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Report warns govts against using alcohol prohibition laws as emergency response
Report warns govts against using alcohol prohibition laws as emergency response

Research conducted by Tracit analysed the economic and social impacts of strict restrictions on the production and/or consumption of alcohol during the early stages of the Covid-19 outbreak...

18 hours ago

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Fashion retailer Primark is refusing to sell online - here's why it is right to do so

Irish fast-fashion retailer Primark has no plans to sell its clothes online. This is despite the company warning that lockdown store closures could cost it losses of more than £1bn...

By Lisa Jack and Regina Frei 13 hours ago

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Higher food prices look set to ease in second quarter

The drivers of the increase in the headline food price inflation in the last quarter of the year were primarily bread and cereals; meat; fish; milk, eggs and cheese; and oils and fats...

By Wandile Sihlobo 20 hours ago

Scan Display launches affordable and flexible shopping kiosks

Branding and retail display specialist, Scan Display, has devised a new cost-effective solution for shopping kiosks. Its Showcase Kiosk range is available for short-term rental...

Issued by Scan Display 22 hours ago

Windhoek ad called out for suggesting toxic masculinity

South Africa's Advertising Regulatory Board (ARB) has asked Heineken South Africa to withdraw or amend an advertisement for Windhoek beer on the basis that it entrenches toxic masculinity, suggesting that "real men drink real beer"...

3 days ago

Wellness e-tailer Health Central launches in SA

Health Central is South Africa's newest online store targeting the growing wellness market...

3 days ago

"To close, or not to close?" the question that plagues restaurant owners

With the curfew still in place and increasing fear around the new strain and second wave of Covid-19 infections, many restaurants are struggling to operate at a profit...

By Evan-Lee Courie 3 days ago

Retail sales slump continues, dropping 4% in November

South Africa's retail trade sales decreased by 4% year-on-year in November 2020, falling for the eighth consecutive month...

3 days ago

New survey highlights opportunities to future-proof supply chains

The survey conducted by Orange Business Services explores how enterprises can utilise supply chain and logistical data insights to mitigate risk...

3 days ago

Unilever trials 'nano factory' in portable shipping container

The prototype is a fully-functioning, mini production line that houses everything needed to produce a batch, from the point where raw materials go in at one end to where finished products come out at the other...

21 Jan 2021

Why smart packaging can be a valuable brand differentiator

The new era of smart packaging, and consequently products, will connect, improve and transform industries and shape new consumer expectations...

By Robert Lockyer 21 Jan 2021

Ethnic conflict could unravel Ethiopia's valuable garment industry

Ethiopia has long been considered one of Africa's economic wunderkinds. But for the past two months, violent conflict in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region fuelled by ethnic power politics has threatened the country's stability...

By Dorothee Baumann-Pauly 21 Jan 2021

Connected, automated temperature monitoring - a proactive approach for an unbroken cold chain

Smart connected and automated temperature monitoring at every point of the cold chain will help logistics companies proactively ensure their cold chain is never broken and their goods arrive in prime condition for use and sale...

By Eckart Zollner 21 Jan 2021

Shoprite competition to pay school fees for 500 students

Five hundred learners stand the chance of having their 2021 school fees paid for in Shoprite's annual 'Class Of' competition - now open for entry...

20 Jan 2021

What does the proposed tobacco bill mean for vaping in SA?

This opinion piece is part of VPASA's (Vapour Products Association of South Africa) We Are Not Tobacco (WANT) campaign, which seeks to differentiate electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) from combustible tobacco products...

By Asanda Gcoyi, Issued by Irvine Partners 3 days ago

DSA calls on AU to help rid Africa of Ponzi schemes

The Direct Selling Association of South Africa (DSA) is imploring the African Union (AU) to initiate a continent-wide effort to stamp out Ponzi schemes...

3 days ago

Coca-Cola warns SA job seekers of recruitment scam

Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) has warned job seekers of a recruitment scam by fraudulent parties, a trend that has resurfaced in the 2021 New Year...

3 days ago

Easing the buying decision of the customer

While the South African population is much more comfortable shopping in-store, retailers and brands still have a ways to go in making up for the losses experienced as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic...

Issued by Smart Media 21 Jan 2021

Labour department acts against Queenstown factory where worker's hand was severed

The Department of Employment and Labour has taken action against Queenstown food company Truda Foods where a worker's hand was severed by a machine last week...

By Joseph Chirume 20 Jan 2021

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