Pick n Pay Labouring the point
The pronouncements of Chairman Ackerman the Younger are paid sharper attention today than they were when we started here at Tatler Towers as a cheeky young scamp of an office boy in the year dot. But that’s just the way of the world; it’s amazing how a sprinkling of grey hair will quieten a room. Where were we? Ah yes. Gareth Ackerman. Speaking at the Pick n Pay AGM last week, he waxed passionately about the importance of jobs to SA’s people, and mentioned that Pick n Pay had managed to create an additional 14,000 of them in the past three years, jobs, not people, obviously, having spent R5.3bn on store openings and refurbs, and supply chain upgrades. He also gave a shout out to Pick n Pay’s 10,000 suppliers, notable employers all, who contribute a total of 400,000 jobs to the economy. And then there are the 15,000 the business intends adding in the next three years.
Comment: Of course, Pick n Pay is not alone in its contributions. But this does rather shine a light on the importance of our great industry to the national project. Any comments from our supplier friends?