Africa & Middle East news & analysis

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...
13 January 2020
As Saudi Arabia enables shops to open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and Al Meera rolls out a range of initiatives, we round up news from the region. Saudi Arabia to allow shops to open 24/7 Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Municipal Affairs and the Ministry of Interior has said commercial activities will now be able to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The acting Minister of Municipa...
10 January 2020
As UAE-based Majid Al Futtaim expands into Uganda and online specialist Vuba Vuba launches in Rwanda and Kenya-based Nakumatt takes a further step towards liquidation, we round up news from the region. Majid Al Futtaim opens first Carrefour in Uganda Majid Al Futtaim has opened its first Carrefour hypermarket in Uganda, in the Oasis Mall in Kampala. The store, which is about 2,800 sq. m, st...
19 December 2019
As Choppies announces further market exits and Jumia says it is closing its operations in Rwanda and the latter investigates opportunities in other revenue streams, we round up news from the region. Choppies to exit three further countries Choppies will exit Kenya, Mozambique and Tanzania, an announcement that follows its recent decision to sell its operations in South Africa . The compa...
19 December 2019
Majid Al Futtaim, which operates the Carrefour brand across the Middle East and other countries, has looked to build online solutions for its operations in Qatar and Pakistan. Carrefour Qatar launches ecommerce site As it looks to build out its omnichannel strategy across the countries where it operates, Majid Al Futtaim operated Carrefour has launched an ecommerce site in Qatar. The initia...
05 December 2019
As the UAE implements new taxes, Majid Al Futtaim commits to further expansion and Al Meera looks to spotlight its locally sourced ranges, we round up news from the region. UAE expands tax coverage on certain products The UAE has implemented tax changes on certain products as it looks to improve the nation’s health. The country said it had implemented a 50% tax on non-fizzy drinks that have...
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...
28 November 2019
As Majid Al Futtaim adds hydroponic farms, LuLu opens new stores and AliExpress adds new services, we round up news from the region. Carrefour opens hydroponic farm in Abu Dhabi Majid Al Futtaim (MAF) owned Carrefour has opened two hydroponic farms at stores in My City Centre Masdar and Yas Mall. MAF said the hydroponic farms enable shoppers to buy from a select range of herbs and microgree...
11 November 2019
As LuLu discusses its expansion plans for Saudi Arabia, Majid Al Futtaim, at a corporate level, aims to remove freely distributed plastics from across its operations and Deliveroo extends its coverage in the UAE, we round up news from the region. LuLu to expand in Saudi Arabia Speaking at an event in the country, LuLu’s chairman and managing director, Yusuff Ali, discussed the retailer’s pl...
16 October 2019
As Checkers relaunches its loyalty card, third party logistics firm Glovo continues to expand its presence in Kenya and CFAO adds new stores in Cameroon, we round up news from the region. Shoprite’s Checkers relaunches loyalty programme Checkers has relaunched its Xtra Savings loyalty programme, following a short-lived trial of the solution in 2016. The programme enables shoppers to save up...