Tills jingling for Cape retailers

This article was written by Jenni McCann and originally appeared in Cape Business News. CAPE TOWN headquartered retail conglomerates appeared to enjoy brisk Christmas trading with recent sales updates mostly confirming double digit growth. The trading statements – to an extent – allay fears that discretionary spending would dry up as consumers faced up to […]

Just how big is the Bangladesh garment sector?

This article was written by Leonie Barrie and originally appeared in Just Style. Just how many factories there are in the Bangladesh garment industry, the size of the workforce, and the number of workers covered by the various initiatives aimed at improving factory safety? The answer, it seems, is that nobody knows for sure and […]

Boston Retail Partners’ 2015 Merchandise Planning Survey

According to the Boston Retail Partners’ 2015 Merchandise Planning Survey: ‘Today’s retailers are wrestling with a myriad of business and IT issues. Adding to the already long list, current planning systems are out-of-date and don’t effectively address today’s requirements for an omni-channel planning environment. Most retailers find their current planning applications are ineffective and can’t […]

Bleaker outlook hits Woolworths stock

This article was written by Marc Hasenfuss and originally appeared in BDLive  SHARES in upmarket retailer Woolworths (Woolies), the darling of the JSE’s consumer sector, were shredded yesterday, with nervous investors fretting over less compelling prospects for the financial year ahead. The shares finished 7.65% down despite Woolies reporting a 17% increase in revenue to […]