Congress to unpack retail success

first_imgThis year’s World Retail Congress Africa will be held in the continent’s economic hub, Johannesburg.(Image: Brand South Africa) Professor David Block, was one of four astronomers who studied the Hypatia pebble.(Image: World Retail Congress)MEDIA CONTACTS • World Retail Congress+44 (0)203 033 2020MediaClub South Africa reporterMore than 250 retail leaders from across the world will meet in Johannesburg at the World Retail Congress Africa, to be held from 4 to 6 November, to discuss, debate and define the future of retail on the continent.The World Retail Congress Africa is new to sub-Saharan Africa, created in response to the rapidly changing and diversifying marketplaces on the continent. It is anticipated that it will go straight to the heart of retail opportunities, and that speakers will look at servicing and understanding the new African consumer across new channels in new markets. They will also provide global retail intelligence, with an Africa market focus.No other continent offers the same growth potential for retailers as Africa. Faced with limited population growth and sluggish economies at home, many American and particularly European retailers are expanding into emerging markets in the hope of finding growth opportunities. But competition is intense in the large markets of China and Brazil, prompting many to look elsewhere to gain an advantage. Africa is a good place to look: although traditional forms of retailing are still dominant on the continent, a growing middle class is demanding branded products and the opportunity to shop in modern retail formats.Africa’s main challenges, however, lie in its enormous size and diversity: Africa is not one country. A thorough understanding of local cultures, beliefs, customs, economics, and practices is necessary for success. With this in mind, the World Retail Congress Africa agenda will focus on specific country case studies to help participants identify the opportunities, and grow their business based on successful examples across the continent.For African groups to expand their presence, they must build brands underpinned by local insights that motivate African consumers while delivering on a global standard.Stakeholders in the sector are encouraged to attend the congress. Effective and prosperous businesses in the most promising countries will explain how they have changed their business models through understanding consumer trends. More than 40 sessions have been planned for the two-day congress, covering a variety of topics, such as:$1·         The informal versus formal retail economy – financing retail development and roll-out through domestic financing, and funding from Brics members and the West;$1·         Identifying sustainable growth markets – market insight and chief executive officer case studies from Angola, Botswana, Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa;$1·         Online consumers – introducing the online, mobile, connected African consumer and new retail opportunities;$1·         Entering African retail successfully – business models, including joint ventures, franchises, and acquisitions, and market conditions for launch and expansion; and,$1·         Delivering best practice operational excellence and supply chain management to exceed customer expectations.More than 60 speakers, all leaders in their fields, have been confirmed. They will bring personal and continent-wide insights on successfully adapting to a changing marketplace. They include:$1·         Steve Hammett, president – retail at Al Futtaim, United Arab Emirates (Marks & Spencer);$1·         David Kneale, chief executive, Clicks Group;$1·         Therese Gearhart, president South Africa, Coca-Cola;$1·         Paula Disberry, group planning head, Woolworths;$1·         Jonathan Ciano, chief executive, Uchumi;$1·         Jeremy Hodara, managing director, jumia.com.ng;$1·         Sullivan O’Carroll, chairman and managing director South Africa, Nestlé;$1·         Bill Paladino, chief executive internet, MIH, Naspers Africa (including Kalahari.com);$1·         Andre Farber, executive vice president, Grupo Boticário;$1·         Yaw Nsarkoh, managing director East and South Africa, Unilever;$1·         Suzanne Ackerman, transformation director, Pick n Pay; and,$1·         Mncane Mthunzi, group head – Africa food retail and supplier development, Massmart.Success stories in particular nations will also be unpacked:● Angola: How can one conduct business successfully in Angola? What are the business models that are working? The Angola country session will hear from Grupo Boticário, which after more than 35 years of successful franchising in Brazil, is considered the largest point of sale network in cosmetics and fragrances in the world. In Angola, a well-financed country, it sells to the international consumer base at the heart of the country’s oil economy. The session will look at what changes it effected to remain locally minded and sensitive to the needs of its growing consumer groups. Speakers: Nicolas Borrero Pabon, international business unit manager, and Andre Farber, executive vice-president, Grupo Boticário● Botswana: As one of the leading supermarket brands in Botswana, Choppies addresses the one to three level consumer in Africa. The brand is now in neighbouring countries, including South Africa. Botswana itself has been identified by AT Kearney’s Global Retail Development Index as the top sub-Saharan African country for retail business. This session will look at what it means to address the bottom of the pyramid consumer now and the potential in the sector. Speaker: Ramachandran Ottapathu, chief executive, Choppies● Egypt: The Al-Futtaim Group, founded over 70 years ago, is one of the most respected corporations in the lower Gulf and North Africa. It operates more than 65 companies across diverse retail sectors, including Ikea, Marks & Spencer, Toys R’ Us, Robinsons and Guess. Despite its recent political instability, Egypt is a lucrative market when you manage to get it right. Learn how Marks & Spencer in Egypt has managed to survive and thrive in this environment. Speaker: Steve Hammett, president – retail, Al Futtaim (Marks & Spencer)● Kenya: As the largest retailer in East Africa, including Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, Nakumatt is still expanding into the wider region and plans to add internet shopping to its direct-to-consumer platforms. Find out how to deliver retail experiences to 41 million people and how to prioritise markets for expansion. Speaker: Thiagarajan Ramamurthy, director of strategy and operations, Nakumatt● Nigeria: Nigeria’s online retail industry is on the rise more so than any other African country. What makes the conditions right in this country to set up and grow your online business? How can online retail businesses survive and negotiate the existing offline challenges of getting product to market? This session will look at funding, accessing core online consumers vis-a-vis mobile network development, and remaining innovative and relevant as new physical and online competition hits the commercial sphere. Speaker: Sim Shagaya, chief executive, Konga.com● South Africa: One of the largest retailers in Africa, Woolworths is a South African chain that extends, through franchise partnerships, throughout Africa and into the Middle East, trading through more than 400 outlets. How does Woolworths split its approach to the rest of Africa’s markets and non-grocery strategy, where supply chain complexities exist? This session will look at best practice in sourcing, trending and keeping the customer at heart. Speaker: Paula Disberry, group director retail operations and international, Woolworths.last_img read more

Google Sites API Aims For Data Liberation

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market dana oshiro In 2008, Google acquisition JotSpot announced that it would “expand upon the Google Page Creator already offered within Apps.” The idea was that JotSpot would power a system to help businesses set up their own collaboration, project management and customer extranets. After 3 years of sitting quietly in the Google arsenal, JotSpot has now reemerged in the form of a Google Sites Data API. Scott Johnston, Senior Product Manager for Google Sites spoke to ReadWriteWeb about the benefits of this new API. In addition to offering users the ability to share and edit user content across Google Sites, all of your content can be accessed using the Google Data Protocol. In other words, as per Google’s Data Liberation Front, users can import and export apps from Microsoft SharePoint sites into Google Sites or vice versa. One advantage over SharePoint is that Google Sites does not require users to maintain software on PCs. Google Sites builds on the company’s already well-established strengths – including cloud-based office tools and impeccable search. With the new API, if users choose to switch from SharePoint to Google Sites, they’ve now got an easy way to migrate their content. Tags:#Google#web center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

Renacia, Fernandez pace Sletba Open qualifiers

first_imgView comments In the Graded Masters field, Charles Calamba of Sletba-GMTBC rolled a six-game series of 1362 to pace the group, followed by two other Sletba members–Pabs Penalba (1298) and Edel Ocampo (1288).Penalba is also currently ahead in the Senior Masters with 1376, followed closely by Boy Florencio of Sletba-GMTBC with 1365, and Papio de Dios of Sletba with 1337.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutQualifying games will be held until Saturday at the Sta. Lucia East Bowling Center in Cainta.For details of the tournament and full results of the qualifying games, please check www.sletba.com/wp. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Jeron Teng declares for PBA Draft BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Tobs Renacia of the Sta. Lucia East Tenpin Bowling Association (Sletba) and Perry Fernandez of DATBI are tied for the lead in the Masters division of the ongoing 21st Sletba Open in Cainta, Rizal.Results of the qualifying games as of Sunday night showed Renacia and Fernandez posting 1328 pinfalls each in six games, followed by Art Barrientos of TBAM-Prima with 1301.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

Jwala Gutta slams BAI president

first_imgHours after winning India’s first women’s badminton gold medal in Commonwealth Games, doubles specialist shuttler Jwala Gutta lashed out at Badminton Association of India (BAI) president V.K. Verma for not even congratulating the winning pair that comprised Ashwini Ponappa apart from her. Second seed Jwala and Ashwini had pulled up a historic victory stunning top seed Singaporeans Sari Shanti Mulia and Yao Lei in straight sets at Siri Fort Sports Complex on Thursday. Jwala paired with Ashwini after splitting with her long time partner Shruti Kurian during the Indian Open Grand Prix in Hyderabad. Jwala said that it was time for a huge shake-up in the association. In fact, she did not mince any words while making obvious reference to the BAI president. “Our president who was sitting and watched the match, did not come to congratulate us. I was not really happy with the way our association is working. I would like to change a lot of things in the coming years,” Jwala said.Jwala recently made headlines when media reports claimed that she was dating the Congress MP from Moradabad and former India cricket captain, Mohammad Azharuddin, after the latter decided to contest BAI election.”This medal will silent my critics. This is my answer to them to whatever happened. I am very happy and everyone who has negative thoughts about me, I would like to say just shut-up now,” Jwala said.  – With agency inputslast_img read more

Guardiola: Man City are nowhere near perfection

first_imgPremier League Perfect? Man City are nowhere near, says Guardiola Russell Greaves 23:02 1/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pep Guardiola Getty Images Premier League Manchester City Guardiola League Cup Cardiff City v Manchester City Cardiff City FA Cup The Catalan boss has been buoyed by a trio of players signing extensions, but urged caution regarding squad complacency Pep Guardiola warned against the pursuit of perfection and insisted Manchester City will always have work to do to maintain squad harmony.Key trio Kevin De Bruyne, Fernandinho and Nicolas Otamendi all committed to new deals at the Etihad Stadium this month, with City flying high at the Premier League summit. A quadruple is still on the cards for Guardiola following the club’s midweek progression to the EFL Cup final, but the City boss refuted the notion he was closing in on having the perfect squad. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Otamendi, Fernandinho and De Bruyne have all extended their contracts and we are so, so happy that they are with us for the future. It is the best news of the past weeks,” he said.”[But] you are never near [perfection]. If you believe you are okay for the next three years it is a mistake.”The players who aren’t playing regularly accept their positions, but in future maybe next season they won’t accept and they want to leave.”You always have to solve the situation year by year.”Guardiola takes his side to Cardiff City in the FA Cup on Sunday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Maryland Commit Diamond Stone Tried To Party At Wisconsin-Milwaukee This Weekend, And Things Didn’t Go Well

first_imgMilwaukee product Diamond Stone, a five-star center and the No. 5 overall player in the 2015 recruiting class, committed to Maryland over his home-state Badgers back in late March, and Wisconsinites are not happy about it. According to multiple tweets, Stone tried to go to Madison UW-Milwaukee to party this weekend, and was not treated well by the spurned fans.Just saw Diamond Stone get kicked out of a party. Sucks to suck man— Blake Laufenberg (@BlakeLaufenberg) April 26, 2015Well I was the bouncer at a party and kicked diamond stone out so I’m feeling pretty accomplished— Payton teDuits (@Paytonteduits) April 26, 2015stone1Diamond stone just got kicked out of this party lmfao— Jordyn Jablonski (@Jblonks_) April 26, 2015Diamond Stone got kicked out of a party we were at.— Bucks in 7 (Shaq) (@AGruett32) April 26, 2015No one likes Diamond Stone— Blake Laufenberg (@BlakeLaufenberg) April 26, 2015Diamond stone came to UWM last night and he got kicked out of every party he went tried to go to— Alex Peterson (@APeterson32) April 26, 2015Stone probably shouldn’t be too surprised, but he’ll also have plenty of party opportunities when he makes it down to College Park. [The Victory Lap]last_img read more

Uniforms for Michigan game released

As part of its Rivalry uniform program, Nike has designed a special uniform with cutting-edge fabrics and technologies (37 percent lighter!) to be be worn by the Buckeyes when they play Michigan, November 21, 2009.  This new uniform, inspired by the 1954 National Championship team, are meant to honor Ohio State tradition and accomplishment.  They were officially unveiled Monday at the Newport Music Hall for the Beat Michigan pep rally.  The team will return to wearing their traditional uniforms after the game versus Michigan. read more