Pep Stores The Pepman always rings twice
OK, this might be a slippery slope, but slow news week. You know, as a loyal reader, that we honest FMCG types don’t like to concern ourselves with the doings of the rag trade too much. It’s all a bit above our heads to be honest. But Pep is related by marriage to Shoprite on Uncle Christo’s side, and this is news with far-reaching implications: they’ve gone and launched a parcel service, called Paxi (you figure out the name) which allows consumers, agents, suppliers, and institutions to send, collect, and return parcels to over 2,000 Pep store collection points i.e. they’re taking on the Post Office. Obviously, the initial target market is Pep customers, but given there are over 2,000 Peps in malls and sleepy main streets all over the Beloved Country, the service is likely to extend much further, while increasing the Pep customer base.
Comment: Meanwhile, over in the US, President Trump has accused Amazon of hijacking the postal service.