SA retailers pessimistic about business conditions – survey

25 March 2021. South African retailer confidence has declined by 13 points in the first quarter of 2021, impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and related trade restrictions. This is according to the results of the latest retail trade survey, completed by senior executives in the industry and conducted by the Bureau for Economic Research (BER). Read more…


SA retail sales continue 10-month downward spiral

19 March 2021. Data from Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) yesterday showed that retail trade sales fell 3.5% in January from a year ago, following a downwardly revised 1.2% slump in December. Read more…


Global food prices rise by 3.9%

7 December 2020. The FAO Food Price Index averaged 105.0 points during the month, up 3.9% from October and 6.5% higher than its value a year earlier. Read more…


Tackling illicit alcohol trade in South Africa ‘critical’ to economic recovery

10 September 2020. After reports that the illicit trade in alcohol was thriving in South Africa and could take years to be contained, the country’s alcohol industry has said tackling the issue is “critical” to the nation’s post-lockdown recovery. Read more…


Lockdown transaction data reflects acceleration of e-commerce in SA

29 July 2020. South Africans have historically been cautious about shopping online, but faced with the realities of lockdown restrictions have turned to online shopping in unprecedented numbers since the start of 2020. Read more…


Data shows 7 interesting shopping habits of South Africans during the lockdown

15 July 2020. In South Africa, one of the major areas that have changed considerably is how people shop. But exactly how have our shopping behaviours changed? Read more…


Covid-19 driving fundamental shifts in Africa’s consumers

28 May 2020. The Covid-19 pandemic has given rise to a new kind of African consumer who is already displaying fundamental shifts in consumption and purchase behaviour driven by factors such as heightened health awareness, a focus on quality and safety, a renewed desire to stay at home and a tight wallet squeeze. Read more…


FMCG and Covid-19: Sector set for considerable change

14 May 2020. The market for FMCG faces considerable changes – impacted by demand for consumer-packaged goods, changes in household spending, increase in e-commerce and frequency of shop visits…Read more…


Anxious South Africans to cut spending as impact of Covid-19 unfolds

12 May 2020.According to a new survey from McKinsey & Company, 81% of South Africans said they were either uncertain or pessimistic about the country’s economic recovery after Covid-19, compared to 72% in March. This is a trend that began pre-Covid-19, which mirrored the grim economy landscape that has deteriorated with the pandemic. Read more…


How Covid-19 is shifting retail customer priorities – report

11 May 2020. South African retailers must consider new customer priorities as Covid-19 accelerates digital transformation. The pandemic is driving significant changes in customer experience, supply chains, health and hygiene, and employee engagement. Read more…