South Africa news

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...
15 November 2019
South Africa-based SPAR Group, which operates across four countries, its home market, Ireland, Switzerland and Poland, reported its turnover rose 8.4% to ZAR109.5 bn (US$7.3 bn) in its financial year ending 30 September. It said its operating profit increased by 7.2% to ZAR3.0 bn (US$200.8m), helped by ‘ focused margin management and tight cost and efficiency control ’. Good growth in South Af...
06 November 2019
As Game launches its brand refresh, Checkers gives more details of its new loyalty programme and Naivas invests in its operations in Kenya, we round up news from the region. Game undertakes brand refresh… Massmart-owned Game has refreshed its brand, launching a new positioning, under the tag line ‘You’ve got Game’. The retailer said the refresh was aimed at helping it to reconnect with its ...
06 November 2019
As part of an operational update ahead of its AGM, Shoprite said Group turnover rose 7.3% in the three months to the end of September 2019. The performance was driven by its operations in South Africa, while outside its home market the retailer said it had ‘ seen no change to the difficult operating environment articulated in [its] recent results. ’ Supermarkets RSA saw sales rise by 10.3% ...
23 October 2019
South Africa-based Pick n Pay has said its turnover rose 6.0%, to ZAR43.1 bn (US$2.9 bn) in the first half of its 2020 financial year. The retailer reported that its trading profit increased ahead of its turnover, at 12.5%, to ZAR1.2 bn (US$80.9 m). Stores in South Africa driving growth Pick n Pay said its turnover in South Africa rose by 6.5%, with like-for-like sales rising by 3.5% in val...