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Five 3D printing myths
Five 3D printing myths

The first conviction for 3D printing a firearm was recently reported in London, not long after 3D printed masks were used to trick face recognition. Should we be afraid?

By Ahmad Beltagui, Achilleas Sesis and Nikolaos Stylos 2 days ago

Convenience retail and the fuel station
Convenience retail and the fuel station

In a presentation at the Nedbank Franchising Roadshow, Lightstone pointed out that the service station sector plays a pivotal role in the franchise industry and its forecast.

3 days ago

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To tackle climate change we need to rethink our food system

The way we produce, consume and discard food is no longer sustainable...

By Kathleen Rogers and Dr Shenggen Fan 13 Aug 2019

The trio of South African pride SodaStream bottles.
Soaking up SA's sights sustainably on SodaStream's red bus tour

Rather than quote you the shocking stats about plastics, I've chosen just one: "Every piece of plastic ever made still exists today." Read it again and let that sink in, because this fact was top of mind when SodaStream SA hosted a bunch of the Cape's media and influencers for the launch of their new re-usable bottles that effectively lead the charge against single-use plastics...

By Leigh Andrews 13 Aug 2019

#WomensMonth: Uplifting women with Inner Secrets matriarch Penny Parolis
#WomensMonth: Uplifting women with Inner Secrets matriarch Penny Parolis

Penny Parolis, founder of Inner Secrets Lingerie, reflects on the motivation behind the upmarket boutique and the lessons learned along her business journey...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 12 Aug 2019

South Africans will pay a premium for good avos
South Africans will pay a premium for good avos

When it comes to buying avocados, South Africans are not loyal to their regular retailers, but will instead seek out and support stores selling good quality avos, even if that means paying more for them...

12 Aug 2019

SA Designers of The Year (from left) Thabisa Mjo, Mpho Vackier and 100% Design South Africa’s creative director, Cathy O'Clery. Image supplied.
100% Design South Africa Awards announces 2019 winners

100% Design South Africa, announced its 2019 Design Award winners at an event that was held at Gallagher Convention Centre on Thursday, 8 August 2019...

12 Aug 2019

How to expand your SA franchise into the rest of Africa
How to expand your SA franchise into the rest of Africa

According to the latest survey from Fasa, 39% of franchisors have businesses in Africa, outside South African borders. This is equivalent to 1,775 stores in the SA franchise population...

12 Aug 2019

Blowfish launches cannabis oil sushi roll
Blowfish launches cannabis oil sushi roll

Blowfish restaurant, in Blouberg Cape Town, has launched a cannabis oil-infused sushi roll and poke bowl...

12 Aug 2019

Gateway Theatre of Shopping refurbishment a success, despite challenges
Gateway Theatre of Shopping refurbishment a success, despite challenges

When Profica was appointed the principal-agent, project management, and tenant coordination services on the extensive renovation project of Umhlanga's Gateway Theatre of Shopping in KwaZulu-Natal, it was acknowledged that this would be a significant undertaking...

12 Aug 2019

Snowflake is 135 years
Snowflake is 135 years

Iconic brand, Snowflake, is a heritage brand that has been a staple in South African homes for over a century...

Issued by Offlimit Communications 8 Aug 2019

Fast fashion lies: Will they really change their ways in a climate crisis?
Fast fashion lies: Will they really change their ways in a climate crisis?

Recently Zara introduced a sustainability pledge. But how can Zara ever be sustainable? As the largest fast-fashion retailer in the world, they produce around 450 million garments a year...

By Anika Kozlowski 8 Aug 2019

Diageo dedicates $219m to sustainability projects in Africa
Diageo dedicates $219m to sustainability projects in Africa

Diageo, one of the world's largest producers of spirits and beers, has committed to investing $219million in renewable energy upgrades at 11 of its breweries in Africa...

8 Aug 2019

#CEM19: Experiment and break the norm in CX, fail forward fast
#CEM19: Experiment and break the norm in CX, fail forward fast

You've attracted a client, but how do you keep them? Chantel Smit, CRM professional who has worked at the likes of Travelstart, Zando and Digitas Liquorice, tackled the retention phase of the customer journey at the CEM Africa Summit and showed how vital the right data is over any old 'big data'...

By Leigh Andrews 8 Aug 2019

The core of food safety is centralised bakery facilities
The core of food safety is centralised bakery facilities

There is generally little outside recognition for a well thought out and perfectly executed plan of food safety until there is the smallest gap in the journey from farm to fork...

By Alan Hockey 8 Aug 2019

Morgenster Estate voted best extra virgin olive oil producer
Morgenster Estate voted best extra virgin olive oil producer

Morgenster's Don Carlo Extra Virgin Olive Oil has been named the 2019 winner of the Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil in the Southern Hemisphere at the Olio Nuovo Days in Paris...

8 Aug 2019

Are we moving into an age of gender-fluid purchasing?
Are we moving into an age of gender-fluid purchasing?

Is it outdated to believe women still shop differently to men? The clichés are men purchase for speed and women are more motivated by price, men are big online shoppers but women still like something tangible...

By Eben Esterhuizen 7 Aug 2019

Wholesale & retail sector minimum wage rates amended
Wholesale & retail sector minimum wage rates amended

Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi has announced amendments in the wholesale and retail sector wages for employees earning above the National Minimum Wage (NMW) Act rates...

7 Aug 2019

H&M's first African designer collaboration hits stores this August
H&M's first African designer collaboration hits stores this August

The collaboration between H&M and South African label Mantsho will be available from 15 August 2019...

7 Aug 2019

Old Cape Quarter refurbishment under way
Old Cape Quarter refurbishment under way

De Waterkant's Old Cape Quarter in Cape Town is currently undergoing an extensive refurbishment that will see it revitalised into a mixed-use hub including new retail and office spaces as well as 55 luxury apartments and penthouses...

7 Aug 2019

Lira honoured as first African Barbie role model
Lira honoured as first African Barbie role model

Ahead of Women's Day in South Africa on 9 August, toy manufacturer Mattel has revealed that local singer Lira is the next Barbie role model to be recognised with a one-of-a-kind doll in her likeness...

7 Aug 2019

Global tech trends impacting consumers
Global tech trends impacting consumers

Consumers are all about convenience, connection and control. The new generation of shoppers is more informed, far more demanding and more focused on getting things done quickly and easily...

By Lizette Akker 7 Aug 2019

Jordan launches leading sustainable toothbrush
Jordan launches leading sustainable toothbrush

Leading specialist health and beauty distributor, ACDOCO SA has announced that it will be launching Jordan's award-winning Green Clean sustainable toothbrush range...

Issued by ACDOCOSA 6 Aug 2019

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New York luxury retail icon Barneys files for bankruptcy

Luxury department store chain, Barneys New York, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and secured $75m in emergency financing from affiliates of Hilco Global and the Gordon Brothers Group...

6 Aug 2019

Torr presenting at the CEM Africa Summit 2019.
#CEM19: Learn how to build trust, nurture great CX from a surfing 'guardian angel'

Medford Torr, head UX specialist at Roam (Ringier One Africa Media) presented the second keynote session of CEM Africa Summit by speaking of building trust-based on insights from Red Bull Surfing's video of professional jet-ski surfer Sérgio Cosme, dubbed the 'guardian angel of big wave surfing at Nazaré'...

By Leigh Andrews 6 Aug 2019

Philip Morris opens first IQOS flagship in Africa
Philip Morris opens first IQOS flagship in Africa

The only IQOS standalone store on the African continent opened its doors in South Africa recently. The flagship boutique in Sandton City Shopping Centre will help Philip Morris introduce more consumers...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 6 Aug 2019

SA's furniture industry to unveil its master plan by 2020
SA's furniture industry to unveil its master plan by 2020

The South Africa Furniture Initiative has indicated that the proposed Furniture Industry Master Plan (FIMP) will be completed by 2020. The FIMP will focus on the development and support of the local industry...

6 Aug 2019

Kantar CEO, Eric Salama. Image supplied.
Kantar's Eric Salama discusses the way forward under new owner Bain Capital

Kantar CEO Eric Salama presented an update on the new ownership structure and the opportunities under, Bain Capital during a press call held on Thursday...

By Juanita Pienaar 5 Aug 2019

South Africa's best-loved beers revealed
South Africa's best-loved beers revealed

CBC Amber Weiss has claimed the title of South Africa's Most Loved Beer at the Sunday Times Lifestyle Beer Awards...

5 Aug 2019

Fourth Western Cape Pick n Pay market store opens in Paarl
Fourth Western Cape Pick n Pay market store opens in Paarl

Zongs Liwani's Mbekweni Market in Paarl is the fourth Pick n Pay market store to open in the Western Cape. Pick n Pay's market store programme equips independently-owned stores with systems and retailing techniques...

5 Aug 2019

Orbit Gum packaging now friendlier to the environment
Orbit Gum packaging now friendlier to the environment

Orbit Gum has introduced more sustainable and recyclable packaging for its product range. The move is in line with parent company Mars Incorporated's global Sustainability in a Generation strategy...

5 Aug 2019

Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre awarded 5-star Green Star rating
Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre awarded 5-star Green Star rating

The Green Building Council of South Africa has awarded the V&A Waterfront's Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre a five-star Green Star - Existing Building Performance v1 rating...

5 Aug 2019

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