefore not often successful in turning companies around, says Clinton Pavlovic, Senior Associate at Pietersen Incorporated. Read more >>
[Madeleine van Niekerk]
Shares in supermarket chain Shoprite (SHL) on Wednesday at 4.11pm‚ had surged R5.67‚ or 3.42%‚ to R171.40‚ surpassing its all-time high of R168.85‚ reached on August 7 this year‚ on the back of its continued aggressive expansion plans in SA and into Africa. Its intra-day high was R172.24. Read more >>
Virgin Active has opened its 100th club at Balfour Park, Johannesburg, late last week, justifying the call made by Nelson Mandela in 2001 to Richard Branson, asking him to save thousands of jobs by taking over the liquidated Health and Racquet Club. Read more >>
There are no retrenchments taking place at Woolworths‚ only a "transition" to put employees on different contracts‚ the company said on Monday. Read more >>
The South African Commercial Property website reports that over a ten-year period, Johannesburg and Cape Town have recorded the strongest growth in property values around the world, of 7.5% and 9.5% respectively. Read more >>
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Exhibitions & Events
The Retail Technology Forum 2012, being held at the Arabella Hotel & Spa, Hermanus on 29-30 October 2012, has announced that delegates have voted for Smart Axess Solutions and Thoughtworks to join the line-up of speakers at the opening conference. Read more >>
The Fashion Circus is coming to town from Friday 7 September to Sunday 9 September 2012, as Sandton City, in partnership with Audi, brings fashionistas the spring/summer 2012 trends. Read more >>
Fashion, Clothing & Textiles
The Durban Fashion Fair 2012, formerly part of the annual Durban Business Fair, will be a stand-alone event on Friday 21 September 2012, offering an important platform for Durban's creative industries to access national and international markets. Read more >>
Polyflor has released its sustainability achievements reached during the past financial year, posting its 7th Annual Sustainability Report
to prove that vinyl flooring is considered to be an environmentally sound and responsible choice. Read more >>
South Africa's olive industry has applied for a countervailing duty on imported olive oil, claiming cheap, low-quality product coming into the country costs 30000 jobs. Read more >>
Entries for the ABSA/Cape Chamber of Commerce Industry Exporter of the Year competition close on Friday 7 September 2012. This year's competition sees the introduction of an award for the design of export products, linking in to Cape Town's status as the 2014 design capital of the world, and a prize for innovation. Read more >>
Foodcorp‚ SA's third largest food producer‚ will invest R46m in a new 8000m² factory in the Eastern Cape‚ despite costs associated with retaining a presence in Molteno‚ CEO Justin Williamson said on Wednesday. Read more >>
Out Of Home
Big brands in South Africa are obliged to place a large portion of their outdoor spend in Johannesburg. Although public statistics are scant, there is no doubt that the city is South Africa's most important in terms of population, GDP, consumer spend, international arrivals and almost every other economic indicator that would tickle a media/advertising professional's fancy. Read more >>
Find out how PUMA South Africa works with an international head office, how it uses media for advertising, the sports retail environment as well as sports sponsorship by listening to last week's podcast of the Biz Takeouts Marketing & Media radio show
, which airs every Thursday 5pm-6pm streamed live via 2oceansVibe Radio
] Read more >>
[Helen Janse van Rensburg and Pieter Kok]
Prices ending in 99c and extended payment plans are both examples of how marketers have instinctively been taking advantage of behavioural economics - long before the term has even officially been coined and turned into a science. This is one of the presentations from the 33rd SAMRA Conference, Rosebank Crowne Plaza, Johannesburg. The conference took place from 16-17 August. Read more >>
Following a significant investment in PTI Marketing Technologies, a web-to-print and marketing personalisation solutions provider, Ricoh will enhance the development of new marketing collateral management tools to help enterprises and commercial printers with efficiencies and growth. Read more >>
Find out more about the impact, planning and management of event marketing and how it all ties back to brand building and brand communication, by listening to the podcast of last week's Biz Takeouts Marketing & Media radio show
, which airs every Thursday 5pm-6pm streamed live via 2oceansVibe Radio
] Read more >>
Mr Price has reported an impressive 14.9% growth in sales for the 18 weeks to 4 August 2012‚ proof the fashion retailer has once again read the market right. Read more >>
Don't be afraid of Walmart‚ was the message Sir Terry Leahy‚ the former Tesco supermarket turnaround specialist‚ had for local companies threatened by the retail giant's entry onto their turf. Tesco‚ he said‚ managed to outperform Walmart after it entered the UK in the late nineties by not trying to copy it‚ but rather by developing its own broad‚ bold growth strategies and learning from competitors. Read more >>
The Protection of Personal Information (Popi) Bill - which is probably set to come on stream next year - forms part of the government's package of regulatory measures introduced since 1994. It complements various individual rights already enshrined in the constitution. Read more >>
Women are making their way into traditionally male-dominated industries and the security industry is no exception. The ADT Central Region (Johannesburg, Kimberley, Bloemfontein, Welkom and Vaal) has four female heads of department and a growing number of female Level 5 managers, security guards, technicians and even a female reaction officer. Read more >>
"Cloud-based communications has clear benefits, but whether those benefits will accrue to your organisation depends on a number of factors. If your enterprise answers to any of the questions in the checklist below, you may be in the market for a hosted PBX." Read more >>
PARIS, FRANCE / DARMSTADT, GERMANY: More people read newspapers than ever before, thanks to the many ways they now can be read, but publishers have not yet found ways to match that growth with revenues from digital platforms, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) said Monday in its annual update of World Press Trends. Read more >>
BERLIN, GERMANY: High-tech gadgets to make the lives of senior citizens simpler, safer and more fun are in the spotlight at the world's top showcase for consumer electronics and home appliances. Read more >>
PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA: A co-founder of top Swedish file sharing site The Pirate Bay, who is on an international wanted list, has been arrested in the Cambodian capital at Stockholm's request, police said on Sunday. Read more >>
SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL: comScore, Inc, a leader in measuring the digital world, today released a study on the growth of the online travel market in Brazil from its comScore Media Metrix
service. The report found that 16.5 million Brazilians visited Travel sites in July 2012, gaining 18% in the past year as a record number of Brazilians turned to the web to plan and book travel. Read more >>
The annual South African eCommerce Awards have been designed to recognise and reward those South African websites that have demonstrated excellence in their use of the internet as a platform for ecommerce. Aramex South Africa is excited to be involved with these prestigious awards. Read more >>
A special focus on Zambia is helping drive Nampak's growth strategy of generating at least 25% of its revenue from the rest of Africa by 2017. The company plans to build on the success of its "mini Nampak" model in Zambia, which includes a wide range of packaging goods and services from the business's diverse portfolio. Read more >>
A mouse called Scamper is giving social media game-players a good run for their money. If they falter in getting him across the screen, Scamper tells them all about the nasty habits of his relatives. But in the end Scamper also tells them whom to contact for help. Read more >>
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Friday invoked his right to take urgent steps against what he termed "significant tax avoidance schemes" in connection with the new dividends tax. Read more >>
Minister Dina Pule has extended the date for submissions on the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill to 14 September 2012. Read more >>
Improving economic support for women is not an act of charity, but is a way to ensure more growth and development, the Minister of Economic Development Ebrahim Patel said on Thursday. Read more >>
The Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill, which was approved by Cabinet last week, has been published in the Government Gazette
and is ready for public comment. Read more >>
GCIS (the Government Communication and Information System) is inviting applications for the training of government communicators as outlined in the document pack below "RFQ 039 2012 2013 Facilitator to train SCOs.docx". The closing date for bids is 4 September 2012. Read more >>
More Government news...
Kruger National Park (KNP) has joined hands with traditional health practitioners in an attempt to fight the escalating rhino poaching pandemic. Over 500 traditional health practitioners from Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces gathered at Skukuza soccer stadium on Friday, 31 August to declare their stand against rhino poaching. Read more >>
If you've got a green South African ID you are about to become the envy of every other nation this Tourism Month as the Tourism Enterprise Partnership (TEP) and its sub-brand, South African Hidden Treasures, launches its nationwide dynamic new domestic tourism campaign - the Green ID Specials. Read more >>
After declaring the closing of the Durban route, as of 28 October 2012; Air Mauritius (MK) has announced that the national carrier will re-introduce flights to the KwaZulu-Natal market, for the festive season spanning: 21 December 2012 - 13 January 2013. Read more >>
More Travel news...
With the numbers of female brewers on the rise, women are becoming an even more integral part of beer culture and while beer is often thought of as a man's drink, the history books record that the fairer sex has always played a hand in the production of the golden nectar. Read more >>
September is almost here and so we would expect spring to be in the air. Luckily for me, we still have some very cold nights and, in the morning, I still prefer to have my coffee in bed rather than on the stoep. I love winter, I love comfort food and, let's face it, if I have to choose between a healthy salad or healthy soup, the soup will win hands down! Read more >>
More BizLounge news...
Retail sales of the Pricer electronic labels to local South African retail chains and franchisees. Preferably in IT or technology environment specifically. Read more >>
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- Pastel Accounting Academy Training Group - Kempton Park, 3 September
- Gepardissima - 'Tasting Evening' Gepardissima - Roodeport, 5 September
- Just For Laughs Jo'burg Child Welfare - Fourways, 5 September
- A belly full of laughs at Bay Harbour Market Bay Harbour Market, Hout Bay - Cape Town, 5 September
- Digital media boot camps AAA School of Advertising - Johannesburg, 6 September
- Screening of Earthlings and delicious vegan dinner Lifebuild - Johannesburg, 6 September
- Purposeful teams showcase events Symphonia - Cape Town, 6 September
- Irene Primary - Carnival Irene Primary School - Irene, Centurion, 8 September
- Social media for business Kwazi Communications - Johannesburg, 9 September
- iWeek 2012 ISPA - Cape Town, 10 September
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