Retail Trends 2021

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Retail sales slump continues, dropping 4% in November
Retail sales slump continues, dropping 4% in November

South Africa's retail trade sales decreased by 4% year-on-year in November 2020, falling for the eighth consecutive month...

1 day ago

Why smart packaging can be a valuable brand differentiator
Why smart packaging can be a valuable brand differentiator

The new era of smart packaging, and consequently products, will connect, improve and transform industries and shape new consumer expectations...

By Robert Lockyer 2 days ago

Coca-Cola warns SA job seekers of recruitment scam
Coca-Cola warns SA job seekers of recruitment scam

Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) has warned job seekers of a recruitment scam by fraudulent parties, a trend that has resurfaced in the 2021 New Year...

1 day ago

DSA calls on AU to help rid Africa of Ponzi schemes
DSA calls on AU to help rid Africa of Ponzi schemes

The Direct Selling Association of South Africa (DSA) is imploring the African Union (AU) to initiate a continent-wide effort to stamp out Ponzi schemes...

1 day ago

"To close, or not to close?" the question that plagues restaurant owners
"To close, or not to close?" the question that plagues restaurant owners

With the curfew still in place and increasing fear around the new strain and second wave of Covid-19 infections, many restaurants are struggling to operate at a profit...

By Evan-Lee Courie 1 day ago

New survey highlights opportunities to future-proof supply chains
New survey highlights opportunities to future-proof supply chains

The survey conducted by Orange Business Services explores how enterprises can utilise supply chain and logistical data insights to mitigate risk...

1 day ago

Windhoek ad called out for suggesting toxic masculinity
Windhoek ad called out for suggesting toxic masculinity

South Africa's Advertising Regulatory Board (ARB) has asked Heineken South Africa to withdraw or amend an advertisement for Windhoek beer on the basis that it entrenches toxic masculinity, suggesting that "real men drink real beer"...

1 day ago

Unilever trials 'nano factory' in portable shipping container
Unilever trials 'nano factory' in portable shipping container

The prototype is a fully-functioning, mini production line that houses everything needed to produce a batch, from the point where raw materials go in at one end to where finished products come out at the other...

2 days ago

Ethnic conflict could unravel Ethiopia's valuable garment industry
Ethnic conflict could unravel Ethiopia's valuable garment industry

Ethiopia has long been considered one of Africa's economic wunderkinds. But for the past two months, violent conflict in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region fuelled by ethnic power politics has threatened the country's stability...

By Dorothee Baumann-Pauly 2 days ago

Connected, automated temperature monitoring - a proactive approach for an unbroken cold chain
Connected, automated temperature monitoring - a proactive approach for an unbroken cold chain

Smart connected and automated temperature monitoring at every point of the cold chain will help logistics companies proactively ensure their cold chain is never broken and their goods arrive in prime condition for use and sale...

By Eckart Zollner 2 days ago

Shoprite competition to pay school fees for 500 students
Shoprite competition to pay school fees for 500 students

Five hundred learners stand the chance of having their 2021 school fees paid for in Shoprite's annual 'Class Of' competition - now open for entry...

3 days ago

Labour department acts against Queenstown factory where worker's hand was severed
Labour department acts against Queenstown factory where worker's hand was severed

The Department of Employment and Labour has taken action against Queenstown food company Truda Foods where a worker's hand was severed by a machine last week...

By Joseph Chirume 3 days ago

Tasmika Ramlakan, Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking
#BizTrends2021: A challenging year anticipated for SA retailers

The circular relationship between retail sales, consumer spending and employment in SA means retailers are unlikely to be able to 'sell' themselves out of the situation in which they now find themselves...

By Tasmika Ramlakan 3 days ago

Distell and Invenfin buy 40% stake in cannabis wellness brand Rethink
Distell and Invenfin buy 40% stake in cannabis wellness brand Rethink

Distell and Invenfin have entered into a partnership with Releaf Pharmaceuticals to share ownership in South African cannabis wellness brand Rethink...

3 days ago

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Wine export report shows market stability despite alcohol bans

According to the latest report by Wines of South Africa, the 2020 export volumes echo that of a challenging 2019, despite a five-week-long ban on exports and huge challenges at the Cape Town Port terminal due to Covid-19.

3 days ago

The role of community and referrals in online retail success
The role of community and referrals in online retail success

'Word-of-mouth marketing' can be solid gold for online sellers...

19 Jan 2021

Can SMEs be saved during this economic period?
Can SMEs be saved during this economic period?

Analysts are predicting that 60% of SMEs will close before the crisis caused by the pandemic is over. Vital for job creation and growth, protecting SMEs during this period of economic turbulence is critical, but how do we do it?

By Rajan Naidoo 19 Jan 2021

Top 10 global consumer trends for 2021 - Euromonitor
Top 10 global consumer trends for 2021 - Euromonitor

The top trends that Euromonitor believes will define consumer behaviour and influence business strategies in the year ahead...

19 Jan 2021

How the Replenish Africa Initiative aims to secure billions of litres of water over the next decade
How the Replenish Africa Initiative aims to secure billions of litres of water over the next decade

The Coca-Cola Foundation's Replenish Africa Initiative (Rain) funds five major projects in South Africa - each received $1.25m in grants in 2019...

18 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: A bold year for beverages
#BizTrends2021: A bold year for beverages

From fermenting pineapples for a home brew, to whipping up non-alcoholic versions of their favourite cocktails, consumers have opened themselves up to new taste experiences...

By Alex Glenday 18 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: 2021 is set to be a promising year for the fashionably forward
#BizTrends2021: 2021 is set to be a promising year for the fashionably forward

From large florals to '50s inspired headscarves, fashionistas globally are getting ready to kiss their WFH ensembles goodbye, despite many countries forcing their citizens back indoors to help curb the spread of the dreaded coronavirus. Here are a few trends the stylish can look forward to in the year to come...

By Rob Noble 18 Jan 2021

PepsiCo aims for net-zero emissions by 2040
PepsiCo aims for net-zero emissions by 2040

PepsiCo plans to more than double its science-based climate goal, targeting a reduction of absolute greenhouse gas emissions across its value chain by more than 40% by 2030...

18 Jan 2021

Restaurant managers arrested for selling alcohol
Restaurant managers arrested for selling alcohol

Gauteng police have confirmed the arrest of three managers of popular restaurants in Sandton and Silverton for selling liquor to patrons, in contravention to the Disaster Management Act and Covid-19 level three lockdown regulations...

18 Jan 2021

Great customer experiences can be manufactured
Great customer experiences can be manufactured

Great customer experience is understood by most businesses. By providing outstanding customer experience they know it will help their organisation stand out from competitors while fostering loyalty and trust...

By Brent Haumann 18 Jan 2021

Liquor Traders Formation requests urgent meeting with Ramaphosa
Liquor Traders Formation requests urgent meeting with Ramaphosa

The Liquor Traders Formation has requested an urgent meeting with President Cyril Ramaphosa to discuss ending the third alcohol sales ban currently in place...

18 Jan 2021

Agriculture and the consumer's "right to know" movement
Agriculture and the consumer's "right to know" movement

The International Bar Association recently held its annual conference where the Agricultural Law Section focused on the consumer's right to opt-out of climate un-friendly food...

By Theo Boshoff 18 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: Confessions of a drinks salesman
#BizTrends2021: Confessions of a drinks salesman

A light-hearted take on drinks mega-trends for the year ahead...

By Rowan Leibbrandt 15 Jan 2021

NPO exerts pressure on FMCG and retail giants to cut plastic usage
NPO exerts pressure on FMCG and retail giants to cut plastic usage

As You Sow has filed shareholder proposals with 10 leading consumer goods companies and retailers, calling for commitments to absolute cuts in the use of plastic packaging...

15 Jan 2021

Engen launches private label brand Quickshop & Co.
Engen launches private label brand Quickshop & Co.

Engen has introduced its own private label convenience brand, Quickshop & Co., focused on offering quality, locally-sourced products at a competitive price...

15 Jan 2021



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