Retail Trends 2021

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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 19 hours 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 18 hours ago

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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 19 hours ago

Easing the buying decision of the customer

While the South African population is much more comfortable shopping in-store, retailers and brands still have a ways to go in making up for the losses experienced as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic...

Issued by Smart Media 22 hours ago

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...

1 day ago

#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 1 day ago

Did Black Friday 2020 give us a glimpse into the future of retail?

Traditionally, scenes from global Black Friday sales depict packed stores and long lines of shoppers fighting to secure the best deals. But in 2020, the annual shopping holiday looked a little different...

By Nick Durrant, Issued by Bluegrass Digital 1 day ago

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...

1 day ago

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.

1 day ago

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...

2 days ago

2021 - The year of authentic visual immersion

Here are eight key trends that will affect online retailers in 2021 from Craig Bellingham, founder and CEO of Studio[K]irmack...

Issued by Studio[K]irmack 2 days ago

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 2 days ago

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...

3 days ago

#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 3 days ago

#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 3 days ago

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...

3 days ago

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...

3 days ago

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 1 day ago

The role of community and referrals in online retail success

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

2 days ago

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