The Guardian goes plastic free, opts for potato starch wrapping

Jumping onboard the plastic-free ship, UK national newspaper The Guardian has done away with its polythene packaging and opted for a compostable wrapping made from potato starch. The packaging also came with instruction on how to get rid of it: they should not recycle the wrapping, but should...

16 Jan 2019

New Birkenstock kiosk at V&A Waterfront

Comfort-focused footwear chain Birkenstock has launched a new kiosk in the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. The kiosk is situated on the upper floor opposite the Vans store and Under Armour. Birkenstock's summer 2018 collection inspiration derives from urban society and the zeitgeist of conscious...

19 Dec 2018

Zando records massive Black Friday sales

Zando recorded 67% of total mobile sales through its platform on Black Friday, which is up 52% from the previous year. By midday on Black Friday, the e-commerce platform had already exceeded the total order volume of last year's entire Black Friday, indicating a massive increase in sales and...

3 Dec 2018

Sorbet releases gift guide, home collection

Beauty salon Sorbet recently unveiled its Christmas gift guide along with a new home collection. The range consists of artisanal diffusers and candles, which are made from authentic raw materials and filled with natural scents. The range is made up of three main scents - Orient, waterfall, and...

30 Nov 2018

Click and collect at Cape Union Mart

Outdoor store Cape Union Mart has introduced a click and collect option to its offering. Consumers may shop online and collect their purchase from their closest store or another preferred pick-up point. The consumers must simply make their purchase online and once they get to the checkout,...

29 Nov 2018

Superbalist records 115% year-on-year growth for Black Friday

Superbalist announced that it had its biggest trading day ever on Black Friday; reporting a 115% year-on-year growth, and generating over R40m in revenue on the day. The fashion e-commerce site had 35,000 customers on the day and it sold 180,000 items. Furthermore, there was an 80% year-on-year...

27 Nov 2018

Ivy Trend enters SA e-commerce market

Ivy Trend recently entered the e-commerce market in South Africa. The e-tailer offers a range of unique and limited lifestyle product solutions, every 30 days and provides nationwide delivery through credit and debit card payment facilities. The online store launched with five items. All the...

22 Nov 2018

J.Crew CEO leaves in midst of turnaround plan

According to a report by Business of Fashion, J.Crew's CEO Jim Brett has decided to leave the company. He will be replaced by a temporary committee of four until a replacement is found. The decision to leave had been mutual between Brett and the company's board of directors. The committee of four...

19 Nov 2018

AVI Limited first FMCG company to list on A2X

AVI Limited is to be the first FMCG company and the 12th overall company to list on A2X, which is a South African stock exchange. The fast-moving consumer goods group's listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and the issued share capital will be unaffected by its secondary listing on A2X....

12 Nov 2018

Digital Retail Forum 2019 to focus on emerging technologies

The Digital Retail Forum 2019 (DRF2019) will focus on how emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), IoT, drones, digital payment solutions, new e-commerce models, and mobility are disrupting the retail sector. The event is themed 'harnessing digital technology for next-level...

8 Nov 2018

SA Vinyls Association welcomes Kaelo Black Beauty as SMME

The South Africa Vinyls Association (Sava) has welcomed Kaelo Black Beauty as a Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprise (SMME). Kaelo Black Beauty is a local designer, manufacturer, and distributor of African dolls, children's clothing, and Mahle school bags. The company's founder and CEO,...

1 Nov 2018

Memi Jewellery unveils new website

Personalised jewellery brand Memi Jewellery has launched a new direct to consumer website where its customers are able to order online and have input into their designs. Customers will receive their personalised pieces within five days.

29 Oct 2018

Danone Southern Africa joins non-profit product recovery organisation

Yoghurt producer Danone Southern Africa has joined the Polystyrene Association of South Africa, which is a non-profit product recovery organisation. Danone Southern Africa's MD Hendrik Born says the decision to join the Polystyrene Association of South Africa was important for Danone to show that...

26 Oct 2018

Afrozaar to liven logos with AR

Afrozaar is set to introduce the South African market to LogoScan, an augmented reality (AR+) enabled app. The app allows users to experience digital content in AR by holding up their smartphones to activated logos and scan. The logos will be preloaded on its server that, when matched with a live...

25 Oct 2018

US lags behind third-world in live chat customer satisfaction

A recent comparative study on customer satisfaction around the world found that the United States of America fell behind third-world countries when it came to live chat. The study was conducted independently by leading gatekeepers of customer service insights throughout 2017 and 2018. The...

25 Oct 2018

Carrol Boyes reveals new Ethereal range

Carrol Boyes has launched its Ethereal range of bath, body, and home products. The range consists of a variety of body, bath, and room products, which include hand wash, hand lotion, room spray, room diffuser, fragrance sachets, and a luxury soap bar. For the range, Carrol Boyes used imported...

22 Oct 2018

Willow Creek Olive Oils wins big at international competitions

Willow Creek Olive Oils' Estate Blend and Directors' Reserve came out on top in two separate categories at the 20th L'Orciolo d' Oro in Italy. Willow Creek's Directors' Reserve and Estate Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil both also received gold medals at the Terra Olivo International Olive Oil...

17 Oct 2018

Incobrands to relaunch Lavazza Coffee in SA retail stores

Incobrands will relaunch Lavazza Coffee in major South African retail stores such as Pick n Pay, Checkers, and Spar. Lavazza Coffee's product range consists of Qualità Oro, a coffee made from 100% Arabica beans, Qualità Rossa, a coffee made from Brazilian Arabica beans and African and South East...

17 Oct 2018

Freddy opens second store in East Rand

Lifestyle apparel brand Freddy unveiled its newest store at the East Rand Mall in Boksburg. This is its second store in the East Rand region. Freddy stocks sport and fashion apparel. Its exercise apparel incorporates breathable DIWO technical fabric, while its WR.UP trousers feature patented...

11 Oct 2018

Top Employers certifies British American Tobacco as top African employer

The Top Employers Institute (TEI) has verified British American Tobacco as one of the best companies to work for in Africa. To be certified, a company has to meet the criteria for the Top Employers Institute. The criteria being companies achieving certification in four countries. British...

8 Oct 2018

PnP offers free fruit to young patrons

Supermarket chain Pick n Pay introduced a new initiative aimed at encouraging healthy food choices. As part of the Free Fruit for Kids initiative, more than 200 Pick n Pay stores across the country will offer free fruit to shoppers' children under the age of 12. Apples and bananas will be...

3 Oct 2018

Weylandts opens fossil-themed store in Ballito

Furniture and homeware store Weylandts opened a new branch at the Ballito Lifestyle Centre in Durban. The Ballito store is themed around the concept of Living Fossils; each Weylandts store's theme is unique to the area in which the stores are located. The store is modelled after the layered...

3 Oct 2018

Holmes Bros makes its way to Edgars stores

Local clothing brand Holmes Bros is now available at four Edgars stores across the country and has opened a new store in Ballito's Lifestyle Centre. Holmes Bros has an online store and currently has stores in Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg.

2 Oct 2018

Mugg & Bean implements new payment method for customers

Restaurant company Mugg & Bean has made Samsung Pay available as a payment option at its sit down and on-the-go restaurants across the country. Customers of Mugg & Bean that are also users of the recently unveiled Samsung Pay application may now pay their bill using a compatible Samsung Galaxy...

1 Oct 2018

M&B unveils Vitality Open menu

Mugg and Bean (M&B) unveiled a new snack menu. The new menu is in support of Discovery's 10-week Vitality Open campaign. The menu includes smashed avo and egg on toast, Moroccan butternut and chickpea salad, and avo and rainbow slaw toast in the sit-down restaurants and fresh berry blaze and...

19 Sep 2018

Inner Secrets Lingerie introduces Inner Secrets Bridal registry service

Inner Secrets Lingerie has launched Inner Secrets Bridal; a registry service whereby brides can receive a bespoke fitting from a corsetière from any Inner Secrets Bridal store. The registry service works by giving each bride a drawer within her chosen store where friends and family will have the...

11 Sep 2018

Tru-Cape wants consumers to #staytruetotrucape and go on a #trucapequest

Tru-Cape Fruit launched a new campaign aimed at encouraging consumers to find its apples and pears in stores. Given the effects of the drought, the South African horticulture sector is currently experiencing a more than 20% drop in apple and pear production year-on-year. This, in turn, impacts...

30 Aug 2018

Jumia Food customers in Kenya, Uganda may now do pre-payments

Online food delivering company Jumia has made the option to do an online pre-payment available for its customers in Kenya and Uganda. The new payment option leverages the prominence of online payments in Africa. Jumia Food's MD, Shreenal Ruparelia, says the uptake of pre-payments will enhance...

28 Aug 2018

Herschel Supply Company launches new pop-up store in Canal Walk

Canadian lifestyle brand Herschel Supply Company has launched a pop-up store at Canal Walk Shopping Centre in Cape Town. The official launch was done with help of its partners, which are Nina Zimolong, Dean Herbert, Instax, and DJ Le Soul. The store sells backpacks, apparel, accessories,...

21 Aug 2018

Plan B to open branch in Pietermaritzburg

Plan B Dessertery will open a new store at the Liberty Midlands Mall in Pietermaritzburg on 25 August 2018. Plan B serves bubble waffles, churros, dessert tacos, dipped ice cream cones, a variety of ice-creams, and milkshakes. The 'dessertery' currently has seven stores across South Africa.

17 Aug 2018

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