South Africa's retail industry boasts first world retail infrastructure and brands while operating in a complex mix of both first and 'third' world markets. The industry has evolved from predominately local brands, who enjoyed home market dominance, to a more competitive landscape with international brands such as Walmart, Zara, Topshop and H&M, all setting up shop on our shores.
While this presents challenges, it also offers opportunities and raises a number of questions.
Can international brands survive at a price point that is feasible and on trend for the economically and culturally segmented SA market? In turn, can local retailers survive the competition while maintaining their differentiation and value propositions? Declining economic growth, political uncertainty, high inflation, lower business and consumer confidence, add complexity to an already challenging business environment.
Retailers and their supporting ecosystem of suppliers, manufacturers, distributors and logistics companies will have to adapt to remain sustainable and thrive amidst the volatility of the changing retail environment.
Grant Pattison, COO,
Benjamin Trisk, CEO, Exclusive Books
Zaf Mahomed, CFO at McDonald's SA
Susan Mawer, Chief Commercial Officer –
Molefi Moloantoa, CEO of Primedia Unlimited Malls
Enrico Baldassarri, Regional Managing Director Africa, Revlon
Colin Fleming, Currently Head of Retail at Zapper
Nomfundo Dlamini, Founder,
Richard Fienberg, Partner: Value Creation, Ethos Private Equity
Ryan Bacher, MD and co-founder of the NetFlorist Group
Hilton Mer, Portfolio Executive at Al Alfia Holding
Sedick Arendse, Operations
Director, Clicks Group
Luisa Mazinter, Chief Marketing
John Bradshaw, Head of Marketing, Pick n Pay
Dallas Glover, Global Regional Strategic Leader, McCann Group
Carolyn White, Director Shopper, Marketing & Retail, Mc Cann Group
Preetesh Sewraj, CEO & Chief Innovation Analyst, Product of the Year – South Africa
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