Fair Cape Dairies – The 5 Time SA Dairy Champs

Fair Cape Dairies, a leader in sustainable and ethical dairy farming, has once again emerged victorious at the prestigious South African Dairy Championships, solidifying their position as a Champion of quality dairy products across South Africa. The 2024 competition saw Fair Cape Dairies securing the most wins across various categories, a testament to their unwavering

Drinking It All In | Beverage Trends in Africa – Smollan Tanzania

By: Warren Brett Cluster Executive, SEA Region, Smollan Tanzania  African beverage trends are driven by innovation and culture. From the cherished rituals of traditional tea and coffee to the emerging popularity of carbonated soft drinks and fruit juices. Africa’s beverage market is evolving rapidly, reflecting changing consumer preferences and the impact of various socio-economic factors.

Bolt Provides Over 700 Trips for SAPIN Youth

Bolt, the leading on-demand mobility platform in Africa, and its partner SAPIN, property academy, joined forces last year to provide over 50 young people with trips for their youth internship programme. Bolt has since provided SAPIN with over 700 trips to those who had difficulty accessing transportation for their daily commute. For SAPIN, the partnership

Mid-Year & the Current State of Play | Retail Trends 2023

Mike Smollan, Chief Growth Officer Exactly how did we get to July in what feels like a blink of an eye? Pondering on that often-used analogy, I had to check in with Google. To learn that there are 1000 milliseconds in each second, so a blink of an eye takes around 1/3 of a second.

How ERP Empowers the Future Focused Retailer – Times 3 Technologies

The world of retail has changed. With more and more customers now shopping online, retailers have had to come up with creative ways to bring the physical and virtual worlds together to create seamless, memorable experiences. But with this comes a great deal of complexity. Having a robust tech foundation is no longer a nice

Agri-Startup Profits Skyrocket After the Shoprite Group Gives Them a Boost

Agrikool, a small agricultural business, is showing exponential growth after securing a deal with the Shoprite Group, delivering fresh produce worth over R3 million to the retailer in just over a year. The Pietermaritzburg-based business solves challenges in the farming value chain, develops small to medium-scale local farmers, and sustains regional food security, by connecting

The Future of Trade Finance in Sub-Saharan Africa Amidst Hard Currency Challenges – Bank One

With foreign exchange shortages plaguing sub-Saharan African economies, Bank One’s Head of Trade, Gerald Ndosi, explains what measures can be taken to overcome US dollar liquidity challenges, promote trade finance, and foster sustainable economic growth in the region International Trade is conducted in the currencies of major economic powers, largely the US dollar, European Union

V&A Waterfront Partners With admyt to Offer Visitors the Convenience of Cashless, Ticketless Parking

The V&A Waterfront, Africa’s most visited tourist destination, has joined forces with admyt, the market leading digital parking management platform in South Africa, to leverage its innovative smart parking system for the benefit of visitors, tenants and guests to the precinct. The admyt system uses license plate recognition (LPR) software and smartphone technology to provide

A Gathering For the Best in Retail-Ready, Sustainable Food and Beverage

Celebrating 20 years of Africa’s Big 7and festive foodie features The local food and beverage market was abuzz at the twentieth edition of Africa’s Big 7, which wrapped up in Johannesburg at the Gallagher Convention Centre last week, co-located with SAITEX. “Recognising a two decade-long commitment to delivering top quality and reasonably priced, trendy food

Seamless Omnichannel Shopping Experience Essential for Consumers of the Future

The clues to whether businesses are making the right investments now to ensure that they can provide the right experiences across the channels that consumers will come to expect is held in the data from the Wunderman Thompson Future Shopper Report 2023. The future of retail is steadfastly being shaped by digital, as shoppers envision

High Investment in Self-Checkout, as Demand Grows Beyond grocery

More than a quarter of global self-checkout shipments went to non-grocery stores as the technology penetrates new segments Wider range of retailers adopting self-checkout 2022 was the second highest year for self-checkout shipments globally, according to Global EPOS and Self-Checkout 2023, the latest report from strategic research and consulting firm RBR. More than 193,000 units

Adyen and Shopify Partner to Power New Payment Capabilities For Enterprise Merchants

As a preferred enterprise payments partner for Shopify, Adyen will provide large-scale customers the agility to succeed in the fast-moving ecommerce industry Adyen, the global financial technology platform of choice for leading businesses, announces a new global partnership with Shopify, a provider of essential internet infrastructure for commerce, to strengthen ecommerce capabilities, simplify the customer

Tiger Brands Refreshes its Iconic Heritage Brand, KOO (‘SA’s Number 1 Tinned Stuff’), Adapting to Evolving Consumer Needs

One of Tiger Brands’ iconic heritage brands, KOO, has refreshed its positioning and looks to showcase the value it brings to consumers, including convenience, healthy nourishment, superior quality taste, and homegrown ingredients. These features combine to make it one of South Africa’s most valuable brands and the market leader in the South African Canned Fruit

South Africa Wins Big at the International Loyalty Awards

South Africa’s loyalty sector triumphed at the International Loyalty Awards in London last night, with Truth CEO, Amanda Cromhout, winning the only individual award, and eBucks and DSTV receiving global acclaim in four categories. The International Loyalty Awards are considered the pinnacle of recognition for consumer loyalty programmes and pay tribute to the brands building

SA Retail Workers Call For More Technology: Microsoft-IDC Study

Research reveals frontline workforce underserved by IT tools, and which cites communication and access to information as key areas for digital transformation Most South African retail workers are feeling overworked but the vast majority believe technology is the answer to their situation, a Microsoft-sponsored IDC study has revealed. “We often refer to them as ‘the

New Leaf Technologies’ Recommendations on How to Turn Challenges Into Opportunities

There are very few instances nowadays where employees will spend their entire careers at the same company. The job landscape has changed so dramatically – particularly since the pandemic and the ability to work from home – that if a business fails to meet worker expectations staff simply look elsewhere and quit. Scroll through any

Revolutionising the In-Store Retail Experience With Technology that Serves – redPanda Software

By Peter Ludi, MD Solutions at redPanda Software Technology has been integrated into virtually every aspect of people’s lives. For some retailers, it has become the focus instead of just being seen as an enabler to creating a more integrated customer experience. The growth of e-commerce has seen people have ever higher expectations of their

Rural Areas and the Future of E-commerce in Africa – Jumia

Jumia, Africa’s leading e-commerce platform, released a new report, “Expanding E-Commerce in Rural Areas in Ivory Coast,” highlighting its successful penetration into underserved regions and success in bringing e-commerce opportunities to rural populations. The report draws on Jumia’s 2022 non-financial data and provides insights into its expansion strategies to rural communities in Ivory Coast. Physically

Game Launches myVirtual Credit Solutions

Consumers in South Africa are experiencing escalating levels of financial stress and are actively seeking alternative forms of payment due to the country’s rising cost of living. The use of developing digital payments are gaining pace in South Africa and statistics show that there is a rising desire for credit among consumers with digital payment

Boardmans is Back – Online

Up and coming retail group, Retailability, says the online launch of one of South Africa’s most revered and much-missed brands, Boardmans is not only timely but will fill a gap for value conscious consumers looking for that special touch in home décor. South Africa’s familiar kitchen and home brand, Boardmans, is set for re-launch as

Tingg by Cellulant Automates Payments for Petrol Stations in Ghana

OMCs can now track and reconcile transactions easily, increasing their operational efficiency by 50% Tingg by Cellulant In-Store solution is transforming the digital payments space in Ghana by providing Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) with a single payment collection point across multiple payment options and channels, ensuring real-time settlement. This advancement allows OMCs in the country

Carrefour Partners With Visa to Provide Customers With Online Discounts

KES 400 discount for goods worth KES 3,000 and above when customers shop on the MAF Carrefour Mobile app and pay with locally issued Visa cards The campaign will run every Tuesday for three months starting June 2023 Carrefour, owned and operated by Majid Al Futtaim in Kenya, has announced its partnership with Visa, the

RFG Foods Named the Crème de la Crème at the 2023 SA Dairy Championship

RFG Foods recently clinched the prestigious Dairy Product of the Year Award at the highly acclaimed South African Dairy Championships 2023 for its 600g Ayrshire Mozzarella, produced exclusively for Woolworths. This product emerged as the leader among an impressive array of 929 dairy products from 71 renowned producers. Con Costaras, Managing Director of Fresh Foods

South African FMCG Retail – Undercovering the Current State of Play – Trade Intelligence

A new report from Trade Intelligence reveals an FMCG retail trade that is under enormous pressure – but that continues to innovate, to serve shoppers, and even to turn a profit. South Africa’s economic landscape is challenging for any business, but particularly so for players in the consumer goods industry. The complexity in this sector

Woolies Continues to Lead the Way at the SA Dairy Championships

Woolworths has once again demonstrated its exceptional prowess this year at the annual SA Dairy Championships, solidifying its position as an industry leader. The outstanding achievement of notching up a total of 79 awards, including 23 first place trophies, five prestigious Qualité Awards, and the highly sought-after Product of the Year award for their Ayrshire

Fair Cape Dairies Crowned Best Dairy in SA for the 3rd Year in a Row

On Thursday 25 May 2023 Fair Cape Dairies were once again recognised with the most Gold Medals at the SA Dairy Championships winning 14 Golds as well as 5 prestigious Qualite Awards for products which excelled with the highest standards of quality and taste. The recognition included milk, yoghurt, drinking yoghurt and dessert category products,

The Shoprite Group’s CredX Offers Businesses Better Rates and Fees in the Face of Rising Interest Rates

With the ongoing rise in interest rates in South Africa, businesses are increasingly faced with the daunting task of obtaining affordable financing. And with higher interest rates comes the burden of higher borrowing costs. CredX, launched by the Shoprite Group in 2022, enables its suppliers to obtain critical working capital funding at the lowest industry

Advanced Food Processing Technologies Could Make the Food Industry More Sustainable – SYSPRO

By Marius Wessels Manager: Professional Services for SYSPRO Africa Food goes to waste at every stage in the food manufacturing and distribution process – from farming and production to packaging, storage, distribution, retail and finally, once it reaches consumers. According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), globally we lose or

RFG Earnings Up 37% on Strong Trading Performance

RFG Holdings today reported a 37.1% increase in headline earnings to R217 million for the six months ended March 2023 as the regional and international businesses expanded margins and delivered strong all-round performances. The Western-Cape based food producer, which owns market-leading brands Rhodes, Bull Brand, Magpie, Squish, Hinds and Today, increased group operating profit by

Explosive Growth in Mobile Self-scanning, Reaching New Countries and Retailers

The number of stores allowing customers to scan items as they shop grew by nearly a quarter globally last year, and is expected to triple by 2028. 57,000 stores offering mobile self-scanning Retailers are increasingly investing in mobile self-scanning technology, with an additional 11,500 stores offering the service in 2022. According to Mobile Self-Scanning and

Lewis Group Posts Strong Credit Growth in Weak Consumer Climate

Lewis Group reported resilient credit sales growth and a strong debtors’ book performance in the year to March 2023, while the group’s overall results reflect the poor state of consumers in South Africa’s low growth, high inflationary environment. Headline earnings were 9.8% lower at R506 million while headline earnings per share increased by 1.0% to

Channel Overload is Hurting Full-Funnel Marketing Effectiveness and ROI Confidence

Pick a channel, any channel. With so many to choose from, marketers have their hands full as they weigh the options, allocate their budgets, and then validate their decisions. And as varied as the measurement landscape is today, the challenges will only increase as new channels come to market—unless marketers shift to think more holistically about

Massmart’s Latest Walmart Inspired Technology Launch Set to Improve Online Customer Experience

Massmart, owner of Game, Builders and Makro, has introduced Walmart’s Global Integrated Fulfillment (GIF) software to all Makro stores – with plans underway to expand into Game and Builders. Massmart, owner of Game, Builders and Makro, has introduced Walmart’s Global Integrated Fulfillment (GIF) software to all Makro stores – with plans underway to expand into

Clicks Opens 700th Pharmacy as Part of Drive Ensure Easier Access to Healthcare

Globally, retail pharmacies are adapting their models to meet changing consumer preferences. According to consulting firm McKinsey, the pharmacy of the future needs to create “a differentiated experience for the consumer” or offer a “differentiated set of products and services.” Meeting the evolving needs of consumers is a priority for Clicks. Nearly two decades after

Arla Foods Inaugurates State-of-the-Art Dairy Farm in Kaduna, Nigeria

Arla Foods, maker of Dano Milk, has inaugurated its state-of-the-art dairy farm in Kaduna as part of the company’s efforts to ensure sustainable milk production in Nigeria. The farm located in Damau village, Kubau Local Government Area, Kaduna State, was inaugurated on Thursday, May 25, 2023, by the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir

Thirteen Awards for Shoprite and Checkers Private Label Products at SA Dairy Championships

Shoprite and Checkers’ private label products scooped first place in nine categories – including best Mild Cheddar Cheese, Buffalo Milk Mozzarella, Chunky Cottage Cheese and Dairy Dessert – at the 190th South African Dairy Awards. A total of 52 products were submitted under seven of the supermarkets’ different private labels: Housebrand, Ritebrand, Crystal Valley, Royale,

New Integrated Payment Platform to be Launched in Africa

Moment offers expanded payment infrastructure for businesses across Africa to help them collect and make payments easier, quicker, and more affordable MultiChoice Group, Rapyd and General Catalyst today announced a joint venture aimed at developing an integrated payment platform for Africa. The joint venture will operate under a new company, called Moment. Moment offers expanded

Digital Commerce & Regulation | SA Perspective – Smollan

In South Africa, ecommerce transactions are regulated by the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act 25 of 2002 (ECTA) and the Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008 (CPA). It is important that companies doing business over the internet are aware of the details of these two key pieces of legislation, with retailers having to be on

The Rise And Rise of the Township Economy – AKELO

With half of South Africa’s population living in the estimated 532 townships around the country, vast potential lies in the so-called ‘township economy’. According to Roger Wilco’s 2022 Township CX Report, the vibrant, culture-rich township economy representing hundreds of billions of rands in spending power is largely untapped and misunderstood. The total market value of

How Payment Technology is Changing the Rulebook on SA Retail – RCS

The countrywide adoption of Bitcoin payments by industry titan, Pick ‘n Pay, late last year, heralded the first among many new developments in the payment technology landscape. The past few years have seen the proliferation of new methods of transacting, with local fintech innovators earning their place within the new-generation payments ecosystem. Consumer credit has

Boost Sales, Drive Revenue With 1Stream CRM

1Stream CRM is a smart and easy-to-use solution that will help your sales team achieve their targets by providing them with all the tools they need to help your business grow. Designed for medium to large organisations, 1Stream CRM is successfully utilised by some of South Africa’s leading corporates, backed by 1Stream’s expertise and support.

Making Touchscreen Terminals Accessible to People With a Visual Impairment – Ingenico

Touchscreens are increasingly being used for payment and while they offer many benefits for users, we must ensure they are accessible for all. Martin Doherty, CSO for Northern Europe and DACH at Ingenico, shares how Ingenico found a solution alongside the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) to enable blind and partially sighted people

Tribunal Interdicts Sasol Gas From Increasing its Gas Prices For Six Months

3The Competition Tribunal (Tribunal) has granted an interim relief application brought by the Industrial Gas Users’ Association of Southern Africa (IGUA-SA), interdicting Sasol Gas from increasing the price of piped natural gas above R68.39/GJ for the next six months. Natural gas is an essential input for IGUA-SA’s members which include large industrial users of gas

Africa’s Big 7 to Showcase the Best in Food and Beverage Innovations

Registration is open to connect with buyers from around the globe. The local food and beverage market is seeing healthy investment activity from new manufacturing plants being opened to popular brands expanding onshore. Recognising the potential of this market and further across the continent, significant prospects await at Africa’s Big 7 returning in June. “As

Summarised Results for the Year Ended 28 February 2023 – Famous Brand Limited

Strong brands and a growing footprint. Famous Brands is best known for its much-loved brands and reputation as a leading and responsible franchisor. Famous Brands is a vertically integrated Group with 17 restaurant brands and a network of 2 887 restaurants. We operate franchised, master licensed and Company-owned restaurants. Our business model comprises four core

Pick N Pay to Pay For 17,000 Customers’ Shopping Baskets

Pick n Pay helping to feed South African families with R10m of free groceries Pick n Pay, one of South Africa’s leading retailers, has launched an exciting initiative to reward their Smart Shoppers by randomly selecting one winner from every store nationwide every day until 18 June 2023 to win their entire shopping for free.

False Declines Carry Big Risk For Banks, Consumers and Merchants – Entersekt

Friction at checkout remains a major challenge for businesses, many of which are doing everything they can to reduce cart abandonment and ensure a great customer experience. At the same time, banks face their own challenges as they are the last defence for both customer and merchant when it comes to fraud protection. However, when

KongaNow: Guaranteed Same Day Delivery for Launch

Konga, Nigeria’s leading composite e-commerce group, after two years of extensive research and test-running, is set to further raise the bar of service delivery in the industry with the launch of KongaNow, guaranteed same day delivery of verified products, for which Konga will take complete responsibility. All you need to do is go to www.Konga.com/konga/now

Paratus Signs a Win-win Partnership For Retail Outlets in Informal Sector

Paratus is branding three existing shops in Soweto, Otjomuise and Okuryangava selling Paratus products and services to a previously untapped market; community members given training, jobs, and commission; community site owners receive income; convenience for informal sector residents to buy telco services. In a clever partnership deal, telecommunications operator, Paratus Namibia, has now branded three

Convenience Retailing: A Massive Opportunity Close to Home – Trade Intelligence

Convenience retail is an unstoppable force in South Africa’s consumer goods market. A new report from Trade Intelligence examines the size of the prize for retailers and brands, and the forces shaping this dynamic and rapidly evolving sector. The local tearoom or café was once the cornerstone of suburban South Africa, much as the spaza