Shoprite stretches a helping hand to affected communities in South Africa, undertakes donation drive

SOUTH AFRICA – Shoprite group, South Africa’s largest consumer goods retailer has rallied up support to help communities affected by unrest recover from the violent uprisings. The supermarket chain owner has made an initial donation of R1 million (US$68,800) to the cause via its Act For Change Fund. To boost the kitty, Shoprite has urged its customers to participate in the drive by making donation to the fund at any of its outlets under the Shoprite, Checkers or Usave banners. According to the retailer, the funds will be used by…

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South African retailers soar above riot disruptions, commence rebuilding, restocking

SOUTH AFRICA – South African retailers are working round the clock to replenish shelves with groceries, food and other essential supplies in hundreds of stores which were looted in one of the country’s worst unrest in years. Supermarket owners have indicated that they are racing to keep stores unaffected by the violence stocked, as some shoppers were stripping shelves with panic buying, though blocked roads and disruptions to supply chains were hampering their efforts. In the affected areas i.e., KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, retailers are gearing up to rebuild the affected…

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Naivas stretches its reach further in Kenya, Shoprite pleads to vaccinate its front-line workers

KENYA – Naivas Supermarket, Kenya’s largest locally owned retail store has announced plans of opening new branches in Githurai 44 and Kisumu, as it seeks to strengthen its hold as a top retailer in the country. The Githurai outlet, set to be opened before end of July will be situated on Kamiti Road, targeting hundreds of shoppers around the region. Meanwhile, the Kisumu branch will be opened at Simba Club Hall, next to United Mall targeting hundreds of shoppers around the region. The new outlets will be Naivas’ 74th  and…

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Shoprite keeps customers in mind renews partnership with global Customer Data Science company dunnhumby

SOUTH AFRICA – Shoprite, the grocery retailer in Africa with over 500 stores and 20 million customers across the continent, has renewed its partnership with dunnhumby, the global player in Customer Data science. This will enable Shoprite to continue personalising customer experience as it continues to evolve its business to better serve its clientele, with the introduction of the Xtra Savings cards and their continued commitment to low prices. “We continue to innovate and leverage new technology to meet consumer expectations, and over the last eight years dunnhumby has worked…

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Shoprite banks on growth of Zambian market opens 40th outlet

ZAMBIA – Shoprite, Africa’s leading retailer is continuing to expand its footprints outside its traditional market South Africa, opening its 40th outlet in Zambia. Located at the Jacaranda Mall in Ndola, the new branch promises to continue with its legacy of low prices, offering a variety of products, in addition to sourcing 90% of its goods and services locally. Unlike its other operations outside South Africa, which have been impacted by currency devaluations, supply issues and low consumer spending, Shoprite Zambia has been showcasing stellar performance with sales increasing by…

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Shoprite finalises sale of Nigerian operations, Kenyan retailer Tuskys seeks to lease brand

NIGERIA – Africa’s largest retailer, Shoprite Holdings, has officially transferred ownership of its Nigerian subsidiary to Ketron Investment Limited, a company owned by a group of institutional investors led by property firm owner, Persianas Investment Limited. This change in ownership has also received the approval of the Nigerian regulator, the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, reports The Punch. According to Ketron Investment, the divestment by Shoprite was in line with its strategy to change from an ownership model to a franchise model, to enable the brand to remain in…

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SA retailer Shoprite offers seamless grocery purchase to Paymenow app users

SOUTH AFRICA – South African fintech startup Paymenow has partnered with leading retailer Shoprite, to enable its 50,000 users purchase food and groceries from the store via its Paymenow app. The Stellenbosch-based startup, was formed in 2019 as a salary advance payment platform with the aim of easing the burden inflicted by payday and micro lenders through affordable, real-time, access to cash. The company has now expanded its offerings, giving employees who have signed up on the app, ability to fund a Shoprite Money Market Account. This acts as a…

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Naivas Supermarket opens new outlet in Eldoret, targets to reach 75 branch count by end year

KENYA – Naivas Supermarket, Kenya’s largest locally owned retail store has opened its 72nd branch store in Eldoret, West of Kenya, increasing its supply in the local retail space. The new store is located at Zion Mall along Ronald Ngala street, previously occupied by Tuskys supermarket. The retail chain previously had two branches in Eldoret town, one in the market area, Naivas Sokoni and Naivas at Langas stage. The Zion mall branch makes them three in the vicinity. “The opening of our new store in Eldoret underscores our commitment to…

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Shoprite holdings appoints two new non-executive directors to its board

SOUTH AFRICA – Shoprite Holdings Ltd, Africa’s largest consumer goods retailer has added new blood to its board with the appointment of two respectable and experienced accounting professionals and board members, Nonkululeko Gobodo and Linda de Beer as independent non-executive directors. The group has also indicated that both appointees will serve as members of the company’s audit and risk committee. These appointments, effective from 11 May 2021, follow the November 2020 appointment of Wendy Lucas-Bull as Shoprite’s chair. Lucas-Bull with extensive experience as a chairperson and non-executive director on numerous…

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Shoprite owned Checkers opens first pet store in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa’s leading and fast-growing retailer, Shoprite, has opened its first pet store in the country, next to the newly revamped Checkers outlet in the Cape Town suburb of Brackenfell. The speciality store known as Petshop Science, is aimed to tap the growing consumer segment with Flux Trends indicating that South Africans spend between R300 million and R600 million on pet food per year. Being its inaugural pet store, Shoprite has indicated it will offer details on potential expansion in the future, reports Fin24. Pet care market…

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