Shoprite Dassie way you do it (No. Ed)
A brief look at Shoprite’s interims to end December then, which we will unpack in greater detail next week after we’ve had a chance to slice and dice. Same old, same old really, and we mean that in the best kind of way – Group turnover +4.7%, Shoprite and Usave +5.6% and Checkers doing, well, “Better and Better” (No, just no. Ed) at +11.1%. But for more of the deets, take a look at our snappy summary here. In other news, Shoprite and Checkers will be supporting local wine farmers (while also, no doubt, making a buck) by buying up 1.5 million litres of the good stuff that those sons (and daughters) of the soil have failed to offload during our lockdowns. The wine is to be bottled under the same ‘lucky dip’ principle that governs its Oddbins selection and will be marketed under the new ‘Elephant’s Cousin’ brand, which makes affectionate reference to the common hyrax, or dassie, and will be available only as long as stocks last. Cultivars will include a sauvignon blanc, a merlot and shiraz, characterised by quaffability, and will be available in both supermarkets and LiquorShops. And (after this we’re done, promise) Checkers Sixty60 has launched a paper bag recycling initiative, in line with Shoprite’s zero waste-to-landfill goal, allowing punters to send their used bags back with the driver.
Comment: Some outstanding results and initiatives from the Big Red One, which seems to have viewed this last difficult year as an opportunity to innovate the heck out of every challenge it encounters. And that’s how it’s done.