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Imperial Logistics acquires South African ecommerce logistics company ParcelNinja

Imperial Logistics has acquired 60% of South African ecommerce logistics company ParcelNinja. ParcelNinja, which was founded in 2013, offers outsourced logistics solutions to South African ecommerce companies. The deal value has not been disclosed. ParcelNinja provides fulfilment solutions to online …

South African retail pharmacy chain opens its 600th pharmacy

Clicks, the leading South African pharmacy chain, has opened its 600th in-store pharmacy. The group, which has 757 Clicks stores (not all have an in-store pharmacy) has a network across South Africa and is also in Botswana, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana …
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Massmart sells eight Masscash stores to Devland Cash and Carry

Walmart-owned Massmart will sell eight of its Masscash stores in South Africa to Devland Cash and Carry. Three more stores may yet get sold and Massmart is looking to close a further 14 Masscash stores. The moves come as CEO Mitchell …
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Unilever’s nano-factory and the future of FMCG manufacturing in Africa

Unilever engineers have created a prototype nano factory capable of fitting in a 40ft container. The prototype can take raw materials, process them, package and label them. It is currently being trialed in the Netherlands, producing liquid bouillon. Unilever says …
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Massmart sales fall by 7.7% in 2020

Massmart has revealed the impact of COVID-19 on its trading performance. The group’s sales saw a 7.7% decrease in the 12 months to the 21st December 2020. Like for sales fell 7.5% over the trading period as lockdown and a …

South Africa introduces new alcohol ban as COVID-19 cases escalate

The South African government has introduced a new alcohol ban as COVID-19 cases continue to rise. Scientists have warned that the new variant of COVID-19 sweeping across the country might be more resistant to current vaccines. The new alcohol ban …

Mastercard survey: 68% of South African consumers now shopping more online

Payments company has revealed new research on consumer spending habits in South Africa in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The study has found that 68% of South African consumers are shopping more online. The research points to a tipping point …

French products boycott spreads to Egypt, likely to go further

The boycott of French goods by consumers in Muslim countries has reached Egypt, a key market for French supermarket chain Carrefour, as well as several major French FMCG brands including Danone and L’Oréal. We think there is a risk the …

Coca-Cola opens the first outlet of Costa Coffee in South Africa

Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) opened South Africa’s first Costa Coffee outlet. The new outlet is in the Frontline Hyper supermarket in Hillfox, Johannesburg. The move follows a successful trial opening of a Costa outlet on the ground floor of …
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Starbucks plans to open 8 new outlets in South Africa before Christmas

Starbucks’ new franchisee in South Africa, Rand Capital Coffee, has unveiled plans to open an additional 8 new stores. The new stores will be in Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Johannesburg and Pretoria and are set to open in late 2020. Rand Capital …
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Jumia opens up its logistics network to third parties across 11 countries

Jumia is opening up its logistics network to third party businesses in 11 countries. The move means the internet retailer will offer its platform and network, enabling companies to use its final mile delivery capabilities. Prior to the announcement, Jumia …
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Mr Price debuts new container store for South African townships

South African fashion retailer Mr Price has launched a new format container store in a bid to bring retail closer to lower end consumers. Its new smaller format store has opened in Illovo, in KwaZulu-Natal. But can it revolutionise retailing …