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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 23 hours ago

PepsiCo aims for net-zero emissions by 2040
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

NPO exerts pressure on FMCG and retail giants to cut plastic usage
NPO exerts pressure on FMCG and retail giants to cut plastic usage

As You Sow has filed shareholder proposals with 10 leading consumer goods companies and retailers, calling for commitments to absolute cuts in the use of plastic packaging...

15 Jan 2021

2020 digital holiday sales climb to $1.1tn globally - Salesforce
2020 digital holiday sales climb to $1.1tn globally - Salesforce

Digital sales grew around 58% during the five days leading up to Christmas, despite earlier shipping cutoffs...

13 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: Recalibrating for diminished growth - resolutions for 2021
#BizTrends2021: Recalibrating for diminished growth - resolutions for 2021

Despite the dissemination of vaccines in the months ahead, a larger portion of consumer spending will be impacted by recessionary conditions...

Ailsa WingfieldBy Ailsa Wingfield 11 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: Safety vs sustainability - the packaging industry's key conundrum
#BizTrends2021: Safety vs sustainability - the packaging industry's key conundrum

The pandemic calls for a paradigm shift in how the packaging industry meets consumer's safety concerns while addressing the threat of climate change...

By Nthabiseng Motsoeneng 7 Jan 2021

The rise of commercial milk formulas and why it matters for the world's women and children
The rise of commercial milk formulas and why it matters for the world's women and children

Our recent study shows that global commercial milk formula sales are booming. Between 2005 and 2019, world milk formula sales more than doubled from 3.5kg to 7.4kg per child...

By David McCoy, Julie P. Smith and Phillip Baker 5 Jan 2021

Demand for meat is driving deforestation in Brazil - changing the soy industry could stop it
Demand for meat is driving deforestation in Brazil - changing the soy industry could stop it

Deforestation in Brazil recently reached a 12-year high, prompting France to cut soybean imports from the country...

By Angela Guerrero and Malika Virah-Sawmy 4 Jan 2021

Automation and data-driven decision-making to power retail in 2021
Automation and data-driven decision-making to power retail in 2021

Retailers' interest in innovative technologies, solutions and new operating models continues to grow...

17 Dec 2020

The rise and fall of Tab - after surviving the sweetener scares, the iconic diet soda gets canned
The rise and fall of Tab - after surviving the sweetener scares, the iconic diet soda gets canned

Tab, the Coca-Cola company's original diet soda brand, is headed to the soda graveyard...

By Jeffrey Miller 15 Dec 2020

African entrepreneurs called to enter sustainable fashion competition
African entrepreneurs called to enter sustainable fashion competition

The African Development Bank's Fashionomics Africa initiative has launched an online competition to support designers of sustainable and circular fashion...

15 Dec 2020

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Singapore approves cell-cultured chicken bites - who will be the first to try them?

Cultured meat made from animal cells without animal slaughter has been approved for sale for the first time...

By Chris Bryant 7 Dec 2020

Global food prices rise by 3.9%
Global food prices rise by 3.9%

Global food commodity prices rose to a nearly six-year high in November...

3 Dec 2020

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Global cyber week online sales hit record high

Salesforce data shows global online spend of $270bn...

2 Dec 2020

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Virtual Manufacturing Indaba to gather experts from across Africa

Leading figures within sub-Saharan Africa's manufacturing sector will convene virtually at the Manufacturing Indaba 2020 to debate pressing issues impacting the region's industrial landscape...

1 Dec 2020

Mr Price buys Durban-based value retailer Power Fashion
Mr Price buys Durban-based value retailer Power Fashion

Mr Price Group has concluded an agreement to acquire family-owned value retailer Power Fashion, which currently has 170 stores located across southern Africa...

26 Nov 2020

Joe and Claudia Castellanos, Black Mamba Foods
Eswatini's Black Mamba Foods bags R9.2m investment

Enygma Ventures has invested R9.2m in Black Mamba Foods, an Eswatini-based ethical producer of specialty food products...

17 Nov 2020

Luxury goods: why elite brands are weathering the pandemic better than high street retailers
Luxury goods: why elite brands are weathering the pandemic better than high street retailers

Clothes shops are among the worst-hit retailers from the coronavirus pandemic, but luxury brands appear to be weathering the conditions relatively well...

By Shaun Borstrock 17 Nov 2020

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Why harmonised retail is the future

For many industries, predicting the future during a pandemic would be difficult - if not impossible. Retail is different. Why?

By Oliver Guy 13 Nov 2020

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Legal recreational cannabis sales to grow 376% globally by 2025

Recreational cannabis sales will drive global legal market growth by 376% over the next five years, outpacing medical and CBD, according to Euromonitor International...

11 Nov 2020

Global food system emissions alone threaten warming beyond 1.5°C - but we can act now to stop it
Global food system emissions alone threaten warming beyond 1.5°C - but we can act now to stop it

Modern agriculture releases lots of different greenhouse gas emissions, each with complex effects on the global climate...

By John Lynch 9 Nov 2020

Vans donates $1m to charities focused on mental health
Vans donates $1m to charities focused on mental health

For its second annual Checkerboard Day, Vans will focus on the vital role creativity plays in helping individuals and communities address mental health and well-being, in light of the period of global isolation experienced as a result of Covid-19.

3 Nov 2020

#ConsciousLiving: Ashaki driving purpose-led beauty through impact sourcing
#ConsciousLiving: Ashaki driving purpose-led beauty through impact sourcing

Through her natural haircare brand Ashaki, Nthabiseng 'Joy' Duff has set out to prove that the beauty industry can be a positive force for change...

Lauren HartzenbergBy Lauren Hartzenberg 30 Oct 2020

Watch: SA's premier fashion and textile trade fair goes virtual
Watch: SA's premier fashion and textile trade fair goes virtual

AllFashion Sourcing, the annual trade show for the apparel, textile, footwear and leather industry, will this year be hosted on a virtual platform from 3-5 November 2020...

Lauren HartzenbergBy Lauren Hartzenberg 29 Oct 2020

Restrictions in trade to contain Covid-19 have been devastating for Africa's urban poor
Restrictions in trade to contain Covid-19 have been devastating for Africa's urban poor

Trade routes have been significantly disrupted this year in efforts to contain Covid-19. The effects of this are already showing: global growth is set to contract by 4.9%...

By Astrid R.N. Haas and Victoria Delbridge 27 Oct 2020

2020 global online holiday sales predicted to grow 30% - Salesforce
2020 global online holiday sales predicted to grow 30% - Salesforce

Digital sales are expected to hit all-time highs and lead to strained shipping capacity as retailers grapple with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic...

21 Oct 2020

L'Oréal announces winners of Beauty Tech for Good Challenge
L'Oréal announces winners of Beauty Tech for Good Challenge

The international competition recognises the most innovative startups supporting responsible, sustainable and inclusive beauty...

14 Oct 2020

Smart African retailers are rising from the ashes. Here's how
Smart African retailers are rising from the ashes. Here's how

To hear some industry commentators tell it, Covid-19 is going to be the final nail in the coffin of retail as we know it. At best, they're over-simplifying. At worst, they're just wrong...

Lee NaikBy Lee Naik 13 Oct 2020

How the decline in Chinese tourists around the world has hit the luxury sector
How the decline in Chinese tourists around the world has hit the luxury sector

A significant number of Chinese tourists spend large sums on luxury items, such as designer clothes and accessories, when they travel overseas...

By Xiaoqing Chen and Carol Zhang 1 Oct 2020



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