South Africa news

12 February 2020
SPAR South Africa said group sales rose 5.4% to ZAR39.79 bn (US$2.67 bn) as part of a trading update covering the 18 weeks to 31 January 2020. The group noted it had been a ‘ challenging start to the year ’, with a relatively weak position across all the markets in which it operates. Growth driven by core business SPAR said its operations Southern Africa saw sales growth of 4.9%, with its c...
12 February 2020
Governments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are encouraging retailers to increase the number of sustainability schemes they implement. Single-use plastic reduction has been a common environmental initiative and many retailers have implemented schemes that aim to reduce, recycle or reuse single-use plastic whenever possible. What is the South Africa plastic pact? The Worldwide F...
31 January 2020
Walmart-owned, South Africa-based Massmart has published a sales update for its 52-week period ending 29 December 2019. Announcing total sales growth of 3.0% and comparable store growth of 1.5% the retailer also launched a new strategy, dubbed ‘The Road to Recovery’. The new strategy will be built around six pillars, which it believes will form ‘ the key building blocks of [its] turnaround ’ T...
23 January 2020
South Africa-based Shoprite has released an operational update for the six months ending 29 December 2019. It reported its total sale of merchandise had increased by 7.0% to approximately ZAR81.2 bn (US$5.6 bn) driven by its supermarkets in its home market. At a group level, Shoprite said the sales growth was aided by the number of customer visits increasing by 2.1% and product volumes up by 4...
15 January 2020
South Africa-based Woolworths has appointed a new chief executive, Roy Enzo Bagattini. He will take charge of the company from February 2020. New chief executive joins from Levi Strauss Bagattini is presently executive vice president and president for Levi Strauss Americas. He oversees operations that generate about US$3.0 bn in revenues, which is about half of what Woolworths Holdings does...
15 January 2020
South Africa-based, Walmart-owned Massmart has said it has recently completed a store optimisation project. It noted the process ‘ highlighted a number of underperforming stores in its portfolio ’, which could lead to their potential closure. Closures would focus on non-grocery banners… Massmart said the store optimisation project had led to a potential store closure consultation process. I...
07 January 2020
“The SPAR Natural concept breaks new ground in health and wellness by providing a holistic approach to customers seeking a healthier lifestyle.” In this article we unpick the elements of the SPAR Natural concept, which was first launched in 2017. How has the concept evolved? SPAR Gran Canaria has opened its fourth standalone SPAR Natural store, three years after introducing the new concep...
18 December 2019
South African-based Pick n Pay (PnP) has launched a new mentorship app which connects small suppliers with suitable experts across its business. Empowering entrepreneurs PnP said it hopes to empower entrepreneurs by improving accessibility to mentorship and business development support to help them grow their businesses. Suppliers can gain advice on procurement, merchandising, compliance...
04 December 2019
As South Africa-based Pick n Pay rolls out packaging-free zones, Botswana-based Choppies sells its operations in South Africa and Kenya’s Quickmart increases the pace of its expansion, we round up news from the region. Pick n Pay trials packaging-free zone Pick n Pay has added a packaging-free zone at its Constantia store in Cape Town. The zone comes after the retailer trialled ‘nude wall...
29 November 2019
Following initiatives from South Africa-based Checkers, Pick n Pay, results from the same country’s Woolworths and reports of Carrefour’s market entry into Uganda, we round up news from the region. Checkers launches one-hour delivery option Checkers is set to introduce a one-hour delivery option under the Sixty60 brand name. Initially launched at selected stores in the Western Cape and Gaut...