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How cooking oil brought a moment of joy during a dreadful week

It is possible that cooking oil prevented more looting in SA in the last week than the president, the ANC, the intelligence community, the army and the police combined, quips Howard Feldman of Synthesis...

By Howard Feldman 22 Jul 2021

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How grocers can harness technology to improve food safety

Effects of the Covid-19 crisis on consumer behaviours will extend beyond the pandemic, so it's essential that businesses prioritise food safety in their long-term plans, notes Zebra Technologies director...

By Mark Thomson 28 Jun 2021

Why retailers should be given a shot at the vaccine rollout
Why retailers should be given a shot at the vaccine rollout

There is no better platform to help get the vaccine to the people than the retail distribution networks, writes Smollan chief growth and innovation officer Michael Smollan...

By Michael Smollan 16 Mar 2021

Alcohol industry recovery - glass half full
Alcohol industry recovery - glass half full

The alcohol industry, which supports over one million livelihoods, is relieved at the easing of ban, but the debate as to how we deal with our attitudes around alcohol in SA is long overdue...

By Michael Smollan 4 Feb 2021

Old habits die hard - or do they?
Old habits die hard - or do they?

Changes in consumer habits have taken place on a massive scale due to lockdowns and social distancing decrees. Consumers have had to adapt to work without offices, fitness without gyms...

By Sean Sullivan 29 Sep 2020

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Navigating the new hygiene standards in retail

Consumer-facing industries have had to take exceptional precautions in a time of rapid change with business, people, processes and stakeholders retuning to adopt new approaches...

By Michael Smollan 19 Aug 2020

Prepare for 'contactless deliveries' in South Africa during the Covid-19 pandemic
Prepare for 'contactless deliveries' in South Africa during the Covid-19 pandemic

Couriers will now also practice the art of "social distancing" from this week as online retailers do their bit to mitigate the spread of Covid-19...

By Andy Walker 20 Mar 2020

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South Africa hits Google with searches for 'face masks' and 'hand sanitizer'

If you're heading to the shops to stock up on supplies this weekend, it could be a busy one. According to data from Google, South Africans will be on the hunt for face masks and hand sanitiser...

By Andy Walker 9 Mar 2020

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

Sustainability trends shaping retail in 2018
Sustainability trends shaping retail in 2018

Sustainability issues are increasingly shaping trends in the retail sector. In this year's World Economic Forum Global Risks Report, three of the top global risks in terms of likelihood and impact are environmental...

By Feroz Koor 23 Apr 2018

What cage-free means with Braam Malherbe
What cage-free means with Braam Malherbe

Braam Malherbe recently joined Angus McIntosh and Yolanda Guse, who started the petition to get McDonals to commit to a cage-free policy, on the Spier Spier Biodynamic Farm to see how free range chickens live...

By Cari Coetzee 14 Oct 2016

Retail safety in a world of malls
Retail safety in a world of malls

South Africa has an ever-increasing number of shopping malls. While they offer consumers convenience and retailers good volumes of foot traffic, safety risks are a significant concern that need to be carefully managed and can be mitigated by using the right tools...

By Grant Dunnington 17 Aug 2015

Keep your reputation tidy with clean stores
Keep your reputation tidy with clean stores

No matter what the case may be, no dirt appeals to a customer. Dirt creates unpleasantness and can drive a business downwards...

By Stephen Sandmann 2 Feb 2015

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Hitting rock bottom and finding hope

I think it's fair to say that 2014 has been a pretty horrible year for many, many people, including me...

By Chemory Gunko 4 Dec 2014

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The evolving business model for m-governance

A look at the evolving business model for (mobile governance) m-governance projects and the use of mobile technology as a catalyst for inclusive development.

By Vijay Sai Pratap 27 Mar 2014

Dangerous coffee
Dangerous coffee

Understanding consumer rights is becoming an integral part of conducting business in South Africa. With an increased emphasis on potential harm to consumers by goods and services, suppliers around the world must become conscious of their obligations in law in various jurisdictions including South Africa.

By Neil Kirby 24 Feb 2014

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