Shoprite Gonna take a lot to drag me awaaay from youuuu….
Shoprite, as you may have heard, is Doing Big Things in Africa, a continent which lies north of South Africa’s borders. They’re erecting malls and laying down warehouses, building supplier networks and generally striding around in those two-tone safari shirts that your dad is so fond of, like the manly men and strong, proud women that they are. What they are not doing, of course, is bringing the South African suppliers with them: 80% of goods sold by the Big Red One in their three top-performing countries on the continent come from Europe, Latin America, the East and Africa itself. This is because South African suppliers are crowding the south bank of the Limpopo like nervous wildebeest during the migration, eager to sample the lush grasses on the further shore but nervous of the costs and risks involved in doing so, as well as the dent this might threaten to short-term profitability.
Comment: Although businesses like Tiger Brands and Pioneer have shown themselves quite equal to the challenge.