Some store openings from Shoprite this week – a bold new Checkers in Corkwood Square, Kariega, with 15 pay points and several in-store fresh food departments including a Meat Market, Hot & Cold Foods Deli, Bakery, Fresh Fruit & Vegetables and Coffee Bar. In Flagstaff, in the Eastern Cape, a brand-new Shoprite will bring to the unbanked punters there its newly expanded Money Market offering, which includes the payment of municipal accounts, money transfers, top up of data, airtime or electricity, purchasing gift cards or savings stamps, buying tickets, and even taking out insurance. From bricks to clicks: Massmart has concluded its acquisition of online grocery retail platform OneCart. And sticking with Massmart, Game’s consumer survey for the third quarter has found that despite 2021 being a challenging year economically, 67% of South African consumers are planning to shop for bargains in this month that has, inevitably, become known as Black November.
Comment: Shoprite’s continued focus on its Money Market offering is further evidence of its ambition to be more than a retailer, but a giant of the SA Economy, from electricity generation to financial services.