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Alcohol industry welcomes opening of trade for home consumption
Alcohol industry welcomes opening of trade for home consumption

South Africa's alcohol industry has welcomed the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday evening that the move to Level 3 would include the sale of alcohol for home consumption...

5 hours ago

Covid-19 a shot in the arm for e-commerce
Covid-19 a shot in the arm for e-commerce

Online retail may account for under 2% of total retail sales in South Africa, but the Covid-19 pandemic is encouraging consumers to switch to digital shopping and payment alternatives...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 22 hours ago

SA's retail sales up 2% in February
SA's retail sales up 2% in February

South Africa's retail trade sales increased by 2% year-on-year in February 2020, according to Statistics South Africa...

21 May 2020

Clement Chinaka
Slow Covid-19 economic recovery compels African companies to adapt

The World Economic Forum (WEF) reported this week that the pandemic has hit global trade and investment at an "unprecedented speed and scale" and revealed the fragility of the modern supply chain...

By Clement Chinaka 21 May 2020

Mid-Sized Independent Retailers Group formed to save the 'missing middle'
Mid-Sized Independent Retailers Group formed to save the 'missing middle'

More than 50 South African retailers have banded together to form the Mid-Sized Independent Retailers (MIR) Group...

21 May 2020

Using beauty as a vehicle for economic inclusion
Using beauty as a vehicle for economic inclusion

The Covid-19 lockdown has stalled South Africa's dynamic beauty services industry. Due to the high-touch nature of the job, it may be a while until beauty practitioners are able to safely resume trade...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 20 May 2020

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Building a brand during times of crises

In today's highly challenging times, organisations across the board are searching for ways to streamline business operations, lower costs, and effectively do more with a lot less. Many companies are looking to cut cost in order to survive, and too often, marketing and brand awareness are the casualties...

By Jacqueline Boulos Mayer 20 May 2020

How the Covid-19 crisis could remodel the luxury industry
How the Covid-19 crisis could remodel the luxury industry

The Covid-19 crisis has hit the luxury and fashion industry hard. According to a study conducted by the Boston Consulting Group, sales in these two sectors could drop by 25% to 30%...

By Isabelle Chaboud 20 May 2020

Pick n Pay Online expands range of non-food items for delivery
Pick n Pay Online expands range of non-food items for delivery

Pick n Pay has expanded the list of goods available to purchase via its online store to include home entertainment items and white goods, such as fridges, freezers and ovens...

20 May 2020

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Marketing in the Covid era - how to adjust and adapt

Good marketing relies on a thorough understanding of your target market, but when much of what you knew about your customers is suddenly no longer relevant, a major shift is needed...

By Gavin Knox-Grant and Yael Geffen 20 May 2020

Nedbank launches Avo, its new e-commerce "super app"
Nedbank launches Avo, its new e-commerce "super app"

Nedbank has revealed its new digital platform Avo. Described as a "super app", Avo will provide customers with access to online shopping and other essential services...

19 May 2020

Public Procurement Bill aims to simplify processes
Public Procurement Bill aims to simplify processes

South Africa is awash with numerous public procurement laws exacerbated by further Covid-19 related regulations. The current version of the public procurement Bill aims to unify the laws dealing with public sector procurement by creating a singular regulatory framework that applies to local, provincial, and national government as well as state-owned entities...

By Imraan Mahomed, Veronica Vurgarellis, Vaughn Harrison and Yuri Tangur 19 May 2020

Homemade alcoholic brew finds a market as prices soar
Homemade alcoholic brew finds a market as prices soar

With the sale of alcohol banned for over seven weeks, the illegal booze trade has mushroomed and prices rocketed...

By Mpumi Kiva 19 May 2020

Tertius Carstens named CEO for PepsiCo sub-Saharan Africa
Tertius Carstens named CEO for PepsiCo sub-Saharan Africa

Tertius Carstens, the current CEO of Pioneer Foods, has been appointed CEO of PepsiCo sub-Saharan Africa with immediate effect...

19 May 2020

New research suggests SA's ban on cigarette sales is failing
New research suggests SA's ban on cigarette sales is failing

Despite the ban on tobacco sales during the national lockdown, more than 90% of smokers have been able to purchase cigarettes during the period...

19 May 2020

Satisfying demand during the Covid-19 crisis - guidelines for SA's e-tailers
Satisfying demand during the Covid-19 crisis - guidelines for SA's e-tailers

The new e-commerce regulation is expected to lead to a drastic increase in online shopping amongst South Africans...

By Dr Nicole Cunningham 18 May 2020

Mukuru Groceries enables people in SA to support Zimbabweans in need
Mukuru Groceries enables people in SA to support Zimbabweans in need

African remittance provider Mukuru has launched a grocery service that will give foreign national workers living in South Africa, as well as any South Africa-based customer, the ability to send groceries...

18 May 2020

Alarm over proposed changes to Meat Safety Act
Alarm over proposed changes to Meat Safety Act

While there is general scientific consensus that the novel coronavirus is of zoonotic origin and various groupings are advising that wildlife markets must be closed, the South African government has been putting forward legislation that could massively expand the wildlife industry to become mass meat suppliers to the world...

18 May 2020

R140 for a packet of cigarettes in Soweto
R140 for a packet of cigarettes in Soweto

Spaza shop owner says ban on alcohol and tobacco has cost him R25,000...

By Mosa Damane 18 May 2020

Proudly SA expands portal to include locally-made sanitisers and detergents
Proudly SA expands portal to include locally-made sanitisers and detergents

Proudly South African has extended the product offering on its portal to include locally produced hand sanitisers, surface disinfectants and detergents...

15 May 2020

Heineken SA donates PPE and food to healthcare workers, local communities
Heineken SA donates PPE and food to healthcare workers, local communities

Heineken South Africa has joined the fight against Covid-19 by donating personal protective equipment (PPE) and food hampers worth over R1m to the Gauteng Department of Health and local communities.

15 May 2020

Design challenge: A bench that can adapt to the Covid-19 times
Design challenge: A bench that can adapt to the Covid-19 times

Entries are now open for the third iteration of the Nando's Hot Young Designer Talent Search, which aims to launch the careers of local emerging creatives and unearth fresh new designs...

15 May 2020

Are we heading back towards single-use plastic because of coronavirus?
Are we heading back towards single-use plastic because of coronavirus?

The battle against plastic pollution has rapidly gained momentum in recent years.

By Holly Turner and Louise Wihlborn 15 May 2020

Dis-Chem to acquire Baby City for R430m
Dis-Chem to acquire Baby City for R430m

Dis-Chem Pharmacies is set to acquire Baby City and its network of 33 stores from founder shareholders, the Aronoff family, for R430m...

15 May 2020

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Customer service matters

Don't blame Covid-19 for poor service. Covid-19 is just highlighting the gaps in your processes, so use this lockdown to update all your policies and procedures...

By Regine le Roux 15 May 2020

SA govt allows the sale of (almost) all goods online
SA govt allows the sale of (almost) all goods online

According to new regulations, online retailers in South Africa may sell any product, with the exception of cigarettes and alcoholic beverages...

15 May 2020

#LockdownLessons: Puma SA's Luke Barrett-Smith on the new retail reality
#LockdownLessons: Puma SA's Luke Barrett-Smith on the new retail reality

Puma SA's MD shares how the company is adapting to do business during the pandemic, and how Covid-19 will impact retail...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 14 May 2020

The case for avoiding price controls in times of crisis: they don't work
The case for avoiding price controls in times of crisis: they don't work

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and the initial stockpiling of food and other items, government regulation of the prices of basic food and medical goods has received significant attention...

By Willem H. Boshoff 14 May 2020

Nestlé announces donations towards Covid-19 relief efforts across East and Southern Africa
Nestlé announces donations towards Covid-19 relief efforts across East and Southern Africa

Nestlé East and Southern Africa has made contributions to various coronavirus (Covid-19) relief efforts across the region...

Issued by OrchardOn25 14 May 2020

Help Refco and Gift of the Givers raise R10m to feed the poor
Help Refco and Gift of the Givers raise R10m to feed the poor

Gift of the Givers has partnered with Retort Food Company to prepare and distribute fully-cooked, nutritious meals with an extended shelf-life to the country's impoverished communities...

14 May 2020

Retail property's competitive disadvantage - an overhang from pre-2008
Retail property's competitive disadvantage - an overhang from pre-2008

In a previous note, we indicated that, in the post-lockdown recessionary period we would likely see the direct economy-related pressures being more severe on the industrial property sector...

By John Loos 14 May 2020

Charting a course for post-Covid retail regeneration
Charting a course for post-Covid retail regeneration

Nielsen has assessed various future scenarios to establish a clear regeneration path for retailers and manufacturers based on short, medium, and long term exit time horizons...

14 May 2020

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